The Best Christmas Events in Columbia, SC This Year

Christmas Events in Columbia

Columbia has its share of activities and attractions taking place this December. Check out some of these Christmas events in Columbia!

A great way to celebrate the time leading up to Christmas is to spend the holiday season attending festive events. Columbia has its share of activities and attractions taking place this December. Here are some of the Christmas events in Columbia that we’re looking forward to most.

Holiday Lights on the River: Attend the area’s largest drive-thru light show at Saluda Shoals Park, where more than a million lights are glowing. Until December 31st, there will be nightly activities, too. There’s a new entrance this year, so get directions at http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights.

Laser Holidays: For an indoor light display, head to the SC State Museum, where a holiday-themed laser light show is projected in its planetarium. These musically choreographed laser displays are on weekends only. The planetarium is also showing a scientific, immersive experience studying the Bethlehem Star and its possible origin. Buy tickets at http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.

Main Street ICE: The city’s outdoor skating rink is the “cool” place to be; prices are affordable and the rink is open most evenings. Head to Boyd Plaza to show off your smooth moves—or to test your balance! Information is at http://columbiaparksandrecreationfoundation.org/mainstreetice/.

A Christmas Carol: No Christmas would be complete without a viewing of Dickens’ classic story. See Ebenezer Scrooge learn the error of his ways as the Town Theatre performs a musical version of A Christmas Carol. Tickets available at http://towntheatre.com/a-christmas-carol-the-musical/.

For a full list of the numerous other Christmas events in Columbia this winter, from theater shows to Santa meets, visit https://merrychristmascolumbia.com/category/holiday-events/.

Things To Do in Columbia This December

December Events

December is a very exciting time of the year, one filled with family, fun, gift giving, and spending quality time with loved ones. With family and friends in town for the holidays, you are probably looking for some fun things to do in Columbia this December to entertain your guests.

Look no further! Here are some events to help make your holiday season that much more special:

  • Blue Christmas Elvis Special
    • The Workshop Theatre: Dec. 7
  • Christmas at Kensington Mansion:
    • Kensington Mansion: Dec. 6 – Jan. 12
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
    • Columbia Children’s Theatre: Dec. 6-9
  • Holiday Lights on the River
    • Saluda Shoals Park: now through Dec. 31
  • Lights Before Christmas
    • The Riverbanks Zoo: now through Dec. 30
  • Paint with Santa
    • Art Smart Academy: Dec 8
  • Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker
    • Kroger Center for the Arts: Dec 8-16
  • Bah Humbug – Scrooge’s Christmas Musical
    • Town Theatre: Dec. 14-16
  • Nights of Wonder
    • Saluda Shoals Park: Dec. 14-23
  • Train Rides with Santa
    • South Carolina Railroad Museum: now through Dec. 15
  • Crafty Feast Independent Craft Fair
    • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center: Dec. 15

From checking out Christmas lights around town to attending the Nutcracker ballet, this December is sure to be an exciting one! For more information about these events, visit http://www.columbiacvb.com/visitors/things-to-do/.