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Today is November 19, 2017
Lexington, SC 29072

Nearby communities: Barr Road / Corley Mill Road / Lake Murray / Old Chapin Road

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Sunday, November 19th, 2017

  • | 11:00am - 6:00pm | Local Events, festival
    - Columbia, SC's largest outdoor oyster roast featuring steamed oysters for sell by the bucket brought to you by PEARLZ Oyster Bar. Also enjoy oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo for purchase once inside the festival.

    If oysters are not your thing, choose from several other food vendors and ice cold beer for sale. Bring your chairs, blankets, oyster knives, and appetite to the 21st annual event. Enjoy the historic grounds of two of Columbia's most beautiful house museums.

    Admission fee includes entry to the grounds and live music all day on 2 stages. Arts and Crafts vendors will be on hand displaying their creations. Children under 12 are admitted free and can pay a nominal fee to enjoy amusements and games making for great day for the family. Don't miss our wine garden and reduced rates on museum home tours.

    Admission price does NOT include Oysters.

    How much are tickets?
    Tickets are ONLY $5 in advance and $10 the day of the festival. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets include admission to festival featuring two stages of live entertainment all day and access to the grounds of Columbia's premier historic house museums. Arts and Craft vendors will be on hand displaying their talents and creations.

    How much are oysters?
    PEARLZ Oyster Bar will be selling buckets of steamed oysters for $10. Other vendors will sell oysters prepared in various ways at different price points. Oyster prices fluctuate from week to week and our vendors have to price based on costs the week of the festival.

    What should I bring?
    Cash, an ID, chairs, blankets, oyster knives and a great attitude.
    What should I leave at home?
    Pets, guns, food, drinks, fireworks, lame family members, and drama.

    Can I leave and come back in?
    We can make arrangements for you if you need to leave and return later.

    I purchased a groupon / living social / on-line ticket. Where do I redeem my voucher?
    SImply print your voucher and present at the gate for admission.

    Where do I park?
    There is ample parking in the blocks surrounding Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. We will have golf cart shuttles patrolling the area. Entry is on Blanding Street from Henderson Street or Pickens Street.

    What if I dont eat oysters?
    Well, you should try them. But if you have and don't like them, we have SEVERAL other food vendors with delicious choices available for purchase.

    Is this a family friendly festival?
    Yes indeed. We have a special childrens area with face painting and amusements available at nominal fees.

    I would like to tour the historic homes?
    Great - Historic Columbia will offer discounted $2 tours from 2:00 - 4:00.

    Ya'll got beer and wine?
    Man do we. Budweiser of Columbia and Rex Goliath wines are our featured beverage sponsors and will offer a wide menu of adult beverage selections.


    Robert Mills Carriage House
    1616 Blanding Street Columbia SC 29201
  • | 1:00pm - 5:00pm | Local Events, Holiday Market
    - Come enjoy an afternoon of shopping in the beautiful rustic setting of Saluda River Club's Chickawa Outdoor Center!

    Bring the kids and let them play at the Craft Center while you shop.
    Chickawa Outdoor Center
    629 Chickawa Drive Lexington SC 29072
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • | Local Events, Festival, Holiday
    - Since 1988, the holidays have been a little brighter in Columbia because of Festival of Trees. Each November, the tremendous efforts of hundreds of volunteers, donors and sponsors bring Festival of Trees to the community. Funds raised through the event create new and enhance existing programs and services that benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

    The 28th Festival of Trees will be Nov. 17-19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C. The event kicks off on Friday, Nov. 17 with the auction preview, and family-friendly holiday cheer continues through the weekend.

    Friday, Nov. 17: Auction Preview

    Join us for a magical evening at the Festival of Trees auction preview. You’ll enjoy delicious food and drinks, watch festive holiday entertainment and even visit with Old St. Nick. Guests will have the first opportunity to bid on fabulous holiday gifts and exquisite holiday decor, from snow-frosted wreaths adorned with holly to shimmering trees garnished with golden tinsel. Kick off the holiday season in Columbia by supporting Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

    Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Black tie attire
    Reservations are $125/person and are available now.
    REMINDER: Winning bidders must pick up their items by 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Pick-up will not be available on Monday, Nov. 20.

