Holiday

Hi, I’m Megan. I do Marketing and Communications here at Visit CoMo and I’m also a Columbia native!  I love traveling, the Mizzou Tigers, live music, ice cream, my cats and a good nap. I’m also lucky enough to get to promote my hometown every day. There are so many different ways to enjoy Columbia and each month I’ll be bringing you some of my favorites. Let’s go!


I don’t mean to brag (yes I do), but I finished holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. I also wrapped all of my presents last weekend…I hardly know who I am anymore. But there’s no doubt that before the holidays pass, there will come a moment when I realize that there’s someone I forgot – a last minute gift that needs giving. I’m guessing the same might happen to you, too. Sure, you could go with an old standby like a candle or a picture frame or socks, but what about something uniquely Columbia for that person who has everything? Here are a few different fun ideas that will definitely get a sincere thank you!

Get Locked Up

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If the person you’re gifting is into puzzles and intrigue, Columbia is home to three different escape rooms! These fun facilities give you and your group an hour to escape from rooms themed in all sorts of ways, including Pirate Adventure, Double Agent and Mark Twain Museum. These rooms are a great group activity and perfect for the competitive friend or family member. I know I’m still mad I didn’t escape from Double Agent and it has been months.

-Kick Off a Resolution

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Have a friend who’s a health nut or someone who’s going to get back in shape in 2017? Help them reach their goals with a gift certificate to Nourish or Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café. Both spots serve up delicious food that will probably make them forget how healthy it is. On a cold day, the Buddha Bowl from Main Squeeze really hits the spot.

-A New Night Out

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Always head to the same spot for date night? This year, try out something new in CoMo. We’re hearing great things about Barred Owl Butcher and Table, which serves up a variety of sandwiches, small plates and charcuterie, or Flyover, which is home to a wood-fired oven. Both have a great cocktail menu and a focus on seasonal, local ingredients. You may just find a new favorite.

-Plan for some Festive Fun

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Give your recipient something to really look forward to by purchasing their passes to next year’s True/False Film Fest or Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival. Both events promise an incredible Columbia weekend for the film or music enthusiast. I pretty much plan my life around True/False and Roots ‘n Blues is my fall oasis, so these passes are a can’t-miss gift.

-Winter Warmies

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It seems that winter has finally arrived here in CoMo…it even snowed yesterday! This means that bundling up must now commence. One of my favorite places to get hats, gloves and scarves is Route in the District. They specialize in fair-trade, handmade goods, and their winter accessories are so warm and comfy that it almost makes it ok when you have to go outside. Need a gift for someone who never puts their phone down (like me)? Get them a pair of glove/mittens. The wool gloves leave the fingertips exposed but you can also fold a mitten cover over before you lose feeling in them. It’s a win-win.

-For the Beer Snob

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Photo from Craft Beer Cellar Facebook

Everyone has a beer snob in their life. On the negative side, they make fun of you for drinking your light beer. On the positive side, you can always hit up the Craft Beer Cellar and have them a gift in no time. Their super friendly staff will help you pick out the perfect variety that will make your friend forget (at least for a few minutes) that you don’t know the difference between porter and a stout, and that makes a better holiday for everyone.

-Smelly Goodness

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Three of my family members (who will not be named here because it’s not Christmas yet) will be getting goodies from Makes Scents. They have high-end skin care items, Butter nail polish (stocking stuffers!), holiday soaps, custom-scented items and my favorite candles in the whole world (Seeking Balance, if you’re shopping for me. I’m just saying). The staff will also put together an awesome gift set for anyone doing that last minute shopping…I know you’re out there.

Now that you’re down to only 20 shopping days until Christmas, I know you can feel the time crunch. Hopefully when you feel like you’ve run out of ideas, these will help jump start your shopping list and check even those picky people off your gift list. You can thank me with candles.

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See a show

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December performances include family-friendly shows, holiday specials, and adult comedy:

Elf Jr.
December 3-4 at Warehouse Theatre

Moscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcracker
December 1 at Jesse Auditorium

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche
December 8-11, December 15-18 at Columbia Entertainment Company

See our calendar of events for a complete list.

Take a photo at the Magic Tree

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The Magic Tree is a favorite Columbia holiday tradition, and although there’s now several of these completely lit trees around town, you should still make a trip to the original Magic Tree at the Village of Cherry Hill. There is even a festival for the ‘lighting of the tree’ on December 1st with Santa, food trucks, and holiday fun.

