Holiday Events 2019

There are many, many more Holiday Events on this site. Check out Holiday Lights, Holiday Concerts, Theatre & Dance, Visits with Santa, and much more.

Festival of Trees

November 22 – 24 The 30th Festival of Trees will be held at the South Carolina State Museum. Festival of Trees features decorated trees, wreaths, stockings and other holiday items that will be up for bid during a weekend-long silent auction. Thousands of people will attend from across the Midlands to enjoy the holiday cheer as well as wonderful activities and entertainment — local choirs, dance groups, visits with Santa and area mascots. Proceeds will benefit Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Midlands. 

South Carolina State Museum | 301 Gervais St. Columbia | Website

Historic Columbia Holiday House Tours

November 22 – December 31  Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience past traditions at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Robert Mills House Gift Shop | 1616 Blanding St., Columbia | Website

Sleigh Bell Stroll & Sleigh Bell Trot

Sleigh Bell Stroll Monday, November 25  See the Lights at the Sleigh Bell Stroll!  This fun and festive family fun walk amid the sparkling light displays of Holiday Lights on the River is fun for everyone – walk at your own pace!

Sleigh Bell Trot Tuesday, November 26  This race is a four mile timed race amid the sparkling light displays of Holiday Lights on the River!  Kids and adults participate. For safety reason, do not bring dogs to the Stroll or Trot.

Saluda Shoals Park | 6071 St. Andrews Road Columbia | Website

Farmers Market Country Christmas

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December 1 Enjoy a winter wonderland as you shop for the perfect Christmas tree for the holidays at the State Farmers Market. There will be festive fun for children of all ages, including Christmas crafts, music, holiday treats and an antique tractor exhibit. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa! From 1-5pm. Tractor parade begins at 4pm. More here.

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Christmas in Cayce

December 5 – 31. Christmas in Cayce is a wonderful month long holiday celebration including several annual events that have become a tradition in our community. Beginning on December 5 and continuing through the end of the year, visitors can take a ride through the Cayce City Hall complex and enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights and music of the season.

42nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00pm at Cayce City Hall.   Greetings from city officials, holiday thoughts, musical selections, a visit from Santa! Please bring canned goods and non-perishable food items as part of the Cayce Cares project, which benefits God’s Helping Hands.

Carols Along the Riverwalk

Friday, December 6 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. N Avenue entrance to Cayce Riverwalk.  The sounds of the holidays overflow during this reverse caroling featuring local church choirs and musicians. Enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies as you meander through the first half mile of the Riverwalk.  Parking is available at Brookland-Cayce High School and a free trolley will transport everyone to the event.

Cayce Historical Museum’s Annual Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 7 at 6pm.  The sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas will abound. Each room in the museum will be decorated with trees and crafts from the 18th centure to present. Live entertainment, docents dressed in period attire, and light refreshments. The lantern tours are back this year!

Saturday, December 14 from 5:30pm – 9pm. One of the most anticipated night holiday parades in the Midlands, the route will begin in front of Cayce City Hall and proceed down 12th Street ending at the corner of Hwy. 1 & 12th St. in West Columbia.

Annual Tree Lighting and Festival of Trees

Friday December 6 There will be music, refreshments, and a countdown to the lighting of the tree, as well as a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Then head for the third annual Festival of Trees at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum.  More at

Snowball Festival

Friday December 6 Be a part of lighting up Lexington as the Christmas tree lights turn on, so will the lights all around town! There will be s ’mores, hot chocolate, face painting, a caricature artist and more! Information.

Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade


Saturday December 7  The 66th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held Saturday, December 7th, 2019 featuring festive holiday entries from all across the state of South Carolina!  This South Carolina Holiday Tradition will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Sumter Street and Laurel and proceeding down Sumter toward the historic Horseshoe, ending on Senate Street. With nearly 100 entries, last year’s Carillon featured a number of festive entries, including The Benedict College “Band of Distinction” and the Pelion High School Marching Band, Capital City Cloggers, and the traditional holiday entry from the Columbia City Ballet. This year there will be some very special SC celebrities, new marching bands, drill teams, local churches, dozens of beautiful floats, and of course, the most exciting part of the parade, Santa Claus! Details.

2019 Jingle Bell Run – Midlands, SC


Saturday December 7  The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. It’s where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and FEEL GOOD about DOING GOOD. Together, we’ll jingle all the way to a cure – and have a fantastic time every step we take!  Race is from the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center. More here.

