Holiday

There is still time to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list! 

For the dad who insists (every year) that he just needs socks

Alpine Shop: Go ahead and get him the socks but throw in something more fun like a new pocket knife, hammock, or Yeti tumbler. information about the holiday baskets offered by Barred Owl ButcherBarred Owl Butcher: The gift your dad didn’t realize he wanted – a holiday basket from Barred Owl. Quantities are limited, email brandy@barredowlbutcher.com or call 573-442-9323 to reserve yours (ask for Brandy or Meaghan).

For the mom who ‘already has everything she wants’

Top Ten Wines: Top Ten Wines has 2500+ different wines… that’s a lot of options. Let the team help you pick out the perfect bottle for your mom, or if you’re feeling especially generous, you can treat her to PV’s Picks Wine of the Month Club. [Top Ten also has a large whiskey and gin selection if your mom isn’t a wine-drinker.]

holiday gifts and home decor The Southern Rose: This local boutique has a huge selection of cute gifts including holiday shirts, ornaments, jewelry, home decor, accessories, and more. We guarantee you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for mom here.

For the one who introduces you to new music

The Blue Note: Check out the list of upcoming events and get a pair of concert tickets for that friend of yours who loves discovering new artists.

band on stage with crowd watching with words 'The Roots N BLues N BBQ Festival'Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival: Pre-sale tickets are available now for the weekend for only $130! The festival includes over 30 artists performing throughout the weekend along with a variety of delicious food vendors. Last year’s musicians included John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Leon Bridges, Band of Horses, and Gary Clark, Jr.

For the college student

to-do notepad Poppy: A new planner or weekly to-do notepad might be a lifesaver for the student in your life.

True/False Film Fest: Every student should experience True/False at least once! Simple passes are on sale for $100 and allow the passholder to reserve up to 10 tickets for films Friday-Sunday. [True/False is coming up March 1-4, 2018]

Lucky’s Market: Give the gift of groceries to your college student – pick up a gift card in-store or have one mailed out by calling the home office at 303-530-0782, extension 147.

For the child who is technically a pet

Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market: Choose from a huge selection of cat and dog food, toys, treats, accessories, and more.

Hanukkah decorated dog treatsTreats Unleashed: Get a sweater or holiday gift bag for your pup! Treats Unleashed has adorable freshly-baked treats and holiday collars, perfect for family photos.

For the one who is always eating

9 small jelly jar pies from Peggy Jean's PiesPeggy Jean’s Pies: Peggy Jean’s does this cool thing where they will SHIP PIES TO YOU. The pies come in cute little jars, and they are just as delicious as a standard-size pie. Of course, you can also order a normal pie to pick up from the shop.

GoPo: This gourmet popcorn is available at Plume, and offers flavors like Snapped Ched, Cookies N Cream, 1/2 Caramel, Everything Tiger, Slowburn Kettle, and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.

For your grandparents

Give your grandparents a special gift made by you at The Canvas on Broadway or Confetti Craft Co. The Canvas has several holiday paintings coming up, and they walk you through each step (perfect for those of us who aren’t artists). Confetti Craft Co. gives you the option of unique projects like wooden coasters, string art, a dog leash, and a mason jar planter.

For your boss

Holiday Decor at The Candy FactoryThe Candy Factory: The Candy Factory has everything from mugs and holiday to decor to fudge and, of course, candy! You’ll be able to find your boss a small, easy gift here.

Kent’s Floral Gallery: Kent’s has a beautiful selection of holiday flower arrangements and simple red poinsettias.

For the one you can’t talk to before they’ve had coffee

gift pack from Fretboard Coffee with 12 oz coffee, shirt, sticker and bagFretboard Coffee: Get the ‘Caffeine Addict Gift Pack,’ which includes a 12 oz. bag of coffee (your choice) and a Fretboard t-shirt.

Lakota Coffee: Lakota has a ton of gift ideas that would be perfect for your coffee-loving friend including tumblers, coffee of the month clubs, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and coffee brewers and samplers.

Still stuck? Here are a few more ideas:

Boone County History and Culture Center: Hundreds of book titles on local and state history, historical figures, culture, nature and adventure, along with postcards and Boone County Bank commemorative holiday ornaments

Logboat Brewing Co.: Merch and beer!

