Holiday Events in Columbia and the Midlands 2020

With all the craziness of 2020, many event details are subject to change at any time. To get the most updated information on any of these showings, please visit the event provider’s website or Facebook. Even though not every event will require or specify mask usage, always bring a mask just in case! Save a life; wear a mask!

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54th Annual Governor’s Carolighting

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the lighting of the state Christmas tree. Tickets are required for in-person attendance. Although things look a bit different this year, our holiday spirit remains the same. Enjoy musical performances and the Governor’s seasonal message from the comfort of home on your TV or livestream the event on social media, or join the socially-distant celebration in person on the State House Grounds on Sunday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, the 54th Annual Governor’s Carolighting will be held at a reduced capacity of 125 persons. General admission for standing room only will be limited, and attendees will be required to reserve a ticket if they wish to attend. Tickets are free and open to the public up until the 125 person limit at which time ticket sales will close. Register for your free ticket here.

Where to watch/livestream:

Television: ETV

Facebook: @SouthCarolinaETV

YouTube: @SouthCarolinaETV

Twitter: @SCETV

The Final Door’s Grinched Escape Room

Late November – December 31, 2020

Oh No! You’ve been Grinched! It’s the night before Christmas and the Grinch has broken into your home and sabotaged Christmas. Can you work together to save your Christmas before Santa arrives?” Discover the true meaning of Christmas with family and friends as you scramble to escape The Final Door’s holiday room GRINCHED! Read The Final Door’s COVID policies here. The Final Door offers this favorite room only during the holidays! Call 803-602-2433 for more information and booking details. Use the promo code “Discover” and save 10%! You may book your escape room online here.

930 Knox Abbott Drive, Columbia, SC, 29033

A Camden Christmas!

Celebrate the holidays locally! You can find a variety of events happening in Camden, including holiday markets, virtual performances, community events, pop-up shops and a host of locally owned businesses featuring unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Supporting local businesses is so important, now more than ever! Take some time to explore all that Camden has to offer, Southern hospitality, history, heritage and all the things that make us Classically Carolina! Learn more and find just what you’re looking for at classicallycarolina.com and downtowncamdensc.org.

Christmas in Cayce

December 3, 2020

Join the City of Cayce on December 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for Christmas in Cayce! Take a ride through the Cayce City Hall grounds and enjoy thousands of twinkling lights, Carolers, historically-themed Christmas Trees, holiday treats and a visit from Santa in Cayce’s historic 1937 Rio firetruck! His elves will be handing out pre-packaged treats! Our Cayce Woman’s Club will also be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items as part of the 18th Annual Cayce Cares project benefitting God’s Helping Hands and the Scooter Scott Project! Find out more at caycesc.gov!


Festival of the Trees in Aiken, SC

Aiken Festival of Trees begins Dec. 3 – vote for your favorite!

December 4 – January 2, 2021

Join City of Aiken PRT for their annual Festival of Trees at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Be sure to stop by on Friday, December 4 at 4:00 pm as they light the trees. Vote for the best decorated tree until Friday, December 18. The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 20.

406 Park Avenue SE Aiken SC, 29801 

Newberry’s North Pole Nights

December 4, 11 and 18, 2020

North Pole Nights will be hosted on Fridays, December 4, 11, and 18! Experience the wonders of the North Pole! Enjoy fluttering faux snow in Memorial Park, and be sure to scan the interactive QR coded video of the week with your smart phone or mobile device to see a special Christmas story from Mrs. Claus, courtesy of the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will also have a free Christmas craft baggie for you to pick up and take home (limited to first 50). Before arrival, all children are invited to write letters to Santa, at home, to bring and place in the NEW letters to Santa mailbox! Santa will reply to 3 letters weekly!

See if Santa replies to your child in the Newberry Observer December 2, 9, 16, & 23! Santa will also read his responses during the Friday night weekly videos. Children may also call to record a message for Santa at the North Pole through local radio station, WKDK! For updated event info click here!

1000 Boyce St, Newberry, SC 29108


A Very Berry Christmas Gingerbread Competition

Enter by November 25! Gingerbread Entries on Display December 4 – 23, 2020

Application to enter the 2020 Gingerbread Competition is NOW OPEN! Click the Link above to download your application today! DEADLINE TO APPLY NOVEMBER 25 at 5PM. Over $500 in cash prizes available to winners!

Competition entries can be seen on display from December 4 through December 23, 2020. 

