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/.

Shaw Air Force Base Puts On “Thunder Over the Midlands” Air Show

If you’ve ever wanted the experience of watching an air force base put on an air show, or if that’s something that sounds fun and exciting to you, you’re in luck. This month, the Shaw Air Force Base of Sumter, South Carolina will be hosting the Thunder Over the Midlands Shaw Air Expo, where visitors will be permitted to explore the air force base through an open house event and watch the famous Thunderbirds and Black Daggers put on a demonstration of epic proportions.

General admission is free to the public for this event, which allows people to get a closer look at the inner workings of the United States Air Force through aerial shows and on-the-ground aircraft displays for attendants’ viewing pleasure. The goal of the expo is to introduce the general public to military hardware and build community relationships, but many people are there for one reason — to see the pilots perform.

The performers at the air show will be the US Air Force’s precision-flying demonstration team, known publicly as the Thunderbirds, and they will be accompanied by the Black Daggers, the US Army’s official Specials Ops Command Parachute Demonstration Team. These two teams were specially-selected and chosen to represent the United States military to the public. In short, that means they’re really good at what they do.

The event takes place two days on May 21st and 22nd from 8:00am until 5:00pm. If you missed the event this year, make sure you check it out next year. It is a great event for all! Do you have any photos to share? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Great Restaurants in Columbia You Have to Try

Great Restaurants in Columbia

Driving a cool car is fun, but it’s even more fun when you can drive it to cool places! Columbia, South Carolina is filled with locations worth detouring to, including a wide selection of fancy, flavorful eateries. If you want to try a new bistro tonight, we suggest going to one of these great restaurants in Columbia.

  • Saluda’s: This upscale restaurant on Saluda Avenue serves up re-imagined Southern cuisine.
  • Alodia’s Cucina Italiana: Known as the best Italian eatery in the area, Alodia’s is a family restaurant where everything tastes like heaven.
  • Motor Supply Co. Bistro: We don’t just love this place for its name, but also for its innovative menu supplied by local ingredients.
  • Solstice Kitchen: A romantic place whose menu changes with the seasons, this intimate American restaurant will please your date and your taste buds.
  • Cellar on the Greene: While this bar specializes in a wide selection of wines, it also serves up simple, scrumptious dishes to accompany your drink.

Have any favorite restaurants you’d recommend?

The Dick Dyer Toyota Difference

 

Dick Dyer Toyota StorefrontAs much as we might try to avoid it, there are tons of choices for car dealers and service centers in the greater Columbia area. More than ever, drivers are presented with endless possibilities for their car buying and maintenance needs. So why choose Dick Dyer Toyota out of all the options out there? Well, simply put, we’re different.

How are we different you ask? For starters, our motto is “Your Satisfaction is Our Number One Priority.” But with us, this slogan is more than a sales pitch to get people in the door; it is actually the motivation behind everything we do.

From our sales process to our special programs to our facilities, everything is done with the customer in mind. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out some of the amenities and offers you will find at Dick Dyer Toyota that make all the difference to the drivers of Columbia:

Dick Dyer Toyota Inventory LotOur Inventory

For the past three years, Dick Dyer Toyota has been the number #1 Volume Toyota Dealer in all of the Columbia Metro Area, based on total retails sale of new Toyotas (as defined by R.L. Polk per SET). That means we have the largest selection of new Toyota cars in town!

In addition, we have a huge used car department, specializing in new trucks. More than that, we offer used car sales every month as well as a selection of used cars under $10,000.

Our Lifetime Nationwide Warranty

Sure, other dealers might offer extended OEM warranties, but are they valid for the life of the car? Or anywhere across the nation? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Dick Dyer Toyota’s exclusive Nationwide Lifetime Warranty duplicates the Factory Powertrain Warranty for as long as you own the vehicle – unlimited miles, unlimited time. In addition, this warranty is valid at any licensed repair shop in the US.

Oh, and did we mention it’s free? That’s right, you will receive the Nationwide Lifetime Warranty free with the purchase of every new Toyota and select used vehicles.

Our $1,000 Advantage

In addition to our Lifetime Warranty, every new Toyota car comes with our $1,000 Advantage. This extra value plan comes with tons of perks, including roadside assistance and towing for the first 2-years or 25,000 miles, 30% off your first 30,000 mile service, a full detail in the first year of ownership, tire rotations for as long as you own the vehicle, free car washes at every service, 10% off accessories, rental car discounts, touch-up paint service, and more!

