Holidays

While we don't think you need an excuse to take a trip to Columbia SC to see what all the buzz is about, a special holiday could be the perfect time to plan your getaway. Get in the Christmas spirit with specific events like an iconic performance of The Nutcracker, or a light show among the animals. Ring in the New Year at Famously Hot New Year on Main Street. Or, just walk amongst the twinkly lights and enjoy the revitalization of Columbia as a vibrant city busting at the seams with dynamite food & drink spots. 

Valentine's Day (and anti-Valentine's Day) restaurant and event specials abound. Cozy up for an unexpected four-course meal at a brewery, hit a live show with friends, or dip into a lounge for a laid-back night of jazz and vino. You may have heard that St. Patrick's Day is kind of a big deal around here. St. Pat's in Five Points has become nothing short of one of the largest festivals in the Southeast. Not into all the people? Don't worry, you'll find events for all ages and personalities around the city for this holiday.  

When it's time to let freedom ring, the good people of Columbia are here for the celebrations. Here you can rent a boat and hop onto Lake Murray for the signature boat parade and firework show, or catch a minor league baseball game at Spirit Communications Park with the Columbia Fireflies. 

If you're into haunts and frights, you would be remiss to skip the Halloween season here. This capital city has no shortage of haunted historical sites, all with their own story to tell. Or, let the professionals scare you at attractions like Deceased Farm, open during the Halloween season only. If haunting isn't for you, head to one of the many family-friendly farms and corn mazes throughout the region, like the ever popular Clinton Sease Farm. Among other things to do during the Fall (hello football), the week of Thanksgiving offers gourmet dinners at some of Columbia's staple restaurants, just in case you want some extra southern comfort food.

We have to admit there's more than meets the eye for holidays here. Experience a getaway to the new urban south where you'll feel like everyone here is celebrating with you. Check out upcoming holiday events below to add to your itinerary.