Fantasy of Lights in Sumter Thursday, December 1 - Saturday, December 31, 2016 One of South Carolina’s largest Christmas light displays, Fantasy of

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Fantasy of Lights in Sumter

Thursday, December 1 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
One of South Carolina’s largest Christmas light displays, Fantasy of Lights takes place at the beautiful Swan Lake Iris Gardens to drive through or park and walk. Over 1 million lights and 150 twinkling figures will light up 150 acres of gardens! Santa’s Village will be at the Heath Pavilion on Friday and Saturday nights (through Dec. 10) with entertainment and refreshments. Kids can bring letters to Santa, and the Santa Express will send them straight to the North Pole! Opening ceremony Dec. 1 at 6pm. More here.


Kansas | Lancaster Performing Arts Series

Friday, December 2, 2016
Kansas, the American rock band that became popular in the 70s with hit singles such as “Carry on My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind”, is performing at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium as part of See Lancaster's Performing Arts Series.Tickets here.



A Christmas Carol: The Musical | Town Theatre

Friday, December 2 - Sunday, December 18, 2016
Enter to win a pair of tickets by emailing and put "A Christmas Carol" in the subject line. Winners announced Friday December 2.

Come see this unique performance of the classic holiday tale about Ebenezer Scrooge. Through the music of Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Little Shop Of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical), this version of A Christmas Carol has fantastic new life - just like Scrooge himself! Get tickets here. Check out Town Theatre's dinner and a show deals here.


Holiday Shopper’s Walk | Prosperity, SC

Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Shoppers Walk is held at 5:30pm, before the Prosperity Christmas Parade. Merchants will have “open house” with lots of discounts! Local entertainment, visits with Santa (bring your coupon from Spooktacular for a free photo), cookies, hot chocolate, and prize drawings are just a few things you will enjoy during the night. For more information, call the Prosperity Town Hall at 803-364-2622, or visit website.

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Merry Christmas, Columbia!

It's here, friends! has been completely updated for 2016! In addition to Santa's Stops in Greater Columbia, you'll find 70 holiday events, 20 holiday markets and craft shows, 10 holiday light displays, holiday workshops, holiday dining, party planning and a whole lot more. Greater Columbia loves the holidays! We're here to help! Click here


Christmas Block Party | City of Lancaster

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Daylong celebration will feature live music, outdoor vendors and festival food in a lively holiday atmosphere. Children will love Santa's Workshop, carousel, Gingerbread House Contest, photos with Santa, free Ugly Christmas Sweater ornaments and Polar Express Storytime and much more! The event is free and trolleys will be available to take visitors from holiday stop to holiday stop throughout downtown Lancaster. More here.


Gingerbread Display | Downtown Summerville

Sunday, December 4 - December 31, 2016
The Summerville DREAM Gingerbread Creation Contest entries will be on display throughout historic downtown Summerville from December 4-31. Prizes given for Culinary Professional, Adult, Child, and Group categories. More info and past Gingerbread House Gallery here.

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Heck the Dolls with Chardonnay | Chapin Theatre Company

Thursday, December 8 - Sunday, December 11, 2016
Chapin Theatre presents the touching story of Sue, a lonely resident of Aged Oaks Retirement Home. When Sue is visited by Emma, her teen-age granddaughter, Sue takes Emma and the audience on a raucous trip down memory lane as she recalls the holidays of her past. Proceeds from donation collection on Dec. 8 will go to breast cancer awareness. More here.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra | Colonial Life Arena

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Presented by Hallmark Channel, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to The Colonial Life Arena for performances of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, The Best of TSO and more! Doors open 1 hour prior to show and ticket prices start at $40. More info and tickets here.

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Christmas Sampler & Peddler Craft Shows | Lexington County Recreation

Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Christmas Sampler Craft Show will be held at Lexington Leisure Center, while the Christmas Peddler Craft Show will be held at Tri City Leisure Center. Featuring an abundance of local and regional crafters! Come enjoy entertainment and door prizes while shopping for homemade gifts for the holidays. Canned food donations are accepted to benefit Lexington County Meals on Wheels. Free admission. More here.


Christmas Market & Light Parade | Mt. Pleasant

Thursday, December 10 - Friday, December 11, 2016
The Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show on Dec. 10 will feature locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, hot food and handcrafted gifts created by local artisans, live entertainment, children’s activities and a visit from Santa Claus! Then, on Dec. 11, the Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting will take place, as more than 100 brilliantly lit floats march down Coleman Boulevard! The festivities begin with the lighting of the Town of Mount Pleasant Christmas Tree and fireworks display at Moultrie Middle School, immediately followed by the parade. More here.


Love Feast | Shandon UMC

This annual celebration will feature wonderful music by the Chancel Choir and Orchestra. Service is rich in Christian fellowship and has been part of Methodist heritage in America and England for over 200 years. The custom was brought to America by the Moravians, and John Wesley, founder of the United Methodist Church, introduced the Love Feast to the Methodists. More here.


