A Columbia Tradition: The Living Windows Festival

While the weather in Columbia isn’t nearly as cold as usual this time of year, it will still be time to celebrate the season this Friday at the annual Living Windows Festival.

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From 6:00-8:00 p.m. this Friday, Columbia’s downtown area, The District, is turned into a winter wonderland. Participating businesses will be staging live performances of popular holiday scenes in their windows. This annual festival is a celebration of the holiday season and marks the beginning of extended holiday hours for many businesses in The District.

Live window displays are the main feature of the evening´s festivities, but festival goers are invited to enjoy many other activities throughout the evening, including:

· Open houses
· Holiday treats and refreshments
· Carolers and other holiday music
· Free carriage rides through downtown
· Live nativity scene
· A visit from Santa Claus (Stop by the Landmark Bank to see our visitor from the North Pole-and don´t forget to bring your camera!)

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Here’s a preview of what some of the shops in The District have planned for Friday:

Artlandish Gallery 
A Merry Jolly Artful Holiday Open House

Bluestem Missouri Crafts
Living Christmas Trees

Calhoun’s
Gigi and Her Girl

Candy Factory
Live Saxaphone player & refreshments

Glik’s
North Pole Sewing Lab

Makes Scents
A Very Brady Christmas

Maude Vintage 
Holiday After Hours

Poppy
Hipster Holiday

PS: Gallery
Polar Express

Slackers CDs & Games
Nightmare Before Christmas

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream 
Holiday Night Fever

Rally House 
Celebrate the Holiday’s with the Tigers

Tallulah’s
Winter Wonderland

You should also be sure to stop by our new Visitor Center in City Hall (corner of 8th and Broadway) to check out our new space and join in some holiday cheer. Bundle up (maybe) and head down to The District and take in the sights at Living Windows!

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