Shop Around: Where can you shop for the holidays?


If you’re looking to use some of that jingle in your pockets to finish up – or perhaps start – your Christmas shopping, Columbia-area groups have you covered.

Here’s a rundown of some of the places around the Midlands you can pick up gifts in the next couple of weeks:

Holly Days in the City. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on Hampton Street between Assembly and Main streets, hosted by the City Center Partnership. This is the first year for the event, which will feature entertainment and kids activities, ice skating, food trucks, puppy adoptions and a visit from Santa Claus. Stores throughout the area will be open for shopping – and a little fun, with an elf scavenger hunt. Find six elves and qualify to win a prize.

Blythewood Holiday Market. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday in the former Four Seasons Furniture store space in the IGA Plaza on Blythewood Road. Sponsored by Bravo Blythewood and the Blythewood Artists Guild. Santa will visit Saturday morning for breakfast and photos with the kids.

A Devine Night Out. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at more than 50 stores and restaurants along Devine Street. The event features entertainment, food and door prizes, including $2,000 worth of shopping sprees. An after-party is planned for 8-10 p.m. at Henry’s, 2865 Devine St., with entertainment and an assortment of free food and drinks. Info:

Trenholm Artist’s Guild 5th Annual Holiday Market. Open until Dec. 21 at 4711 Forest Drive, next to Bi-Lo (formerly Piggly Wiggly). Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays. More than 80 artists are featuring a range of work, including: Oils, acrylics, watercolors, fabric art, pottery, jewelry, note cards, knitted items, Christmas ornaments, wreaths and pillows. Paintings range from less than $100 to more than $1,000. Jewelry prices start at several dollars. Custom orders also are accepted.

Crafty Feast. Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. An independent, juried craft fair and one-day only sale of handmade items by more than 120 artists from across the Southeast. Admission is $2 or free for kids 10 and under. Featuring music, food, wine and beer. Info: