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Tis the season for holiday merriment with friends, family and coworkers. Whether you’re looking for a space for that team celebration or a place for the in-laws to rest their heads, these deals from local hotels will make being jolly a breeze this season.


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Hampton Inn & Suites | November – December
Book at the Hampton Inn & Suitesopens PDF file  during the months of November or December and receive a complimentary room rental with a $500 food and beverage minimum. Complimentary AV equipment provided.

Stoney Creek | December 2020
Book online and use the code “HOLIDAY” for 20% off during your December 2020 stay.

Tiger Hotel | November 15 – January 15
Tiger Hotel is offering a holiday dinner promotionopens PDF file now through January 15 that features a three course menu for $40. Enjoy a signature cocktail for only $5 more.

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Holiday shopping can be stressful, especially in 2020. Ease your stress this year by shopping local in CoMo! Our local stores have made it easier than ever to shop local this holiday season with many stores offering convenient online shopping, curbside pickup and free local delivery. We’ve even compiled a list of amazing items found locally that your family and friends are sure to love. Happy shopping!


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For the Sweet Tooth

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life, look no further than The Candy Factory. In business for almost 50 years, The Candy Factory has perfected the art of chocolate making. Grab a gift basket filled with all of the Candy Factory’s best chocolates or a box of assorted truffles in a festive holiday box. Visit their newly redesigned website for convenient online ordering. We also can’t resist a good homemade pie and Peggy Jean’s Pies makes some of the best pies we’ve ever tasted. We are totally in love with their White Chocolate Strawberry, but you can’t go wrong with any of their flavors.

Candy Factory Truffles


For the Cook

We love this 6 piece olive oil and vinegar sampler pack from Boone Olive Oil Co. Choose from over 40 flavors of olive oil and vinegar to create a unique flavor experience. Shop in person and enjoy free samples or order online for convenient curbside pickup.

Boone Olive Oil


For the Coffee Enthusiast

Columbia is home to some pretty amazing coffee shops. For the Fretboard Coffee fan, pick up a bag of of their Moka Java Holiday Blend. Give the gift that keeps on giving with a Camacho Coffee monthly coffee club subscription for as low a $17. Grab that caffeine fiend a coffee sampler from Lakota Coffee featuring 3 one pound bags in flavors of your choice. Fill their cup with love this holiday when you gift them a 12 oz bag of Love Coffee for $13.00.



For the Alcohol Aficionado

The wine love on your list will no doubt appreciate a gift from Les Bourgeois. They’ve made shopping easy with options at a variety of price points. Create a truly one-of-a-kind gift when you build your own gift box. Know someone who appreciates a  good cocktail? Give them the gift of a Dogmaster Distillery bottle of spirits. Got a craft beer fan on your shopping list? Check out Logboat Brewing Company’s custom stout, “Bennie”. This oak aged mocha stout coffee blend was created in partnership with Fretboard Coffee.

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For the Fragrance Fanatic

Create a custom scent for that special someone at Makes Scents. Choose from perfume oils, designer fragrances for her or designer fragrances for him to come up with your perfect blend. Can’t decide which scent will suit them best? How about a Scent Box subscription featuring a mix of full size and deluxe samples from Makes Scents bath, body and home product lines. Shop in store or online.

Makes Scents


For the Furry Friend

Got a fuzzy bestie you want to spoil this holiday? Check out Lizzi & Rocco’s Natural Pet Market. They have a fabulous assortment of goodies for dogs, cats and small animals. Cats go crazy for these Chilly Dog Catnip BarnYarn Animals and dogs will be sure to enjoy a special treat from their bakery. How cute are these leg lamp cookies?!

Lizzi & Rocco’s


For the Art Appreciator

If you’re looking for fabulous gifts for the art lover in your life, head to the Columbia Art League in the North Village Arts District. They feature amazing local artists and even offer a convenient payment plan and easy online shopping. Another local favorite is ARTlandish Gallery, where you’ll find locally made woodcrafts, ceramics, jewelry, blown glass and more. Don’t forget to head down to the catacombs while you’re there for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.



