Holiday Events

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

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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.

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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.

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“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 ssipes@harvesthope.org. Visit website here.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.TicketMaster.com. 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.

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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.

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Town of Lexington Snowball Festival | Dec 1 – 3

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Presented by the Town of Lexington, Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission and media sponsor B106.7 FM, this event will take place from 6-8pm at Lexington Square Park. Featuring Tree Lighting at 8pm, s’mores and hot chocolate!

December 2nd: Movies in the Park @ Icehouse Amphitheater goes from 5pm – 9pm. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (G) and It’s A Wonderful Life (PG). Movie starts at 5:30pm.

December 3rd: Town of Lexington Christmas Parade // Parade will take place on Main Street at 3:30pm.

For more information visit www.lexsc.com or contact 803-356-8238. FREE Admission to all events listed.

Caroling Along the Riverwalk | Dec 1

The sounds of Christmas can be heard throughout the Cayce Riverwalk Park where several area church choirs and local musicians will be located within the first half mile of the park. Visitors can wander from group to group, enjoying holiday musical selections. Event will be held 6:30-8pm at the N Avenue Entrance, Cayce Riverwalk Pavilion. Visit website here.

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Lancaster’s Christmas Events | Dec 1st,  2nd & 9th

December 1stChristmas Tree Lighting on Gay Street/Springs House from 7pm – 8:30pm. Misfit Toys is the theme for this popular community event that features live entertainment, refreshments, Santa’s arrival to the Red Rose City, and tree lighting that signals all holiday lights in the city to be illuminated.

December 2ndChristmas in the City. Located in the Cultural Arts District of Historic Downtown Lancaster. 10am – 4pm. Enjoy free trolley rides to art markets, holiday open houses, Santa’s workshop and Carousel, Gingerbread Contest, Santa and Costumed Character photos, L & C Railway Museum, and more!  A Winter Block Party, located in City Hall Parking at 216 Catawba Street, hosts a plethora of food and craft vendors, live onstage entertainment, and fun for the whole family.

December 9th – Don’t miss this Annual Christmas parade that will begin at 6pm in the Cultural Arts District in Historic Downtown Lancaster.  The theme is Misfit Toys and participants will compete for prizes with their “best-dressed” floats, trailers, trucks, vehicles and parade banners.  The parade begins on Main Street, at Springs Street, and continues through historic downtown, then exiting onto Williams Street. Get your seats early and get ready for some holiday fun!

More information on Lancaster events here!

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North Pole Night Downtown | Dec 1, 8, 15, & 22 

Visit downtown Newberry on Fridays in December to experience an evening at the North Pole! Come downtown on Fridays in December for faux snow and pictures with Santa in Memorial Park and Story Time with Mrs. Claus at the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce office in Community Hall. Events are free, however photos with Santa are $5 each (visitors are allowed to take their own photos should they so choose). Contact the City of Newberry Parks, Recreation, and Tourism office at 803-321-1015 for more information. Visit event website here.

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Town Theatre’s Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical | Dec 1 – 17Miracle on 34th St

A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Meredith Willson. Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her six-year-old Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts. This joyous, heartwarming musical is the perfect holiday treat! Thursday – Saturday shows at 8pm, Sundays show at 3pm. Website here.

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Christmas Traditions at Cayce Historical Museum | Dec 2

The sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas will abound at the Museum’s annual Christmas Traditions Holiday Open House. Each room of the Museum will be decorated with trees and crafts from the 18th century to present. The Open House will also feature live entertainment, docents dressed in period attire, and light refreshments. 6-9pm. Website here.

Christmas for the Birds | Dec 2

Bring apples, oranges, and peanut butter for the birds at the Living History Park in North Augusta from 10am – 2pm as we remember the birds at Christmas time. Cider and cookies will be served and story time will be held at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30. Lots of fun and food for all! Website here.

