Looking for something fun to do today?
In a festive mood?
Today is anything but a sleepy Sunday, so you have your pick of unique events.
For ongoing events in the Midlands – and there are plenty of them! – check out Go Columbia, on Page A6 in today’s paper.
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Nothing says Christmas like a gift from this high-end, indy craft fair that’s become a Columbia holiday favorite. Crafters from across the Southeast will be offering their wares. Enjoy DIY opportunities, DJ Dr. P, food, beer and wine.
When: Noon-6 p.m.
Where: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.
For more: http://craftyfeast.com
Cost: $2; age 10 and younger, free
George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece is performed by the Trinity Cathedral Choirs, accompanied by the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra playing period instruments.
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St.
For more: (803) 771-7300 or trinitysc.org
Holiday Pops: Winter Wonder
The S.C. Philharmonic and musical director Morihiko Nakahara offer contemporary holiday fare and classic Christmas carols.
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: Harbison Theatre at Midlands Tech, 7300 College St.
For more: (803) 407-5011 or harbisontheatre.org
Costume Contest and Pet Parade
Get your doggy’s photo taken with Santa Paws and enter the canine holiday costume contest and parade. There also will be a silent auction, pet vendors, pet adoption agencies and children’s holiday activities.
When: 2-4 p.m.
Where: Carolina Children’s Garden, Clemson University's Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road
For more: (803) 777-9645 or carolinachildrensgarden.org
Cost: Free; $10 per dog
Rice Music House Holiday Concert
A holiday concert performed by the staff of Rice Music House. Enjoy free coffee and fruit from Starbucks and Edible Arrangements. Note that you must reserve your seat in advance online.
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Rice Music House, 470 Town Center Place
For more: (803) 254-2777 or http://ricemusichouse.com
Cost: Free, but seating is limited! Reserve your seat in advance online.
Veterans Christmas Charity Ride
Help bring Christmas to hospitalized Veterans at Dorn VA Medical Center. There are drop-off locations around the greater Columbia area today only. And you can check out the mighty cycle “parade” along the route after 2 p.m. or at Dorn sometime after that.
Dropoff hours: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dropoff venue: Carolina Honda, 901 Buckner Road
Departure time: Bikers depart at 2 p.m. rain or shine for Dorn, at 6439 Garners Ferry Road
For more: (803) 252-3381 or vetsride.org
Cost: Wrapped gift or donation
Lexington County Museum Open House
Lexington County Museum hosts its Christmas Open House with live music and light refreshments, including hot apple cider and gingerbread.
When: 1-4 p.m.
Where: Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington
For more: (803) 359-8369 or lex-co.sc.gov/departments/DeptIQ/museum/Pages/index.aspx
Kirigami at the Columbia Museum of Art
Learn the art of kirigami and create wintery decorations for the whole family. This drop-in studio program is designed for families.
When: Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St.
For more: columbiamuseum.org