Ragtag Cinema: Gift card

holiday doughnuts from Harold'sHarold’s Doughnuts: A doughnut sweatshirt or doughnuts, obviously

Boone Olive Oil Co.: Olive oil and vinegar sampler

Office of Cultural Affairs: City of Columbia commemorative poster (scroll through the gallery for all of the options)

wooden ornament in the shape of missouri with a heart carved out where Columbia is with words underneath 'Columbia Missouri'Convention & Visitors Bureau: Columbia ornament made by Nestled Pines Woodworking – come by our office at 300 S. Providence if you’re interested in buying one! They are $8 plus tax.


Happy Holidays from the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau! 

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

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Not looking forward to cooking a big meal on Thanksgiving or Christmas? We totally understand. Here are some options for dining in this holiday season:

11Eleven | The Broadway Hotel
Open for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve

Applebee’s | 2010 I-70 Dr. SW
Thanksgiving open 4-10 PM
Christmas Eve open regular hours
Christmas Day open 4-10 PM

Bob Evans | 3000 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open 8 AM – 8 PM
Christmas Eve open until 6 PM

Cheddar’s | 1010 I-70 Dr. SW
Christmas Eve open until 9 PM

Churchill’s | Holiday Inn Executive Center
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Cracker Barrel | 3304 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open regular hours
Christmas Eve open until 2 PM

Garden Grille | Hilton Garden Inn
Open regular hours for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Glenn’s Cafe | The Tiger Hotel
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day (hours have not yet been set)

Golden Corral | 3421 Clark Ln.
Thanksgiving open 10:30 AM – 5 PM
Christmas Eve open 7:30 AM – 4 PM

Grand Cru | 2600 S. Providence
Thanksgiving open 11-3 PM

McDonald’s | 415 N. Stadium Blvd.
Thanksgiving open regular hours
Christmas Eve open until 7 PM

Texas Roadhouse | 2005 W. Worley
Christmas Eve 11 AM – 8 PM

TGI Fridays | 3030 I-70 Dr. SE
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day (hours have not yet been set)

Truman’s | 3304 W. Broadway Business Park Ct.
Thanksgiving open 2 PM – 1:30 AM
Christmas Eve open regular hours
Christmas Day open 2 PM – 1:30 AM

Upper Crust | 3919 S. Providence
Thanksgiving open 11 AM – 5 PM with reservations

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Looking for a great shopping experience, a free holiday event for the family, or a musical on-stage performance? Columbia has it all! Find details below on shopping, free holiday events, holiday celebrations, music and on-stage performances, and more. We’re looking forward to celebrating with you!


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Columbia Holiday Festival November 17-19
Friday 6-9 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM 
Holiday Inn Executive Center
The Holiday Festival provides unique items every year including stained glass, custom pottery, specialty food and beverages, custom jewelry, fur accessories, Christmas décor, children’s clothing, books, toys and much more.

Sip and Shop November 18
Saturday 8 AM – 3 PM
Columbia Country Club
During brunch, sip complimentary wine, and browse over 40 vendors including Scentsy, LuLaRoe and It Works!

Fall into Art November 18-19
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM 
Parkade Plaza
Fall Into Art blends art, music, and education to provide a weekend destination for the entire family.

Kings Daughters Holiday Shopping Mart November 18
Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
Country Club of Missouri
Shopping event with local stores and craftspeople.

Shop Small Business Saturday November 25
Saturday
Local shops and businesses

2nd Annual Christkindlmarkt December 1
Friday 5:30-8:30 PM 
Gunter Hans
We’ll be going all out with Christmas themed booths from Columbia favorites like Koeze Nuts, Mid-Missouri Wood Carvers, Optimist Club (Christmas Trees), Noonday and Senza Gluten Free Foods (Christmas cookies).

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair December 9 
Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM
Battle High School
Admission fee is $2, which includes a raffle ticket for a door prize. Great place to finish up your last-minute holiday shopping.


FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro through December 24
Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts, all for free. See schedule of events at BassPro.com.

Santa’s Welcome Party November 18
Saturday 9 AM 
Columbia Mall
Bring the whole family to greet Santa as he arrives from the North Pole. Enjoy balloon art & crafts for the little ones, treats, and a special gift from Santa.

38th Annual Holiday Parade November 19
Sunday 3 PM
The District

Black Friday Wassail Walk November 24
Friday 12-5 PM 
Rocheport
Escape the madness of Black Friday and stroll through town, shop, and enjoy this free event as merchants participate in a friendly competition to see who has the best wassail recipe.

