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Christmas

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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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:

opens in a new window11Eleven, 1111 E. Broadway (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – normal hours

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

opens in a new windowBob Evans, 3000 Clark Lane (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 8 AM – 8 PM

opens in a new windowBroadway Brewery, 816 E. Broadway (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – bar only

opens in a new windowCheerleader Pub and Grill, Holiday Inn Express (Thanksgiving) – 11 AM – 10 PM

opens in a new windowDenny’s, 1100 Knipp St. (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 24/7 with reduced menu

opens in a new windowFlat Branch, 115 S. 5th St. (Christmas Eve) – closes at 4 PM

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

opens in a new windowGolden Corral, 3421 Clark Lane (Thanksgiving) – 10:30 AM – 5 PM

opens in a new windowGrand Cru, 2600 S. Providence Rd (Thanksgiving) – 11 AM – 2 PM

opens in a new windowHoliday 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

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

opens in a new windowMcDonald’s, 415 N. Stadium Blvd (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – regular hours

opens in a new windowPizza Hut, 715 E. Nifong Blvd (Thanksgiving) – regular hours

opens in a new windowRuby Tuesday, 2010 Bernadette Dr. (Thanksgiving) – 11-9 PM

opens in a new windowStadium Grill, Hampton Inn & Suites (Thanksgiving) – 3-10 PM

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

opens in a new windowTGI Fridays, 3030 I-70 Dr. SE (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 11 AM – 11 PM

opens in a new windowTruman’s, 3304 W. Broadway Business Park (Thanksgiving, Christmas) – 2 PM – 1:30 AM

opens in a new windowThe 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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Each year, the  opens in a new windowUniversity Concert Series brings the holiday spirit to Columbia and this year is no exception. Get your tickets now for these holiday favorites to continue a family tradition or even start a new one.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: November 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Tchaikovsky’s classic score for this Christmas story opens with a “Miniature Overture.” The music sets the fanciful holiday mood by using upper registers of the orchestra exclusively as the curtain opens to reveal the iconic Moscow Skyline and guests arriving for a Christmas Eve Party. The tale embarks with an elegant Nutcracker performance to a Grand Pas de Deux. The midnight Christmas festivity then concludes with the luxurious Farewell Waltz of the Flowers.

Chris Isaak Holiday Show: November 30th at 7:00 p.m.

An American rock icon and occasional actor comes to Columbia with hits like Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing, Wicked Game, Somebody’s Crying, Can’t Do A Thing To Stop Me and Let Me Down Easy. Enjoy holiday favorites such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Let it Snow.

A Christmas Carol: December 10th at 7:00 p.m.

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan brings this holiday classic back to the Jesse stage. A Christmas Carol is a rich and thrilling experience with a production of ensemble music that all ages will enjoy. Viewers will cherish this luxurious annual holiday classic featuring live musicians and Broadway-style scenery and costumes.

Mannheim Steamroller: December 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Transposing well-known holiday melodies from major keys to mixolydian mode, adding plenty of percussion and enough reverb to make recorders sound in tune, has made Davis the best-selling Christmas recording artist ever. What’s more, somewhere along the way, the fresh sounds of Fresh Aire became a holiday tradition all on its own. Hear your favorite holiday tunes like Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Little Drummer Boy, Greensleeves, O Holy Night, Deck the Halls, We Three Kings, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Each of these spectacular shows is sure to create a memorable evening in Columbia. Which show is a can’t miss for you? Tell us in the comments!

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