Prosperity Christmas Parade

Sunday December 8  It is truly a small town Christmas event that is envied by many towns.  Floats, bands, clowns, and all the usual parade antics march down Main Street celebrating the season and the fellowship of each other.  Come early to get a good seat, because this event is a favorite. More.

Governor’s Mansion Open House

Monday December 9 

Governor and Mrs. McMaster cordially invite you and yours to their home, the Governor’s Mansion at 800 Richland St. (Columbia), for their annual Open House from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The home is decked out for the holidays and this is an opportunity to see the Governor’s Mansion for yourself!

Blythewood Christmas Parade

Bring the entire family and line-up on Main Street with your neighbors. Over 100 entries signed up to participate so this should be better than EVER! 3pm – 5pm Facebook page.

43rd Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes | Camden

December 14 Begins at 1314 Broad St. in Camden  Join the Camden Junior Welfare League during the beautiful Holiday Season and take a self-guided tour through some of Camden’s privately owned historic homes, some never seen before! This is a Holiday tradition you don’t want to miss!  The event will take place rain or shine. The Tour begins at the Camden Archives and Museum which is located at 1314 Broad Street and is a mandatory spot to receive your Tour booklet. During the Tour, you will hear local musicians and enjoy refreshments to celebrate this holiday tradition! Purchase tickets online now, or on the day of the Tour at the Archives.  You do not want to miss this exciting weekend! We look forward to sharing our beautiful city with you!

Harborside Lights 5K and Kids Fun Run 

December 14 at Lake Carolina Town Center  Dress in your favorite holiday outfit and come run, jog, or walk with us at the annual Harborside Lights 5K and Kids Fun Run! Proceeds benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign, which provides financial assistance to those in our community who need the Y’s life-changing programs and services. The Y’s community support addresses many issues such as school readiness, chronic diseases and youth feeding programs. Details here.

Newberry Christmas Tour of Homes

Saturday, December 14  The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual event from from 4-8pm. Tour beautiful private homes and local businesses of Newberry, fully decorated for the holidays! For more information call 803-276-4274

Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 14  The Greater Cayce – West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the most anticipated holiday parades in the Midlands of South Carolina! This beloved night time parade begins at 5:30 pm in front of the Cayce Municipal Complex, located at 1800 12th Street, and will proceed down 12th to 12th Street & Hwy 1 in West Columbia. ​We have great crowds so come grab yourself a viewing spot early! More here. 

Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides

Saturday, December 14
Enjoy live music, entertainment, children’s activities and hot chocolate while celebrating the holidays with Historic Columbia. Before or after your house tour, take a carriage ride through the Robert Mills Historic District. Stop by the Gift Shop’s holiday open house throughout the evening for refreshments, holiday tunes and giveaways. Tickets here.

Candy Cane Hunt

Wednesday, December 19
For children 2 – 8.  From 3pm – 4pm . Join us for a one-of-a-kind candy cane adventure! Santa and his elves will be hiding candy canes along the trail at Crooked Creek Park for kids to find. Children should bring a basket or bag for their candy canes. There will also be prize candy canes hidden along the trail. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate and decorate a donut from the Chickenbutt Donut Shop! More here. 

Rudolph’s Winter Revue

November 30, December 7, December 14 – 21, 2019 Get ready to ring in the holidays with Rudolph! Columbia Marionette Theatre’s  variety show will feature musical numbers and showcase different puppetry styles. More here. 

Christmas in Hopelands

December 14 – 23 and Thursday, December 26
The 28th Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will transform Hopelands Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina December 14-23, and 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Guests can spend time with friends and family as they stroll through Hopelands Gardens, taking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season, while sipping hot cocoa or apple cider. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lighted pathways and illuminated displays. With over 100,000 twinkling lights in the peaceful setting of Hopelands Gardens, this event should be at the top of your holiday bucket list.  More here. 

Famously Hot New Year

December 31  Celebrate the New Year on Main Street with a free outdoor concert and the biggest NYE fireworks in SC! Famously Hot New Year is South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration, with a free, full-length concert by a national headliner (Salt n Pepa) and the biggest NYE fireworks display in SC. Adjacent to the historic SC State House in downtown Columbia, Famously Hot New Year also features regional food vendors, plentiful cash bars with beer, wine and bubbly, a vibrant, festival atmosphere and more! More here. 

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