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Teddy Bear Tea Talk | Dec 2

Morris Center BearJoin the Morris Center on Saturday, December 2 at 2:00pm for a special Christmas teddy bear tea talk featuring the one and only Santa Claus! Enjoy tea and hot chocolate as well as cookie decorating, as both kids and adults alike join in the Christmas fun with jolly old Saint Nick himself.

Tickets are available for $7, but keeping in the Christmas spirit, anyone who brings a donation for the Toys for Tots Foundation will be given a $2 discount. Your help will directly impact the children of our community and ensure their Christmas is one to remember. This event is cosponsored by J & C Wordsmiths. Visit Facebook event page here.

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Story Time with Santa | Dec 2

Held at Seven Oaks Park from 10am – 11:30am & 12pm – 1:30pm for ages 2 – 8. Join us as Santa with BookSanta reads his favorite holiday book to all the boys and girls on his nice list. Participants will also decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa and create a holiday craft. To end Santa’s Story time, there will be a candy cane hunt for all the good boys and girls. All families are invited to shop at the Santa’s Market Craft Show before or after the event. Pre-registration is required. More here.

Town of Pine Ridge Christmas Parade | Dec 2

The Town of Pine Ridge Christmas Parade is a free, community event! This one mile parade will take place at 10am in the town of Pine Ridge. Parade route will begin at Pine Ridge Middle School and travel down Pine Ridge Drive ending at Congaree Baptist Church. Website here.

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Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade | Dec 2

The 64th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 featuring Superhero Holiday entries from all across the state of South Carolina! The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Gervais and Bull Streets and proceed west on Gervais. It will pass in front of the State House, and continue into the Vista to Park Street. WIS-TV begins live statewide coverage of the parade at 10 a.m. from their broadcasting area, located on the corner of Main and Gervais, across the street from the State House. This year there will be some very special SC celebrities, new high school marching bands, drill teams, local churches, dozens of beautiful floats, and of course, the most exciting part of the parade, Santa Claus! More here.

St. Nicholas Festival | Dec 2

Festival will be held at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church from 10am – 4pm. Enjoy great food, crafts, fun and an amazing Choir Performance by the Holy Apostles Orthodox Choir. Children can visit with the “REAL St. Nicholas”, and crafts and artwork will be available for purchase, as well as Russian food, collectibles, and handmade beeswax candles. More here.

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Christmas Candlelight Tours | Dec 2 & Dec 9

A Southern-style Back country Christmas comes to life during Historic Brattonsville’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tours. Through candlelit vignettes, costumed interpreters will recreate Christmas of the back country settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries. You will learn of old and new Christmas traditions. In addition to the candlelight tours, children of all ages will enjoy period hands-on activities and visits with Father Christmas. You may relax around the campfire, enjoy musical entertainment, plus food will be available for purchase. More info here.

Train Rides with Santa | Dec 2, 9 and 16

Come join the folks at the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro for their annual Train Rides with Jolly Old St. Nick! Santa will be happy to take your children’s Christmas wish lists back to the North Pole with him so bring them along!  Saturdays. More info here.

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Hanging of the Greens | Dec 3

You’re invited to Shandon United Methodist (3407 Devine Street) for their 8:45am service and 11am service. Enjoy these moving services filled with Christian symbolism, glorious decorations and beautiful music of the season by the Celebration Choir and Wesley Ringers. Hanging of the Greens marks the beginning the Advent Season – commemorating the coming birth of Jesus through placing ivy, cedar, mistletoe and holly. This service is designed to help us prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child. 803.256.8383. Website here.

Homes for the Holidays Tour – Dec 3

1 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, December 3 in the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods.  Spend an afternoon visiting seven unique homes artfully decorated for the holidays along with historic Shandon Presbyterian Church. Sample food from local restaurants and specialty shops, and listen to music of the season while enjoying the architecture and history of two of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods.  Tickets are $20 and are available in advance from the Piggly Wiggly on Devine, Shandon Presbyterian Church and at www.tickleap.com, or the day of the tour at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Avenue.  For more information click here.