Magic Tree Lighting November 30
Thursday 5 PM
Village of Cherry Hill

Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting November 30 
Thursday 6 PM 
Shelter Insurance, West Broadway

Living Windows December 1
Friday 6 PM
The District
Shopkeepers throughout The District move all the merchandise out of their front windows and stage live holiday performances for onlookers.

Centralia Tractor Parade December 15
Friday 7 PM
Downtown Centralia
The annual Young Farmers Tractor Parade will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 7 p.m. in downtown Centralia.


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March Family Christmas December 3-6
Sunday-Wednesday 7:30 PM 
Historic Senior Hall, Stephens College
This annual Victorian holiday celebration will include lovely Christmas carols, dancing and treats, as enjoyed every year. Join Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they try to keep up their spirits during the holidays while their father is away at war.

City Kwanzaa Celebration December 9
Saturday 2-5 PM
Progressive Missionary Baptist
Come celebrate this African-American holiday which is based around developing positive families and communities.  There will be community awards given, entertainment and a holiday feast.


MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTSnutcracker ornament on a tree

Joyeux Noel: Chamber Music of Ravel and Faure December 1
Friday 7 PM
First Baptist Church of Columbia
This program indulges in all-French chamber music, prominently featuring Maurice Ravel’s piano trio, violin sonata and Chansons madécasses for exotic combination of voice, piano, flute and cello. Last half will feature Gabriel Faure’s gorgeous piano quartet No. 1 with musicians from the University of Missouri.

An Antique Carol December 1-3, 7-10
Friday-Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Talking Horse Productions
Titus Canby is the name of this version of Ebenezer Scrooge, and he is taken to task by the ghosts of past, present, and future to discover the true joys of life!

Danú: A Christmas Gathering ‘Féile Na Nollag’ December 2
Saturday 7 PM
Missouri Theatre
Danú’s Christmas Gathering offers a taste of these extraordinary events, which have been held across Ireland for hundreds of years. Celtic music lovers around the globe have been thrilled by their virtuoso players on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion and the gorgeous voice of Nell Ní Chróinín along with top notch guest dancers.

Sounds of the Season December 3
Sunday 4 PM
Hickman High School
This Columbia Community Band concert will feature some well-known composers, including Mozart and Holst, along with familiar holiday pieces including Auld Lange Syne, March of the Toys, and Dreidel Dance.

The Great Russian Nutcracker December 4
Monday 7 PM
Jesse Auditorium
Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes.

A Time for Christmas December 9-10
Saturday-Sunday 7 PM
Memorial Baptist Church
See the Memorial Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra perform this Broadway-style musical, an imaginative adventure through 2000 Christmases of hope and changed lives.

Symphony of Toys December 17
Sunday 3 PM
Missouri Theatre
Members of Columbia Chorale team up with the Missouri Symphony Society to perform selections during the Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert.


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Turkey Trax 5K November 23
Thursday 8:30 AM 
Ultramax Sports
The Boone Hospital Turkey Trax Run provides friends and family a chance to do something active before they start their traditional celebration while benefiting a local charity.

Christmas Brew ‘n View: Christmas Vacation November 25
Saturday 8:30 PM

The Blue Note
A very special Christmas Brew ‘n View featuring National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation complete with Christmas themed drink specials and free candy canes.

Holiday Home Tour December 1-3 
Friday 1-4 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM, Sunday 1-4 PM
Women’s Symphony League’s 34th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Tour the homes of: Mary Phillips & Brian Treece; Jane Mandel; Julie & Scott Swain; and Lili Vianello & John Shrum – all in the Grasslands.

Jingle Bell Run December 2
Saturday 8 AM 
Stephens Lake Park
Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer run or walk with your team members, spreading smiles, good cheer and a winning spirit.

Caroling for Cocktails & Cash December 2
Saturday 2-5 PM
Rocheport
For $5 we will provide commemorative cup to sample a variety of cocktails as you stroll through the shops and sing for your sips from 2-4 PM. Be sure to enter the Caroling Sing-Off to be held 4-5 PM followed by a live band playing Christmas tunes with a twist.

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour December 8
Friday 6:15 PM and 7:45 PM
Leaving from The ARC
Enjoy some of the City’s most beautiful holiday lights from the comfort of a Parks and Recreation mini-bus.

Winter Wonderland at Maplewood House December 10, 17 
Sunday 1-4 PM
Boone County History & Culture Center
The Historic 1877 Maplewood House is decorated for the holidays by professional local designers and florists for a beautiful walking tour. For a single ticket price, everyone also gains admission to the History & Culture Center and its holiday-themed model train exhibit.