Win a Gourmet Gift Box from Beef Jerky Outlet!

Subscribe to Columbia Foodie News Updates & Enter To Win! Beef Jerky Outlet in Harbison (on Bower Parkway next to Bonefish Grill) offers gourmet selections of cheeses, sauces, rubs, candies, and an amazing array of delicious jerky meats. A MUST-GO for all party-planners and gift-shoppers! Just in time for the holidays, we will give away one beautiful gift box to the lucky winner! Even if you already subscribe, you can still enter for a chance to win! More here.

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SC Agritourism Passport Program

Old McCaskill's Farm

Old McCaskill's Farm, a participant in the South Carolina Agritourism Passport Program, offers activities and experiences to the public such as stays at their Bed & Breakfast, canning instruction, sheep shearing, BBQ's, field trips & tours, a yearly Christmas gathering of artisans and other annual farm events. Make plans to visit the 8th Annual Country Christmas Trunk Show on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1-6pm for some holiday cheer and Christmas shopping! Don't forget to pick up your passport and stamps to SC Farm Fun while you're there, then collect to win Certified SC items! Learn more here.

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Day Trip | Rock Hill, SC

Looking for someplace to visit this holiday season? Just 70 miles up I-26 lies Rock Hill, a city that offers a day trip full of interesting history and Christmas cheer! Highlights include the historic Brattonsville Revolutionary War site and living history museum, the Catawba Indian Nation & Cultural Center, the historic White Home, built in 1839, and don't forget about ChristmasVille, the annual four-day festival that takes place in Historic Old Town. Learn more at

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Willow Creek - New Homes in Lexington

D.R. Horton is offering homes in this gorgeous pool and cabana community! Featuring expansive hardwood flooring, 10-ft ceilings on the main floor, gorgeous trim detail, floor plan designs with up to 6 bedrooms, 3-car garage and more. Call 803.380.5565 to schedule a tour today or visit website!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Starry Night | Five Points
This annual holiday event will feature dance and choral performances, Santa, free beverages, retail deals, a DJ playing holiday tunes at the fountain, photo booth, and much more!

SC BTMA Bluegrass Series | Lexington County Public Library
The SC Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association's historical and educational series will feature a live performance by Willie Wells & the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass, with info on instruments including the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, dobro and bass.

Holiday Market | Junior League
Located on the State Fairgrounds, this four-day holiday event will have merchants and vendors selling unique items from Dec. 1-4! Sunday will feature Sundaes with Santa, with games and crafts, photos with Santa, and an ice cream sundae bar!


50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting
Governor’s Carolighting will feature lighting of the State Christmas tree, a variety of musical groups and talent like Fort Jackson’s own 282nd Army Band and First Thursday on Main events.

Lighting of the Cayce Christmas Tree
Part of Christmas in Cayce, annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6pm at Cayce City Hall. Featuring appearances by city officials, musical selections, and a visit from Santa!

Midlands Clay Arts Society | Annual Holiday Sale
Shop for unique and creative gifts and artwork from local artists at the 701 Whaley Market Building from Dec. 1 - 4.


Snowville opens! | EdVenture Children's Museum
Climb Mount EdVerest, explore an ice cave, travel to the South Pole, tube down Sled Hill, try the ice hockey rink or test your aim with the snowball blaster during this wintry experience not normally found in the South!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Elf Jr. The Musical | Irmo High School Center for Performing Arts
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. He embarks on a journey to NYC to find his father and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Show runs Dec. 2 - 4.

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Concert and Carnival in the Square | Town of Lexington
Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission and media sponsor B106.7 FM present this event from 6-8pm at Lexington Square Park. Tree Lighting at 8pm, s’mores and hot chocolate!

The Living Christmas Story | Union United Methodist Church
From Dec. 2 - 4, come see this drive-through pageant presented by 200 cast members and live animals in 1/4 mile drive that tells the story of Jesus’s birth.

Annual Aiken Christmas Craft Show | Odell Weeks Activity Center
This is a one-stop shop where you can check off all of your holiday wish lists! Indoor/outdoor show will feature over 100 exhibitors from all over the Southeast from Dec 2 - 3.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Santa’s Market Craft Show | Seven Oaks Park
Annual event featuring unique gifts, charming decorations and one-of-a-kind crafts, art prints and paintings, hand-made jewelry, ornaments, painted glassware, holiday wreaths, decor, and more!


Story Time with Santa | Seven Oaks Park
Santa will read his favorite holiday book to all the children on his nice list! Decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa, create a holiday craft, and enjoy a candy cane hunt. For ages 2-8.

2016 Winter Block Party | Lancaster City
Put on your ugly Christmas sweater and bring the family to The Ugly Christmas Sweater Block Party! Featuring craft booths, food court and live entertainment from 10am - 4pm. Part of Lancaster's Christmas in the City.

