Write Your Own Letter to Santa | Now – Dec 23
Write your very own letter to Santa during Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo. Santa will also be greeting guests beginning at 6pm each evening through December 23rd. Lights before Christmas takes place from 5pm – 9pm nightly through December 30th (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas). More event info here.
Meet Santa at Village at Sandhill | Nov 18 – 23
Visit Santa’s Village, next to Champs Sports. And be sure to ask about having one of our professionals take your child’s picture with Santa! Santa will have regular daily breaks. Please visit Santa’s village to see detailed hours. More here.
Santa at Columbia Place Mall | Nov 19 – Dec 24
Santa takes his place at Columbia Place Mall from 12pm – 7pm each day listening to kiddies’ wish lists and helping everyone with their Christmas Spirit!
Dutch Square | Nov 25 – Dec 24
Santa will arrive at Dutch Square mall for photo opportunities with your children AND your four-legged friends! Bring your own camera to the mall from Friday, November 25 to Saturday, December 24 and take a free picture with St. Nick as a holiday keepsake! Pet photos will be taken on the following Sundays: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Call 803-772-3864 for times and additional information.
Columbiana Centre | Nov 12 – December 24
Santa will be at Belk Court Monday – Saturday from 12 – 8pm and Sundays from 12 – 6pm, with special hours December 16 – December 23 from 9am – 9pm, December 18 from 10am – 9pm and on Christmas Eve from 9am – 5pm, with break from 12:30-1:30pm. Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa. You can also bring your cat or dog to see Santa and pose for a photo! Pet photos will take place on Mondays (Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5 & 12) at Center Court in Columbiana. See Santa the smart way, by making a reservation and spending less time in line (you can also save 30% on your photos by pre-ordering online). Slots fill up fast, so book your time now by visiting the website!
North Pole Nights | Dec 2, 9, 16, 23
Santa will be in downtown Newberry in Memorial Park visiting with children from 6-8PM as they run around in the snow falling from their snow machines. Visit downtown Newberry on Fridays in December to experience the North Pole! From 6-8pm Santa will be in Memorial Park to hear your Christmas wishes in the fluttering snow. The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce office will also be open in Community Hall for Storytime with Mrs. Claus. You won’t want to miss this special Newberry holiday event! More information here.
Breakfast with Santa | Dec 3
Richland County Recreation Commission will hold this event from 9am – 12pm at Richland Mall. Enjoy a Saturday morning with fun activities, breakfast, pictures taken with Santa, a performance of “Holiday Cinderella” by the Columbia Children’s Theatre and much more! Admission fee of $15/person includes admission tickets, breakfast and picture with Santa. Tickets are available at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, or online at their website. Visit Richland County website for event information or call Takequita Lewis at 741-7272 ext. 143.
Christmas in the City | Dec 3
Christmas in the City will take place in the Cultural Arts District of Historic Downtown Lancaster. The event will feature tons of holiday fun such as live music, outdoor vendors, festival food in a lively holiday atmosphere, Santa’s Workshop, Carousel, Gingerbread House Contest, Photos with Santa, free Ugly Christmas Sweater ornaments at L & C Railway Museum, and much more! Trolleys will be available to take visitors from holiday stop to holiday stop throughout downtown Lancaster. There will be something for everyone! More information at Facebook page.
St. Nicholas Festival | Dec 3
The Saint Nicholas Festival is Presented by Holy Apostles Orthodox Church. The festival will feature choral presentations by the Holy Apostles Orthodox Choir singing ancient Church hymns, holiday Crafts, craft ideas, and artwork available for purchase, Russian food and collectibles, handmade beeswax candles, Russian Bell Ringing with their bronze Russian Pyatkov bells, and children can visit with the “REAL St. Nicholas”! For more information see website.
Story Time with Santa | Dec 3
Come to Seven Oaks Park from 10am-12pm and listen as Santa reads his favorite holiday book to all the children on his nice list! Participants will also decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa and create a holiday craft. After the story, participants will enjoy a candy cane hunt. For ages 2-8. See Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s website for more info.
The Cayce-West Columbia Chamber presents The Santa & Grinch Holiday Bazaar at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia. Come and visit with Santa & The Grinch, shop for holiday gifts from local vendors, get Christmas pictures, and enjoy activities for the kids! More here.
