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HAPPY NEW YEAR, COLUMBIA!

Not only is this the beginning of a new year, it’s the start of a new decade and the perfect opportunity to try new things.

Whether you are a visitor or a local, Columbia offers new and unexpected experiences. Take a look at what you may already be familiar with and find some hidden gems located all around our city.

Indoor Adventures

Level UP is the newest attraction in the Columbia Mall. Bowling, laser tag, a ropes course and arcade games can all be found in this one place. With food and drinks also offered, it is the perfect place for indoor fun.

If you love coffee and cats, Papa’s Cat Cafe is the place for you! This unique cafe gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy beverages and other treats while spending time with over 20 cuddly cats.

Shop & See

Have you been to The District? Filled with boutiques, shops, restaurants and more, downtown Columbia offers something for everyone and is worth a trip. Be sure to check out Alley A, the not-so secret gem located between Ninth and Hitt Streets.

         

But wait! There is more to downtown Columbia! The North Village Arts District is home to Columbia’s thriving art scene and features galleries, live performance spaces, art studios and so much more. Visit during the First Friday of every month for a free art crawl featuring music, art demonstrations and more.

For the Foodies

You may have heard of Shakespeare’s Pizza, a local icon and now operating out of three locations in Columbia. Both the pizza and the atmosphere make a visit worth it.

Pizza Tree is another pizza joint that is absolutely worth eating at. With daily specials and pizza served by the slice all day long, you will easily be planning your next visit as you are leaving.

Out & About

Walking the MKT Trail is an experience like no other. You can take in the views and see so much of the nature that encompasses Columbia. But, have you ever thought about biking on the MKT Trail? You can enhance the adventure and go farther faster by renting a bike from Pedego Electric Bikes, a shop in downtown Columbia. Conveniently located near Flat Branch Park, it is close enough where you can hit the trail almost immediately.

That’s Entertainment

Concerts are regularly held at The Blue Note, and it is located right in the heart of the District. Let us introduce you to its sister property, Rose Music Hall. Home to both an indoor and outdoor space, Rose Park, the patio is ideal for spending time outdoors with fellow music-lovers.

         

All of these experiences and countless others can be found in Columbia. To make 2020 even more worthwhile, make a resolution to try something new, something CoMo. Any one of these adventures just might make your year!

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This year, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Schneider went through Columbia on a quest to find some of Columbia’s local hidden gems. Her Shop Local adventures were shared every week this summer and through the holiday season.

Look through and see where all Amy went and what she saw along the way!

Thank you to all of the local shops who participated and shared their time and stories! Shopping Local isn’t just for the summer or the holidays, it’s for the whole year! We’ll see you in 2020!

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There are several places in town that will be open on Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24) and Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25). If you’re looking to venture out and find delicious food during the holiday, look no further for your delicious dining options.

Restaurants Open Tuesday, December 24

44 Stone

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Applebee’s

11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Bob Evans

6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cheddar’s

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Cracker Barrel

6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Golden Corral

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

11:30 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Longhorn Steakhouse

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Truman’s

6 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

 

Restaurants Open Wednesday, December 25

Christmas Buffet at the Holiday Inn Executive Center

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Two seatings: 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 1:30 p.m.

Christmas Dinner at Glenn’s Cafe

12 – 8 p.m.

Applebee’s

4 – 11 p.m.

Truman’s

2 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

 

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Special events, tree lightings, concert performances and more await you when you spend the holidays in CoMo.

Check out everything Columbia has to offer this holiday season!

 

Special Events

Holiday Lights at Warm Springs Ranch

December 5 – 8, 12 – 15, 19 – 22 & 26 – 29 at 5 p.m.

Living Windows in the District

December 6 at 6 p.m.

Holiday Cheer at The Bistro

December 6 – 8 at 6 p.m.

Jingle Bell Run

December 7 at 8 a.m.

December Pop-Up: Sugarberry Blooms

December 7 at 10 a.m.

City Kwaanza Celebration

December 7 at 2 p.m.

Gingerbread House Competition & Display

December 8 at 12 p.m.

Little Bethlehem

December 13 – 15 at 6 p.m.

A Gospel Christmas Celebration

December 14 at 7 p.m.

 

Concerts & Performances

The Trans-Siberian Experience: The Prophecy

December 3 at 7 p.m.

An Antique Carol

December 5 – 8 & 12 – 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

December 6 – 7 & 11 – 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Columbia Community Band’s Sounds of the Season Concert

December 8 at 4 p.m.

A Very Vintage Christmas: Featuring the Cabaret for a Cause

December 9 at 7 p.m.

The Great Russian Nutcracker

December 11 at 7 p.m.

Love, Peace, Joy: Annual Unity Holiday Concert

December 15 at 3 p.m.

 

Festivals

Boonville’s Miracle on Main Street Christmas Festival

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Caroling for Cocktails & Charity in Rocheport

December 7 at 2 p.m.

 

Fairs & Markets

Columbia Farmers Market – Winter Season

December 7, 14 & 21 at 9 a.m.

