Holiday season to begin with various events in Columbia

Saturday, December 1, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:50 a.m. CST, Saturday, December 1, 2012

COLUMBIA — The holiday season officially begins in Columbia this weekend.

Holiday-themed bazaars, concerts and a home tour will take place Friday through Sunday. One bazaar will be held on Dec. 8.


Presbyterian Women's Christmas Market: The Presbyterian Women's Group of the First Presbyterian Church will host a Christmas Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 16 Hitt St.

Baked goods, jewelry, Christmas decor, gift baskets and other holiday merchandise will be available for purchase. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Presbyterian women, their events and selected charities. 

Christmas Craft Bazaar: Central Missouri's annual craft bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds, 5212 N. Oakland Gravel Road.

The craft and resale show features multiple vendor booths, handmade art and baked goods. 

Fourth Annual Missouri United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar: The Missouri United Methodist Church will host their annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, at the church, 204 S. Ninth St.

The bazaar will feature booths selling arts and crafts by local artists, a bake sale and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit charities supported by the church.


Columbia Community Band's Sounds of the Season Concert: Columbia's Community Band comprised of volunteer musicians will help kick off the holidays with their seasonal concert from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hickman High School Auditorium, 1104 N. Providence Road.

Their Sounds of the Season show features selections from both classical and popular music, and the event is free and open to the public.

Missouri Symphony Conservatory's Winter Concert: The local youth musicians of the Missouri Symphony Conservatory will perform their Winter Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, 203 S. Ninth St.

The three groups that make up the symphony — the Chamber Players, the Junior Strings and the Children's Chorus, will perform seasonal music. The event is free and open to the public.

Other attractions

Twenty-ninth Annual Holiday Home Tour presented by Missouri Symphony Society and Women's Symphony League: A self-guided tour of local homes decked out for the holidays will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.  

This year's tour showcases four homes, including the Stephens College President's home and the historic Maplewood House at 1814 Ponderosa Drive.

The event also includes a bake sale, a Christmas market and a silent auction at Stephens College Senior Hall Recital Room.

Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance and $20 the days of the event. Advance tickets may be purchased at various locations including D&H Drugstore on Broadway.

A Dickens Victorian Christmas: The Stephens College Choir will entertain audiences with a recreation of a holiday gathering with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickens.

The choir will perform seasonal songs and interact with the audience. Period-themed refreshments such as wassail and figgy pudding will be served.

The production will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 100 Waugh St.

All three performances are sold out. Those interested in learning about the waiting list can call the box office at 876-7199.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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