Happy holidays and celebrations to all! December is a funny month because there’s so much action loaded into the first half of the month, then it goes silent until New Year’s Eve when everyone crawls back out for a big blowout to cap off the year! Many events this month also have a shopping tie in, which is great because we’ve got to do it anyways, so might as well do it locally and do it with refreshments.

Dec. 2Farm to Table Holiday Dinner with Kristian Niemi and Travis Rayle at City Roots, $65

Dec. 2Sustainable Midlands Holiday Market at 701 Whaley from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Suggested $5 donation for downstairs event with proceeds benefiting Sustainable Midlands programs.

Dec. 5 – Don’t fear the dark beer, learn about them with Tyler Pawelkop from Duck Rabbit Brewery and Girls Pint Out. 7-9 p.m. upstairs at World of Beer.

Dec. 5 – First Thursdays on Main gets merry with their annual Mingle and Jingle event, which pairs the usual FTOM fun with a holiday twist. 6-10 p.m., free.

Dec. 7 – Technically this isn’t really food related, but I’ve got city pride. The Cayce Historical Museum will be decorated with trees and holiday decor from the 18th century to the present, along with live entertainment and refreshments from 6-9 p.m.

Dec. 11 – Stock up on over 25 varieties of wine, as well as fresh holiday food with the Farm to Trunk event at City Roots from 6-9 p.m., $22.09

Dec. 12 – Shop, swill, and snack for a Devine Night Out, happening at, you guessed it, the shops along Devine Street. Complimentary food and drinks will be offered at a variety of merchants who will keep their doors open later than usual for holiday shopping and merriment. 5-8 p.m. with an afterparty at Henry’s.

Dec. 14 – Wait a second, where is Festivus?! For reasons unknown to us, the Five Points Association is instead hosting A Starry Night, a more family-oriented event instead of their annual Seinfeld themed bar crawl this year, but fear not- you can still air your grievances even without an official t-shirt, and even meet Santa too.

Dec. 15–  Crafty Feast takes over the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center again to shower your life with endless amazing gift options made by the most talented locals around from 12-6 p.m. $2

Dec. 31 – Even though it’ll probably be cold you can still keep warm at the Famously Hot New Year celebration on Main Street, featuring Kool and the Gang. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. It’s 100% free unless you’re balla enough to pony up the VIP fee of $125.

Know of any upcoming food or drink events in Columbia? Let me know and I’ll get them on the calendar!