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We have all the usual shopping options where you can pick up gifts for everyone on your list but you should also check out these special events:

1st Annual Christkindlmarkt – December 2 at Gunter Hans, 5:30-8:30 PM
Battle FBLA Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair – December 10 at Battle High School, 8-12 PM
Holiday Gift Boutique – December 10 at Columbia Independent School, 9 AM
Columbia Winter Farmers Market – December 3, 10, 17 at Parkade Center 9-12 PM

Attend a festival

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The first weekend of December is packed with festivals: head downtown on Friday, December 2nd, for First Fridays in the North Village Arts District and Living Windows, when shopkeepers stage live performances in their shop windows. On Saturday, join Columbia Parks and Rec at Progressive Missionary Baptist for the City Kwanzaa Celebration. And Sunday? Check out the first annual Chocolate Festival at Parkade Center – pick up some holiday gifts from local vendors while enjoying chocolatey treats.

Listen to live jazz

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“We Always Swing” Jazz Series is bringing two great holiday performances to Columbia this month:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis+ Special Guest Vocalist, Catherine Russell
December 4th, 7 PM at Missouri Theatre

Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas
December 11th, 3:30 PM and 7 PM at Murry’s

Check out a tractor parade

If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, look no further than the annual Centralia Christmas Tractor Parade. See floats, tractors, lawn mowers, and other farm equipment decked out in holiday lights and decorations. Santa might even be there on his Christmas tractor.

December 16th, 7 PM in Centralia

Take in the holiday lights

You could drive around town looking for lights OR you could make plans to attend one of these events:

51st Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting | December 1st, 6 PM
Santa and holiday music included.

Friends of Rocheport Christmas Tree Lighting | December 4th, 6 PM
Christmas carols will follow the tree lighting and then head to Community Hall for refreshments and a visit with Santa.

Candy Cane Crib | 115 W. El Cortez Dr.
You can’t miss the famous Candy Cane Crib! Santa will be there on December 10th.

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour | December 16th, 6:15 PM and 7:45 PM
Meet Columbia Parks and Rec at The ARC and enjoy holiday lights from a mini-bus. Cost is $7.50, and pre-registration is required.

It’s a Wonderful Ride: Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour | December 18th, 5:30 PM
Join GetAbout Columbia at Lucky’s Market and see holiday lights in and around downtown.

Go back in time

Stephens College’s A Dickens Victorian Christmas is an annual favorite. It’s a family-friendly, authentic recreation of a 19th century English Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Dickens that includes refreshments, period dance, music, and more. You have four days to choose from so don’t miss out!

December 4-7 at Stephens College, Historic Senior Hall

Run (or walk) for a cause

The Jingle Bell Run is the perfect excuse to break out those ugly holiday sweaters, tie jingle bells to yourself, dress up like Santa or an elf… the cheerier, the better!

December 10th, 8 AM at Silverthorne Arena

Brew ‘n View

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Beer and holiday movies – enough said. The Blue Note has two Christmas Brew ‘n Views planned: Home Alone December 15th and Elf, December 22nd.

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where to eat in columbia mo on thanksgiving or christmas

If you’d rather go out for an easy meal instead of cooking on Thanksgiving or Christmas, try these restaurants:

11Eleven, 1111 E. Broadway (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – normal hours

Applebees, 2010 I-70 Dr. SW (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 4-10 PM

Bob Evans, 3000 Clark Lane (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 8 AM – 8 PM

Broadway Brewery, 816 E. Broadway (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – bar only

Cheerleader Pub and Grill, Holiday Inn Express (Thanksgiving) – 11 AM – 10 PM

Denny’s, 1100 Knipp St. (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 24/7 with reduced menu

Flat Branch, 115 S. 5th St. (Christmas Eve) – closes at 4 PM

Glenn’s Cafe, 29 S. 8th St. (Thanksgiving) – 12-8 PM with limited menu and Thanksgiving plate special

Golden Corral, 3421 Clark Lane (Thanksgiving) – 10:30 AM – 5 PM

Grand Cru, 2600 S. Providence Rd (Thanksgiving) – 11 AM – 2 PM

Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I70 Dr. SW (Christmas) – Buffet seatings at 11:00, 11:15, 11:30  AM and 1:00, 1:15, 1:30 PM

IHOP, 51 Conley Rd (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – regular hours, closes at 2 PM on Christmas

McDonald’s, 415 N. Stadium Blvd (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – regular hours

