Wednesday 19

Better hope the balancing act that is the Christmas tree pose comes before the pint of holiday beer cheer at Good Company’s Holiday Beer Yoga at Hunter Gatherer’s Curtiss-Wright Hangar location in Rosewood. By the time the next 8 Days arrives, Christmas will be over, but now it looms ahead so let your mind drift with some meditative activity — and/or a nice brew. Yoga begins at 6 p.m. for $12, which includes the first beer. More info available at — April Blake

Thursday 20

Yes, Jane Lynch is coming to the Newberry Opera House, but the Glee actress and star of the film Best In Show won’t be doing stand-up or sketch comedy, per se. She’ll be teaming with Tim Davis (also from Glee) and Kate Flannery (Meredith from The Office) and The Tony Guerrero Quintet to take on the swing music she loved as a child, singing Christmas classics in a jazzy style. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets range from $55 to $70. For full show info, visit — Vincent Harris

One of the biggest advantages to the tireless efforts of Soda City Stand Up is that a fresh crop of new comedic voices has a natural place to hone their chops and rise up. Tonight at World of Beer in the Vista, the group hosts a New Faces of Comedy show highlighting some of these up-and-comers, hosted by Soda City stalwart John Gibson. The night kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. More info available at —  Kyle Petersen

Friday 21

Whatever holiday you celebrate around this time of year, that tradition likely originated because of the winter solstice, the shortest day of sunlight each year, which is today. The annual Winter Solstice Lantern Parade commemorates the day with a beautiful bit of pageantry as guests build their own paper lanterns (LED light and natural materials) and saunter down the paved path and bridge of the Riverfront Park. Folks should gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Schoolhouse. Find out more at — Kyle Petersen

It’s really about time someone gave it to Santa Claus and raked him over the lumps of coal — especially because he never brought me that Millennium Falcon. Luckily, some of Columbia’s best comics, including Mimi Benfield, Joe Coughlin, Patrick Fowler and more, are ready to do just that, and Soda City Stand Up’s The Roast Of Santa Claus at Tapp’s Arts Center will give the jolly old elf some serious insults right in his red cheeks. The ones on his face. Showtime is 8:30 p.m., and admission is $10. For more info, visit — Vincent Harris

Saturday 22

Irish up your Christmas season with Carol of the King; the Irish dance spectacular combines Irish folk dancing and Christmas folklore, and sets its story in a mystical time of kings and heroes. (King Solomon and Circe, the sorceress who turned Odysseus and his men into swine, figure in somehow.) The production is helmed by Justin Boros, a former lead dancer in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Newberry Opera House; tickets are $35 to $45. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Around the holidays, much of the arts programming around town gets pretty familiar — stagings of the Nutcracker ballet, screenings of It’s a Wonderful Life and caroling nights galore. The eternally restless folks at Trustus Theatre lean both in and out of the norm this year, picking a seasonal offering that tweaks a traditional hallmark. Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol explores a dark corner of Charles Dickens’ famed tale, delving into the backstory of the chain-rattling ghost who sets Scrooge’s time-hopping tests in motion. The production wraps with a final performance tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets run from $20 to $28. Head to for more. — Jordan Lawrence

Sunday 23

The organ trio is a severely underrated jazz pairing. Today’s installment of Curiosity Coffee Bar’s Jazz After Noon series stars an organ trio: Organist Nick Vlandis is flanked by guitarist Kyle Bryant and drummer Brendan Bull. There will also be mimosas and quiche and various booze and treat options. Jazz After Noon begins promptly at noon; admission is free, but the treats and booze and things aren’t. Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall

Monday 24

Rather than spending your Christmas Eve vying with an angry army of frantic last-minute shoppers, why not consider a more wholesome and healthy pre-Christmas family activity? The Nickelodeon Theatre will host a screening of the 1947 holiday classic Miracle On 34th Street, the tale of a magical and perhaps all-too-real man playing Santa Claus at Macy’s, and the adults (played by Maureen O’Hara and John Payne) who fear for the man, who says his name is Kris Kringle, and his sanity. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 ($5 for children 12 and under). More info available at — Vincent Harris

For those feeling especially traditional on this Christmas Eve, perhaps a trip out to view some holiday lights is in order? Lights Before Christmas, the display at Riverbanks Zoo that features animated images and nearly a million twinkling lights, and Holiday Lights on the River, the attraction at Saluda Shoals Park that boasts more than 400 animated light displays, are both open tonight. Head to and to find out more. — Jordan Lawrence

Tuesday 25

It’s Christmas Day. So you’ll probably be busy with family, nestled warmly within your homes, enjoying eggnog (throw some bourbon in there, you deserve it) or some other delicious treats. But if you do feel like venturing out into the world, it is smoked wing night at Bar None, one of those blessed Tuesdays when the Five Points bar slings staggeringly moist and flavorful flats and drums that are among the area’s best. Happy merry. — Jordan Lawrence

Die Hard

Die Hard closes out the Nickelodeon Theatre’s Holly Jolly Hollywood series on Dec. 26.

Wednesday 26

Die Hard isn’t just a Christmas movie. Die Hard is the best Christmas movie. It stuffs more Christmas in its stocking than any piece of dreck you’ll see on the Hallmark Channel this season. Estranged everyman dad trying to be with his family on Christmas? Check. A heartless grinch of a villain with a refined, aristocratic accent? Check. Snow at the end? Check and mate. Hey, the Nickeloedon Theatre gets it: The theater screens John McTiernan’s Yuletide action masterpiece at 8:30 p.m. as the last flick in its Holly Jolly Hollywood series. Tickets are $11. Yippee-ki-yay, Mister Santa: Visit for more information. — Patrick Wall  

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