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One day a week: Celebrate Christmas in Columbia

Bar-side view of The War Mouth’s seasonal eggnog.
Bar-side view of The War Mouth’s seasonal eggnog. Courtesy of The War Mouth

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the city, all the creatures were scurrying, even the mice. The city’s wreaths were hung from the light posts with care, in the hopes of spreading holiday cheer everywhere. And I with my loved ones, and you with yours, can now settle down for a day of food, drink, fun, and good cheer.

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Columbia Marionette Theatre will present “Rudolph’s Winter Revue” on Dec. 22. Submitted

Leisure

One of the best ways to spread Christmas cheer (according to Buddy the Elf) is singing loud for all to hear. And that’s just what you can do at the Columbia Marionette Theatre. This season’s puppet show, “Rudolph’s Winter Revue,” invites audience members to sing along as they watch a selection of holiday musical numbers set to different styles of puppetry. All tickets are $5 and available at the door.

Where to find it: 401 Laurel St. “Rudolph” is at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 22. www.cmtpuppet.org.

Food

Craving something sweet? Indulge in a little holiday calorie consumption at Sweet Temptations Bakery. This Cottontown bakery is still taking orders for Christmas. Customers interested in ordering cakes, cupcakes or pies can now text in their orders. Whatever is on your list, make sure to include a red velvet cupcake from the bakery case. And if you are feeling particularly merry, I suggest a slice of red and green layered cake — it’s a taste of Christmas in buttercream icing.

Where to find it: 2231 Main St. Closed Dec. 24-26. To order, call 803-728-0245 or text 803-349-5626.

Drink

Keep the holiday spirit alive in your hands and in your heart down the street at The War Mouth. Cozy up to the firepit out back with the War Mouth Nog. This specialty holiday cocktail is only available until Christmas, so get it before it’s gone. If while you sip on all that delicious cinnamon and nutmeg you start craving a savory snack, the War Mouth’s small plate menu has you covered. The menu includes everything from rabbit, duck, quail, turkey, to homemade sausage and local oysters.

Where to find it: 1209 Franklin St. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Tuesday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. www.thewarmouth.com.

Fun

End your mistletoe-and-holly filled day and better than it began with live music from the state where everything is bigger. The Last City Band from Dallas will perform a special concert from their Christmas tour at Curiosity Coffee Bar from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 22. If seeing this folk rock band wasn’t enough of an incentive to go to Curiosity Coffee Bar, the recently expanded dining area and menu is the perfect gift to Columbia this season. With seasonal hot lattes and signature whipped creams, ugly sweater peppermint cookies and winter lagers, there’s something to delight everyone, from ages from 1 to 92.

Where to find it: 2327 Main St. www.curiositycoffeebar.com.

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