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Tis’ the season for delicious holiday meals enjoyed with family and friends. Check out our Christmas 2020 Dining Guide and enjoy less time in the kitchen this season!

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Bob Evans (573) 814-3256
Order by December 23 for December 24 pickup.

Cracker Barrel (573) 474-9977
Offering heat and serve meals December 21 – December 26.

Glenn’s Cafe (573) 447-7100
Reserve a spot now for a three course Christmas meal. Open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hoss’s Market and Rotisserie (573) 815-9711
Order by December 17 for December 24 pickup.

Hy-Vee
Several options available.

Nourish Cafe
Order by December 20 for pickup between December 22-24.

Sycamore (573) 874-8090
Limited quantities. Order by December 16 for December 24 pickup.

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December is here and brings with it the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and year-end activities. Why not take a moment to relax and enjoy the magic of holiday twinkling lights. Columbia has plenty of amazing light displays to enjoy this year. Here are some of the must see spots in 2020.

 

Cherry Hill Magic Tree

The original Magic Tree (4200 Merchant Street) has been a Mid-Missouri favorite for 25 years. You can also find magic trees at The Crossing (3615 Southland Drive), downtown in front of Commerce Bank (corner of 9th and Broadway) and at Unity Church (1600 West Broadway).

 

Take a walk through The District and enjoy the lighted columns at the Boone County Courthouse. If you stroll down Broadway, you’ll enjoy the magic tree, festive storefronts and pole mount light displays. Swing by the North Village Arts District and enjoy the lights near Fretboard Coffee.

 

Enjoy holiday lights from the safety and comfort of your vehicle when you drive-thru Veteran’s United Home Loans light display. This one mile loop of lights is located at 4700 South Providence Road and is open daily from 6:3o p.m. to 10 p.m. This “Bright Lights Holiday Nights” themed experience will be open December 7 through 20.

 

Candy Cane Crib

With over 45,000 lights, Candy Cane Crib (504 Fay Street) is a sight to behold. Visitors can stop by between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. through December 31.

 

 

Drive by the 26 foot Christmas tree at Shelter Insurance (1817 West Broadway) and enjoy 25 different LED animated light shows.

 

Veterans United Holiday Lights 2020

Stop by The North Pole (Brookthorn Court) and tune in to 95.3 while you take in the light show and living windows. You just might see The Grinch while you’re there. Check out the Gingerbread House (Dalcross Drive) and enjoy hot cocoa and candy canes and don’t forget to drop of your letter to Santa.

 

Warm Springs Ranch

Make your reservation online to to visit Warm Springs Ranch (25270 Hwy 98 – Boonville) and enjoy viewing the amazing Clydesdales and holiday lights from your vehicle. Open through December 30.

 

For even more holiday lights, check out this map of other light displays in the Mid-Missouri area. And don’t forget to follow us on social media where we’ll be sharing holiday photos, holiday gift ideas and more all season long!

 

 

 

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We’re winding down 2020 (yay!) but before we ring in the New (and better) Year, check out these fabulous holiday events happening in CoMo. 

Beautiful lights are adding holiday cheer to The District this season. While you’re downtown shopping for fabulous holiday gift items, be sure to check them out.

 

Our friends at The Columbia Mall are hosting virtual visits with Santa now through January 4. Make your reservations online before they’re sold out! If you would rather visit Santa in person, he will be on-site November 27 through December 24. Reservations are required.

 

Visit the Columbia Farmers Market November 24 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for their special Thanksgiving Market. Support local farmers and grab everything you’ll need for a delicious holiday feast or shop their new online market and enjoy the convenience of curbside pickup. 

 

Candy Cane Crib is back at Logboat Brewing Company! Festivities begin November 25 at 3 p.m. with the lighting at 6:06 p.m.

 

Be sure to stop by The Atrium November 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and shop handmade goods from local artisans, bakers and makers! Entry is free and a cash bar is available to all guests. 

 

Visit historic Rocheport November 27 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Wassail Walk. Enjoy sampling local merchant wassail recipes and vote for your favorite. 

If you love a good holiday light display, Warm Springs Ranch is sure to please. This year they are offering a drive-thru experience allowing you to enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights from the comfort of your own vehicle.  This event runs Thursdays through Sundays from November 27 through December 30. Reservations are required and spots are limited.

The Magic Tree is back and more beautiful than ever! This year, enjoy the tree lighting ceremony from the comfort of your own home during the December 3 virtual tree lighting at 6 p.m

Cherry Hill Magic Tree

Living Windows returns to The District December 4. Event details to follow.