For the Outdoorsy

Looking for the perfect gift for the lover of the great outdoors? Stop by The Alpine Shop and choose from brands like Sorel, Columbia and Patagonia. We adore these Smartwool socks for cold weather excursion! Know someone who enjoys biking our gorgeous Mid-Missouri trails? Head to Walt’s Bike Shop and explore their selection of bikes, including electric assist bikes from Trek and Electra.

Alpine Shop

For the Lover of all things Vintage

Vinyl records have really gained in popularity over the last few years. Hitt Records, Columbia’s only independent, locally owned record store, is stocked with classic vinyl records/LP’s and 45’s. They also sell vintage turntables at affordable prices. If you’re looking for cool vintage apparel, visit Maude Vintage Clothing & Costumes in The District. They carry an amazing assortment of vintage apparel perfect creating a unique look or fun costume.

Hitt Records


For the Child

Speckled Frog Toys & Books is the place to visit in CoMo for fabulous education toys, books and gifts. They offer curated toys that encourage parents and children to discover and explore together. How adorable is this Jade K Doll?! Shop by appointment or online.


Jade K Doll


For the Selective Someone

We all have that one friend or family member on our list that it’s impossible to shop for. You can’t go wrong with a gift card! Stop by Columbia Mall and pick up a gift card that can be used at any of the mall’s 85 stores.

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We hope this list helps you during your holiday shopping journey! For a comprehensive list of shopping available in Columbia, check out our shopping directory at And be sure to follow us on our social media channels where we’ll be posting great gift ideas all season long.

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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.

Several options available.

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



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Tiger fans, are you ready for game day!?

The Mizzou Tigers kick off Saturday, October 10 at 11 a.m. against the LSU Tigers.



This game is being relocated from LSU to Mizzou’s Faurot Field due to Hurricane Delta threatening the Baton Rouge, LA area. Mizzou Athletics is working to provide donors and season ticket holders the priority to purchase their 2020 relocated seats for this game. Mizzou season ticket holders can go to their MyMizzou account, where tickets have been pre-loaded with an invoice available to claim their tickets. Tickets must be reserved by Thursday, October 8 at 2 p.m. as tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, October 9 at 9 a.m. Any tickets not purchased by Thursday’s deadline will be included in Friday’s public sale.


Parking passes will be loaded onto Mizzou ticket accounts after season ticket holders have purchased single-game tickets. Parking will be managed in fans MyMizzou accounts, as well as the Mizzou Tigers app, along with game tickets. Parking lots will open at 8 a.m.


The 2020 football season looks different than anything we’ve seen in years past. Mizzou Athletics is diligently working with University leadership, the Southeastern Conference, NCAA, and with the advisement of public health officials on developing a plan for a safe return to intercollegiate athletics competition this fall. Capacity limits, cashless payments, face coverings and digital ticketing are just a few ways things have changed. For a comprehensive list of 2020 fan guidelines, please visit

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.


  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • GoCOMO will provide FREE shuttles to the game.

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in The District for lunch or dinner options.


Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating has been prohibited on the Mizzou campus during the 2020 season.
  • Still want to hang out with friends before the game? Check out a Columbia park for tailgating! Please remember to celebrate safely and maintain social distance.


We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:



Ben Miller Band at Rose Park @ 6 p.m.


Arkansauce at Rose Park @ 6 p.m.


The January Lanterns at Rose Park @ 6 p.m.


2020 Corn Maze at Shryocks Callway Farms

Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze – Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2020 Corn Maze is a tribute to the Kansas City Chiefs 2020 Super Bowl LIV victory.  Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze,  hayrides, roaring campfires and pumpkins. This corn maze will be open weekends beginning September 18th.

Midway Golf and Games Corn Maze – Midway Golf & Games, 5500 West Van Horn Tavern Road.  Midway Golf & Games has added a corn maze to their 2020 fall season. They have partnered with Special Olympics Missouri and will be donating a portion of the profits from the maze to support the programs for more than 16,900 athletes. The corn maze will feature a design highlighting Special Olympics. They will also be offering a pumpkin patch, mums, hayrides and fire pits. The corn maze will be open beginning September 18th.

