Holiday Events | November 2017

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Holiday Events throughout Columbia, Lexington and the Midlands of South Carolina. Let’s spread some holiday cheer!


Snow White | Nov 4, 11, 18, 20, 25

Runs through November 25th, 2017 at the Columbia Marionette Theater. Join seven lovable Dwarfs as they retell this classic tale with a few new surprises. Website here.


The Polar Express 4-D Experience | Nov 11, 2017 through Jan 1, 2018

You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season at the SC State Museum on The Polar Express! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Show Run Time is 15 minutes. More here.


“No Lunch” Lunch | Nov 15

Join Harvest Hope and Golden State for the Feeding Hunger: “No Lunch” Lunch at the Hall at Senate’s End (320 Senate Street) at 12pm (check-in begins at 11:30). All proceeds from the one-hour soup kitchen-style luncheon will benefit child feeding programs, helping to provide food for the 1 in 4 children in South Carolina who struggle with hunger. Tickets are limited, so please RSVP to Sarah Sipes at 803-254-4432 ext. 1143 or to Visit website here.


Newberry’s Main Street Lights: Community Christmas Tree Lighting | Nov 17

Location: Community Hall & Downtown Newberry

Held annually the Friday before Thanksgiving, our official lighting event is one you don’t want to miss! Experience caroling at the tree between 5 pm and 6 pm from the Southern Victorian Society, dressed in full replica Victorian era Holiday attire. The official Lighting Ceremony begins at 6:15 pm and features local school choirs, ending with a countdown to light the town at 6:30 pm! More info here.


Palmetto Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees | Nov 17 – 19

Since 1988, the holidays have been a little brighter in Columbia because of Festival of Trees. Funds raised through the event create new and enhance existing programs and services that benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. The 28th Festival of Trees will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and will feature family-friendly holiday cheer all weekend, with events like the Black Tie Auction Preview, a “Santa & Me” event, and a weekend-long silent auction! Website here.


Historic Holiday House Tours | Nov 17 – Dec 31

The holiday season is here and Historic Columbia is pulling out all the stops! Visit them November 17 through Dec. 31, to see a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Historic Holiday Tours are free for HC members, $5 for youth and $8 for adults, and tours run through Dec. 31 with special events and programs happening along the way. More here.

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Santa & The Grinch Holiday Bazaar | Nov 18

The Cayce-West Columbia Chamber presents The Santa & Grinch Holiday Bazaar at Wingate By Wyndham (located at 108 Saluda Pointe Court in Lexington) from 9am – 1pm. There will be free breakfast, free kids activities, shopping and photo packages available.  This event benefits Dream Makers of the GFCW. More here.

Columbia ThanksLiving | Nov 19

Come celebrate ThanksLiving with friends, family, Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary, Columbia Veg, and Good Life Cafe on Sunday, November 19th at 6pm! What could be better than an amazing 6 course meal, wine, and good company, all for a good cause?! Sharon and the team at Good Life Cafe are crafting a mouth watering menu for this event that will be held at The Hampton Room at Michael’s. Purchase tickets here.

Sleigh Bell Stroll & Trot | Nov 20 – Nov 21Sleigh Bell Trot pic

Run or walk at night and enjoy the sparkle of the Holiday Lights on the River displays at Saluda Shoals Park! The Sleigh Bell Stroll will take place November 20, with the Sleigh Bell Trot four-mile race on November 21 at Saluda Shoals Park. Register here.

Turkey Day Family Festival | Nov 21

8am – 10pm at Finlay Park. More details to come!  Website here.

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Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet | Nov 22 – Nov 26

Columbia Township Auditorium {1703 Taylor St.}

Ann Brodie’s CAROLINA BALLET presents The Nutcracker Thanksgiving week at The Township Auditorium, November 22 at 10 am, November 24th and 25th at 7:30 pm, and November 26th at 3 pm. This is the only full length production of The Nutcracker in Columbia, SC that has a full live orchestra and chorus. Share the magic of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Sakura Oka, International Guest Artist in Residence, and her Cavalier, The Nutcracker Prince, Eric Beckham, Miami City Ballet, Carolina Ballet Alum. For tickets please call the Township Auditorium 803-576-2350 or visit For group rates please call (803)-771-6303More here.

North Augusta: Christmas in the Backcountry | Nov 25

Learn how colonists observed Christmas in the back country! Visit the Living History Park in North Augusta from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm where the buildings will be open for visitors and items will be for sale just in time for Christmas giving. Father Christmas, better known to many as St. Nicholas, looks forward to meeting with all those who love the true Spirit of Christmas and the joy the season can bring. He will be dressed as in ages past, in his traditional Victorian coat and cap. Website here.


Country Christmas Celebration | Nov 26

Come to the SC State Farmers Market from 1 – 5pm and shop for your Christmas tree, enjoy Christmas music and festive treats, let your kids make holiday crafts and get their picture taken with Santa! Also featuring an antique tractor exhibit and tractor parade. Make sure you bring your camera to take pictures! This family event is free and a great way to kick off the holiday season. More here.

51st Annual Governor’s Carolighting | Nov 27

The 51st Annual Governor’s Carolighting will be held on Monday, November 27th, 2017 from 7pm – 8pm. Entertainment leading up to the lighting of the State Christmas tree will include a variety of musical groups and talent like Fort Jackson’s own 282nd Army Band and the Southern Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Free admission. Visit SC Governor’s Mansion website here.

Lighting of the Cayce Christmas Tree | Nov 30

A part of Christmas in Cayce! The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6pm at Cayce City Hall. Featuring appearances by city officials, musical selections, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Website here.