2019 Living Windows

Head to  Ashland December 4 and enjoy the annual lighted tractor parade starting at 7 p.m. This year visitors will enjoy tractors, trailers, jeeps and more covered in holiday lights and decor.

The Missouri Symphony will be offering their annual holiday home tour virtually this year. Make your reservations now to enjoy a video tour of three gorgeous homes December 15 through January 3. Featured homes belong to notable Columbia sports figures Norm Stewart, Gary Pinkel and Atiyyah Ellison

Visit Centralia December 18 and enjoy the annual lighted tractor parade. Details to follow. 

 

While you’re out enjoying the festivities, please follow local health and safety guidelines to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

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Sit back, relax and let someone else do the cooking this Thanksgiving! There are plenty of delicious dining options available this year if you don’t feel like preparing a huge meal.

This list will be continuously updated. If you would like to include your restaurant in this list, please email Sandi Peterscreate new email at the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Barred Owl (573) 442-9323
Call or email to pre-order Thanksgiving turkeys by 11/17.

Bob Evans (573) 814-3256
Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cherry Street Cellar (573) 442-7281
Offering dine-in or carryout. Order online.

Cracker Barrel (573) 474-9977
Offering dine-in and carryout from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Order online.

Eleven Eleven (573) 818-6207
Pre-order by November 25 for pickup between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. November 26. Opens at 3 p.m. Thanksgiving for dine-in and Igloos.

Glenn’s Cafe (573) 447-7100
Reserve a spot now for a three course Thanksgiving dinner. Open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hoss’s Market and Rotisserie (573) 815-9711
Order by November 19th for November 25th pickup.

Hy-Vee
Several options available.

Sycamore (573) 874-8090
Limited quantities. Order online for November 25th pickup.

 

 

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There is no shortage of spooktacular things to do this Halloween in CoMo! Many events have been reimagined to keep the germs away. Get the details here on where you can enjoy the holiday safely.

 

House of Brokers Drive Thru Halloween
House of Brokers 1515 Chapel Hill Rd.
October 29 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us for a Scrumdiddlyumptious, ‘Willy Wonka’ themed outdoor Halloween Drive Thru October 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll have pre-packaged goodies for the kids as well as kettle corn. Feel free to wear your costumes or come as you are. We’d love to see your faces (from 6ft away of course!)

House of Brokers Halloween

 

Virtual Halloweenie
The District
October 30 – 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Halloweenie is happening virtually in 2020! Stay safe and join your favorite District businesses online, October 30 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., for a custom Halloweenie virtual event. The District will be live with DIY crafts, mask making, and a costume contest for the kids. Adults can enjoy “Adult Corner” where you can hear from your favorite restaurants, bartenders, retailers and more. A virtual link will be provided this week.

Treat goodie bags will be available at The District office, located at 11 South 10th Street, October 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. They will also be available October 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Goodie bags will include candy, DIY projects for kids, and special deals for adults  – all donated by downtown businesses. Treat bags are first come, first serve.

Virtual Halloweenie

 

Drive-Boo Trick or Treating
Columbia Parks & Recreation – Cosmo Park – 1615 Business Loop 70 W
October 31 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Columbia Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with Cumulus Media, is planning a safe and low-contact trick-or-treating experience for kids. Come see us October 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cosmo Park. 

Families will drive through the free event in Cosmo Park and collect treats through their car windows. 

Participants should enter Cosmo Park from the south end of the park, off Business Loop or Schwabe Lane near Rainbow Softball Complex. One-way traffic will be enforced as families drive through the event and collect treats. 

Participants should wear masks when interacting with event staff and volunteers and remain in their vehicles. All participants will be asked for their name and contact information for contact tracing purposes. All volunteers and staff will wear masks and gloves when interacting with participants. 

A car costume contest will also be held. Dress up your vehicle in its best spooky, silly, or fun costume. We’ll photograph the vehicles and post the pictures to 101.5 KPLA’s Facebook page! The public can vote on the submissions, and the winner will receive a Columbia Parks and Recreation gift certificate.

Drive-Boo Trick-or-Treating

 

Bring Your Own Big Wheel – Ghosts and Goblins
Columbia Parks and Recreation – The ARC – 1701 W. Ash
October 31 – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Kids, bring your fanciest Big Wheel or tricycle and cruise the ARC track! Prizes and awards will be given to all riders and mileage will be recorded. Big Wheels must be clean and approved by staff, bicycles are not allowed. don’t forget your costumes and cameras! 

