Your Holiday Guide

Tis the season for all things merry!

Vista Lights Nov 16

More than 90 galleries, shops, and restaurants are open and decorated for the holidays.

Food, arts, stage performances and a Tree Lighting.

Thursday, November 16 5:00 pm

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Festival of Trees Nov 17 - 19

Come on out and enjoy the 27th Festival of Trees at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Funds raised through the event create new and enhance existing programs and services that benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

Friday, Nov. 17: Auction Preview
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Black tie attire
  • Reservations are $125/person and are available now.

Saturday, Nov. 18: Santa & Me

Sunday, Nov. 19 Festival of Trees Auction


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Lights Before Christmas Nov 18 - Dec 30

Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition!

$11 Adults, $9 Children ages 2–12, and children younger than 2 free.

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Run For Our Troops Nov 18

5K run/walk – USA Track & Field Certified course – benefits military veterans and first responders that with physical and emotional injuries resulting from their service


Due to the weather conditions created by Hurricane Irma on September 10-11 in the Cayce-West Columbia area, the 2017 Run For Our Troops was postponed to

Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 9:11AM.

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Holiday Lights on the River Nov 22 - Dec 31

Enjoy over 1 million sparkling lights with music!  There will also be a laser light show, wonderland walking trail, and many other activities.

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Main Street Ice Nov 23 - Jan 15 2018

Open-air ice skating rink located at Boyd Plaza.

Main and Hampton

Opening day price is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages 12 and under. The rink will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving.

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Caroline Carillon Holdiday Parade

The 64th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 featuring A Superhero’s Holiday entries from all across the state of South Carolina!

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

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St Nicholas Festival Dec 2

Visit with St. Nicholas, Russian food, crafts, choral performances

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Home for the Holidays Tour of Homes Dec 3

Tour beautiful holiday decorated homes in the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods.

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Candelight Tours & Carriage Rides Dec 15

Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion plus music, kids’ activities and carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district

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