Columbia Farmers Market – October 10 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!


Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Bring on the pumpkin spice: it’s Fall in Missouri! This year looks a little different with many of our beloved fall festivals cancelled. However, there are still plenty of spook-tacular things to see and do before cold weather sets in. Here are just a few places we suggest visiting this fall.


It just wouldn’t feel like fall without a trip to the corn maze. The corn maze at Shryocks Callaway Farms opened September 18 and is a favorite for visitors of all ages. Layout and theme of the maze changes yearly and the theme for 2020 is Champs. Enjoy S’Mores by one of the campfire areas that comes complete with roasting sticks and a picnic table. Reservations are required and can be made during regular corn maze hours. Pumpkins will be for sale in late September. 

Photo Courtesy Shryocks Callaway Farms


Midway Golf & Games has added a corn maze to their fall 2020 season. They have partnered with Special Olympics Missouri and will be donating a portion of the profits to support programs for more than 16,000 athletes. In addition to the corn maze, they will have a pumpkin patch, mums, hayrides and firepits. Take advantage of one of their fall combo cards and enjoy a round of mini golf, a go kart ride or some time in the batting cage along with your trip through the corn maze. 

Photo by Sandi Peters


If you’re looking for pumpkins, there are plenty of places to find them in Mid-MO. Peach Tree Farms, about 20 minutes west of Columbia, offers an assortment of pumpkins and gourds starting October 1. The farm also offers hayrides, food for animals, Bunny Ville, Corny Crib and several photo opportunities. A great way to spend an afternoon with the family. 


Photo by Sandi Peters


Strawberry Hill Farms is open for the fall season from September 1 through October 31. We adore their assortment of unique pumpkins and gourds as well as their colorful mums. Houseplant fans will enjoy their selection of succulents and easy care houseplants. 

Photo by Sandi Peters


Mum season is in full swing at CMSE Giving Gardens. You will find a variety of mums, pumpkins and gourds available through October. Don’t forget to check out their houseplants too. 

Photo by Sandi Peters


Lloyd’s Family Farm in Ashland is another must see this fall. The farm offers a variety of pumpkins in their you-pick patch as well as hayrides, a corn maze and other family friendly activities. After pumpkin season ends, the farm transitions into selling Christmas trees. 

Photo Courtesy of Lloyd’s Family Farm


Visit Four Oaks Farm, LLC 4th generation family farm and you’ll find pumpkins, mums and more. A perfect place for the family to visit, they offer a cow train and a variety of outdoor activities for kids. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 31. 

Photo Courtesy of Four Oaks Farm


If you’re more interested in a good scare, Fear Fest Haunted House might be for you. Located at the Midway exit, this haunted house is open select hours in October and November. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information regarding their 2020 safety precautions and hours. 

Photo Courtesy of Fear Fest Haunted House


We hope this list gives you some ideas of fun places to visit this fall! Be sure to tag us in your fall photos using #ShowMeCoMo.

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Happy Fri-yay, Columbia!

What a crazy cold week it’s been! Luckily, it looks like warmth is on the horizon. We’ve certainly earned it after that Polar Vortex shenanigan!

While we are super excited for some warmer weather, we just might be even more thrilled by the amazing things happening this weekend! Let’s dive in, shall we?




First Friday

Not only is it the first day of February, it’s the first Friday of the month! That means the North Village Arts District is celebrating First Friday, a free gallery crawl where residents, visitors and tourists are encouraged to come and enjoy the music, arts and entertainment that help make Columbia the vibrant city that it is. It’s the perfect way to kick-off the weekend!


We are officially in countdown mode for the True/False Film Fest (happening Feb. 28 – March 3), but that doesn’t mean we have to wait the entire month for some True/False fun! True/Love is a one-day event where 10% of of the day’s proceeds from participating local retailers go back to True/False. Plus! Ragtag Cinema will offer a free ticket to shoppers with a purchase of $20 or more! Just be sure to save your receipts and redeem your ticket no more than 10 days after the purchase date. If this isn’t a motivation to shop local on Saturday, we don’t know what is!









