| The Daily Herald
The weekend before Christmas is the perfect time to get out and gaze at the lights, celebrate with loved ones (even the dog) and get in the 2020 holiday spirit.
1. Holiday Lights in the Park
Christmastime in Columbia isn’t complete without a drive through the park to look at all the decorative lights.
And this year we’ve got two lighted drives to enjoy.
Presented by Columbia Parks & Recreation, Holiday Lights in the Park kicked off this week and will run from 5:30-8 p.m. every night through Dec. 26.
This year’s lights will once again be at Woodland Park, with the route starting at the Rainey House at 821 W. 9th St. A second light show will be at Fairview Park starting at the park’s main entrance at 871 Ironbridge Road.
2. Asgard Yule Log & Dog Days with Santa
One Christmas tradition that seems to grow bigger every year is the annual Asgard Yule Log party.
The all-day affair begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and will run through the night.
In addition to lighting this season’s yule log and warming up by the fire, Asgard will have almost 10 local artisan vendors selling items ranging from handmade jewelry to CBD oils and plants for the home. Artisans will include Traveler’s Botanik, The Sweet Easy, Virtues Custom Accessories, Burning Acre, Caskey’s Pens and Nashville Olive Oil Co.
The Rolling Recipe food truck will also be at Asgard on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.
Bring the dog by Asgard between 4-6 p.m. Sunday for Dog Days with Santa. Dress your pup in its ugliest sweater and win prizes. There will also be a photographer on site for pictures with Santa.
3. Nutcracker Party at Vitality in Spring Hill
Have a child who loves the ballet, or is a fan of one of the all-time Christmas classics involving a prince, a rat king and a crash course in world culture?
Vitality School of Dance and Fine Arts, located at 220 Town Center Parkway in Spring Hill, will host a Nutcracker Party from 1:30-5:45 p.m. Saturday.
The event will be split up into two classes, with children ages 3-5 attending from 1:30-3:30 p.m., while kids ages 6 and up will attend from 3:45-5:45 p.m.
It is also a fundraiser to raise money for the school’s new dance studio floors.
The party will include a 30-minute ballet class. Students will also participate in a Nutcracker-themed craft. Snacks will also be provided.
Each class will also include a screening of Disney’s “The Nutcracker” on a large projector screen.
Cost is $45 per dancer and space is limited for each class. To reserve a spot, email [email protected]
4. Monster magazine & comic book signing on the square
Anyone who is a fan of comic books and movie monsters should stop into Accents and Antiques on the Columbia square this Saturday.
The shop will host a special signing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Monster magazine’s cover artist Ricky Blalock and comic artist/editor Vance Capley.
The two will be signing and selling art, magazines and comics. The store’s Comic Book Emporium, located downstairs, will also be selling back issue comics for 10% off. There might even be a few surprise sales not yet announced.
For parents, this might be the best time to stock up on a few comic book stocking stuffers at a good price.
5. Live entertainment
When the shopping days are done and it’s time for dinner and some local entertainment, Columbia has quite the variety of talent taking the stage this weekend.
Damien Boggs returns to Puckett’s in downtown Columbia this Friday, taking the stage starting at 7:30 p.m. Call (931) 490-4550 to make reservations.
Stephanie Adlington returns to the Vanh Dy’s upstairs speakeasy lounge starting at 7 p.m. Friday. The upstairs lounge is 21 and up and seating is limited. Call (931) 398-6555 to make reservations.
Will King will perform at Asgard Brewing Co. & Taproom, 104 E. 5th St., starting at 6 p.m. Friday. Hearty Hog food truck will also be at Asgard serving up its famous smoked BBQ starting at 3 p.m. Friday.
Dairy Daughters will perform at Puckett’s in Columbia starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Austin Tyler Jones will perform at Vanh Dy’s upstairs speakeasy lounge starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Scott Holt & Friends will once again bring its weekly winter blues bash at Variety Records on the downtown square starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. This week’s performance will include Colin Campbell from the Minneapolis, Minnesota band The Shackeltons, as well as Cannon Chatham. The show will also be streamed via Variety Records’ Facebook page.
Don McKinnon will perform at Bad Idea Brewing, located at 307 W. 11th St. in the Columbia Arts Building, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Bald Kernal will perform at Ember’s Tavern & Grille, 2513 Hospitality Drive, starting at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Escape will host a dance party at The Boondox, 3543 Highway 431, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.