Christmas Candlelight Tours | Dec 3 & Dec 10
A Southern-style Backcountry Christmas comes to life during Historic Brattonsville’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tours! Through candlelit vignettes, costumed interpreters will recreate Christmas of the backcountry settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn of Christmas traditions old and new, relax around the campfire and enjoy musical entertainment. Children will enjoy hands-on activities and visits with Father Christmas. Food, hot drinks and baked goods will be available for purchase. Adults $10; Seniors $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under and Culture & Heritage Museum members free. Event is from 3-9pm.
Sundaes with Santa | Dec 4
The Junior League of Columbia will hold this new children’s event as part of its Holiday Market festivities, from 10am-2pm at the State Fairgrounds. Dress your children in their Sunday best for photos with Santa, enjoy games and crafts with your family, and top off the fun with an ice cream sundae bar! Tickets are $8 per child, and children 12 months and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online at their Facebook page.
Visits and Photos with Santa | Dec 9 – Dec 23
Santa will be visiting Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park! A professional photographer will be available for photos with Santa from 6-10pm. Photography fees and Holiday Lights admission apply. More here.
Florence Festival of Lights | Dec 9 & 10, Dec 16-18
The third annual Florence Festival of Lights will be held December 9 and 10, and on December 16, 17, and 18 at 5:30pm at Hoffmeyer Place. This premiere light display
and holiday event will be fun for the whole family! After you drive through these stunning holiday lights, stroll through
Santa’s Village to spread more holiday cheer with a cup of hot chocolate, a visit with Santa himself, or a balloon animal from Todd’s Twisted Balloons. See website for more information.
Santapalooza | Dec 10
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Visit Wingard’s Market for Santapalooza from 11am – 1pm, where the kids can meet Mrs. Claus, ride the Santa Train, enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and pick out a fresh North Carolina Fraser Fir Christmas tree! Don’t forget your camera for beautiful family photo ops throughout the Garden Center that you will treasure for years to come. Free admittance. Overflow parking available at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. More here.
Breakfast with Santa | Dec 10
Girl Scout Troop 1198 will host this event at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane in Columbia. Participants will be served breakfast from 9:30-10:30am, children and adults can make Christmas crafts, and each child will get to visit with Santa and take a picture, so bring your camera! Please bring a can or two to donate to God’s Storehouse. Cost is $8 per person and reservations are required by December 2. Call Becky Lewis at (803) 609-5366 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More here.
Grill Marks: A Burger with the Big Guy | Dec 11
From 3pm – 6pm on Sunday, December 11th get the chance to tell Santa what you want for Christmas & don’t forget to tell him a Grill Marks gift certificate! Join Santa this Sunday for an early supper with the kids, enjoy a complimentary photo with Santa, and the opportunity for the kids to make some “Reindeer Treats” to make sure Santa’s Reindeer lead him to your house! So fun!
Santa will visit EdVenture Children’s Museum on December 10, 11, 17, 18, 23 and 24. Click here for more information.
Breakfast with Victorian Santa | Dec 17
Join Historic Columbia for this holiday treat, where you can enjoy a continental breakfast in the cozy Robert Mills Carriage House while listening to seasonal music, from 8-11am. After your meal, view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft to take home, and don’t forget to take a picture with Victorian Santa Claus! Reservations and other info at their website.
Join Rustic Chic Interiors on Saturday, December 17th from 8am – 10am for a Morning with Santa in the loft. Bring your little ones (ages 2 to 10) and make some memories this Christmas season. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot today here! The party starts at 8am sharp with breakfast to include a variety of donuts, pastries and cookies as well as juice for the little ones and coffee and/or hot tea for mom and dad. Following breakfast, their in-house photographer will snag a pic of your little one(s) with Santa in their Rustic Chic styled corner. Their paint professionals will then teach your kids how to paint using the all-natural chalk and clay-based paint available in store. Every child will get to select one wooden word measuring 9″ x 1″ x 2 1/2″. “Faith”, “Hope” and “Love.” More info on website here. Call them at 803.673.9000 with questions or stop by their shop Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm.