This month is filled with #mainsteats and tons of #mainstdistrict events and happenings along #mainstcolasc.  Come see what's in store!

What's Happening Around the Main Street District 

Ring in the New Year in the Main Street District

This December 31st, let’s come together in the vibrant Main Street District at South Carolina’s largest NYE party!  Famously Hot New Year is South Carolina’s largest NYE celebration featuring a free, full-length concert starring Grammy-winning female rap duo Salt N Pepa. 
Join Salt N Pepa, The High Divers, and Cottontown Soul Society for a night of celebration in FHNY's fun, friendly festival atmosphere.  
Enjoy a midnight countdown and the most massive NYE fireworks in the Carolinas – right above the historic S.C. State House. Find details and plan a long NYE weekend in the Main Street District at | Photo Credit: Jeff Blake

City Center Partnership Celebrates its 18th Anniversary

City Center Partnership (CCP) celebrated its 18th Anniversary at its annual meeting and celebration. We had a wonderful time celebrating at the Columbia Museum of Art with all of our friends in the Main Street District! Thank you all for joining us at our 2019 Annual Meeting! We're already looking forward to next year!   CCP announced the election of the following officers:
  • John Griggs of Synovus Bank – Chairman
  • Sharon Bryant of First Citizens Bank – Vice Chairman
  • Jason Caskey of University of South Carolina – Treasurer
  • Heather Mitchell of Boudreaux Group – Secretary
The CCP Board also appointed new members to the board of directors. New board members include Amy Reeves of Hertz Properties, Raj Champaneri of Lexington Hospitality, Chad Elsey of Cantina 76, and John Andoh of the COMET. 

This year, the Chairman’s Award was presented to Rita Patel and Marcus Munse, co-owners of Hotel Trundle.

Happy Holidays in the Main Street District!

Check out the beautiful, giant ornament at the corner of Main and Lady Streets.  Many thanks to First Citizens Bank for making this possible! City Center Partnership is proud to assist with set up and storage of this beautiful ornament! Take a picture and share #HolidaysOnGreen.

Market on Main is Opening this Month!

Market on Main can’t wait to officially open their doors and be a part of your holiday celebrations this December! Their shelves will be stocked with everything from the perfect bottle of wine to gift the hostess at the holiday party to delicious bites to add to your dinner menu. Follow them on Facebook for updates and opening date!

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Download The COMET app and Plan your Route Today

No matter where you want to go around the Midlands, The COMET can get you there. Whether you're on one of the 38 fixed bus routes, taking advantage of the free Soda Cap Connector, or The Orbit downtown circular, this app will help you identify your routes, track buses in real-time, and be a convenient way for you to get around Columbia from your phone. 
To download the free app, click here: 

New Look Coming for Soda Cap Connector!

Watch for a new look for the popular Soda Cap Connectors this holiday season! The new look is sure to enhance the rider experience and exploration of downtown Columbia, West Columbia, and Cayce.

Inclement Weather Center is Open to Provide Shelter for Homeless Adults

United Way of the Midlands has partnered with the City of Columbia, Salvation Army, Transitions, and the COMET to open the Inclement Weather Center, to provide a safe place for adults experiencing homelessness to stay when winter weather conditions are life-threatening.  In general, the IWC is open any night between November 1 and March 31 when the nighttime temperature is forecasted to be 40 degrees or colder.   Daily opening announcements are available via Twitter (@UWMidlands) or signs posted at City Hall and the Main Library. Transport to the Center is available at COMET Central (Transit Station at Sumter/Laurel) from 5:45-7:00 p.m.

Events & Specials This Month

 Join us for First Thursday on Main on December 5 from 6 to 10 pm. From the State House to the gallery at City Hall, enjoy art, entertainment, shopping, dining, and all that the Main Street District has to offer!   

To see a complete lineup of special events happening this month, visit  For more information, please email or “Like” First Thursday on Main Facebook page at or follow FirstThursdayonMain @FirstThursMain
First Baptist Columbia
1306 Hampton Street

Share Your Holiday Food Drive and Visit with Santa

Thursday, December 5
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

A combined partnership with WACH FOX, Palmetto Citizens, iHeart Radio, and First Baptist is raising money for Harvest Hope Food Bank. They have a full day of activities including a live broadcast from their parking lot at the corner of Sumter & Washington Streets, visit from Santa, food truck rodeo, entertainment, and giveaways.  Their Holiday Food Drive is from December 5 – 21.
The food trucks will be set up in the parking lot of First Baptist Church from 11 am – 2 pm.  A portion of the food sales will be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank!
Santa will be there to see all children – young & old – from 8 am to 5:00 pm.

First Baptist Columbia’s 32nd Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant

Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15

This annual event is one of the premier Christmas celebrations in the South!  The Columbia Christmas pageant is their gift to the community, and you can choose between four performances.  Admission is free but a ticket is needed to enter the church.  Tickets can be obtained by calling the FBC ticket office at 803.217.3250 or online at  Doors open 45 minutes prior to each performance.
Friday, Dec. 13 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 14 – 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 15 – 4:00 pm


66th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 7
9:45 am

The 66th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will feature magical entries from all across the state of South Carolina.  The parade will begin at 9:45 am.  WIS TV begins live statewide coverage of the parade at 10 am.  The parade will begin at Sumter Street and Laurel and proceed down Sumter toward the historic Horseshoe, ending on Senate Street. This year there will be some very special SC celebrities, new marching bands, drill teams, local churches, dozens of beautiful floats, and of course, the most exciting part of the parade – Santa Claus!   
The Main Course
1626 Main Street

Enjoy Brunch with Santa

Saturdays: December 7, 14, 21
Santa is coming to town! Every Saturday during the month of December, Santa will be at The Main Course! Kids will be able to decorate cookies while they visit with Santa. All ages can enjoy their all you can eat brunch buffet for only $14!

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Christmas Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, December 13
7:00 -10:00 pm

An unexpected murder will take place this December, on Friday the 13th. Put on the ugliest Christmas sweater you can find and join Main Course for a night of mystery. A murderer is in the crowd and we all must work together to solve the case!

*$45.00 PER PERSON and includes a dinner buffet with Complimentary Photo in your *UGLY" CHRISTMAS SWEATER.

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Prize for the person wearing BEST UGLY SWEATER
The Nickelodeon
1607 Main St

Holly Jolly Hollywood at the Nickelodeon!

Once again, the Nickelodeon brings your favorite holiday classics to the big screen. The Jolly Hollywood series is sponsored by Mast General Store.

They’ve programmed classic films like It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street. Visit for tickets and information.
Home Alone
Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 pm
It’s a Wonderful Life
Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 pm & Monday, December 16 at 6:00 pm
This Christmas
Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm
Miracle on 34th Street
Tuesday, December 24 at 6:30 pm
1601 Richland St
(803) 252-7742

Enjoy Breakfast With Santa

Saturday, December 14
8 am – 11 am

Join Historic Columbia for a holiday treat to remember!  You’re invited to have breakfast with the jolly ole man himself! After breakfast, take a picture with Santa, make holiday crafts, explore the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, and see a Victorian Christmas tree. Breakfast with Santa will be offered at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! 

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Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides

Saturday, December 14
5:30 – 9:00 pm

Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Robert Mills House, and go on a guided tour during their annual Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides!

Enjoy live music with The Columbia Choral Society, entertainment, children’s activities, and hot chocolate while celebrating the holidays with Historic Columbia. Stop by the HC Biergarten for a pour from Craft And Draft. Purchase your tickets today!

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Halls Chophouse Columbia
1221 Main Street

Toys for Tots Fundraising Event

Wednesday, December 11
5:00 – 9:00 pm

Join Halls Chophouse in helping the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation achieve their goal of helping every child receive a toy at Christmas! They are asking the community to bring a new, unwrapped toy and join them for an evening of live music and holiday cheer!

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Halls Chophouse Columbia is Now Serving Dinner on Sundays

You can now enjoy a delicious dinner at Halls Chophouse Columbia on Sundays from 5 – 9 pm.  Call 803-563-5066 to reserve your table or book online with Resy.

Richland Library
1431 Assembly St
(803) 799-9084

Make Holiday Decorations Using Creativebug

Thursday, December 5
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Age Recommendation: Children; Teens; Adults

Join Richland Library for a fun craft session to make holiday decorations using Richland Library’s Creativebug database. Please register online  or call 803-799-9084.

Columbia Celebrates!

Sunday, December 15
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Age Recommendation: Children; Teens; Adults

There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season with your community, family, and friends than to share a great experience with local artists. This festive performance will feature a mix of community musicians and artists coming together to celebrate not only the holiday season but also Columbia's incredible local talent.

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1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Xmas Eve Taco Tuesday

Tuesday, December 24
4 pm – 1 am

Twas the night before Christmas, and you need to get out of the house! Here’s an idea…enjoy some tacos at the Whig! 

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1515 Main Street
(803) 799-2810

Chaye Alexander presents Live at Boyd Plaza: A Jazzy Afternoon

Sunday, December 8
 3:00  – 5:00 pm 
Experience a jazz concert on Boyd Plaza with Chaye Alexander of Chayz Lounge that's sure to have you grooving on a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the songs of the holiday season jazzed up and blended with hints of soulful, funky rhythms from the one and only Mike Frost & Company featuring singer and saxophonist extraordinaire Lauren Meccia. Seating is on a first-come basis, so bring your chair and arrive early to secure the best spot. Cash bar. Food and hot cocoa available for purchase. Collection galleries free from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

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Columbia Museum of Art Features Van Gogh

(Van Gogh Exhibit:  Through January 12, 2020)
Van Gogh and His Inspirations is an original exhibition organized by the CMA that brings the work of one of the most beloved artists in the world to Columbia, South Carolina, alongside a variety of handpicked paintings and drawings that shaped his vision.

From 2001 to 2010, as Steven Naifeh and Greg Smith researched their New York Times bestseller Van Gogh: The Life, they built a collection of over 30 works by artists who influenced Van Gogh’s aesthetic thinking. These works join loans from 12 museums across the U.S. to explore the artistic evolution of Van Gogh through the lens of the artists who inspired him. 

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Let’s Cook Culinary Studio
1305 Assembly Street

Wild Women -  It’s Ladies Night!

Tuesday, December 17
Class begins at 6:15 pm

Enjoy a watch and learn class on Holiday Seasonal Cooking. Bring a friend and get 50% off.  Registration $50. Class starts at 6:15 pm. (please note this class is on the third Tuesday of the month.)
  • Asparagus Soup with Crab
  • Pan-Seared Herb Pork Tenderloin with Apples
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Chocolate Pot d' Crème

Artichoke Club Christmas Book Exchange 

Wednesday, December 18
Class begins at 6:15 pm

Registration $25 members and $35 non-members. Demonstration menu. (Bring a wrapped cookbook) 
  • Roasted Corn Chowder with Smoked Gouda
  • Stuffed Lemon Herb Cornish Hen with Farro and Vegetables
  • Chocolate Pecan Tort

Couples Holiday Appetizer Class

Friday, December 20
Class begins at 6:30 pm

Join your partner and Let’s Cook for a class on making appetizers for the holidays. Registration $120
  • Artichoke Crab Dip​
  • Spanish Tomato Bread with Serrano Ham
  • Cranberry Brie Bites
  • Crispy Meatballs with stuffed mozzarella
  • Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Mushroom
  • Cannoli Dip with Wonton Chips
Sylvan’s Jewelry
1500 Main Street
(803) 779-2250

Meet Charles Krypell in Person

Monday, December 2 
Charles will be bringing an amazing selection of his “Precious Pastel” Couture collection for a special one-day showing.  Come and see some of the most beautiful fine jewelry from this exclusive New York jeweler.

New to Sylvan’s this Fall is Lagos! 

Thursday, December 12
Stephen Lagos is a master designer and jeweler from Philadelphia who draws inspiration from the art, culture, and sights from his frequent travels abroad.  His signature design is the “Caviar” collection, featuring handcrafted, luminous beading that is present in every piece of his jewelry.  Come see his Apple watch bracelet!

Featuring a Special Trunk Show from Mikimoto

Wednesday, December 18

Legendary quality and style since 1893, Mikimoto pearls are objects to desire and cherish today, and for generations to come.