Pizza Hut, 715 E. Nifong Blvd (Thanksgiving) – regular hours

Ruby Tuesday, 2010 Bernadette Dr. (Thanksgiving) – 11-9 PM

Stadium Grill, Hampton Inn & Suites (Thanksgiving) – 3-10 PM

Starbucks, 2901 W. Broadway, #117 (Thanksgiving) – 6AM – 6 PM

TGI Fridays, 3030 I-70 Dr. SE (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 11 AM – 11 PM

Truman’s, 3304 W. Broadway Business Park (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 2 PM – 1:30 AM

The Upper Crust, 3107 Green Meadows Way (Thanksgiving) – reservations available between 1-5 PM; Thanksgiving buffet


We’ll update the list as we find out more. Happy Holidays!

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Whether you want family-friendly trick-or-treating or you’re more into walking through a ‘haunted house’ while scary things pop out at you, Columbia has what you’re looking for. Celebrate Halloween with us!

Halloween Special Events

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Family Events:

BYOBW ‘Track’ or Treat
October 22nd, 9 AM – 10:30 AM at The ARC 
Take your 2-6 year olds to The ARC where they can ride their Big Wheels, tricycles, and other pedal-powered vehicles (no bikes) on a ‘haunted’ ride around the track.

Spooktacular
October 26th, 7-11 PM at MU Student Center
Free for students and only $5 for general public – check out the haunted house, the Great Pumpkin Carving, costume contest, and Halloween treats.

(Not so) Frightening Friday
October 28th, 4-6 PM in The District 
Free trick or treating in The District.

Trunk or Treat
October 28th, 3-7 PM at Ascenisa Spa (Cherry Hill)
Join Ascenisa Spa for their Trunk or Treat – games, a fire truck, hot dogs, popcorn and candy are all included in the event.

Spine-Tingling Tales and Crafts
October 28th, 4:30-5:30 PM at Columbia Public Library
Gather ’round, little witches, goblins and ghouls! Get the whole family into the Halloween spirit with spooky stories and creepy crafts. The event is ages 9 and up, and registration beforehand is encouraged.

Halloween & Hoops
October 28th, 5:30 PM at Mizzou Arena
To kick off Halloween weekend, put on that crazy costume and catch some Mizzou hoops. Both the men’s and women’s programs will be passing out candy, socializing with fans and taking photos before playing in the Black & Gold scrimmage games. Halloween-themed entertainment will be provided in between the scrimmages.

Trick or Treat at The Creek
October 31st, 4-7 PM at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
All ages are invited to join us in this safe, family-friendly trick-or-treating community event. Rain or shine, you and your kids can enjoy games, crafts, treats, contests, and prizes.

Grown-Up Events:

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Halloween Brew ‘n View: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 20th, 8:30 PM at The Blue Note
Kick off your Halloween by experiencing the chaos and delight of the world’s greatest rock & roll audience participation film, hosted by Mark “The Master” Chambers.

Tri-Sigma’s Haunted Tour
October 26th, 7-11 PM at Stephens College
Join Tri Sigma for their 11th Annual Haunted Tour of Stephens. The tour will begin at the basement of Roblee Hall.

90s Halloween Party with The Lone Rangers
October 28th, 9:30 PM at The Social Room
Get hyped for Halloween with a night full of hits from the decade with this ’90s cover band. Relive the prime of Third Eye Blind, Britney Spears, OutKast and the like.

The Zombie Run
October 29th, 8:30 AM on MKT Trail at Twin Lakes
Run for the kids at this 5k through part of the MKT trail that benefits St. Jude’s.

80s vs. 90s Costume Ball
October 29th, 8 PM at The Blue Note
Costume contest at midnight for 80s/90s TV Character and Music Icon. Music videos will be shown on the big screen – dance the night away!

Rocheport Oktoberfest II: Monster Mash
October 29th, 12 PM – 10:30 PM in Rocheport, MO
Celebrate Missouri’s Rock and Blues music scene and enter the costume contest for a chance to win $250! Join the Monster Bike Mash to Rocheport and catch the shuttle back to Columbia.

Halloween with Tech N9ne
October 31st, 9 PM at The Blue Note
As if Halloween wasn’t scary enough, Kansas City native Tech N9ne will take the stage for a night of intense, focused rap. Prep the Caribou Lou and your costume.

Creepy Places

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FearFest Haunted House
6399 US 40
FearFest is under new management this year and features two brand new attractions: Hawthorn State Asylum and The Mortuary.

