Supporting Culture in our Community

Columbus Historical Preservation Trust is proud to host a variety of events throughout the year to encourage fun and fellowship within the community. Whether it’s a family-friendly movie night, presentation about local history, grand gala, or the annual dinner theater presentation, CHPT events are a wonderful way to make new memories or experience new things. CHPT events are open to the public and all are welcomed to attend.


Santa Claus Museum Open House & Reception



Celebrating Two New Santa Collections

We’re excited to announce the addition of two new collections to the Santa Claus Museum in Columbus – the only Santa Museum in the South! The new collections include 33 hand-carved, hand-painted Russian Santas, donated by Judy Hawthorne, and 17 Cowboy Santas, donated by Donna Thames. Each is sure to bring a little “holly jolly” joy to your life.

The Open House & Reception is open to the public and admission is free.


Santa’s Summer Vacation



Santa’s Final Summer Tour Stop 

Get a jump start on the holiday season at Santa’s Summer Vacation! Enter the Hawaiian shirt contest for a chance to win! The Kids winner will receive a $25 gift card to OST Creamery and the Adults winner will receive a $50 gift card to Hound Song Brewing Co. Purchase tickets to cast your vote for your favorite Hawaiian shirt. Proceeds benefit the Santa Claus Museum.

While there, grab a bite and a brew (Santa loves the Rueben and the German Amber Lager, Rough String) available for purchase. Kids will receive a Christmas coloring page and a pack of Christmas crayons. Snag a selfie with the big guy and give him a heads up as to what might be on your Christmas wish list this year!

Santa’s Summer Vacation is open to the public and admission is free.

“Ann” presented by The Garden Theatre



Tough as Nails. Funny as Hell. 

Ann is a no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written by Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor, Ann takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family.


The Garden Theatre is honored to bring this production to Columbus starring Nora Hahn, after a sold-out run in Houston in February 2024. Ms. Hahn has been seen on stages across Houston such as The Garden Theatre, Stageworks, Theatre Southwest, and Country Playhouse. Most recently, Ms. Hahn was seen onstage as the first female governor of Texas, Ma Ferguson, in The Garden Theatre’s production of Bonnie & Clyde, and received critical acclaim in the role of Clairee Belcher in The Garden Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias. In March, 2025, she will star as Sister Aloysius in The Garden Theatre’s production of Doubt.


General Admission: $50; VIP Admission: $60

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show at 8:00 p.m.