Dick Dyer Toyota Customer LoungeOur Facilities

When you bring your car in for service at Dick Dyer Toyota, you get to experience our state of the art and newly renovated customer lounge. Our spacious lounge area features flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, new chairs, a children’s play area, pet-friendly policies, and a café with free coffee and popcorn. You may want to hang around here even after your car is ready!

As you can see, Dick Dyer Toyota is dedicated to delivering the best car buying experience possible for our valued customers. Visit our website at http://dickdyertoyota.com or come to our showroom to see everything we have to offer the Columbia area.

Oktoberfest Columbia at Incarnation Lutheran

Oktoberfest ColumbiaOctober is upon us and you know what that means: Oktoberfest! And Holy Schnitzel, are we excited!

Held at Incarnation Lutheran Church, this year’s Oktoberfest Columbia will be from October 11-13. And as you might have guessed, there will be plenty of beer and food to enjoy.

Oktoberfest Columbia is your chance to sample some of the great local beers and breweries that Columbia has to offer, such as Der Alte Fritz and Medusa Stout from Conquest Brewery and Oktoberfest from Carolina Brewery.

In addition, there will be plenty of other beers on tap, including Becks Oktoberfest, Widmer Okto Festival Ale, Widmer Hefe, Goose Island Harvest Ale, Red Hook Wit, Hoegarden, Shocktop Pumpkin Wheat, and Red Hook Pumpkin Porter.

As for food, you better come hungry because Oktoberfest is going to be your culinary destination for the entire weekend. Of course you can find your German favorites like sauerkraut, schnitzel, bratwurst, and potato salad. But there will also be a selection of other German fare to tantalize your taste buds: Spaetzle, Bratkartofeln (fried potatoes with bacon and onion), Rotekraut mit Apfel (sweet, sour cabbage with apples), Linzer (hazelnut and raspberry sandwich cookie), and Apelkuchen (traditional German apple cake).

Once you’ve got your bratwurst and beer in hand, it’s time to check out the special performances and entertainment. On Friday, you can experience the opening ceremonies, Edelweiss Dancers, and The German Connection Band.

When Saturday hits, come see the Walhalla Bavarian Dancers and receive Bavarian dance lessons. The Happy Musicians will be playing in the afternoon and The German Connection Band hits the stage again at night.

Sunday includes a special organ recital by Pastor Jim Parham and another performance by the Happy Musicians.

Oktoberfest Columbia is sure to be a great time! For more information, visit the Incarnation Lutheran Church website. We hope to see you there!

Top 4 Things to Do This September in Columbia SC

Things to Do This September September might signal the end of summer and the start of the school year but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end! The folks at Dick Dyer Toyota have 4 favorites in particular that are sure to make your September one to remember!

 

Viva La Vista Columbia6th Annual Viva La Vista

September 7th 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Congaree Vista on Lincoln and Gervais Street

$10 Advance Admission, $12 General Admission, Children 12 & Under Free

Viva La Vista is your chance to experience some of Columbia’s best food, craft beer, and wine right in your favorite part of downtown, Congaree Vista. During the event, more than 20 Vista restaurants will display their culinary specialties, all at great prices. Live music will set the mood, with The Wailers headlining the event. For the adults, there will be craft beer from establishments like Columbia’s Conquest Brewery as well as the ever-popular Wine Garden. In addition, VIP passes are available. Experience everything that Congaree Vista has to offer during Viva La Vista!

 

Greek Festival27th Annual Greek Festival 2013

September 19-21st 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

September 22nd 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

At the corner of Sumter and Calhoun Streets

Free Admission

The 27th Annual Greek Festival is an event filled with excellent food, authentic dancing, and Greek shops and gifts! Brought to Columbia by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Festival also includes tours of the church, cultural exhibitions, video presentation, and live Greek music. Come enjoy some roasted lamb, spanakopeta, keftedes (Greek-style meatballs), gyros, and baklava. Greek wine and beer will also be available. It’s all Greek to us at the Annual Greek Festival!

 

Italian Festival Columbia SCColumbia’s 6th Annual Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament

September 28th 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Main Street in Downtown Columbia

Free Admission

Hosted by the Bella Italia Lodge, the Italian Festival is your chance to experience free entertainment, tons of delicious Italian food, check out some awesome Italian cars, and even buy some unique gifts. In addition, the Italian Festival hosts a Bocce Tournament. Bocce, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, is described as “lawn bowling” and is a fun and easy way to win some cash! The top three teams will receive a cash prize for the Bocce Tournament. Entries are limited so be sure to reserve a spot! On September 28th, we can all be Italian at the 6th Annual Italian Festival!

 

ZOOfari Columbia SCRiverbanks ZOOfari

September 27th 7:00 PM

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

$50 Riverbanks Members, $60 General Public, $70 Day of Event

You may have been to the Riverbanks Zoo before, but you have never seen the zoo like this! Deemed the wildest fundraiser in town, ZOOfari is a night filled with animal encounters, great food, auctions, and more! Bring your friends for a stroll through the zoo to see all of the wild animals while tasting some great cuisine and sipping your favorite cocktail to the beat of live entertainment. Then stop by the live and silent auction to snatch up some awesome prizes. All proceeds from ZOOfari benefit the conservation and education efforts of the Riverbanks Zoo. Get a little wild this September at ZOOfari!

Valentine’s Day in Columbia SC

Valentine's DayFebruary is almost here and you know what that means: the season of flowers, chocolates, and fancy dinners. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day! Looking for something special to do with someone special? There are plenty of great date options in Columbia, South Carolina.

Two restaurants in particular are offering special Valentine’s Day deals. Firstly is MoMo’s Bistro, a contemporary America restaurant. Patrons will enjoy live music and a four course meal for only $80 per couple. Want to pair some wine with dinner? MoMo’s is offering this addition for only $20.

Next is Solstice Kitchen, winner of Open Table’s Best Overall Restaurant. Come on Valentine’s Day for their wine and cocktail specials. Or you can head over to World of Beer for the Valentine’s Day Sweet Pairing. Enjoy beers like Youngs Chocolate Stout paired with Framboise cupcakes.

Valentine's DayLooking for something little more out of the ordinary? Go to Love on the Wild Side at the Riverbanks Zoo. Couples will experience a walking tour of the zoo and a dinner prepared by the Riverbank’s executive chef. The Harbison Theatre is also playing Casablanca, one of the most romantic movies of all time. Champagne and desserts will be provided before the feature.

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Experience a truly magical night with your loved one in Columbia, South Carolina.

September Events and Festivals in Columbia SC

We at Dick Dyer Toyota love being located in Columbia, South Carolina and enjoy everything that this famously hot city has to offer. From festivals to events, concerts to restaurants, there are tons of things to see and do in Columbia.

With September kicking off last Saturday, Dick Dyer Toyota is happy to present you with some great things to take part in during the month of September:

  • Jazz Under the Stars Jazzfest: Sept. 7-8 at the South Carolina  State House
  • Columbia Greek Festival: Sept. 13-16 at the corner of Sumter and Calhoun St.
  • Irmo Okra Strut: Sept. 28-29 at   Irmo Town Park
  • Midlands Plant and Flower Festival: Sept. 28-30 at the South Carolina State Farmers Market
  • Riverbanks Zoofari: Sept. 28 at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
  • 5th Annual Viva La Vista: Sept. 29  at Conagree Vista

Come on out to Columbia this September for these great events!

Toyota Accepts Pikes Peak Challenge

Colorado’s Pikes Peak will be the racing site for high-performance electric vehicles next month, including a Toyota TMG EV P002 motorsport.

This 12.4 mile course along the mountain will allow electric motors to race up one at a time. This exciting event has attracted many car companies over the past few years and Toyota believes that their motorsport has a shot at winning after setting an electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The course for this race is quite different from the average racecar course.  Fumio Nutahara, driver of the Toyota TMG EV P002, along with the drivers will start off at an altitude of 9,390 feet and complete 156 total turns to reach the final destination at the 14,110 feet summit.

There will be one winner only on July 8. Check in to see if the TMG EV P002 can triumph over the other models on Pikes Peak.

Save in May Sales Event in Columbia South Carolina

The Toyota Save in May sales event is here. Toyota already offers highly reliable and well-constructed models, but with the Save in May event, there are even more reasons to buy a new Toyota.

Here are some of the great deals Dick Dyer Toyota is offering during this sale:

  • 2012 Prius: $259 a month for 39 months
  • 2012 Corolla: 0% APR financing for up to 48 months
  • 2012 Camry SE: $199 per month for 39 months
  • 2012 Avalon: $399 a month for 39 months
  • 2012 Venza: 0% APR financing for up to 60 months
  • 2012 Highlander: $279 a month for 39 months
  • 2012 Sienna: 0% APR financing for up to 60 months
  • 2012 Tacoma: 1.9% APR financing for 48 months
  • 2012 Tundra Double Cab: $319 a month for 39 months

This is just a snapshot of the savings being offered. To see the complete list of incentives and offers, visit the Dick Dyer Toyota website. Buy your new Toyota in May and save big!