Upcoming Events in Columbia, South Carolina

Upcoming Events in Columbia, SC
Columbia South Carolina Events - Events in Columbia, South Carolina include exciting festivals, concerts, museum displays, social gatherings, holiday festivities, and more. We want YOU to participate and share in the excitement! Take a glance at these upcoming events and start planning your trip to Columbia, South Carolina today! Enjoy comfortable Columbia accommodations and take part in all of the wonderful events that Columbia art galleries, performing arts centers, theaters, and other local businesses host throughout the year. 

Events coming to Columbia South Carolina - Whether you are searching for some exciting nightlife, delicious dining, family fun things to do, outdoor adventures, or indoor activities, Columbia is the place to be! Enjoy fantastic local events and activities all year long. 

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Featured Upcoming Columbia SC Event:

USC vs Clemson Football
November 28, 2015
The University of South Carolina Gamecock football team will challenge the Clemson Tigers in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Tailgate at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds and then join Cocky the mascot in Williams-Brice Stadium to cheer on your favorite college football team. Celebrate after the game in the Vista Downtown!
2015 Holiday Events
November and December 2015
Join us for Thanksgiving Day races, Christmas festivities and New Year's Eve Celebrations this November and December 2015! We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you in Columbia, South Carolina! Click here for a complete list of upcoming holiday events.

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
Now Through December 30, 2015 | Closed Nov 26, Dec 24 & Dec 25
Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 25 years! Enjoy nearly one million twinkling lights, countless animated images, nightly visits with Santa and more. Create warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire and enjoy hot cocoa, marshmallows and other festive foods available for purchase. Click here for additional information.

The Nutcracker Ballet
November 25-29, 2015
Carolina Ballet presents The Nutcracker Ballet at the Township Auditorium November 25-29, 2015. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Student tickets are available at the Township Auditorium Box Office. Children 6 and under are FREE for the Sunday matinee only but they must have a ticket. Free children tickets are available at the Township Auditorium Box Office. Click here for additional information about this exciting Columbia performance. 

USC vs Clemson Football
November 28, 2015
The University of South Carolina Gamecock football team will challenge the Clemson Tigers in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Tailgate at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds and then join Cocky the mascot in Williams-Brice Stadium to cheer on your favorite college football team. Celebrate after the game in the Vista Downtown!

Lights of Cayce
December 3 - 31, 2015
Visitors to Cayce City Hall can enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays from December 3 - 31, 2015. Each year there is something new and exciting at the Lights of Cayce! Plan ahead so that you can enjoy this exciting Columbia holiday event! Click here for additional information.

Jingle All the Way 5k Run
December 5, 2015
Join us for the 8th annual Jingle all the Way 5K, Walk & Dog Jog! The 5K Run, Walk & Dog Jog takes runners toward the State House where the run will be part of the official start of the 61st Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade! Have a little fun - wear your favorite holiday gear to show off your holiday cheer! The event will be dog-friendly so please see application for entry fees to bring Fido! Click here for additional information.

62nd Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade 
December 5, 2015
The 62nd Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held Saturday, December 5th, 2015 featuring famously festive entries from all across the state of South Carolina! This year's Grand Marshal will be the 2015 National Champion USC Equestrian Team! The parade will begin at 9:45AM 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. With nearly 100 entries, last year's Carillon featured a number of new entries, including The Pelion High School Marching Band, Wal-mart, and others. 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! Click here for additional information.

Deck the Hall Family Holiday Event
December 5, 2015
Deck the Hall on December 5, 2015 and enjoy a holiday race that’s fun for the whole family. There will be races, games, costume contests, and more all held at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, as well as the top three in each category and age group. Deck the Hall 2015 will benefit Winston’s Wish and Rural Mission, Inc. Click here for additional information.

West Metro Parade of Lights
December 12, 2015
This annual event is one of the most anticipated holiday parades in the Midlands! This beloved night time parade begins at the corner of 12th Street and Hwy 1 in West Columbia and proceeds down 12th Street ending in front of the Cayce Municipal Complex. Crowds have been estimated over 20,000 so come grab a viewing spot early! Click here for additional information.

Holiday Pops Concert
December 13, 2015 at 3:30PM
Harbison Theatre presents the 2015 Holiday Pops Concert! Welcome the holiday season with the fourth annual Holiday Pops concert with the S.C. Philharmonic. Featuring classic, festive carols and contemporary holiday anthems, this family-friendly show will leave audience members with smiles on their faces and seasonal cheer in their hearts. Click here for additional information and tickets.

The Christmas Angel
December 17, 2015 at 6:30PM
Celebrating it's 15th Anniversary, this fresh and exciting Ballet is sure to take your breath away. Balletomanes and the general public alike are mesmerized by the originality of this magical story as well as the quality and beauty of dance represented by Celestial Stars. Artistic Director, Gabrielle Celeste, wrote and choreographed "The Christmas Angel". It is a story of a princess whose soul is devoured by jealousy and through the pure love of the Christmas Angel, she is forgiven and redeemed. Don't miss this treasure of a performance. Harbison Theatre, December 18 and 19 at 7PM; and new this year, a special performance for children and adults with special needs on December 17 at 6:30PM. Click here for additional information.

Columbia Model Train Show
December 19, 2015
The Columbia Model Train Show will be held December 19, 2015 from 9AM - 3PM at Jamil Temple. There will be over 200 vendor tables available. O & HO Gauge, Thomas the Train & Friends, Railroad Collectible and G, N, S, AF Gauge. Adult admission is $5, Kids under 12 get in free! $2 all day ride pass on Choo-Chee the train which is 35 feet long. FREE Drawing for an HO Train Set. Event parking is free. Click here for additional information.

Famously Hot New Year's Eve
December 31, 2015
Now in its fifth year, #FHNY is a free, outdoor street celebration that draws a diverse, all-ages crowd from all over the nation -- last year 28,000 strong -- to downtown Columbia, S.C. The entire Midlands region comes together for the New Year's holiday, with expanded hours at family-friendly destinations, pop-up NYE parties at local restaurants and clubs, specials at neighborhood boutiques, hotel deals and more. You don't need tickets for FHNY; it's free! Enjoy regional food & drink, groove to Ms. Lauryn Hill live on stage, marvel at colossal midnight fireworks and revel in a safe, comfortable celebration, brimming with Southern hospitality. Discover the New Year in the New Southern Hot Spot! Click here to make your New Year's Eve hotel reservations today!
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