COVID-19 guidelines: Registration is limited. Only one parent per child, parents/guardians must wear a mask.

Price: $5 per child, ages 2-6. October 31 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Bring Your Own Big Wheel

 

Midway Golf & Games
5500 W. Van Horn Tavern Road

Children 12 & under who are in costume during their visit will get a free pre-packaged treat with candy and more! Must purchase a corn maze pass. Supplies are limited. October 29 through October 30 only. 

Midway Gold and Games Corn Maze

 

Halloween at Four Oaks Farm
11805 East Judy School Rd
October 31 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Put on your costume and visit Four Oaks Farm October 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is a $5 admission fee (2 & under free).  There will be outdoor trick-or-treating, food trucks, live music and hayrides! The Farm store and all of the farm activities will be open during this event. More details will be added this week.

Pumpkins

 

Halloween Glow
Sky-Zone – 1201 American Parkway
October 30 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. AND October 31 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Have all the fun of jumping under glow lights AND get to participate in Halloween themed contests, games and giveaways. Costumes optional. Cost is $22.99. October 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sky Zone

Bonkers Spooktacular Halloween Party
Bonkers – 3812 Buttonwood Drive
October 30 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come to Bonkers October 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the best not-scary halloween party ever. $10 per person cost includes 2 slices of pizza and medium soft drink, a trip through the Bonkers Pumpkin Patch to choose your pumpkin, and a stop at the decorating station to personalize it. $5 play cards available for games. Bonkers guests will also enjoy free treat stations throughout the location. 

Bonkers

Treat Street!
Forum Christian Church – 3900 Forum Blvd.
October 31 – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Take a stroll down Forum’s Treat Street anytime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on October 31st. This drive-thru event will be a fun way for your kids to dress up and trick-or-treat all in the comfort and safety of your own car.

As you enter our parking lot, you will receive a net to collect candy. You will be directed through our parking lot where there will be stations resembling different children’s story books. Our team of volunteers at each station will pass out candy and other activities, and invite your kids to play games all from within your car. It will be a lot of fun for every member of the family! You won’t want to miss it!

Treat Street

 

Fall Festival
Christian Fellowship Church – 4600 Christian Fellowship Rd.
October 31 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For the past 20 years, Christian Fellowship Church has hosted a Fall Festival for the Columbia community. In light of Covid-19 we have re-imagined this year’s festival into an outdoor event. Our heart is to create a fun and safe space for families this fall with trunk-or-treating, candy, and more. There will also be food available for purchase at a variety of food trucks. Wear a costume or come as you are. Help us maintain a family friendly environment for all ages by wearing non-scary costumes.

Christian Fellowship Fall Festival

 

All Family Fall Festival
Grace Bible Church – 601 Blue Ridge Rd.
October 31 4 p.m.

Join us for trunk or treat and pumpkin painting October 31 at 4 p.m. Kona Ice and 12 Baskets Food Truck will be available for purchase.

All Family Fall Festival

 

Tail Waggin Trunk & Treat
Treats Unleashed – 4107 White Tiger Lane
October 21 – 6 p.m. to  8 p.m.

We will have tricked out rides for our annual tail waggin’ trunk-or-treat, an event that puts a spin on the Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating for the two-leggers that also includes the four-leggers! Our dogs are family too!

Trunks will be decorated and filled with homemade dog treats made with love by our volunteers. There will be a canine costume contest so get those costumes together! We will have candy for the kiddos so bring the whole family.

Prizes and give-aways for just a $5.00 donation to Unchained Melodies to help us care for our dogs. It’s going to be SPOOKTACULAR! 

*All CDC Guidelines will be followed. All volunteers will have masks on under their costumes. Social distancing and one way traffic will be implemented.

Trunk or Treat

 

Trick-or-Treat Party for Pets
Treats Unleashed – 1400 Forum Blvd.
October 31 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our annual Trick or Treat party is still happening this year!

We’ve made some changes to keep everyone safe. Stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up your pets’ premade goodie bag, full of fun samples!

Costumes are not required, but are encouraged! We would love to see our pet friends this Halloween. This is an absolutely FREE event, though we will accept donations towards our Spotlight Groups – Central Missouri Humane Society and The Spay Neuter Project/No Kill Columbia.

Trick or Treat for pets

 

 

 

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For those celebrating Easter on Sunday, April 12, there are local shops and restaurants offering at-home arts and crafts, carryout meals and Easter baskets of goodies. Check out who is offering what this holiday weekend.

