The Buzz

December 21, 2012

What to do in Columbia, Dec. 21-27

Tour a mansion, see a play or a musical, check out some classic films - some of the cool things to do in Columbia this long holiday weekend

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Friday, Dec. 21

The Jets and Sharks will battle in “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m. on the Koger Center stage. The dance musical, part of the Broadway in Columbia series, is widely considered as one of Broadway’s great triumphs. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $46-$66; (803) 251-2222 or

Eddie Huss and Friends will perform a benefit Christmas concert for Family Shelter at 7:30 p.m. at Shandon United Methodist Church. The concert will feature classical music and Christmas tunes. The church is at 3407 Devine St. Free; (803) 256-8383 or

The Nickelodeon Theatre’s late-night movie series, “And I Feel Fine,” comes to a close at 10 p.m. with “Shaun of the Dead.” Hopefully, the world won’t end before you can see it. The Nick is at 1607 Main St. $10;

Historic Columbia Foundation will have candlelight tours and carriage rides from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Guests will be able to take a guided tour of the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion by candlelight. Carriage rides through the Robert Mills historic district cost $5. The tour is free for foundation members, $3-$6 for nonmembers;

Saturday, Dec. 22

Who says Christmas can’t be as haunting as Halloween? In the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by ghosts as he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas lessons might not be on “The Dark Cabaret’s” menu, but you’ll certainly be around summoned ghosts. The illusion-filled event is held at the home of Christian Thee, his house a shrine to his creative mind. The show begins at 8 p.m. The cabaret is offering a two-for-1 deal of $35. To reserve your spot, call Joseph Daniels at (803) 727-6099 or email

Historic Columbia Foundation will host a breakfast with a Victorian Santa from 8-11 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served in the Carriage House while seasonal music is played. After eating, guests will view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree and make a holiday craft. And, of course, visit with Santa. $3-8 for members, $5-$10 for nonmembers and reservations are required; or (803) 252-7742

The USC women’s basketball team, coming off a game against Stanford, one of the sport’s best programs, plays South Carolina State at noon at the Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. $7;

Columbia Marionette Theatre is staging “Hansel & Gretel,” a puppet show that will produce wonder in children while reintroducing adults to a children’s classic. Showtimes: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The theater is at 401 Laurel St. $5; or (803) 252-7366

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