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Lamplight Tour Features Columbia Christmas Calamity

Columbia State Historic Park and Friends of Columbia are proud to present this year’s Lamplight Tour, “A Columbia Christmas Calamity or Aunt Martha’s Travelling Fruitcake.” Participants will be guided through the decorated town during the walking play while listening to snippets of the town’s happenings. Docent-led Lamplight Tours will run Friday, Nov. 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes. Tickets are on sale now.

This year’s program revolves around the year 1861 where Aunt Martha’s infamous fruitcake is passed from hand to hand; hoping someone (who has never tasted her fruitcake) will blindly accept it. Participants will be led by kerosene lantern down the streets of Columbia to visit various vignettes in a walking play.

A little history and a lot of humor will be sure to make this year’s performance a hit. The tour will end with music, dancing, and refreshments in Angelo’s Hall.

Each vignette was created by the Docent Archives and Library Committee with input from other volunteers and park staff. The script takes hours of time and thoughtfulness to create a work that all ages and backgrounds can enjoy during the holiday season.

Tickets for the family-friendly event may be purchased online at Ticket prices are $25 for adults (18 and over), $15 for juniors (9-17), and children eight and under are admitted free.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the cooperating association Friends of Columbia in the funding of interpretive and educational events and programs at Columbia State Historic Park.

For more information about the event, contact (209) 588-9128, visit or stop in at the Columbia museum on Main Street.