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.

We have to admit that 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.