Columbia Holiday Soiree December 16
Saturday 8 PM
The Blue Note
Break out your swankiest 60s garb and head down to Columbia’s oldest and classiest theatre for an unforgettable night of style, sophistication, and pure fantasy.


Happy Holidays from the CVB!blue lights on a large tree

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

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Whether you want family-friendly trick-or-treating or a Zombie Pub Crawl, Columbia has what you’re looking for. Celebrate Halloween with us!

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EVENTStrick-or-treating with a small jack 'o lantern

FAMILY EVENTS:

Haunted Observatory
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 6-8 PM at Laws Observatory
With the magical help of colleagues from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Laws Observatory is haunted by the ghosts of dead astronomers, including Galileo and Newton. Come and visit with these long dead astronomers and get a tour of the sky from the ghost of Professor Dumbledore.

(Not So) Frightening Friday
Friday, Oct. 27th 4-6 PM in The District
Take the kiddos trick-or-treating in The District for free.

Trunk or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 28th 4-6 PM at Columbia Orthopaedic Group 
Bring your kids in costume for some trunk-or-treating.

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, Oct. 29th 1-3 PM at Columbia Independent School
Dress up in your costume, grab a candy collector and join other families in the cafeteria. There will be sweet treats to share, a parade at 2:30 and games and fun activities. This event is open to the public.

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, Oct. 29th 6-8 PM at Faith Baptist Church
Bring the whole family out to Faith Baptist Church for a night everyone can enjoy. This kid-friendly Halloween celebration is filled with candy, hot chocolate and family photo ops.

GROWN-UP EVENTS:the three witches from movie Hocus Pocus

Brew ‘n View: Hocus Pocus
Wednesday, Oct. 25th 8 PM at The Blue Note
300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-virgin-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence.

Zombie Pub Crawl
Friday, Oct. 27th 6 PM in The District
Take a tour of downtown Columbia, find the cure for the Zombie Outbreak or help spread the plague. The crawl begins at 6:00 pm in the District at participating locations and goes until bars close. Your $10 wristband gets you FREE COVER at all participating locations, drink specials while you’re there, access to the secret scavenger crawl with a chance to win some cool prizes!

Monster Bike Bash
Saturday, Oct. 28th 10AM-8PM leaving from Flat Branch Park
Trail goons reunite for this FREE ghoulish ride back from the grave! The Monster Bike Bash is a Halloween inspired bicycle party on the Katy Trail! Bring out your alter ego and be sure to dress for the occasion.

Rocheport Oktoberfest IV: Monster Mash Edition
Saturday, Oct. 28th 12-9 PM in Rocheport
Free live music all day long from Noon – 9 pm! More beer variety, more vendors, more fun – plus a $250 grand prize for the best Halloween costume.

Brew ‘n View: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Monday, Oct. 30th 8:30 PM 
Kick off your Halloween by experiencing the chaos and delight of the world’s greatest (and only) rock & roll audience participation film, hosted (as always) by Mark “The Master” Chambers!

A Very Decadent Halloween
Tuesday, Oct. 31st 8:30 PM at Rose Music Hall
It is no secret: Halloween is DECADENT NATION‘s favorite holiday. For year’s DN has made an annual tradition of throwing the most festive Halloween parties in Mid-Missouri. $100 prize to the best Halloween costume.

Fear Fest
Thursday, Oct. 26th 8-11 PM 
Friday-Saturday  Oct. 27-28th 8 PM – 12 AM 
Sunday-Tuesday Oct. 29-31st 8-11 PM
Located at the Midway exit,  6399 US-40
FearFest is now in its 15th year of terror and features 4 amazing attractions at one location! Hawthorn State Asylum and The Mortuary (Haunted houses), Terror in the Woods (Haunted trail) and Zombie Safari Paintball (Shoot zombies while riding on our custom trailers!). Also new this year is the ability to customize your scare level.

Have a happy Halloween!


CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call 573-874-CITY (2489)
Tweet us @VisitColumbiaMO

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Father’s Day is coming up this weekend so we’ve put together some ideas on how you can celebrate with your dad in Columbia: 

For the Competitive Dad

Is your dad always trying to win? Let him show off his skills this weekend (we won’t tell you to let him win but it IS his day). Hit Lazer Lanesopens in a new window for bowling and laser tag or Midway Golf Complexopens in a new window for mini golf and go-karts. Another option is disc golf: Columbia is home to Harmony Bendsopens in a new window, a course designed by renowned disc golf course designer, John Houck. This course is sure to get the competition going, but easy on the trash talk – it’s a special occasion.