NecroPlanet
1207 Rogers St.
Featuring two interactive haunted attractions, The Pit and the legendary Necropolis, now in its 12th year.

Costume

Halloween makeup workshop
October 27th, 3-5 PM at MU’s Craft Studio
Need some help getting that perfect Halloween makeup effect? Our makeup artist will go over the basics of Halloween makeup and be on hand to give you specific tips for your own costume. Bring your own makeup kit. Cost is: MU Students $10 / Non-Students: $20.

Gotcha Costumes
819 E. Walnut St.
Monday-Saturday 11 AM-8 PM; Sunday 12 -5 PM

Party City
Broadway Market Place, 21 Conley Rd.
Monday-Friday 9 AM-9 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM-9 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 8 PM

Maude Vintage
818 E. Broadway
Monday-Thursday 12 PM – 7 PM; Friday-Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM; Sunday 1-5 PM

Leo’s Old Clothes
9 N. 9th St.
Monday-Friday 12-6 PM


Have a happy Halloween! Tag your Columbia photos – #ShowMeCoMo.

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This year, treat your mom to a delicious brunch and some awesome gifts from Columbia.

Where to Brunch

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Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro – 10 AM-3 PM | reservations: 573-698-2300

Bleu – build your own omelet + bottomless mimosas| reservations: 573-442-5123

Harold’s Doughnuts – make doughnuts with mom on Saturday afternoon

The Roof and Eleven Eleven – reservations: 573-818-6207

Umbria – 10 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-447-0199

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Glenn’s Cafe – reservations: 573-447-7100

The Upper Crust – brunch buffet 9 AM-3 PM in the Champagne Ballroom | make your reservations online

Grand Cru – buffet 10:30 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-443-2600 or grandcrurestaurant@yahoo.com

The Tiger Hotel – buffet | reservations: 573-875-8888

Jack’s Gourmet – 10:30 AM | reservations: 573-449-3927

The Heidelberg – buffet 10 AM-1 PM | reservations for parties of 8 or more: 573-449-6927

Where to Shop

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Poppy | 920 E. Broadway
Locally made gifts, beautiful jewelry, cute paper products, candles, and so much more to choose from. You can find something that any mom would love at Poppy.

Strawberry Hill Farms | 3770 E. Highway 163
If your mom has a green thumb, check out Strawberry Hill Farms. Pick out something you know she’ll love or head over together after brunch and offer to buy her favorite.

The Candy Factory | 701 Cherry St
So many chocolatey options! Even if chocolate isn’t really your mom’s favorite, there’s other candy choices, plus great candles and cute home accessories.

Makes Scents | 19 S. 9th St
Take mom to make her own signature scent at Makes Scents. Bonus: it’s right next to Sparky’s.

Columbia Culinary Tours
For the foodie mom! Purchase a gift certificate if your mom has a busy schedule, or you can pick out the best time for you to take the tour together.

Elly’s Couture | 914 E. Broadway
Get to Elly’s Couture and take advantage of the going-out-of-business sale while stocking up on gifts for your stylish mom.

Roots N Blues N BBQ
Early bird tickets are available now! Go ahead and get tickets for mom AND yourself.


Enjoy your time with mom! Tag your photos #ShowMeCoMo to share your experience with us.

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travel and tourism 16It’s the best week of the year – National Travel and Tourism Week! Every year, tourism professionals use this week to show off how awesome tourism is and the effect it has on our economy. According to USTravel.org, “Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $650.8 billion in 2015.” In the US, 15.1 MILLION jobs are supported by travel expenditures – that’s 1 out of 9 jobs that depend on travel and tourism. Seems like a good enough reason to celebrate to us!

This week, get out and experience tourism for yourself; you can be a tourist right here in Columbia, whether you live here or not! Visit the locations on the form below for a chance to win great prizes AND get to know Columbia. You can pick up a copy at the CVB (on the corner of Providence and Elm), print the form below, or email Rachel at Rachel.Grant@CoMo.gov if you’d like a copy emailed to you. Once you have visited as many of the locations as you like, you can submit the form in person to our office or by email to Info@CoMo.gov.

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Want to know how tourism impacts Missouri and Boone County? Take a look at the 2015 numbers:

  • Total visitors to Missouri: 40.4 million
  • Total economic impact of Missouri tourism industry: $15.9 billion
  • Number of Missourians directly employed by tourism businesses: 297,129
  • Tourism-related employment: 11,404
  • Total tourism-related expenditures: $395,907,381

For more information:

Missouri Division of Tourism Research and Reports

US Travel Association:

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Are you still trying to figure out what to do for Valentine’s Day? We have 14 ideas that aren’t your regular dinner and a movie.

