Ladies Night Out

Make plans to visit Downtown Columbus on Thursday, December 5 from 5-9 p.m. for Ladies Night Out, the biggest holiday shopping extravaganza in the tri-county area! Ladies Night Out is the best way to kick off the Christmas Season while knocking out your holiday shopping list at the same time.

Ladies Night Out is the ultimate holiday shopping experience. 40+ local merchants and 60+ vendors will be set up all over town selling everything from clothing to candles, jewelry to jams, purses to perfume, and toys to toffee. Wear your comfy shoes and be ready to shop ’til you drop!

Purchase a commemorative wine glass for just $10 and enjoy wine samples at many of the shopping stops. Several merchants will also be serving light bites and appetizers to help keep your blood sugar up while you’re out and about!

Need a lift? Our friendly trolley will be running all night to carry you all over town so you don’t miss a single thing. Rides are complimentary, courtesy of Matt Gaby, State Farm Agent. Other Ladies Night Out sponsors include First National Bank, Double G Realty, Lone Star Bank, and Cavender Auto Country.

Santa Claus Museum

Visions of sugar plums will dance in your head when you visit the Santa Claus Museum in Columbus….the only Santa Museum in the South!

The Santa Claus Museum was created in memory of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, an avid collector of Santas of every shape and size. Mrs. Hopkins was born in May 1913 and received her very first Santa at 6 months-old. Her extensive collection includes Santas made from a wide variety of materials such as cast iron, china, basket weave, corn shucks, bottle glass, magazines, fabric, dough, and wood. She collected Santa music boxes, Santa containers, Santa dolls, Santa dishes, Santa ornaments, and Santa photos. Her love of Old St. Nick was well known and Mrs. Hopkins received many, many Santa gifts from friends and family throughout her life.

In addition to the Hopkins donation, CHPT has received Santa collections from other community members over the years, which have been added to the museum.

Hours and Admission

The Santa Claus Museum is open to the public every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout December. The Columbus Historic Preservation Trust is proud to offer free admission to all guests who visit on these days.

On other dates, the museum is open by appointment only. Admission is $3 per person. Contact the Columbus Chamber of Commerce at 979-732-8385 or santa@santamuseum.org to schedule a visit.