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December 2015 Events in Greater Columbia SC


Holiday Lights on the River

  • Event Description: Take a look at holiday lights down by the Saluda River over the span of a two-mile loop. You can also partake in a stroll through the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail to view the lights in the great outdoors.
  • Date: Now-December 31st, 2015
  • Time: 6pm-10pm
  • Phone: (803) 731-5208
  • Name of Location: Saluda Shoals Park
  • Address: 5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia SC 29212

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Snowville!

  • Event Description: A winter wonderland where your kids can participate in cold weather activities in a safe environment including a climb up Mount EdVerest, exploring a frozen cave, and tube sledding.
  • Date: December 1st, 2015 - January 11th, 2016
  • Phone: (803) 779-3100
  • Name of Location: EdVenture
  • Address: 211 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

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Fantasy of Lights

  • Event Description: With over one-million lights, this event is sure to bedazzle you with its scenery featuring all sorts of shapes and themes.
  • Date: Tuesday December 1st-Thursday December 31st, 2015
  • Time:
    • Sunday-Thursday: Dusk to 9pm
    • Friday-Saturday: Dusk to 10pm
  • Phone: (803) 436-2640
  • Name of Location: Swan Lake Visitors Center
  • Address: 822 W Liberty Street, Sumter SC 29150

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Holiday Market

  • Event Description: A shopping event and fundraiser for the Junior League of Columbia.
  • Date: Wednesday-Sunday December 2nd-6th, 2015
  • Time:
    • Wednesday: 6:30pm-11pm
    • Thursday: 9:30am-5pm & 6pm-10pm
    • Friday: 9:30am-5pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm
    • Saturday: 9:30am-6pm
    • Sunday: 12pm-5pm
  • Phone: (803) 252-4552
  • Name of Location: Cantey Building and Goodman Building South Carolina State Fairgrounds
  • Address: 1200 Rosewood Drive Columbia, SC 29201

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Starry Night in Five Points

  • Event Description: An event where you can meet Santa, drink hot chocolate, listen to live music, take a carriage ride, and more.
  • Date: Thursday December 3rd, 2015
  • Time: 4pm-8pm
  • Phone: (803) 748-7373
  • Name of Location: Five Points
  • Address: Columbia, SC 29205

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Sweet Seasons

  • Event Description: A fun and festive event where the Forest Acres Christmas tree will be lit and participants can enjoy free music and entertainment.
  • Date: Thursday December 3rd, 2015
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 748-7373
  • Name of Location: Richland Mall Parking Deck Roof
  • Address: 3400 Forest Drive Columbia, SC 29204

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Santa’s Market Craft Show

  • Event Description: An event featuring gifts, decorations, crafts, art prints, paintings, jewelry, glassware, wreaths, decor, and more.
  • Date: Wednesday December 2nd, 2015
  • Time: 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 772-3336
  • Name of Location: Seven Oaks Park
  • Address: 200 Leisure Lane Columbia, SC 29210

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State Farmers Market: Country Christmas Celebration

  • Event Description: Enjoy a festive shopping experience where there will be holiday music and treats.
  • Date: Friday December 4th, 2015
  • Time: 4pm-8pm
  • Phone: (803) 642-7634
  • Name of Location: South Carolina State Farmers Market
  • Address: 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, South Carolina 29172

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Annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Event Description: A free holiday event where you can join in on a countdown of lighting a tree with special guests Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause.
  • Date: Friday December 4th, 2015
  • Time: 6pm-7:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 642-7634
  • Name of Location: Newberry Street Festival Center
  • Address: Between Richland Avenue and Park Avenue, Aiken SC, 29801

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Jingle Arrgh the Way

  • Event Description: A pirate/Christmas-themed story by the renowned author Melinda Long.
  • Date: Friday December 4th-13th, 2015
  • Time:
    • Thursday: 9:15am & 10:45am
    • Friday: 9:15am & 10:45am
  • Phone: (803) 691-4548
  • Name of Location: Columbia Children's Theatre
  • Address: Richland Mall Suite 57 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia SC 29204

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Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree

  • Event Description: Bring your kids to see Santa Clause, visit with the Snow Princess, create gingerbread art, and it is all free with regular admission.
  • Date: Saturdays December 5th, 12th, & 19th, 2015
  • Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 400-1152
  • Name of Location: EdVenture
  • Address: 211 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