Ridgeway Christmas Parade| Dec 3

The Town of Ridgeway is decorated in holiday splendor, downtown merchants open their doors to music, food and great sales and churches hold holiday concerts the entire first weekend of December. A Christmas Parade ends the weekend celebration!

Christmas Tree Lighting | Dec 3

The Gadsden Community Association along with Golden and Proud Seniors are partnering with Richland County Recreation Commission, Kingville Foundation, JD’s Restaurant, Gadsden Community Store and Tri-County Electric for our annual celebration. Enjoy entertainment, speakers, group performance, Christmas carols, music, treat bags from Santa and light refreshments for the entire family on Sunday, December 3rd from 5-8pm. This free event will be held across from JD’s Restaurant, 7727 Bluff Road. For more information, call the Gadsden Park Community Center at 353-3677. Website here.

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Governors Mansion Open House | Dec 4 

On Monday, December 4th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm Governor McMaster invites you to attend this years Governors Mansion Open House! Free and no reservations needed. More details to come! Visit the Governors Mansion website here.

Winter Chocolate and Tea Party | Dec 6

Enjoy a special holiday tea and talk at the Morris Center on December 6 at 2:00pm. The Center will be decorated in winter décor and will include a tree, wreathes and more! The talk will be presented by Director Annmarie Reiley-Kay. Learn about Christmas traditions, patterns, and experience a traditional afternoon tea! This tea will consist of sandwiches, assorted sweets, European hot chocolate, warm scones, and a bottomless cup of tea. The non-profit Heritage Center, which preserves the Lowcountry’s history and culture through projects, events, and exhibitions, requests a $15 admission fee for this program. Visit event Facebook page here.

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Senior Goodwill Holiday Brunch | Dec 7

10:30AM – Noon at Irmo High School. The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission and Irmo High School are partnering together to offer a Holiday brunch for seniors in our community. Please bring a dessert or fresh fruit to share. There is no charge for the event, but please register by November 27. More info here.

“Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas” | Dec 7

The film, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas had its world premiere in November at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival. Set in a Chinese restaurant, the movie is filled with music from start to end. “Traditionally it was the only kind of restaurant open on Christmas,” said Director Larry Weinstein. “So the Chinese and the Jews shared this special occasion. We kind of took it a step further and had this fantasy at this restaurant where all these magical performances of Christmas music by Jewish composers take place.” Film screening and Chinese dinner will take place at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center. Tickets are $8 for JCC Members, $10 for JCC guests, and are available at the JCC Welcome Desk. More info here.

30th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant | Dec 8 – 10

Event will take place December 8th at 7pm, December 9th at 2pm and 5pm, and December 10th at 4pm at First Baptist Columbia. With state of the art lighting, including thousands of Christmas lights, glorious music, and a cast and crew of hundreds, the Columbia Christmas Pageant is something you certainly don’t want to miss. Tickets are free, but you need a ticket to enter. The ticket office opens November 6th – give them a call at 803.217.3250. More here.

The Singing Christmas Tree | Dec 8 – 10

Shandon Baptist Church will hold this free event. A cast of 400, including a full orchestra, and a 25-foot tree holding 130 singers and over 50,000 lights make for an incredible holiday experience for all ages! December 8 at 7pm, December 9 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm and December 10 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm. All seating is general admission. Tickets are available beginning Sunday, November 5 at Shandon Baptist Church in the Gathering Place. More info here.

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41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes | Dec 9

The 41st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes offers a rare opportunity to enter Camden’s finest private homes and admire Christmas decor, music, and special furnishings seldom seen by visitors. The self-guided tour begins at 1314 Broad Street Camden, SC 29020 on SaturdayDecember 9th, 2017 from 3 – 8 pm. In addition to the walking tour, enjoy the exclusive hospitality stop for some of the best refreshments and hospitality the South has to offer. For more information and to purchase tickets for this event visit: http://cjwltourofhomes.wixsite.com/2017/tickets-1

9th Annual Van Wyck Christmas Parade and Candy Toss | Dec 9

This fun family event will start at 12 noon at the intersection of Steele Hill Road and Old Hickory Road in Van Wyck. Santa will arrive at the Community Center Building for photographs after the parade. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Visit Facebook page here.

Newberry County Chamber of Commerce: Christmas Tour of Homes | Dec 9

The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual event on the 2nd Saturday of December from 4-8pm. Tour three beautiful private homes of Newberry, fully decorated for the holidays as well as a local business and church. Homes on the 2017 Tour include: The Home of Colonels John & Rose Marie Favors, The Home of Harry & Lynn Cromer, The Home of Robert & Mary Alex Kopp, Central United Methodist Church, Refreshments available at Uptown Pour. Call 803-276-4274 for tickets and further details. Website here.

Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights | Dec 9

The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the most anticipated holiday parades in the Midlands! Starts at the corner of 12th & Meeting Street in West Columbia, proceeds down 12th Street and ends at City of Cayce Municipal Complex. This beloved night time parade begins at 5:30pm. Come grab yourself a viewing spot early! Website here.

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Town of South Congaree Christmas Parade | Dec 9

Mark your calendars for the Town of South Congaree Christmas Parade, Saturday December 9th at 10am down Main Street! You won’t want to miss our Grand Marshal, as seen on Live PD & in your communities, RCSD Senior Deputy Chris Mastrianni (aka Fastrianni)! There are still spots available if you’d like to be a part of the parade. Register here: https://southcongareeevents.wixsite.com/…/register-for-chri… . We look forward celebrating the Christmas Season with our community! PS – you don’t want to miss the pictures with Santa! More here.

Holiday Open House | Dec 9 – 10

Lake Murray Country Visitors Center will host this Annual Open House on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00am-3:00pm and Sunday, December 10th from 12:00pm-4:00pm. The theme for the 2017 Holiday Open House is “Happy Holiday Sails” in honor of our NEW Lake Murray Visitor’s Center Souvenir Shoppe opening. Come enjoy light refreshments and holiday music as we get the Lorick Plantation into the holiday spirit.. More here.

The Nutcracker | Dec 9 – 17

at Koger Center for the Arts {1051 Greene St.}

Columbia City Ballet presents Nutcracker, Columbia’s holiday family tradition, has the distinction of being Koger Center’s first Nutcracker production and longest consecutively running annual arts event. With many snow-filled performances, including four matinees, Nutcracker is designed to accommodate the entire family’s holiday schedule. More here.

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Christmas in Hopelands | Dec 9-10, 14-23, 26

The 26th Annual Christmas in Hopelands is an enchanting walk-through exhibit that features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays. There is no admission charge. Over 100,000 twinkling lights are a must-see during the Christmas season. For more info call 803-642-7631 or visit the website here.

 

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Blythewood Christmas Parade | Dec 10

This year’s Blythewood Christmas Parade is presented by Blythewood’s Transfiguration Catholic Church.  All funds raised will go to the Christian Assistance Bridge in Blythewood, an organization devoted to supporting those in need in the community.  The 23rd annual parade will take place December 10. Blythewood Town Hall’s Facebook page.

Summerville Christmas Parade | Dec 10

Sponsored by Summerville DREAM, the Annual Christmas Parade starts at 2pm. It is a free, public event that brings the community together to spread Christmas cheer! Community members are encouraged to promote their organization, school or business to help celebrate the holiday. Spread Christmas cheer by dressing in holiday costume, handing out candy, etc.  More info here.

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Love Feast: Choir & Orchestra | Dec 10

A Christmas celebration rich in Christian community at Shandon United Methodist Church at 5pm in the Sanctuary. This celebration is filled with beautiful music by the Chancel Choir and orchestra, with sharing of bread, coffee and warm fellowship. Website here.