Breakfast with Santa | Richland County Recreation Commission
Enjoy fun activities, breakfast, picture taken with Santa, a performance of “Holiday Cinderella” by the Columbia Children’s Theatre and much more at Richland Mall! Tickets required.


Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Parade begins at Bull and Gervais streets and will feature floats, bands, performances plus the Jingle All the Way 5K, a walk and dog jog, SC celebrities, drill teams, local churches, and Santa.

Movies in the Square | Town of Lexington
Part of the Town of Lexington’s 2016 Snowball Festival, movies will be shown from 5-7pm at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Featuring Mickey’s Christmas Carol (26 min) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (26 min).

Town of Pine Ridge Christmas Parade
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, beginning at Pine Ridge Middle School.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Sip and Shop | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company
Come out and join favorite local shopping vendors and find everything from bags to skin care, all in one location! Plus, while you are shopping you can try Swamp Cabbage's new Holiday beer, Merry Cinnamas!

Prince of Downton Abbey | Columbia Museum of Art
Evening with jewelry expert and designer Andrew Prince will feature a lecture on jewelry and fashion during the 19th and 20th centuries, English-inspired dinner and private jewelry trunk show and sale. Tickets required.

Homes for the Holidays Tour of Homes
Tour holiday decorated homes in the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods. Benefits the neighborhoods' four schools. Tickets required.

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Town of Lexington Christmas Parade
Presented by Town of Lexington and the Lexington Jaycees, parade will take place on Main Street at 3:30pm. Featuring a “Songs of the Season Concert” at Icehouse Amphitheater immediately following the Parade.

Piano & Pastrami | Historic Columbia
Enjoy classical music by renowned pianist Marina Lomazov, authentic Jewish cuisine and fellowship! This fundraiser will support a new Jewish history exhibit at the Tree of Life Congregation.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fort Jackson's 282nd Army Band Holiday Concert | Koger Center
Fort Jackson's 282nd Army Band will perform a holiday set at the Koger Center for the Arts. Tickets available at the Koger Center box office.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TAG Holiday Market | Woodhill Mall
The Trenholm Artists Guild’s 8th annual Holiday Artisans Market will be held through Dec. 24 at #230 Shoppes at Woodhill Mall. Featuring a selection of paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, cards, and other fine art items produced by Guild members.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Great American Trailer Park Musical | Trustus Theatre
You’ll laugh out loud as trailer-park storytellers Betty, Lin, and Pickles jingle all the way to tell you the story of the wildest Christmas ever in the trailer park! Get your tickets now - show runs through Dec. 17.


The Casual Pint Vista
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6pm - Jon Rooks

Rosso Trattoria Italia
Live Jazz Every Friday, beginning at 8 PM
Friday, December 2, 2016 - John Valerio and Ian Bracchitta with vocalist, Maria Valerio

Liberty Tap Room
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Dave Love

Pearlz Upstairz Lounge
Located above Pearlz Oyster Bar in the Vista (Open Thurs. - Sat.)
Friday, December 2, 2016 - Mark Rapp (10 PM - 1 AM)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - DJ Jade (10 PM - 1 AM)

Tombo Grille
Monday, December 5, 2016 - Pine Top Lightning

Gervais & Vine Located in the Vista.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Jim & Ivan
- EVERY WEEKDAY: Get Happy Hour from 4 - 7 PM:
$8 Wine Flights: Three 2 oz. glasses | $5 Margaritas: Bartender's Choice | $2 Domestics and $3 Craft Beers
- EVERY Wednesday: Wine Tastings
5:30 - 7:30 PM: Only $8 for a small cheese plate + 4 wines to try!

Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor
Only 1 minute away from the Gervais Street bridge on W. Columbia's Meeting St.
Friday, December 2, 2016 - Not So Slow Jam
Coming Up on Sunday, January 1, 2017 - Rhonda Vincent performs. $25 advance ticket, $30 at the door.
First Thursday of the Month: Shag Dance 6:30-8:30pm. Adults $5, Students $3
Second Thursday of the Month: Line dance lessons 6:30-8:30pm
Third Thursday of the Month: Line Dance 6-8:30pm
Fourth Thursday of the Month: Shag Dance 6:30-8:30pm. Adults $5, Students $3
- EVERY Thursday Night - Young Adult Shag Night - 18 and up, ID Required; dance lesson 9-9:30pm, dance til 11:30pm. $3
- EVERY Friday Night: Bluegrass & acoustic open stage and jam!
Doors open at 6:00, Open Stage 7:30 - 8:15, Closing Band 8:15 - 9:00 & Jammin' until midnight
- EVERY Saturday Night: Dance Lessons (6 - 7 PM) + Band & Open Dance Floor (7 - 10 PM) Only $8/person.

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