    Saturday, Nov. 18: Santa & Me
    10 a.m. to Noon

    We can’t get enough of Santa during the holidays! He exudes magic and wonder. He fills homes with excitement and anticipation. Experience Santa’s magic during “Santa & Me” at Festival of Trees and leave with a treasure! With the help of The Mad Platter team, your child and Santa will create a keepsake featuring handprints from your child and Jolly Old St. Nick!

    3 design options:
    Santa plate with Santa’s and child’s handprint
    Hanukkah plate with child’s handprint
    Hot cocoa mug
    Each reservation includes: (Parents attend at no charge.)

    Candid photo with Santa and a free 5” x 7” print
    Cookies and milk provided by Chick-fil-A
    Storytelling and other activities
    Choose how you’d like to participate: • $25 donation per child* to decorate a commemorative plate with your child’s handprint along with Santa’s or in a Hanukkah theme • $15 donation per child* to decorate a hot cocoa mug • $2 donation per child for those not wishing to decorate a plate or mug *$25 and $15 reservations also include free admission to Festival of Trees on Sunday, Nov. 19, 12-4 p.m., for up to 4 people

    Santa & Me schedule

    10 a.m. to noon Face Painting
    10 a.m. to noon The Magic of John Tudor
    10 a.m. to noon LED Holiday Card Activity, South Carolina State Museum
    10 a.m. to noon Holiday reading and storytelling corner
    10 a.m. to noon Children’s games and activities
    11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. South Carolina Cinderella Singers
    Sunday, Nov. 19

    Festival of Trees features decorated trees, wreaths, stockings and other items that are up for bid during a weekend-long silent auction. Hundreds of families come from across the Midlands to enjoy the holiday cheer as well as wonderful activities and entertainment.

    Sunday, Nov. 19, noon to 4 p.m.
    Weekend admission is $2/person or $5/family (for up to four people). Children 12 and under get in free.
    Entertainment includes local choirs, dance groups, visits with Santa and area mascots.
    Sunday schedule

    Noon to 4 p.m. Face Painting
    Noon to 4 p.m. Kids Holiday craft
    Noon to 4 p.m. Holiday reading and storytelling corner
    Noon to 4 p.m. Children’s games and activities
    12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Dance World
    1 p.m. Mascot Madness Parade
    2 to 2:45 p.m. Columbia City Jazz
    2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Southern Strutt
    3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Goins Dancing
    Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
    1101 Lincoln Street Columbi SC 29201
  • - On this date in 1863, 17 acres of the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA, were dedicated as a national cemetery. The address that Lincoln delivered in less than 2 minutes was later recognized as one of the most eloquent of the English language.
     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - To celebrate the inclusive spirt of American families and applaud the commitment of those family members who encourage us to reach new heights. Annually, the week that includes Thanksgiving Day.
     
           

Monday, November 20th, 2017

  • | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Local Events
    - Join us on Monday, November 20, 2017 for the Sleigh Bell Stroll or Tuesday, November 21, 2017 for the Sleigh Bell Trot four-mile race. These unique, nighttime events are held amid the festive light displays of Holiday Lights on the River.

    Where: Saluda Shoals Park

    Sleigh Bell Stroll: Monday, November 20, 2017

    Sleigh Bell Trot: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Check-in: 5:00–6:50 p.m.

    Start Time: 7:00 p.m.

    Parking: .All parking for the Sleigh Bell Stroll/Trot will be at Saluda Shoals Park’s East Entrance located at
    6071 St. Andrews Rd. between Wendy’s and Aldi. For the Sleigh Bell Stroll, shuttles will be available to return walkers to the east end of the park. The Sleigh Bell Trot will start and finish at the east end of the park.