Experience Hanukkah! | Dec 13

Celebrate the second night of Hanukkah with this holiday program at the Richland Library Cooper that features stories, songs, treats, and crafts! From 6:30 – 7:30pm, Special Guest Devorah Marrus shares the traditions of Hanukkah in a fun-filled night for all ages! More here.

Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides | Dec 15

Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of our historic Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Enjoy musical entertainment and children’s activities while celebrating the holidays with HC. Before or after your house tour, enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Carriage rides run from 5:30 until 8:30 and the house tours start at 6:00! *Carriage Rides are considered an ‘add-on’ to the Candlelight Tours, so guests need to purchase the Candlelight Tour in order to book a Carriage Ride. More here.

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Candy Cane Hunt | Dec 16

Held at Crooked Creek Park beginning from 3pm – 3:45pm for ages 2 – 8. The actual candy cane hunt will begin at 3:30pm, but arrive at 3pm to decorate a cupcake and hang out prior to the hunt. Join them on the CCP Disc Golf Trail 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 be prize candy canes hidden along the trail as well. Donate a new unwrapped toy to decorate a festive cupcake! Cost is $2 per child. More here.

Santa’s Christmas Party | Dec 16, 18, 23

During this performance by the Columbia Marionette Theatre, Santa’s head elf decides to throw Santa a rockin’ holiday surprise party in celebration of the season, but Santa is on vacation and is nowhere to be found! Will he make it back in time to enjoy his own festivities? With dancing snowmen, figure skating, and Jack Frost’s own puppet show-within-a-puppet-show, this fun-filled performance will put audiences of all ages in the holiday spirit! More here.

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Jingle Days | Dec. 16, 2017 through Jan 1, 2018

Visit the SC State Museum for this exciting and unique way to celebrate the season! Visit with Santa, make arts & crafts, go on a holiday scavenger hunt, and learn about holidays around the world. There will be performances from the Bright Star Traveling Theater, the Columbia Marionette Theater, and the Carolina Ballet. Website here.

Lights, Cocoa, & Sufganiyot | Dec 17

Get ready for Chanukah with Lights, Cocoa, & Sufganiyot! Join your friends at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center from 5 -6pm for this Festival of Lights event with crafts, food, fun & friendship. Free and open to everyone, so come out and enjoy hot cocoa, jelly donuts and Menorah lighting! For more info, call the JCC at 803-787-2023.

Jingle All the Way | Dec 17

Local dance team, Carolina Freestyle of Dance Station in Chapin, SC has appeared on The Today Show, in parades, and at “Broadway at the Beach.” Enjoy their enthusiastic performance during the holiday season featuring clogging, lyrical dance, and vocal performance at the Newberry Opera House. Visit website here.

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2nd Annual Night Before Christmas | Dec 17

Ynotu2, a nonprofit that provides job and life skill development for disadvantaged job seekers, early childhood intervention and community outreach is organizing this holiday event. To be held at EdVenture Children’s Museum from 6 – 9pm for undeserved youth in the Columbia area. This event is NOT open to the public, as registration of your children is required, as they need to calculate the number of toys and food needed. Register here! Enjoy a seasonal atmosphere, vendors who will provide you with resources on programs, story time (celebrity guests will read a portion of the classic book “Twas the night before Christmas”, toy giveaway (while supplies last), educational challenge sessions, and Santa’s Workshop (Arts and Crafts for Kids) presented by Richland County Library. More here.