Columbia Winter Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., everyone is welcome to attend the Winter Farmers Market at Parkade Plaza. Everything sold there is sold by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. What’s more, there is live entertainment, activities for children and even prepared food! Sounds like a great way to start your Saturday!


No matter where you spend your time this weekend, enjoy the glorious warm weather coming our way!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 21, and there are community events taking place to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Check out these special events below.

MLK Day of Service

Saturday, Jan. 19 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Each year, Americans across the country come together to serve their neighbors and communities. To honor Dr. King’s legacy the City of Columbia Volunteer Program is offering volunteer opportunities to participate in MLK Day of Service with an environmental cleanup on January 19th. Volunteers are invited to the Rainbow Softball Complex lot in Cosmo Park at 10 a.m. to pick up supplies and receive a cleanup assignment. For more information, please call 573.874.6271 or email volunteer@como.govcreate new email.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Service

Monday, Jan. 21 | 11:00 a.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, 800 West Stadium Blvd.

The Columbia NAACP will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program. A brief ceremony will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial on Stadium Blvd. followed by a motorcade from the MLK Memorial to Second Baptist Church. Motorcade will travel via Stadium Blvd. to Worley St. to Fifth St. to Broadway and end at Second Baptist Church on Broadway. Upon the motorcade’s arrival, a celebration program will begin at Second Baptist Church. A free community luncheon will be served following the program.

The motorcade will depart at 11:15 a.m. (all cars participating in the motorcade are asked to be on site by 11:00 a.m.). For more information contact Mary Ratliff at maryratliff40@yahoo.comcreate new email or 573.445.3231.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candle Light March and Memorial Celebration

Monday, Jan. 21 | 6:30 p.m.

The candle light walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Armory Sports Center, then proceed to the Memorial Celebration at St.  Luke UMC, where a service will be held. Open to all, free. For more information, please contact City of Columbia Parks & Recreation at 573.874.7460.

University of Missouri’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with Bree Newsom

Wednesday, Jan. 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Jesse Auditorium, 80 Conley Avenue

Bree Newsom, a contemporary civil rights icon, first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Newsome climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag. As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Bree brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required to attend the event but are free of charge and available at the Missouri Theatre. Visit for more information.

Unity: A Benefit Concert

Saturday, Jan. 26 | 7 p.m.

MO United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St.

This annual benefit concert features Columbia Community Gospel Choir, Columbia Chorale, and Columbia Kids Gospel Choir. The chorus will perform gospel-inspired works and highlight Dr. King’s call to serve one another regardless of one’s ability or resources. This event is free and open to the public. This year, all proceeds benefit the BOLD Academy, an organization that seeks to “empower and uplift Black and Brown Girls through enrichment opportunities, leadership training, education, and positive identity development.”

Below are other community sources providing cultural programs and events.

Blind Boone Home
Columbia Parks & Recreation
Confucius Institute
Daniel Boone Regional Library
Inclusive Impact Institute
Journey to Inclusive Excellence
Missouri Folk Arts Program

Thank you to the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs for providing this information! Be sure to monitor the event statuses as the winter weather comes in this weekend.

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What a week it’s been in Columbia! It started out beautifully with sunny skies and highs in the 60’s, and quite honestly, we forgot it was only January. Now, just a couple days later, we’re preparing for the first snow event of 2019.

While Mother Nature is laughing at this joke she’s playing on us, we can’t help but reminisce on those glorious days of sunshine and warmth. Everyone seemed to gravitate outdoors, and now we just can’t wait for all the fun and exciting things we’ll be able to do when we bid adieu to winter weather.

Parks & Trails

First and foremost, visiting the countless parks and trails in the area are a must when the sun is shining! Whether it’s hanging around the lake at Stephens Lake Park or exploring the various sections of the MKT Trail, the great outdoors provide several attractions for everyone to enjoy.

