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Last minute ideas for the holidays

FOR THE KIDS

- Lights Before Christmas: Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 6-9 p.m. today, Saturday-Dec. 30 and Jan. 1-3. Cost: $8 adults, $6 ages 3-12. Riverbanks Society members get one free admission.

- Holiday Lights on the River: 6-10 p.m. today-Dec. 31, Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia. $10 per car, $20 per 15-passenger van, $35 per bus

- Winter Fest: Dec. 19-Jan. 1, State Museum, 301 Gervais St. (803) 898-4952

- Snowville, EdVenture children's museum, through Feb. 28. (803) 779-3100

SHOPPING TIPS

- Toys "R" Us is expected to get shipments of popular items today and Christmas Eve, including Zhu Zhu Pets. Call (803) 781-1002 for specifics.

- Walmart is getting about 20 to 60 Zhu Zhu Pets today.

NSTORES ARE RUNNING OUT OF KEY HOLIDAY ITEMS. BUSINESS, B6MALL HOURS

Columbia Place mall

Address: 7201 Two Notch Road

Web site: shopcolumbia-mall.com

Today: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thursday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Columbiana Centre

Address: 100 Columbiana Circle

Web site: columbianacentre.com

Today: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Village at Sandhill

Address: Clemson Road at Two Notch Road

Web site: villageatsandhill.com

Today: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Dutch Square Center

Address: 421 Bush River Road

Web site: dutchsquare.com

Today: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Midtown at Forest Acres

Address: 3400 Forest Drive

Web site: midtownatforestacres.com

Today: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

WEATHER

- Today: Partly sunny, highs in mid-50s, lows in mid-30s

- Christmas Eve: Rain moves in late in day, highs around 50, lows around 40

- Christmas: Rain likely, lows in lower 40s, highs in lower 50s

ONLINE

- Looking for last-minute ideas for your Christmas gathering? Find them at thestate.com/holidays.

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