Can you hear that? The sound of bells jingling and clicking cocktail glasses raised in a toast to the holiday season? The time for celebrating has arrived in Columbia SC. Make your list of holiday events and check it twice.

Holiday Spirits

When the clock strikes midnight on November 23, Publico Kitchen and Tap transforms into Santa’s Pub. Come sip on their new seasonal cocktails, cozy up in an igloo and enjoy the festivities and tacky sweaters donned by staff.

In the mood to mix up your own Christmas Cheer? The Main Course is hosting a Christmas Cocktails Mixology Class on November 16. Learn to make drink that are sure to have your days feeling merry and bright.

All is Bright

Speaking of bright, Columbia SC light shows are a must this time of year. Take your pick from a walk on the wild side at Riverbanks Zoo’s Lights before Christmas or take in the Lights at the River at Saluda Shoals Park. If you’re looking for a lights show downtown, the South Carolina State Fairgrounds is once again hosting Carolina Lights. Load up the car, grab a cup of hot cocoa and get in the holiday spirit.


It wouldn’t be the holidays without a slew of traditions that get you feeling jolly. We’ve heard it said that Christmas in South Carolina doesn’t officially start until the annual Governor’s Carolighting. On the steps of the South Carolina State House, you’ll enjoy musical numbers, a visit from Santa, hot cocoa and more as we light the 16-foot tree that sits on the corner of Gervais and Main.

For more holiday merriment, Vista Lights is sure to have your sprits bright with local performances, holiday shops, beer and bites. They close down all of Gervais Street for this shindig, so make sure it’s on your calendar this year.

Lexington won’t be limited to one day of seasonal celebrations. Their annual Snowball Festival stretches from December 2 through the 5th and includes parades, movies at the Icehouse Amphitheater, a craft fair and more.

Shop Local

You know, it wouldn’t be a Columbia SC Christmas without shopping local. Pick up gifts for everyone on your list starting at Devine Day and Night Out on November 11th. Shops and boutiques will stay open until 8 to help make sure you get everything you need.

The Well Collective is hosting a holiday market over in Rosewood. Come find some local art or a one-of-a-kind vintage piece that is sure to make your people happy. Branded the Flea Market for Southern Eclectic Folks, Y’allTide Greetings at New Brookland Tavern is the perfect spot to find something unexpected.

This is just a sampling of the many festive events coming your way. If you’d like to have your holiday event listed on our calendar of events, please complete this form.