Join Sylvan’s to View Some Extraordinary Pearl Jewelry

Monday, December 16
From Vicenza Italy, Marco Bicego’s line of 18k gold jewelry is distinguished by the unique hand engraving of each piece.  To truly understand a Marco Bicego piece, you must touch it to feel the texture of the hand-engraved gold or the silkiness of the hand twisted coil.  
Holiday Hours
Sunday, December 15 (12 – 6pm)
Beginning Monday, December 16 open until 6pm
Sunday, December 22  (11 am – 6pm)
Uptown on Main
1204 Main Street

Raegan Teller Book Signing

Thursday, December 5
Noon – 1:30 pm

Raegan Teller is the award-winning author of Murder in Madden (Pondhawk Press, 2016) her debut novel, followed by The Last Sale (2018), and Secrets Never Told (2019). Two of the three books in the series have received Honorable Mention from Writers Digest.  Her mystery novels are set in and around Columbia, where she lives with her husband and two cats. 

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David Galassie Book Signing

Thursday, December 5
Noon – 1:30 pm

With the impending entry of America into World War I, city fathers recognized the country’s need for military training camps and made a successful proposal to the US Army for the construction of a camp near Columbia. Today, Fort Jackson is the Army’s premier basic training installation, responsible for over 50 percent of Army trainees each year.   

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Tom Poland and Robert C. Clark Book Signing

Friday, December 13
Noon – 1:30 pm

Carolina Bays
(Tom Poland and Robert C. Clark)

There is a strange beauty at the heart of every mystery, and the mystery of the Carolina Bays is an enigma that is lushly, uniquely beautiful.
The Last Sunday Drive
(Tom Poland)

Mom, dad and the kids would head out to see the countryside. An ice cream treat usually waited at day’s end. Men in seersucker suits ran old stores with oscillating fans, and if the kids ate too much penny candy, grandma had a home remedy for them. Join author Tom Poland as he revisits disappearing traditions.
Good Life Café
1614 Main Street

Good Life Café Presents A Night of Jazz

Friday, December 13
7:30 – 10:00 pm

Good Life Café would like to invite you to join them for a night of jazz. Enjoy a live jazz performance by Marty Lopez and Richard Maxwell. A delicious three-course vegan dinner will be served throughout the evening. The ticket includes one Cosmo. To purchase tickets please click here.
Soda City Market
Main Street

Craft and Draft at Soda City Market

Saturday, December 21
9 am  – 12:30 pm

Craft And Draft is Columbia's premier craft beer store and growler shop! This Devine Street gem carries twelve taps featuring premier craft beers from all over the country, as well as local favorites from craft breweries in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Enjoy responsibly in the comfort of your own home by picking up a six-pack, big bottles, cans, and/or other forms of beers from Craft & Draft.
The Joint at 1710
1710 Main Street

Featuring Live Music With Mark Rapp

Saturday, December 21
9 pm – 12 am
East Bay Deli
1426 Main St
(803) 814-2277

Happy Holidays from East Bay Deli!

With the holidays in full swing, you can be sure to treat your special someone to some sweets from East Bay Deli!  For every $100 in gift cards you buy, they will give you an extra $20 gift card on them! (Offer good in-store only).

Or maybe you're looking for something sweeter? They are offering a special on cakes at East Bay Deli, straight from the Juniors® bakery in Brooklyn, New York! if you buy a whole cake, they will take $10 off the price! (Offer good in-store only).  
Regal Prints
1307 Calhoun Street

Regal Prints is Offering a Special Discount to Businesses Located in the Main Street District through the Month of December.

Who is City Center Partnership and the BID?
In 2001, City Center Partnership was formed to manage the downtown Business Improvement District in the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion streets in Columbia, SC. The organization provides public space management, economic development, place management, marketing services, and public advocacy for the Main Street District.
The Board of Directors oversee the organization’s mission — to focus on filling vacancies in commercial properties, retaining existing downtown businesses and recruiting new ones, expanding the downtown residential base, and creating a safe, clean, and friendly downtown environment.
If you are located in the downtown Business Improvement District (36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion Streets in downtown Columbia) and are offering any specials NEXT MONTH, please email Lorri-Ann Carter at or call 803.779.4005.
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