    Directions: From Columbia, take I-26 West going towards Spartanburg. Take Exit #104, Piney Grove Rd. and turn left. Follow Piney Grove Road to St.Andrews Rd. and turn right onto St. Andrews Rd. Make an immediate left between Wendy’s and Aldi and proceed straight into the Park’s East entrance at 6071 St. Andrews Rd. located next to Saluda Shoals Park.

    Sleigh Bell Trot/Stroll Application

    Register online for the Sleigh Bell Trot at click for details

    Click Here to Register for the Sleigh Bell Stroll

    asmith@icrc.net.


    Events are rain or shine. Registration is non-refundable.

    For safety reasons, please do not bring dogs to the Sleigh Bell Trot or Stroll!

    Saluda Shoals Park
    5605 Bush River Road Columbia SC 29212
  • | 6:30pm - | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs
    - Lexington Sertoma Club Meeting 6:30PM at Lizard's Thicket 4616 Augusta HWY
    Lizard's Thicket
    4616 Augusta HWY Lexington SC
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

  • | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Local Events
    - Join us on Monday, November 20, 2017 for the Sleigh Bell Stroll or Tuesday, November 21, 2017 for the Sleigh Bell Trot four-mile race. These unique, nighttime events are held amid the festive light displays of Holiday Lights on the River.

    Where: Saluda Shoals Park

    Sleigh Bell Stroll: Monday, November 20, 2017

    Sleigh Bell Trot: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Check-in: 5:00–6:50 p.m.

    Start Time: 7:00 p.m.

    Parking: .All parking for the Sleigh Bell Stroll/Trot will be at Saluda Shoals Park’s East Entrance located at
    6071 St. Andrews Rd. between Wendy’s and Aldi. For the Sleigh Bell Stroll, shuttles will be available to return walkers to the east end of the park. The Sleigh Bell Trot will start and finish at the east end of the park.

    Directions: From Columbia, take I-26 West going towards Spartanburg. Take Exit #104, Piney Grove Rd. and turn left. Follow Piney Grove Road to St.Andrews Rd. and turn right onto St. Andrews Rd. Make an immediate left between Wendy’s and Aldi and proceed straight into the Park’s East entrance at 6071 St. Andrews Rd. located next to Saluda Shoals Park.

    Sleigh Bell Trot/Stroll Application

    Register online for the Sleigh Bell Trot at click for details

    Click Here to Register for the Sleigh Bell Stroll

    asmith@icrc.net.


    Events are rain or shine. Registration is non-refundable.

    For safety reasons, please do not bring dogs to the Sleigh Bell Trot or Stroll!

    Saluda Shoals Park
    5605 Bush River Road Columbia SC 29212
  • | Schools and Education
    - Interim Reports Issued
     
           
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

  • | Schools and Education
    - Holiday/No School
     
           
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • - On this date in 1963 President John F. Kennedy was slain by a sniper while riding in an open automobile in Dallas, TX. Accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby while in police custody awaiting trial.
     
           

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

  • | 7:00pm - | Arts and Entertainment, Singing, A Capella, All Women
    - Please join Heart of Columbia Chorus at a rehearsal! We sing all women's a capella in the barbershop style. Check us out for music and fun.
    Pilgrim Lutheran Church
    1430 N Lake Dr Lexington SC 29072
    Jackie Wiggins Kaminer 803.602.4HOC HeartofColumbiaChorus@gmail.com
  • | Schools and Education
    - Holiday/No School
     
           
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - A part of everyone's Thanksgiving, the parade gets bigger and better every year. Featuring floats, giant balloons, marching bands, and famous people. The three-hour Macy's event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thanksgiving Day, and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952.
     