On Stage

a chorus lineA Chorus Line | 2 PM at Columbia Entertainment Company
A Chorus Line examines with both hilarity and heartbreak the grueling life of  ordinary performers always auditioning for an opportunity to be members of a faceless chorus line.”

Black Pearl Sings! | 2 PM at Talking Horse Theatre
“The story of Alberta “Pearl” Johnson, a black woman in a Texas prison in the 1930s, who meets Susannah Mullally, an employee of the Library of Congress. Susannah is searching out and recording songs of “the people.” In Pearl, she discovers a vast wealth of music that has been passed down from one generation to the next, and an unlikely friendship is forged.”

Museums and Galleries

Love in the Museum Public Tour | 2 PM at the Museum of Art and Archaeology

Through Weather and Time | Montminy Art Gallery open noon-4:30 PM
Paintings and drawings by Jane Mudd that couples two themes; the homeless and Missouri’s Champion Trees, which have more in common than one might think.

Culture

furstenauNina Furstenau, “Sensuous Flavors: Food, Love, Culture” |2 PM at Orr Street Studios
Whether you bring your beloved or go stag, don’t miss Nina Furstenau, acclaimed author of “Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland,” discuss how food and love are connected across cultures in this special Valentine’s Day Speaking of Culture. As always, attendance is free and complimentary coffee and treats will be served.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour | 2-5 PM at Windsor Auditorium, Stephens College
Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

Get Active

Lazer Lanes | Open noon-10 PM
Get some exercise at Lazer Lanes by bowling or playing lazer tag, and check out the arcade and bumper cars.

Roller Skating | Public session 1:30-3:30 PM
Throw it back to your middle school days and head to Empire Roller Rink with your sweetheart

A few other ideas…

Mizzou Women’s Basketball vs. Arkansas | 2 PM at Mizzou Arena

Pints and Punchlines | 7 PM at Rose Music Hall
Showcasing 10 spectacular, hilarious comedians all piled on top of funk house-band Marbin, Valentine’s Drink Specials, and scrumptious Pepe’s Mexican food!

The Floozies: The Granola Jones Tour | 8 PM at The Blue Note
“Born in funk and bred in the digital age, live electronic duo The Floozies have burst onto the scene at a time when the industry needed them the most.”

The Canvas on Broadway | 2 sessions available: 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Grab a drink and a paintbrush and embrace your creative side! Valentine’s Day events include Fall in the Forest at 2:30 PM or Birds at Sunset at 6:30 PM. These can each be painted as painting or as a pair on 2 canvases.

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Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro | Open on Valentine’s Day from 11 AM – 8 PM
Take in the spectacular views while sipping wine and perusing the menu.

Home-cooked meal with local ingredients
Okay so this one is kind of dinner and a movie but it’s going to be cold, and this way you really don’t have to get out of the house to have a ‘date.’ Find a recipe and stock up on local ingredients the day before at the Columbia Farmers Market or Root Cellar. While you’re out getting ingredients, you might as well grab a movie from Redbox, too.


Do you plan to use any of these ideas? Let us know @ColumbiaMOCVB.

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new year

It’s almost time to celebrate the end of 2015, and Columbia has no shortage of options:

  • Columbia Eve Fest – “Our safe and convenient footprint in the closed off block of 9th Street between Elm and Locust encourages the celebratory spirit of the New Year as our participants travel from venue to venue. We will continue this year with the same pathway utilizing the many, beautiful, fun venues throughout the Missouri Theatre, the Rooftop Star Gazing Venue, the 7 venues within the Missouri United Methodist Church, and the 9th Street Stage. The 5K Run/Walk kicks off at 4:00 in front of Cyclextreme, doors to the Venues open at 6:30, Entertainment begins at 7:00.”
  • The Blue Note – Decadance, a dance party celebrating 100 years of music
  • Deja Vu Comedy Club presents Greg Warren
  • Rose Music Hall – NYE and first birthday celebration with 3 bands
  • Quinton’s – NYE party with access to 6 bars
  • Nash Vegas – live music and drink specials
  • The Tiger Hotel – packages from $10 (party only) to $279 (overnight stay, dinner in the ballroom, party, and drinks)
  • Holiday Inn Executive Center – deluxe Hors d’oeuvre buffet, live entertainment, dancing and a cash bar. Packages from $25 (dance 9 PM – 1 AM) to $219.95 (deluxe guest room for 2, Deluxe Hors d’oeuvre Buffet for two, desserts, and dancing)
  • The Social Room – live music from The Flood Brothers and Mercer & Johnson
  • Penguin and Roxy’s – Masquerade Ball with cover that will get you in to The Penguin and Roxy’s
  • Whiskey Wild – ‘Drink Us Dry’ with 4 packages to choose from
  • Deuce Pub & Pit – Mardi Gras NYE Party
  • 9th St Public House – Fire and Ice NYE Celebration

