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:

Lights Before Christmas
NOW Through December 30, 2016 | Closed December 24 and 25, 2016
Celebrate the holiday season at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Lights Before Christmas family tradition! View nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images at this Columbia holiday event. Santa will be on site every night starting at 6PM through December 23rd. Create warm memories and spread holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Plus, enjoy hot cocoa, marshmallows and other festive foods available for purchase! Click here for additional information.
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Holiday Lights on the River
NOW Through December 31, 2016 
Experience the Midlands largest drive-through lights show as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Create lasting family memories this year at Holiday Lights on the River.  
Fun-filled family activities will be offered every night during Holiday Lights on the River: 

  • Ride the Hayride shuttle to the Wetland Walking trail
  • Ride the Saluda Shoals train
  • Walk along the lighted trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser light show
  • Make a craft
  • Visit Santa's Claus'et Gift Shop
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Visit and have a photo with Santa (Dec. 9– 23 only)

Nominal fees may apply for activities.There's a brand new Holiday Lights entrance off St. Andrews Road! All Holiday Lights traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance located between Wendy's and Aldi at 6071 St. Andrews Road and exit onto Bush River Road. Holiday Lights visitors will enjoy an all new route this year. There will be no Holiday Lights entrance on Bush River Road. Click here for additional information.

Holiday Market
November 30 - December 4, 2016
Holiday Market is the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Columbia (JLC). Approximately 150 merchants from across the country sell merchandise during a themed shopping extravaganza, which includes a preview party, ladies only shopping event, and a children’s event with the season’s biggest celebrity, Santa! This four-day shopping event raises over $250,000, which is used to support Junior League of Columbia mission and programs, which includes furthering our vision of strengthening the health and well-being of children and families in the Midlands. Each year, members log over 1800 volunteer hours in the community and work with over 30 community partners to help fund over 50 community projects. Click here for additional information.

The 50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting
December 1, 2016
Kick off the month of December at the 50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting. A variety of choirs and musical talent from across the state will provide live entertainment leading up to the lighting of the State Christmas tree. This year the Carolighting will coincide with First Thursday on Main, so get ready for an entire evening of holiday fun in the heart of the capital city! 

A Starry Night
December 1, 2016
Celebrate the holidays at this special open house event in Five Points. Stores will be open late and offering terrific sales and complimentary refreshments. From candy and clothing to skateboards and wine, it will all be available at the Five Points Starry Night celebration. Come on out for hot chocolate, holiday tunes, pop-up dance and choral performances, visits with Santa and special merchant sales.

63rd Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
December 3, 2016
The 63rd Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 featuring Hometown Holiday entries from all across the state of South Carolina! 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 festive entries, including The Swansea High School Marching Band, Shriners, City Year 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.

Sweet Seasons
December 3, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30PM
Come celebrate the holiday season at Sweet Seasons - a community Christmas tree lighting ceremony that happens every year in early December. What started as a small community event in the parking lot at city hall has grown into a large celebration with thousands of attendees held each year on the rooftop of Richland Mall's parking deck. Enjoy live music, food and drink vendors, drawings for door prizes and even an appearance from Santa. Our city council, led by the mayor, will turn on the city's holiday decorations and officially kick off the season in Forest Acres. Admission is always free and Sweet Seasons is a family-friendly event. Click here for additional information.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 
December 10, 2016 at 3:30PM and 8PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, The Best of TSO and more at the Colonial Life Arena on December 10, 2016. The first show is at 3:30PM and the second show is scheduled for 8PM. Get your tickets today to see this incredible performance brought to you by Hallmark Channel. Ticket prices start at $40. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Click here for additional information.

Harborside Lights & YMCA 5K
December 10, 2016 at 5PM
Enjoy live musical entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa, holiday treats, millions of twinkling lights, over sixteen hundred luminaries and dozens of decorated trees at this annual holiday celebration You can also get in the holiday spirit at the Jeep Rogers Harborside Lights 5K Run/Walk around Lake Carolina among thousands of twinkling lights! 1 mile Kids Fun Run also available! Harborside Lights is free to attend. For race registration visit, strictlyrunning.com. 5K Run/Walk starts and ends at Town Center, where runners will be able to enjoy this wonderful event. Click here for additional information.

December 10, 11, 17, 18, 2016
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 seven snow-filled performances, including four matinees, Nutcracker is designed to accommodate the entire family’s holiday schedule. Click here for additional information and tickets.

Crafty Feast
December 11, 2016 from 12 - 6PM
Crafty Feast is a juried indie Craft Fair in Columbia, SC happening on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Every year, we have nearly 100 makers from across the Southeast join us at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia, SC for Crafty Feast. Each festival works toward brining you something a little different, a little bigger, but always indie. Click here for additional information.

Chick-fil-A Classic
December 20 - 23, 2016
The Chick-fil-A Classic is a premier national high school basketball tournament hosted at Richland Northeast High School (Columbia, SC). This year’s tournament will be our 15th annual. Game schedule and brackets will be announced in November. Many of the the tournament’s top senior players signed or plan to sign their national letters of intent. On the event website, you can find a list of the players and where they will play college basketball next year. Click here for additional details. 

Famously Hot New Year
December 31, 2016
Now in its sixth year, #FHNY is a free, outdoor street celebration that draws a diverse, all-ages crowd from all over the nation -- 35,000 strong in 2015 -- 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. Click here for more information about this FREE holiday celebration.

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