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St. Nicholas Festival

  • Event Description: An event featuring a choral presentation, crafts, artwork, Russian food, collectibles, candles, and Russian bell ringing.
  • Date: Saturday December 5th, 2015
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Phone: (803) 926-8744
  • Name of Location: Holy Apostles Orthodox Church
  • Address: 724 Buff Street West Columbia, SC 29169

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Red Rose Holiday Tour

  • Event Description: A weekend filled with many Christmas related activities such as a winter block party, trolley rides, a holiday open house, and more.
  • Date: Saturday-Monday December 5th-7th, 2015
  • Time: 8am-9pm
  • Phone: (803) 926-8744
  • Address: 201 W Gay Stree, Lancaster, SC 29720

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Holiday Taste and Tour

  • Event Description: An interactive tour in the Village of Hopkins in celebration of the holiday season.
  • Date: Saturday December 5th, 2015
  • Time: 12pm-4pm
  • Phone: (803) 261-5596
  • Name of Location: Village of Hopkins
  • Address: 214 Hopkins Road, Hopkins SC

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Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade

  • Event Description: A holiday celebration event with a parade featuring a 5K run and pageant.
  • Date: Saturday December 5th, 2015
  • Phone: (803) 545-3100
  • Name of Location: The State House
  • Address: 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

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Prosperity's Shoppers Walk

  • Event Description: A large open house throughout many of the stores in Prosperity. You will also find Santa visiting as well as prize drawings.
  • Date: Saturday December 5th, 2015
  • Phone: (803) 364-2622
  • Name of Location: Prosperity Town Hall
  • Address: 250 School Dr, Prosperity, SC 29127

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Hanging of the Greens

  • Event Description: An event of hanging festive greenery.
  • Date: Sunday December 6th, 2015
  • Phone: (877) 256-8383
  • Name of Location: Shandon United Methodist Church
  • Address: 3407 Devine Street, Columbia SC 29205

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Trench Maps: Military Cartography on the Western Front

  • Event Description: Featuring 19 original maps from World War I, this exhibit will show you how vital these trench maps where to the military during the war.
  • Now until January 23rd, 2016
  • Phone: (803) 737-8095
  • Name of Location: South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum
  • Address: 301 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201

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A Concert for Columbia

  • Event Description: A concert in dedication those who helped during the devastating flood in Columbia.
  • Date: Tuesday December 8th, 2015
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 771-7937
  • Name of Location: Koger Center
  • Address: 1051 Greene St, Columbia, SC 29201

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Chamber Music on Main

  • Event Description: A piano quartet, trio, and violin/viola concert.
  • Date: Wednesday December 9th, 2015
  • Time:
    • Happy Hour: 6pm
    • Concert: 7pm
  • Phone: (803) 799-2810
  • Name of Location: The Columbia Museum of Art
  • Address: 1515 Main Street, Columbia SC 29201

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Wine and Windows

  • Event Description: Take your holiday shopping over to Devine Street and end your day with a wine tasting at Bohemian Home.
  • Date: Thursday December 10th, 2015
  • Time: 5pm-7pm
  • Phone: (803) 779-4966
  • Name of Location: Bohemian Home off Devine Street
  • Address: 2720 Devine St, Columbia, SC 29205

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Bojangles’ Basketball Bash

  • Event Description: An event showcasing the best in High School Basketball.
  • Date: Thursday-Saturday December 10th-12th, 2015
  • Time:
    • Thursday & Friday: 6pm-8:30pm
    • Saturday: 1:30pm-7:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 699-2999
  • Name of Location: Ridge View High School
  • Address: 4801 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia SC

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Columbia Christmas Pageant

  • Event Description: A pageant with state-of-the-art lighting, extraordinary scenery, and holiday music.
  • Date: Friday-Sunday December 11th-13th, 2015
  • Time:
    • Friday: 7pm
    • Saturday: 2pm & 5pm
    • Sunday: 4pm
  • Phone: (803) 217-3250
  • Name of Location: First Baptist Church
  • Address: 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia SC 29201

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Sawyer Brown

  • Event Description: The Grateful Dead of country music, Sawyer Brown will be performing
  • Date: Saturday December 12th, 2015
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 696-1818
  • Name of Location: The Bundy Auditorium
  • Address: 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster, SC 29720

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Christmas Peddler & Sampler Craft Show