All the Patios

Columbia has so many restaurants with outdoor patios! And what’s more, many of them encourage furry friends to come with you (more on that later!). Patios are the perfect place to sit back, relax and take in everything going on around you. We can’t wait for patio days to be here again!

While we may have some wintry weather to get through before we can enjoy the balmy days of spring and summer, we’re still happy to know there are wonderful things to look forward to. Until then, stay safe and warm out there, folks!


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With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to decide where you’ll be at midnight when the New Year is officially here! Luckily, there is always somewhere to go and something to do in Columbia! Here are some exciting things happening on News Year’s Eve!

The Blue Note – DECADANCE, A New Year’s Celebration at 7 p.m.

This dance party is back for it’s fourth year! Travel through 100 years of dance and celebrate the past, present and future at DECADANCE!

Coley’s – New Year’s Eve at Coley’s featuring a special pre-fixe menu

Enjoy a special dinner at Coley’s as your meal of 2018! A special pre-fixe menu will be featured, so make your reservations now!

Holiday Inn Executive Center – New Year’s Eve Party @ 7 p.m.

Enjoy dinner, dessert and dancing at this special event! Three bands will be play all the music you love, and it will surely be a night to remember!

The Penguin Piano Bar – 2K19 Celebration @ 9 p.m.

Party it up at The Penguin and ring in the new year in style! Pianos and DJs will be there to ensure a fabulous night is had by all!

The Roof – New Year’s Eve Party at The Roof @ 8 p.m.

A live band, appetizers and party favors await you at this classy affair, and it will be a “Champagne Jam” for the ages! 11Eleven will also have a dinner special for two and is currently taking reservations!

Room 38 – NYE 2019 @ 9 p.m.

Celebrate and be merry at Room 38’s New Year’s Eve party! A DJ, live countdown and champagne toast will be featured as 2019 rolls in!

Rose Music Hall – Rose NYE @ 9 p.m.

Bands are coming out for one last 2018 performance! Join  opens in a new windowThe Royal Furs,  opens in a new windowViolet and the Undercurrents and  opens in a new windowOk Samaritan at Rose Music Hall and partake in a midnight champagne toast!

Silverball – NYE 2019 Party @ 9 p.m.

Fun and fabulous is the trend for ending 2018! Bottomless slushees, a dance lounge and all the games will be at Silverball this NYE!

The Social Room – “Another One Bites the Dust” NYE Celebration @ 8 p.m.

2018 is biting the dust, so we must celebrate! Two DJs and delicious food and drink specials will be waiting for you at The Social Room!

The Tiger Hotel – New Year’s Eve at the Tiger @ 7 p.m.

Gourmet dishes, delicious drinks and a champagne toast will be offered at The Tiger Hotel this NYE! What a way to ring in 2019!

Top Ten Wines – Gilded Decadence at @ 7 p.m.

Pop the bubbly and feel the New Orleans-inspired musical vibes at Top Ten Wines! Strike a pose in front of the backdrop and enjoy a festive evening at Top Ten Wines!

No matter where you decide to ring in 2019, we wish you the happiest new year!

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It’s the holiday season in Columbia, and there are so many things going on! Whether you’re looking for a family outing or a night on the town, we’ve got you covered with the latest and greatest events and offerings!


Logboat Brewing Company is hosting their annual Malts and Makers Market! Beginning at 5 p.m., the Taproom will be full of holiday cheer, local vendors selling their merchandise and local musicians singing their songs. Santa Claus is making an early stop at the Candy Cane Crib later in the evening, and you should, too!

The Magic Tree Celebration at The Crossing is where you can slow down and take in the beauty that encompasses the holiday season. Featuring live music, and hot beverages and countless photo opportunities, the Celebration is a great family-friendly event where long-lasting memories can be made. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., so plan accordingly!


The best food comes out during the holidays, and you can find it at the Columbia Winter Farmers Market! Join local farmers and artisans at the Parkade Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. You will find fresh vegetables & fruit, meat, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items and even more. This producer-only market will also feature live music, children’s activities, prepared food and other exciting things! Come and enjoy all the food and fun!

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