See a show
December performances include family-friendly shows, holiday specials, and adult comedy:
opens in a new windowElf Jr.
December 3-4 at Warehouse Theatre
opens in a new windowMoscow Ballet: The Great Russian Nutcracker
December 1 at Jesse Auditorium
opens in a new window5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche
December 8-11, December 15-18 at Columbia Entertainment Company
See our opens in a new windowcalendar of events for a complete list.
Take a photo at the Magic Tree
opens in a new windowThe 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 opens in a new windowfestival for the ‘lighting of the tree’ on December 1st with Santa, food trucks, and holiday fun.
Go holiday shopping
We have all the usual opens in a new windowshopping options where you can pick up gifts for everyone on your list but you should also check out these special events:
opens in a new window1st Annual Christkindlmarkt – December 2 at Gunter Hans, 5:30-8:30 PM
opens in a new windowBattle FBLA Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair – December 10 at Battle High School, 8-12 PM
opens in a new windowHoliday Gift Boutique – December 10 at Columbia Independent School, 9 AM
opens in a new windowColumbia Winter Farmers Market – December 3, 10, 17 at Parkade Center 9-12 PM
Attend a festival
The first weekend of December is packed with festivals: head downtown on Friday, December 2nd, for opens in a new windowFirst Fridays in the North Village Arts District and opens in a new windowLiving Windows, when shopkeepers stage live performances in their shop windows. On Saturday, join Columbia Parks and Rec at Progressive Missionary Baptist for the opens in a new windowCity Kwanzaa Celebration. And Sunday? Check out the first annual opens in a new windowChocolate Festival at Parkade Center – pick up some holiday gifts from local vendors while enjoying chocolatey treats.
Listen to live jazz
opens in a new window“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 opens in a new windowCentralia 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:
opens in a new window51st Shelter Insurance Christmas Tree Lighting | December 1st, 6 PM
Santa and holiday music included.
opens in a new windowFriends 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.
opens in a new windowCandy Cane Crib | 115 W. El Cortez Dr.
You can’t miss the famous Candy Cane Crib! Santa will be there on December 10th.
opens in a new windowHoliday 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.
opens in a new windowIt’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 opens in a new windowA 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 opens in a new windowJingle 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