Newberry Arts Center, 1200 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108 

Christmas Vacation: Movies in the Garden

December 4, 2020 6:30 — 8:30pm

Spend a night full of nostalgia and memories with the Griswold Family during Historic Columbia’s Movies in the Garden: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Movie goers will be safety separated in socially distanced pods and Craft & Draft will be serving adult beverages. Food available for purchase. Don’t forget to bring a chair and blanket! Tickets must be purchased in advance. Buy your tickets here.

Hampton-Preston Gardens : 1615 Blanding St., Columbia, SC 29201


Lexington’s Snowball Festival

December 4 – 6, 2020

·         Friday, December 4 – Craft Fair, Tree lighting & Movie at the Icehouse Amphitheater

·         Saturday, December 5 – Carnival & Movie at Icehouse Amphitheater

·         Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. – Christmas Parade down Main Street (If you would like to participate in the parade, please contact Heather Danley by email at lexingtonjayceesparade@gmail.com or by phone at 803.530.2604.)

COVID-19 changes – The Town will follow all up-to-date COVID-19 guidance and protocol. All events will be held outdoors to encourage social distancing. Craft Fair vendors will be spaced and one-way walking pattern. Saturday’s Carnival will make tickets limited each hour and all rides/games sanitized after each use. Santa will make an appearance but no one will sit on his lap – there will be a station where kids can create and mail off letters to Santa.

Icehouse Amphitheater 107 W Main St. Lexington, SC 29072

Christmas with the Celts

December 5, 2020 3pm

Celebrate the holidays with “Christmas with the Celts,” as seen on PBS, as they bring a unique Christmas show celebrating Celtic roots music. Raved by audiences nationally and internationally, the show presents the perfect combination of ancient Irish Carols, contemporary Christmas standards, spontaneous humor, and thrilling Irish dancing giving audiences a most memorable Christmas experience. The high-stepping spirited musical selections will have audiences clapping along from the first lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,”  “Little Drummer Boy,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” also “Count Your Blessings,”  “White Christmas” and John Lennon’s perennial “Happy Christmas.”

Please review their Reopening Procedures HEREBuy tickets now before they sell out!

Newberrry Opera House 1201 McKibben Street, Newberry SC 29108


Candlelight Tour of Homes

December 12, 2020

This annual Christmas tradition is going virtual! Each year, the Candlelight Tour of Homes celebrates the Southern hospitality that Camden is known for! This is a rare opportunity to see some of Camden’s finest private homes and historic landmarks adorned in holiday splendor! This year, you’ll have the chance to explore each location in great detail – from the comfort of your own home – through high resolution, 3D virtual tours. Join us on Saturday December 12th. Tickets are $20. Proceeds of the event benefit the children of Kershaw County. Tickets will be available November 1st at Nonprofit | Camden Junior Welfare League | United States


Candy Cane Hunt

December 18, 2020 3:30pm – 4pm

For children 2 – 12.  Join ICRC 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 hunt for! 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 delicious treat! Click here.

Crooked Creek Park 1098 Old Lexington Hwy Chapin, SC

Christmas at the Silent Movies

December 19, 2020 7pm

The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra is “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as hailed by “The Washington Post,” and is one of America’s few professional ensembles dedicated to the preservation of America’s first popular music: Ragtime. “Christmas at the Silent Movies” features the holiday-themed silent films of the early 1900s: Buster Keaton in “The Frozen North” (1922), Laurel & Hardy in “Big Business” (1929) and the first-ever film adaptations of “A Christmas Carol” (1910) and “The Night Before Christmas” (1905), all accompanied live with their original orchestral scores. Please review their Reopening Procedures HEREBuy tickets here before they sell out!

Newberry Opera House 1201 McKibben Street, Newberry SC 29108


New Year’s Eve Celebration-Swamp Cabbage Brewery

December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021 7 pm – 1 am

Say goodbye to 2020 and welcome the New Year with delicious food, house-brewed crafts, wine, s’mores, entertainment, fireworks, and of course a champagne toast! Guests will need to wear masks around Swamp Cabbage except when eating and drinking. Purchase your tickets right here!

921 Brookwood Drive, Columbia, SC, 29201


Santa’s Christmas Party Traveling Show

Columbia Marionette Theatre’s seasonal traveling show “Santa’s Christmas Party” is a crowd favorite and ready to come to you this Christmas! More here. Contact John Scollon at info@cmtpuppet.org for booking info.

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