Columbia and the Midlands Holiday Music, Theatre and Dance 2021

This page will be updated for the 2022 Christmas Season on November 1, 2022.

Elf the Musical

Friday – Sunday November 12 – December 12, 2021

Town Theatre. Talented actors join to make this holiday offering a great kick-off to the season. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loudly for all to hear.” More.

The Nutcracker

Wednesday – Sunday November 24 – 28, 2021

Township Theater. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet annually pairs with Columbia Festival Orchestra for the production of The Nutcracker. More onstage dancers than any local production. Tickets.

Branson on the Road

Thursday December 2, 2021

Newberry Opera House. Enjoy classic country hits plus holiday favorites with this live Christmas Style show direct from Branson. Tickets here.

Carols Along the Riverwalk

Friday December 3, 2021

6pm – 8pm. Beginning at the N Avenue Entrance (201 N Avenue at the intersection of Axtell and N Avenue) of the Cayce Riverwalk, the sounds of the holidays flow through the trees during this reverse caroling event, where several local church choirs and musicians will be located throughout the first half mile of the Riverwalk. Parking will be made available at Brookland Cayce High School with free trolley rides provided to and from the entrance of the Riverwalk. More here.

A Very Electric Christmas

Friday December 3, 2021

Newberry Opera House. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship, and hope and set to timeless holiday hits. Tickets here.

The Nutcracker

Friday – Sunday December 3 – 5, 2021

Koger Center for the Arts. Columbia Classical Ballet’s presentation of the holiday classic. More here.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Friday December 3 – Saturday December 11, 2021

The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Aiken Community Theatre. Tickets and info here.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Saturday December 4, 2021

Harbison Theatre. This production is filled with many of Columbia Children’s Theatre’s outstanding professional actors along with a cast of children from CCT’s YouTheatre. Tickets here.

Appalachian Road Show Christmas

Saturday December 4, 2021

Newberry Opera House. Enjoy the story and music of the Appalachian people in the first half of the show followed by Christmas from the mountain in the second half. More here.

Joye to the World Holiday Concert

Sunday December 5, 2021

Our first-ever Joye to the World Holiday Concert brings us all the fun and sparkle of Christmas in NY, straight from Jazz at Lincoln Center! This 2021 edition of “Riley’s Red Hot Holidays” will feature some of our favorite jazz artists ever! Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the holidays in Big Apple style! Etherredge Center at UofSC Aiken. Info here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Wednesday December 8, 2021

Colonial Life Arena. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is celebrating 25 years of their album ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories!’ Tickets here.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays

Thursday December 9, 2021

An uplifting seasonal event perfect for the whole family, filled with festive big band arrangements of holiday classics like “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” “What Child is This,” and “Jingle Bells.” Tickets here.

How the Mothers Stole Christmas

Thursday – Saturday December 9 – 11, 2021

Trustus Theatre. Join their award-winning resident comedy group The Mothers for a two-act sketch show full of holiday humor! Rated PG13, so leave the kiddos at home! More here.

The Two Claras

Friday and Saturday December 10 – 11, 2021

Harbison Theatre. The Two Claras is a heart-warming contemporary rendition of The Nutcracker performed by pre-professional dancers of the Columbia City Jazz Company. Tickets.

Sandlapper Singers’ Christmas Concerts

Friday and Saturday December 10 – 11, 2021

The Sandlapper Singers is an auditioned chamber choir. Their Christmas Concerts are always a joyous expression of the holiday season. More here.

Tuba Christmas

Saturday December 11, 2021

Newberry Opera House. Free concert. Newberry College Professor Emeritus Bill Long leads dozens of tubas in this popular holiday event. You might even be asked to sing along! Details.

Home for the Holidays

Saturday December 11, 2021

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra delights in making this concert an annual tradition! The afternoon will be filled with all your favorite holiday melodies as well as the added bonus of including two of Aiken’s beloved groups, the Aiken Choral Society and the Aiken Civic Ballet. More here.

Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Holiday Brass Quintet

Saturday December 11, 2021

Coming to Sumter Opera House this Christmas season! This fun, family-friendly concert will feature favorite Christmas and holiday songs, as well as some hymn sing-a-longs. Join us and we’ll help make sure you are in the holiday spirit! More here.


Saturdays and Sundays December 11, 12, 18, 19

Nutcracker, performed by the Columbia City Ballet, has the distinction of being Koger Center for the Arts’ first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event. Tickets.

Holiday Pops

Sunday December 12, 2021

Harbison Theatre. 3:30pm. Always a sell-out, the SC Philharmonic performs classic carols and holiday anthems. More here.

A Magical Cirque Christmas by Broadway In Columbia

Tuesday – Wednesday December 14 – 15, 2021

Koger Center for the Arts. Dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. More here.

Mark Rapps’ Jingle Bell Jazz

Wednesday – Thursday December 15 – 16, 2021

Trustus Theatre. SC Jazz Ambassador, trumpeter Mark Rapp, brings two different, enjoyable programs back to the Thigpen Main Stage – sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit! Tickets.

The Christmas Angel

Friday and Saturday December 17 – 18, 2021

Harbison Theatre. An original ballet, The Christmas Angel takes you on a magical journey with intriguing characters, compelling storytelling and beautiful scenery, costumes and dance. More.

Holiday Music from the 282nd Army Band

Friday December 17, 2021

Koger Center for the Arts. This popular and free concert is given each year by the 282nd Army Band. 7:30pm. More here.

Baker & Baker presents Noel and Maria: Together Again for the Holidays

Friday December 17, 2021

Columbia Museum of Art. Celebrate the season with Noel Freidline, Maria Howell, and their all-star jazz band. On the heels of their 2019 album Merry Christmas, My Dear, Noel & Maria created an annual holiday show called Home for the Holidays. More info.

Christmas with the Celts

Saturday December 18, 2021

A spectacular live music event that presents a combination of modern Christmas hits, lively ancient Irish Carols, hilarious spontaneous humor, thrilling Irish dancing, and lush string arrangements! Sumter Opera House. More info.

Dick Goodwin Big Band Christmas

Saturday December 18, 2021

Newberry Opera House. For over 30 years, Dick and his distinguished musicians have entertained folks from the Midlands of South Carolina to worldwide venues. Tickets here.

Christmas with My Kinfolks

Sunday December 19, 2021

Comedy on stage! You can’t pick your kinfolks, you can’t change your kinfolks , but by the grace of God, you can LOVE your KINFOLKS. 4pm Patriot Hall Auditorium in Sumter. Tickets here.

Tapestry of Light – A Celtic Christmas Celebration

Sunday December 19, 2021

The joy and hope of Christmas are celebrated in this Celtic-styled cantata at Union United Methodist Church in Irmo. 4pm. More on Facebook.

Lindsey Stirling Christmas Program 2021

Monday December 20, 2021

Koger Center for the Arts. She’s an electronic music impresario, violinist, dancer, and artist who gives electrified performances with cinematic violin-driven electronic music. Details here.

Koger Center Jazz • Eve of the Eve Celebration

Thursday December 23, 2021

Live in the Lobby. Enjoy ColaJazz Little Big Band perform Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Tickets here.

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