Ho Ho Ho! Visit Santa Claus!

Santa Claus is coming to town… Columbia SC, that is! A list of places where you and your children can visit Santa Claus this season

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Dutch Square Center: Free Photos with Santa starting November 29th

Take a free photo with Santa at Dutch Square Center located at 421 Bush River Road this holiday season! They do not have a picture operation, so just bring your own camera to snap the picture, while capturing a sweet moment in time. Santa will be at the mall for the first day on Friday, November 29th (Black Friday), then every Saturday and Sunday until December 14th. Beginning on December 14th Santa will be on-site every single day cheesing for the camera. More here.

Meet Santa at the State Museum | Dec 3 – 23

Avoid the Mall rush and Meet Santa at the State Museum on Sat., Dec. 21, Sun., Dec. 22 and Mon., Dec. 23. Picture with Santa available for purchase. More here.

Breakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster’s: Dec 7 & 14

Bring your child to enjoy a breakfast buffet, a visit with Santa himself, a $10.00 power card for Ticket Games and Unlimited Video Game Play (non- ticket games), create something at the Craft/Activity Table, Letters to Santa Station, and take pics with your camera of your youngun and Santa. $24. Tickets here.


Saluda Shoals Park: Visits and Photos with Santa starting December 13th

Santa will be visiting Holiday Lights on the River from December 13th to December 23rd. A professional photographer will be available for photos with Santa. Photography fees and Holiday Lights admission apply.  Additional family activities make a visit to Holiday Lights on the River one of Columbia’s most cherished holiday traditions. More here.


Farmers Market Country Christmas | Dec 1

Santa and Lights.jpgEnjoy 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.

Columbiana Centre | Nov 9 – Dec 24

‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday season in Columbia, SC, look no further—we’re offering visits with Santa at Columbiana Centre!  Website here.

Santa at Lights Before Christmas | Riverbanks Zoo | Nov. 17 – Dec. 23

Santa visits with kiddies beginning at 6:00pm each evening! Enjoy a walk through the beautifully lit Zoo and work in a visit with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick while you’re there. Information here.

Kids Visit the Real St. Nicholas Dec 7

This unique festival features a “real” St. Nicholas who will visit with your wee ones and hear their Christmas wishes. This is part of the St. Nicholas Festival at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in West Columbia. Details here.

Sundaes with Santa | Dec 8 from Noon-4pm

The Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market will conclude on Sunday, December 2nd with Sundaes with Santa! 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! Sundaes with Santa tickets are $8 per person. Children 12 months and under are admitted FREE. Parking is $5. More here.

Breakfast with Santa | Dec 14

Join Historic Columbia for a holiday treat to remember! You’re invited to have breakfast with the jolly ole man himself! After breakfast, take a picture with Santa, make holiday crafts, explore the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and see a Victorian Christmas tree. Breakfast with Santa will be offered at 8, 9 and 10 a.m. Limited seating. More here.


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