Sing-Along Messiah 2017

Sing-Along MessiahDec 18

Anyone who has the desire to sing or hear Messiah is invited to Sing-Along MessiahDecember 18, 7:00pm, at beautiful, historic Washington Street United Sing Along MessiahMethodist Church in downtown Columbia.  Be a part of a joyous night of worship, instrumental music, and singing, as a professional orchestra, accomplished soloists, and a choir of 800 voices perform Part One of Handel’s Messiah, perhaps the best known and most popular oratorio ever written.  For this 15th anniversary community celebration, soloists are professional singers, four native South Carolinians with national and international performance acclaim.  Sing-Along Messiah is the only annual sing-along presentation of Messiah in South Carolina, and is presented to the public without an admission charge. No Christmas season is ever truly complete without it!  For additional information visit www.singalongmessiah.org, or email info@singalongmessiah.org.  Seating is first-come, first-seated, no tickets issued. Free, nearby parking readily available. Infant and toddler childcare provided.

State Museum Winter Break Camps | Dec 18 – 22, 26 – 29

Natural History Days | December 18 & 26
History Days | December 19 & 27
Astronomy Days | December 20 & 28
S.T.E.A.M. Days | December 21 & 29
Polar Express Day | December 22 ONLY

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Summerville’s December Third Thursday | Dec 21

Historic Downtown is one of the gems of Summerville any day of the year, but it shines especially bright on the Third Thursday of every month. Downtown businesses – shops, restaurants, art galleries and more extend their hours until 8:30 p.m. or later…

With more than twenty dining and drinking establishments within walking distance of historic Hutchinson Square, you are likely to find the atmosphere you were searching for. Whether your preference is locally roasted coffee and a pastry, to micro brews and a burger, or imported wines and charcuterie, to soda fountain specialties and a hot dog, or prime rib or homemade pasta, you can find it here…. Many establishments run specials for Third Thursdays throughout the year and of course Sweet Tea is always on the menu.  More here.

Christmas Eve | Dec 24

Join your friends at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, for inspiring services filled with beautiful greenery, wonderful music, glowing candlelight and warm fellowship.

MORNING SERVICES
Traditional: 8:45 & 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
LifeLine Contemporary: 11:05 a.m., Dunn-Smith Center
Worship filled with real and uplifting messages that speak to our lives today with inspiring music by Chancel Choir in Traditional and LifeLine Band in LifeLine.

EVENING SERVICES

FAMILY SERVICE
5:00 p.m., Sanctuary
Sharing the Christmas story with narration, costumes, familiar carols and music
by the Children’s Choirs. Features a live nativity with animals and the lighting of
“glow sticks.”

COMMUNION AND CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
9:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Sharing the Christmas message with candle lighting and music by the Christmas
Choir. Features a live nativity.

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Frozen Party | December 27

The State Museum continues its annual Frozen Party, a magical evening to spark young guests’ imagination from 6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27. During the event, guests will watch Disney’s Frozen, meet and greet with Anna and Elsa and enjoy crafts and activities. There will be light snacks and refreshments. Frozen costumes are highly encouraged. Space is limited, advance ticket purchase is recommended by visiting scmuseum.org or by calling (803) 898-4999.

WOW! New Year’s Eve Carnival | Dec 31

Hosted by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation department, the free, family-friendly WOW! NYE Carnival gives all ages a chance to celebrate the New Year. Parents can spend quality time with their children on New Year’s Eve, and there is much for all ages to enjoy, too–amusement rides, carnival games, karaoke, food & drink vendors. Parents can come back and see a colossal fireworks show as the clock strikes midnight!

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Newberry Opera House: The Swingin’ Medallions | Dec 31

Starting at 8pm, “The Party Band of the South” plays for this annual dance party! The Swingin’ Medallions, a 52-year Southern tradition, are a living definition of the word “fun.” Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and fireworks included with your ticket. More here.

Famously Hot New Year | Dec 31

Ring in 2017 on Main Street at South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve party! Join thousands of people in downtown Columbia for this free party and enjoy live entertainment until after midnight, free parking in downtown city garages, artists, clowns, jugglers and other buskers, free WiFi, food court and “Comfort Zone,” featuring food trucks and vendors, beer, wine and champagne and seating, and more. More info here.