Arts & Crafts

Easter Basket with Two Eggs Pottery Painting Take-Home Kit at The Mud Room0

Somebunny Loves You Pottery Painting Take-Home Kit at The Mud Room

Catering Menus

11Eleven

Nourish Cafe & Market

Sweet Treats

Easter Baskets at The Candy Factory

Easter/Beerster Baskets at Burr Oak Brewing Co.

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Whether you are celebrating Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day or waiting for the discounted candy on February 15, there are exciting events you can take part in this Valentine’s Day. Check them out here!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Galentine’s Day at Coley’s

The Southern Rose Galentine’s Day Party

Ladies Night Out! at Jake’s Bar & Grill

Galentine’s Epic Pie Tasting at Peggy Jean’s Pies

Galentine’s Day Ladies Night! at The Mud Room

Galentine’s Day Party at DogMaster Distillery (rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19)

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Dim the Lights Valentine’s Dance Party at Cafe Berlin

Valentine’s Day with the Big Bang Brass Quintet at Broadway Brewery

Silverball Valentine’s Party

Valentine’s Day Champagne Tasting at Gunter Hans

Valentine’s Dinner at the Columbia Country Club

Wine Lovers Tasting & Tour for Two at Les Bourgeois Vineyards

Wine & Whiskers at Papa’s Cat Cafe

Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot at Woof’s Play & Stay

Pottery Valentine’s Date Night at The Mud Room

Sugarwitch Valentine’s Day Pop-Up at Fretboard Coffee

Valentine’s Special at COMO AXA Attack with Paint the Town

Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Les Bourgeois Vineyards

 

No matter where you celebrate or who you celebrate with, Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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This year, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Amy Schneider went through Columbia on a quest to find some of Columbia’s local hidden gems. Her Shop Local adventures were shared every week this summer and through the holiday season.

Look through and see where all Amy went and what she saw along the way!

Thank you to all of the local shops who participated and shared their time and stories! Shopping Local isn’t just for the summer or the holidays, it’s for the whole year! We’ll see you in 2020!

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Special events, tree lightings, concert performances and more await you when you spend the holidays in CoMo.

Check out everything Columbia has to offer this holiday season!

 

Special Events

Holiday Lights at Warm Springs Ranch

December 5 – 8, 12 – 15, 19 – 22 & 26 – 29 at 5 p.m.

Living Windows in the District

December 6 at 6 p.m.

Holiday Cheer at The Bistro

December 6 – 8 at 6 p.m.

Jingle Bell Run

December 7 at 8 a.m.

December Pop-Up: Sugarberry Blooms

December 7 at 10 a.m.

City Kwaanza Celebration

December 7 at 2 p.m.

Gingerbread House Competition & Display

December 8 at 12 p.m.

Little Bethlehem

December 13 – 15 at 6 p.m.

A Gospel Christmas Celebration

December 14 at 7 p.m.

 

Concerts & Performances

The Trans-Siberian Experience: The Prophecy

December 3 at 7 p.m.

An Antique Carol

December 5 – 8 & 12 – 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

December 6 – 7 & 11 – 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Columbia Community Band’s Sounds of the Season Concert

December 8 at 4 p.m.

A Very Vintage Christmas: Featuring the Cabaret for a Cause

December 9 at 7 p.m.

The Great Russian Nutcracker

December 11 at 7 p.m.

Love, Peace, Joy: Annual Unity Holiday Concert

December 15 at 3 p.m.

 

Festivals

Boonville’s Miracle on Main Street Christmas Festival

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Caroling for Cocktails & Charity in Rocheport

December 7 at 2 p.m.

 

Fairs & Markets

Columbia Farmers Market – Winter Season

December 7, 14 & 21 at 9 a.m.

Christmas Resale

December 7 & 8 at 8 a.m.

Battle High School FBLA Holiday Craft Fair

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Santa’s Little Work Shop Craft Show

December 7 at 9 a.m.

Holiday Maker Market

December 8 at 2 p.m.

 

Tree Lightings

Magic Tree Festival

December 5 at 6 p.m.

Shelter Insurance Holiday Tree Lighting

December 5 at 6 p.m.

Friday Nights at the Magic Tree

December 6, 13 & 20 at 6 p.m.

 

Parades & Tours

Holiday Lights and Sights Tour

December 6 at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m.

Holiday Home Tour

December 8 at 1 p.m.

Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade

December 20 at 7 p.m.

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