           
  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - Legal public holiday. Observed in all states. Originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
     
           

Friday, November 24th, 2017

  • | 5:00pm - 8:00pm | Kids, family; fun; educational; child; local; columbia
    - Bring the whole family for an evening of fun at EdVenture. Admission is just $1 per person! Participate in a sample The Little Gym class with parachute and obstacle course.
    Activities include:
    Teddy Bear Clinic and oral health stations with styrofoam cavities, egg carton flossing, oral health reading, writing & math stations and physical activity boards. Mo and Flo, dental health robots on the move, will make appearances.
    Family Fun Night is sponsored by The Little Gym
    EdVenture Children's Museum
    211 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29201
    Eddie EdVenture 803.779.3100 info@edventure.org
  • | 5:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, family, kids, museurm
    - Mark your calendars for Family Friday, once a quarter. With admission at just $1 per person from 5–8 p.m. you’ll have plenty of money left to grab ice cream on the way home!
    EdVenture Children's Museum
    211 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29201
  • | Schools and Education
    - Holiday/No School
     
           
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - The traditional start of the Christmas shopping season on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Called "Black Friday" because traditionally retailers were in the "black" by this day of year.
     
           

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

  • | 9:00am - 1:00pm | Local Events, Farmer's Market, Local goods
    - Come by for the season’s best produce, meat, dairy, flowers, baked items, and treasures from farmers, bakers, gardeners and artisans in Columbia, SC.
    Soda City Market
    1500 block of Main Street Columbia SC 29201
  • | 11:00am - | Local Events, children,
    - Join seven lovable Dwarfs as they retell this classic tale with a few new surprises. When the jealous Queen’s Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she’ll need the help of the Dwarfs and a friendly bear who is more than he seems.

    11am & 3pm
    Columbia Marionette Theatre
    401 Laurel Street Columbia SC 29201
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - A day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business. For more information visit click for details
     
           

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters First Quarter phase at 12:03 PM, EST.
     
           

Monday, November 27th, 2017

  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Traditional beginning of the online Christmas season.
     
           

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

  • | 6:30pm - | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs
    - Lexington Lions Club Meeting 6:30PM at Flight Deck
     
           
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

  • | 7:30am - | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs
    - Rotary Club of Lexington Meeting 7:30am at Country Club of Lexington
    Country Club of Lexington
    1066 Barr Rd Lexington SC 29072
  • | 7:00pm - | Arts and Entertainment, Singing, A Capella, All Women
    - Please join Heart of Columbia Chorus at a rehearsal! We sing all women's a capella in the barbershop style. Check us out for music and fun.
    Pilgrim Lutheran Church
    1430 N Lake Dr Lexington SC 29072
    Jackie Wiggins Kaminer 803.602.4HOC HeartofColumbiaChorus@gmail.com
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214

Friday, December 1st, 2017

  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - Snowball Festival in Lexington
     
           
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Salespeople are essential resources for customers today. The talented salesperson filters the vast amount of information that is available to customers and helps businesspeople make the best purchasing decisions. Annually, the first Friday in December.
     
           

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

  • | 9:00am - 1:00pm | Local Events, Farmer's Market, Local goods
    - Come by for the season’s best produce, meat, dairy, flowers, baked items, and treasures from farmers, bakers, gardeners and artisans in Columbia, SC.
    Soda City Market
    1500 block of Main Street Columbia SC 29201
  • | 5:30pm - | Local Events, Snowball Festival, Movies in the Park
    - Join the Town of Lexington's Snowball Festival and The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission as we present Frosty's Winter Wonderland at the Icehouse Amphitheater. This movie is Not Rated.
    Icehouse Amphitheater
    107 W. Main Street Lexington SC 29072
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - Snowball Festival in Lexington
     
           
  • | Local Events, Snowball Festival, Movies in the Park
    - Join the Town of Lexington's Snowball Festival and The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission as we present It's a Wonderful Life at the Icehouse Amphitheater. This movie is rated PG.

    We will start the movie approximatley 15 minutes after Frosty's Winter Wonderland.
    Icehouse Amphitheater
    107 W. Main Street Lexington SC 29072
  • | Local Events, movies, holiday
    - You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.
    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

  • | 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Local Events, Museum, Family fun
    - General admission is only $1 for guests on the first Sunday of every month! PLUS enjoy 4-D movies and/or planetarium shows, for only an extra $5 each!

    South Carolina State Museum
    301 Gervais Street Columbia SC 29214
  • | 3:30pm - | Local Events
    - Christmas Parade 3:30PM
     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - Snowball Festival in Lexington
     
           

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