Gift: Pick something out at Rally Houseopens in a new window that represents dad’s favorite team or gift him with some locally-brewed beeropens in a new window. (It works in this category because then he can brag to his friends about how his daughter/son is the best. Win-win.)

For the Art-Loving Dad

For the art-lover, schedule a time at Paint the Canvasopens in a new window to create your own masterpiece together. Even the least creative person can follow along with the instructor! If your dad is more into performing arts, catch “Dirty Rotten Scoundrelsopens in a new window” this weekend at Columbia Entertainment Company.

Gift: Take dad to one of our many fantastic art galleriesopens in a new window and let him pick out a piece of art to own.

For the Foodie Dad

Father’s Day weekend is timed perfectly for foodies this year. Design your own ‘culinary tour’ downtown to take advantage of Restaurant Weekopens in a new window (June 12-18). You can also check out the Savory Summer Kickoffopens in a new window on Saturday at Bur Oak Brewing, which will include food samples from 30+ local chefs, live music, and drinks.

Gift: Buy dad a pair of SEC Beer Fest passesopens in a new window or order gourmet popcorn and a cute ‘Pop’ mug from Gopo (pictured).

For the Outdoorsy Dad

Of course, Columbia offers tons of options for outdoor activitiesopens in a new window. You and dad can go hiking, fishing, bird-watching, or rent a canoe/kayak at Finger Lakes State Parkopens in a new window.

Gift: Pick up something for dad to use in the great outdoors at Alpine Shopopens in a new window (spend $150 on dad and get $25 back for yourself) or Bass Proopens in a new window – we’re a fan of this folding hammockopens in a new window and Bug-A-Salt Salt Gunopens in a new window, both currently available at the Columbia location.


If none of the above ideas are your thing, you can always go with the tried-and-true dinner and a movie:

Grab a bite to eat:

Where to go to get the best:

What to see:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The team unravels the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy. (PG-13)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. (PG-13)

Baywatch – Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. (R)

All Eyez On Me – The true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. (R)

Cars 3 – To get back in the game, Lightning McQueen will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. (G)

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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 Bistroopens in a new window – 10 AM-3 PM | reservations: 573-698-2300

The Roof and Eleven Elevenopens in a new window – reservations: 573-818-6207

Holiday Inn Executive Centeropens in a new window – brunch in the Windsor Ballroom 11 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-445-8531 or email tthompson@holidaycolumbia.comopens in a new window

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Glenn’s Cafe – brunch available from 10:30 AM-3 PM

The Upper Crustopens in a new window – brunch buffet 9 AM-3 PM in the Champagne Ballroom | make your reservations onlineopens in a new window or by calling 573-874-3033

Grand Cru – buffet 10:30 AM-2 PM | reservations: 573-443-2600

The Tiger Hotelopens in a new window – brunch buffet | reservations: 573-875-8888 or email frontdesk@thetigerhotel.comopens in a new window

The Heidelbergopens in a new window – buffet 10 AM-1 PM | reservations for parties of 8 or more: 573-449-6927

Where to Shop

 

Poppyopens in a new window | 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 Farmsopens in a new window | 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 Factoryopens in a new window | 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 Scentsopens in a new window | 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 Toursopens in a new window
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.

Fringe Boutiqueopens in a new window | 914 E. Broadway
Does your mom love cowboy boots or clothes with a western edge? Check out this brand new boutique, owned by a local mom and daughter trio!

Roots N Blues N BBQopens in a new window
Advanced admission tickets are available now! Go ahead and get tickets for mom AND yourself.


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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

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

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

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

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.opens in a new window
December 3-4 at Warehouse Theatre

Moscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcrackeropens in a new window
December 1 at Jesse Auditorium

5 Lesbians Eating A Quicheopens in a new window
December 8-11, December 15-18 at Columbia Entertainment Company

See our calendar of eventsopens in a new window for a complete list.