Special menus at:

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Wondering where you can eat in Columbia on Christmas day? Don’t worry – we did the dirty work for you and called 40+ restaurants. Here’s what we found:

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11Eleven at The Broadway | Open 6 AM – 10 PM
Applebees, 2010 I-70 Dr. SW | Open 4 PM – 11 PM
Country Kitchen, 1712 N. Providence | Open 6 AM – 4 PM
Denny’s, 1100 Knipp St. | Open all day
Glenn’s Cafe, 29 S. 8th St. | Open 4 PM – 10 PM
Hooters, 1101 Woodland Springs Ct. | Open at 5 PM
IHOP, 51 Conley Rd. | Open 6 AM – 2 PM
Teppanyaki Grill, 908 I-70 Dr. SW | Open all day
TGI Fridays, 3030 I-70 Dr. SE | Open 11 AM – 10 PM

Holiday Inn Executive Center Christmas Buffet:
– Early seating 11-11:30 AM
– Late seating 1-1:30 PM
Reservations recommended

Happy holidays!

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It can be difficult to think of great gift ideas, right? We’ve got suggestions for everyone on your list – and you can find it all in Columbia.

For the sports fan:

This, of course, could mean any kind of fan but around here we’re partial to the Tigers. You can find everything from Mizzou clothes and accessories to tailgating supplies and MU-themed holiday decorations at The Mizzou Store and Alumni Hall. Rally House not only carries Mizzou gear but also Cardinals, Blues, Chiefs, and Royals gear. Check out these St. Louis Blues jerseys and Kansas City Chiefs game day accessories.

For the beer drinker:

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A gift certificate to Flat Branch Pub & Brewing is the perfect easy gift, or you can fill up some growlers if you know your beer drinker’s favorite. Look for Columbia’s Bur Oak Brewery beer at local grocery stores, and find logo-wear online, along with growlers for filling, coozies for cooling, and glassware for…drinking out of.  Also keep an eye on Logboat Brewing Co.’s store – it looks like they’ll have some great items for gift-giving.

For the fashionista:

All you have to do for your fashionista (guys included!) is hit The District:

  • Elly’s Couture: designer clothes and accessories
  • Muse: urban street wear for men and women
  • Britches Clothing: women’s clothing and accessory boutique
  • Absolute Vintage: men’s and women’s vintage clothing
  • Woody’s Gentlemen’s Clothiers: premier men’s clothing

For the kids:

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Grab a gift certificate from Going Bonkers – kids of all ages (along with parents) are allowed in the giant play-place. Candy is another gift guaranteed to please. The Candy Factory in downtown Columbia has something for everyone (including chocolate-covered potato chips). And for your favorite fur-babies? Treats Unleashed has tons of special treats for your pup like cheese quackers, smokey beef bones, and peanut butter barkers.

For your parents:

Mom would probably love a Hoot Design Co. Watercolor Map of Columbia from Poppy or a gift card for Tallulahs to pick out kitchen gadgets and goodies. If your dad is a beer lover or sports fan, see above. If not – you can always go for a simple gift card to Bass Pro, Home Depot, or whatever his favorite store might be.

For the foodie:

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Do you know someone who misses CoMo? Get the Shakespeare’s Pizza mail-order 3 pizza package (this means Shakes will MAIL YOU PIZZA) or send some Jelly Jar Pies through Peggy Jean’s Pies. This is genius, right? For the chef in your life, pick something out at Boone Olive Oil Co. or The Root Cellar.

For everyone else:

Shopping for someone who doesn’t fit the above categories? Try Calhoun’s – find books, accessories, knick-knacks and more, but good luck leaving without something for yourself. For the coffee lover, we suggest Lakota’s Holiday Coffee Sampler and for the wine lover, Les Bourgeois, of course.

Hope we’ve helped you come up with some ideas for your list – happy shopping!

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