  • Event Description: A craft show with vendors from all over South Carolina presenting their holiday products. There will also be live entertainment and prize drawings.
  • Date: Saturday December 12th, 2015
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Phone: (803) 359-4048
  • Name of Location:
    • Lexington Leisure Center
    • Tri City Leisure Center
  • Address:
    • 108 Park Rd, Lexington, SC 29072
    • 485 Brooks Ave, West Columbia, SC 29169

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Artisans Show

  • Event Description: Before you think about going to a retail chain store, take a step back and head over to Fairfield first for your holiday shopping.
  • Date: Saturday December 12th, 2015
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 635-4242
  • Name of Location: Participating Merchants in Downtown Fairfield
  • Address: 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster, SC 29720

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Santapalooza with Mrs. Claus

  • Event Description: Bring the kids out to talk with Mrs. Clause on what they want for Christmas, pick out your Christmas tree, drink some hot cider, and eat some cookies.
  • Date: Saturday December 12th, 2015
  • Time: 11am-1pm
  • Phone: (803) 359-9091
  • Name of Location: Wingard's Nursery
  • Address: 1403 N. Lake Drive Lexington, SC 29072

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Columbia Gun & Knife Show

  • Event Description: A gun and knife display show at the Jamil Temple.
  • Date: Saturday & Sunday December 12th-13th, 2015
  • Time:
    • Saturday: 9am-5pm
    • Sunday: 10am-4pm
  • Phone: (770) 630-7296
  • Name of Location: The State Fairgrounds
  • Address: 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia SC 29201

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Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides

  • Event Description: A historic house and mansion tour with music, activities for the kids and a carriage ride.
  • Date: Friday December 18th, 2015
  • Time: 6pm-9pm
  • Phone: (803) 252-1770 ext. 23
  • Name of Location: Robert Mills Carriage House
  • Address: 1616 Blanding Street Columbia, SC 29201

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The Nutcracker

  • Event Description: The classic Nutcracker ballet.
  • Dates & Times:
    • Saturday December 12th, 2015 at 3pm & 7:30pm
    • Sunday December 13th, 2015 at 3pm
    • Saturday December 19th, 2015 at 3pm & 7:30pm
    • Sunday December 20th, 2015 at 3pm & 7:30pm
  • Phone: (803) 256-8383
  • Name of Location: The Koger Center
  • Address: 1051 Greene Street, Columbia SC 29201

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Christmas Parade

  • Event Description: One of the largest Christmas parades in the state of South Carolina. Come out and partake in this thrilling holiday event..
  • Date: Sunday December 13th, 2015
  • Time: 2pm
  • Phone: (803) 821-7260
  • Name of Location: Main Street in Summerville
  • Address: 218 S. Main Street Summerville, SC 29483

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Love Feast

  • Event Description: A celebration filled with magnificent music by choir and orchestra, and sharing bread, coffee, and warm community fellowship.
  • Date: Sunday December 13th, 2015
  • Time: 5pm
  • Phone: (803) 256-838
  • Name of Location: Shandon United Methodist Church
  • Address: 3407 Devine Street Columbia, SC 29205

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Crafty Feast

  • Event Description: A handmade craft show with interesting items from all over the state.
  • Date: Sunday December 13th, 2015
  • Phone: (803) 545-0001
  • Name of Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
  • Address: 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia SC 29201

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Elgin Lights

  • Event Description: A festival of lights event with a hayride.
  • Date: Tuesday December 15th-24th, 2015
  • Time: 6pm-9pm
  • Phone: (803) 408-0131
  • Name of Location: Charlie Horse Circle
  • Address: 2433 Charlie Horse Circle, Elgin SC 29045

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Shandon Christmas Concert

  • Event Description: A concert to benefit the Epworth Children's Home with performers Annette Matthews, William Douglas, Ashley Briggs, and more.
  • Date: Monday December 20th, 2015
  • Time: 6pm
  • Phone: (803) 256-8383
  • Name of Location: Shandon United Methodist Church
  • Address: 3407 Devine Street, Columbia SC 29205

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Famously Hot New Year

  • Event Description: Celebrate the New Year in Downtown Columbia at this party event.
  • Date: Thursday December 31st, 2015
  • Phone: (803) 212-7118
  • Name of Location: Main Street in front of the State House in Downtown Columbia

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