1 Broadway Holiday Fest ~ Santa is escorted in by his entourage including special guests, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. Sing along to traditional Christmas carols at the lighting of a giant Christmas tree and play in the snow. There will be hot chocolate, candy canes and lots of fun for the entire family. 6:30 p.m. on the 1100 block of Broadway. Cost: Free to attend. Donations benefit the Santa’s Castle organization.
1 Winter Holiday Extravaganza at Columbus Public Library ~ Get ready for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Have fun decorating a Christmas tree and making holiday crafts to take home. There will be holiday treats for those who participate. 4 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: 706-243-2669.
2 Bi-City Christmas Parade ~ The parade route begins on Colin Powell Parkway in Phenix City, then down Broad Street, goes over the 13th Street Bridge into Columbus and ends on the corner of Broadway and 9th St. Cost: Free. Info: 334.291.4719
9-10 The Nutcracker ~ The Columbus Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker captures the magical wonder and innocence of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet as seen through a child’s eyes. Spectacular sets, sumptuous costumes, special effects and live music come together to create a stunning grand-scale event that is sure to become a firm family tradition. Cost: $20+. To purchase tickets call 1.888.332.5200 or visit the box office at Broadway and 10th St.
11 Hanukkah Celebration ~ Learn about this holiday by sampling some simple tastes of Hanukkah and making a take-home craft. 4:30 p.m. at the Mildred L. Terry Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: 706-243-2782
12 Local Celebrity Dessert Auction ~ Voices of the Valley Children’s Chorus will hold a local celebrity dessert auction to be held during its concert at RiverCenter for Performing Arts. The top 3 bakers and bidders of $1,000 or more will receive a special choir performance at an event of their choosing. The event will fund the choir’s trip to England for the American Celebration of Music in July 2018. For more info or to donate, visit VoicesOfTheValleyChorus.org
15 Annual Bike Helmet Giveaway ~ Children under 14 will be fitted for a free bicycle helmet. Santa Claus will be there making his list, and Country’s BBQ will be supplying their famous hot chocolate. First come, first served. One helmet per child. 4 – 6 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library. Info: 706.321.6720 or SafeKidsColumbusGa.org
16-17 Babes in Toyland ~ The Academy Dance Center presents a charming adaptation of Babes in Toyland. This holiday show will be excellent entertainment for the whole family and features a large ensemble cast of local children and adults. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Cost: $15. Info: 706.561.8085 or AcademyDanceCenter.com
17 Candlelight Service ~ Smiths Station Baptist Church Candlelight Service, at 6:00 pm est., followed by cookies with Santa. Community invited. Info: 334.297.4932
18-19 A Charlie Brown Christmas ~ The classic animated television special comes to life in this special adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. Cost: $39. To purchase tickets call 1.888.332.5200 or visit the box office at Broadway and 10th St.
27 Kwaanza Celebration ~ “Habari gani?” Share the greeting and learn the principles of Kwanzaa through a speaker, stories, a seasonal craft and a taste of the African American culture. 2 p.m. at Mildred L. Terry Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: 706-243-2782
29 New Year’s Celebration ~ Head to the library for an early count down to the New Year—kids’ style. There will be fun activities and crafts until the stroke of noon when you can celebrate as enthusiastically as if it were midnight. 11 a.m. at the Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: 706-243-2669