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While the weather in Columbia isn’t nearly as cold as usual this time of year, it will still be time to celebrate the season this Friday at the annual Living Windows Festival.

Living Windows Friday December 7th 6-8 pm

From 6:00-8:00 p.m. this Friday, Columbia’s downtown area, The District, is turned into a winter wonderland. Participating businesses will be staging live performances of popular holiday scenes in their windows. This annual festival is a celebration of the holiday season and marks the beginning of extended holiday hours for many businesses in The District.

Live window displays are the main feature of the evening´s festivities, but festival goers are invited to enjoy many other activities throughout the evening, including:

  • Open houses
  • Holiday treats and refreshments
  • Carolers and other holiday music
  • Free carriage rides through downtown
  • Live nativity scene
  • A visit from Santa Claus (Stop by the Landmark Bank to see our visitor from the North Pole-and don´t forget to bring your camera!)

Here’s a preview of what some of the shops in The District have planned for Friday:

Artlandish Gallery 
A Merry Jolly Artful Holiday Open House

Bluestem Missouri Crafts
Living Christmas Trees

Gigi and Her Girl

Candy Factory
Live Saxaphone player & refreshments

North Pole Sewing Lab

Makes Scents
A Very Brady Christmas

Maude Vintage 
Holiday After Hours

Hipster Holiday

PS: Gallery
Polar Express

Slackers CDs & Games
Nightmare Before Christmas

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream 
Holiday Night Fever

Rally House 
Celebrate the Holiday’s with the Tigers

Winter Wonderland

You should also be sure to stop by our new Visitor Center in City Hall (corner of 8th and Broadway) to check out our new space and join in some holiday cheer. Bundle up (maybe) and head down to The District and take in the sights at Living Windows!

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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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