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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!


SHOPPINGgold wrapped gift with red bow under a tree

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.


HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONSholiday gift with pine cones and hot chocolate

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.


MORE HOLIDAY EVENTSthanksgiving dinner on the table

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

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