Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
NOW Through December 30, 2013
Closed November 28, December 24 & 25, 2013
Celebrate the holidays at Columbia's longest running holiday tradition! Enjoy nearly one million twinkling lights, countless animated images, dazzling Music In Motion Lights Spectacular, nightly visits with Santa and a Jingle Bell Bonfire! Hot cocoa, marshmallows and other festive foods will be available for purchase! Call 803-779-8717 for more information.
Holiday House Tours in Columbia SC
NOW Through January 5, 2014
The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the season. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house. Shown as part of the regularly-scheduled tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site from November 22 - January 5. Call 803-252-1770 for more information.
Main Street Ice at Boyd Plaza
NOW Through January 20, 2014
Celebrate the holiday season ice skating at Boyd Plaza! The City of Columbia and Magic Ice USC proudly present a spectacular ice skating rink, right here in Columbia SC! The Main Street Ice at Boyd Plaza will be open seven days a week! Hours vary daily. Contact the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation at 803-545-3100 for more information!
The Lights of Cayce
NOW Through December 31, 2013
Beginning December 5th through the end of the year, visitors to Cayce City Hall can enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays. Each year's display unveils a number of new sculptures and stunning displays.
EdVenture Children's Museum presents Snowville!
NOW Through February 23, 2014
Celebrating its sixth year, Snowville is a winter world where children and the young at heart can experience a fantastical place where every day is a snow day! Climb Mount EdVerest, explore an ice cave or get the chills in a blizzard simulator. Tube down Sled Hill, a 25 ft. long ride down a slippery hill giving visitors a wintry experience not normally found in the South! Join a team in the ice hockey rink or test your aim with the snowball blaster. Free with museum admission.
Harborside Lights & YMCA 5k
December 13, 2013 from 6PM - 10PM
Kickoff the holiday season at Harborside Lights! Enjoy live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, hay rides, photos with Santa, holiday treats, millions of twinkling lights, over twelve hundred luminaries and dozens of decorated trees. Experience the 5K Run/Walk around Lake Carolina's Harborside community among thousands of twinkling lights sponsored by the Jeep Rogers YMCA. Children can participate in the 1 mile Kids Fun Run! Harborside Lights is free to attend. Click here to register!
Sandlapper Singers in Columbia SC
December 12, 2013 - St. Joseph's Catholic Church
December 13, 2013 - Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church
The Sandlapper Singers present American choral music in a uniquely entertaining, inspiring and engaging style. The Sandlapper Singers present "O Holy Night" in Columbia, South Carolina this December 2013. Join us for one or both of these wonderful concerts during the holiday season. Call 803-381-5481 for more information.
2nd Annual Jingle Bell Run
December 14, 2013
Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and wear a holiday themed costume. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability as you run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Call 704-705-1799 for more information.
Village Square Theatre presents Always ... Pasty Cline
NOW Through December 15, 2013
Always…Patsy Cline has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine. “Always…Patsy Cline” has also been enjoyed internationally by audiences in Canada, the UK and Australia. Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits …27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS... Patsy Cline.”
SC Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert
December 15, 2013 at 2PM
With sleigh bells and sing-a-longs, the Holiday Pops returns! Enjoy timeless holiday favorites performed by The South Carolina Philharmonic, under the musical direction of the magnetic Morihiko Nakahara. The orchestra will play classic songs of the season and scores from popular holiday movies, Christmas Carols and more. Call 803-407-5011 for more details.
Crafty Feast - An Indie Craft Fair
December 15, 2013
Crafty Feast is a 100% handmade, juried, independent craft fair in Columbia, South Carolina. Our goal is to bring unique and funky crafts from around the region in a 1-day festival format. Join us at the Columbia Convention Center for this exciting event!
Chick-Fil-A Classic - Holiday Basketball Tournament
December 19, 20, 21 & 23, 2013
The 12th Annual Chick-Fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament is scheduled for December 19 - 23, 2013. Teams will travel from near and far to compete at Richland Northeast High School. Attend this event to see teams from Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and more! Visiting from out of town for this exciting Columbia event? The Staybridge Suites is offering excellent discount rates for this tournament. Give them a call today at 866-406-4650 to make your hotel reservations.
Breakfast With Santa at the Hampton-Preston Mansion
December 21, 2013
Meet a Victorian Santa Claus! Historic Columbia invites you to a continental breakfast in the cozy Carriage House at the Hampton-Preston Mansion on December 21, 2013. Listen to seasonal music, enjoy a delicious meal, view the decorated hall of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft and take your picture with their Victorian Santa Claus! Tickets are $12 for adults, $3 for youth (4-12) and FREE for children 3 and under. Call 803-252-1770 to purchase tickets today!
Holiday Lights at Saluda Shoals Park
NOW Through December 31, 2013
Visit Saluda Shoals Park this holiday season where you will find more than a million sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park! Enjoy the Dazzling Dancing Forest with it's dancing, lighted trees synchronized to classical and whimsical holiday music. Take a stroll along the boardwalk through the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail and watch nature come to life in sparkling lights. Get ready for the slide of your life on the Winter Wonder Ride at Holiday Lights on the River. Call 803-772-1228 for additional Holiday Lights information!
2014 Famously Hot New Year
December 31, 2013 - January 1, 2014
The Southeast's premiere FREE New Year's Eve Celebration is happening right here in Columbia, South Carolina! Enjoy everything you would expect from a first-class New Year's party, right in the middle of downtown Columbia, South Carolina. The best part? You can enjoy it with tens of thousands of your friends! Plus, ZZ Ward, Kool & The Gang and Weaving the Fate will perform LIVE on the Famously Hot Stage this year! Plan ahead so that you and your friends can celebrate New Year's Eve in Columbia, South Carolina this year!
New Year’s Eve at Noon at EdVenture
December 31, 2013
Get ready for Columbia’s only BALL DROP for kids! Doors open at 9AM with activities celebrating New Year’s Eve around the world! As the countdown to noon begins, a giant illuminated ball descends and lands at the foot of EDDIE, kicking off the biggest mid-day celebration in town! Free with museum admission.Questions? Contact 803-400-1154