Christmas Resale

December 7 & 8 at 8 a.m.

Battle High School FBLA Holiday Craft Fair

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Santa’s Little Work Shop Craft Show

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Holiday Maker Market

December 8 at 2 p.m.

 

Tree Lightings

Magic Tree Festival

December 5 at 6 p.m.

Shelter Insurance Holiday Tree Lighting

December 5 at 6 p.m.

Friday Nights at the Magic Tree

December 6, 13 & 20 at 6 p.m.

 

Parades & Tours

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour

December 6 at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.

Holiday Home Tour

December 8 at 1 p.m.

Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade

December 20 at 7 p.m.

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There are several places in town that will be open on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28). If you’re looking to venture out and find delicious food during the holiday, look no further for your delicious dining options.

Thanksgiving Restaurants & Hours

Thanksgiving Buffet at the Holiday Inn Executive Center

11 – 11:30 a.m. seating or 1 – 1:30 p.m. seating

Thanksgiving at Glenn’s Cafe

12 – 8 p.m.

11Eleven

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 – 8:30 p.m. (Reservations Required)

Applebee’s

4 – 11 p.m.

Bob Evans

6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thanksgiving to-go meals will be offered (serves 4 – 10 people)

Cracker Barrel

6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Golden Corral

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grand Cru

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Truman’s

2 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

 

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Are you ready for some football?!

The Mizzou Tigers are back at The ZOU this Saturday, November 16, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Florida Gators.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.
  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes a try this weekend!

Our opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

LIVE MUSIC

SATURDAY

Whole Lotta Love: Salute to Led Zeppelin at The Blue Note @ 8:30 p.m.

Old Salt Union at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Columbia Farmers Market – Winter Season – November 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion

The Columbia Farmers Market is open year-round, now located every Saturday under the MU Health Care Pavilion at Columbia’s Agriculture Park (on the corner of West Ash and Clinkscales). Experience the taste of mid-Missouri year round! Visit the Columbia Farmers Market during the Winter Season (November – March); every Saturday 9 a.m. – noon! You will find fresh produce, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by the farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. Live music and children’s activities at every market, gardening workshops every Saturday! SNAP accepted at all markets.

Fall Into Art – November 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & November 17 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Plaza Event Center at Parkade.

This year Fall Into Art celebrates its 10th ANNIVERSARY! With the usual blend of amazing art, fine craft and terrific music, this year promises to be the best yet. Showcasing 55 carefully chosen artisans, it will feature fantastic live music throughout and another silent auction to benefit the Food Bank. There will even be a few 10th anniversary surprises, too! Stay tuned. Join us at the Plaza Event Center at Parkade. Situated right off Interstate 70 in Columbia, MO, there is ample parking and a comfortable indoor venue for both artists and patrons. This show is free and open to the public.

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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It looks like fall is finally here, and that means it’s all about pumpkin spice and everything nice. Take a look at some of Columbia’s local coffee shops that will surely warm you up on a crisp fall day.

Shortwave Coffee

Duck into Alley A for coffee at Shortwave Coffee! You can even order their coffee beans online or in various places downtown.

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Kaldi’s Coffeehouse

Kaldi’s Coffeehouse has won city-wide awards for its quality coffee, and it has delicious smoothies as well.

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Coffee Zone

Espresso drinks and light Mediterranean food can be found at Coffee Zone.

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Lakota Coffee Company

Coffee is an art at Lakota, and each drink is completely unique!

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The Grind Coffeehouse

There is something for everyone at The Grind Coffeehouse!

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Fretboard Coffee

Coffee and music collide at Fretboard Coffee! With live music and a great menu, you’re sure to have a wonderful time.

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No matter where you choose to go, you’re bound to find a excellent cup of coffee in Columbia!

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Are you ready for the Gold Rush?!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off their Homecoming game this Saturday, October 12, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Ole Miss Rebels. Remember to wear gold as it’s the Gold Rush game.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.
  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Tiger Tail Pretzel Sticks a try this weekend!

Our opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

Friday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

Interstellar Overdrive: Pink Floyd Tribute on 9th Street @ 7:30 p.m.

Matt Heckler + Casper Allen at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

All That Remains & Lacuna Coil at The Blue Note @ 6:30 p.m.

The Native Howl at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze – October 11 – 13 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Columbia Farmers Market – October 12 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Tiger fans, are you ready for Game Day?!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, October 5, at 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Troy Trojans.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.
  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Football Puppy Chow a try this weekend!

Our opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

First Friday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

David Nail at the Blue Note @ 8 p.m.

Aaron Kamm & The One Drops at Rose Music Hall @ 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Joyce Manor at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze – October 4 – 6 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Rocheport Doughnut Festival October 4 – 6 from in Rocheport. Historic Rocheport is hosting a FREE-to-attend and family-friendly music festival. Some of the regions best acts will perform all while celebrating the deliciousness of doughnuts! Activities and features will include kid’s silent disco, doughnut tossing contest, free live music and ax throwing.

Columbia Farmers Market – October 5 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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