Take a photo at the Magic Tree

Magic Tree, Columbia MO

The Magic Treeopens in a new window 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 festivalopens in a new window 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 optionsopens in a new window where you can pick up gifts for everyone on your list but you should also check out these special events:

1st Annual Christkindlmarktopens in a new window – December 2 at Gunter Hans, 5:30-8:30 PM
Battle FBLA Holiday Craft and Vendor Fairopens in a new window – December 10 at Battle High School, 8-12 PM
Holiday Gift Boutiqueopens in a new window – December 10 at Columbia Independent School, 9 AM
Columbia Winter Farmers Marketopens in a new window – 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 Fridaysopens in a new window in the North Village Arts District and Living Windowsopens in a new window, when shopkeepers stage live performances in their shop windows. On Saturday, join Columbia Parks and Rec at Progressive Missionary Baptist for the City Kwanzaa Celebrationopens in a new window. And Sunday? Check out the first annual Chocolate Festivalopens in a new window 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 Seriesopens in a new window 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 Paradeopens in a new window. 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 Lightingopens in a new window | December 1st, 6 PM
Santa and holiday music included.

Friends of Rocheport Christmas Tree Lightingopens in a new window | 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 Cribopens in a new window | 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 Touropens in a new window | 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 Touropens in a new window | 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 Christmasopens in a new window 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 Runopens in a new window 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 Aloneopens in a new window December 15th and Elfopens in a new window, 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:

11Elevenopens in a new window, 1111 E. Broadway (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – normal hours

Applebeesopens in a new window, 2010 I-70 Dr. SW (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 4-10 PM

Bob Evansopens in a new window, 3000 Clark Lane (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 8 AM – 8 PM

Broadway Breweryopens in a new window, 816 E. Broadway (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – bar only

Cheerleader Pub and Grillopens in a new window, Holiday Inn Express (Thanksgiving) – 11 AM – 10 PM

Denny’sopens in a new window, 1100 Knipp St. (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 24/7 with reduced menu

Flat Branchopens in a new window, 115 S. 5th St. (Christmas Eve) – closes at 4 PM

Glenn’s Cafeopens in a new window, 29 S. 8th St. (Thanksgiving) – 12-8 PM with limited menu and Thanksgiving plate special

Golden Corralopens in a new window, 3421 Clark Lane (Thanksgiving) – 10:30 AM – 5 PM

Grand Cruopens in a new window, 2600 S. Providence Rd (Thanksgiving) – 11 AM – 2 PM

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

IHOPopens in a new window, 51 Conley Rd (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – regular hours, closes at 2 PM on Christmas

McDonald’sopens in a new window, 415 N. Stadium Blvd (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – regular hours

Pizza Hutopens in a new window, 715 E. Nifong Blvd (Thanksgiving) – regular hours

Ruby Tuesdayopens in a new window, 2010 Bernadette Dr. (Thanksgiving) – 11-9 PM

Stadium Grillopens in a new window, Hampton Inn & Suites (Thanksgiving) – 3-10 PM

Starbucksopens in a new window, 2901 W. Broadway, #117 (Thanksgiving) – 6AM – 6 PM

TGI Fridaysopens in a new window, 3030 I-70 Dr. SE (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 11 AM – 11 PM

Truman’sopens in a new window, 3304 W. Broadway Business Park (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 2 PM – 1:30 AM

The Upper Crustopens in a new window, 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 Treatopens in a new window
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.

Spooktacularopens in a new window
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 Fridayopens in a new window
October 28th, 4-6 PM in The District 
Free trick or treating in The District.

Trunk or Treatopens in a new window
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 Craftsopens in a new window
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 & Hoopsopens in a new window
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 Creekopens in a new window
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 Showopens in a new window
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.

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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 Rangersopens in a new window
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 Runopens in a new window
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 Ballopens in a new window
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 Mashopens in a new window
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 Mashopens in a new window to Rocheport and catch the shuttle back to Columbia.

Halloween with Tech N9neopens in a new window
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 Houseopens in a new window
6399 US 40
FearFest is under new management this year and features two brand new attractions: Hawthorn State Asylum and The Mortuary.

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

Costume

Halloween makeup workshopopens in a new window
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 Costumesopens in a new window
819 E. Walnut St.
Monday-Saturday 11 AM-8 PM; Sunday 12 -5 PM

Party Cityopens in a new window
Broadway Market Place, 21 Conley Rd.
Monday-Friday 9 AM-9 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM-9 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 8 PM

Maude Vintageopens in a new window
818 E. Broadway
Monday-Thursday 12 PM – 7 PM; Friday-Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM; Sunday 1-5 PM

Leo’s Old Clothesopens in a new window
9 N. 9th St.
Monday-Friday 12-6 PM


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

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