Holiday Events in Columbia and the Midlands 2021

This page will be updated for the 2022 Christmas Season on November 1, 2022.

Holiday Historic House Tours

Friday November 19 – Friday December 31, 2021

Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience traditions in both the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Learn of holidays past. More.

Governor’s Carolighting

Sunday November 21, 2021

On the State House steps in downtown Columbia, Governor Henry McMaster will make it official – South Carolina’s yuletide season has begun! A special program with performances by artists from across the state, the Governor’s seasonal message, lighting of the state Christmas Tree and more! 6pm – 7pm. 1100 Gervais St.

Sleigh Bell Stroll

Monday November 22, 2021

See the lights at the Sleigh Bell Stroll! Join us for this unique, nighttime family fun walk taking place amid the festive light displays of Holiday Lights on the River. Walk the entire four-mile route or as far as you’d like! Come to the Saluda Shoals East entrance. Register here.

Sleigh Bell Trot

Tuesday November 23, 2021

See the lights at the Sleigh Bell Trot! Join us for this unique, nighttime four-mile timed run taking place amid the festive light displays of Holiday Lights on the River. Register here.

17th Annual Turkey Day 5K

Thursday November 25, 2021

Support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia at the annual fundraiser and then feel good about gobbling down that feast that awaits you at Grandma’s! Info and registration here.

A Camden Christmas!

Celebrate the holidays in Camden this year, with holiday markets, exciting performances, community events, pop-up shops, and a host of local businesses offering unique gifts! Take some time to explore all that Camden has to offer – Southern hospitality, history, heritage, and all that makes us Classically Carolina! Specifics at and

Miracle on Main

(WIS TV) COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) -Starting Friday (Nov 26, 2021), Columbia residents will have the opportunity to share in some holiday cheer and festive cocktails on Main Street through a partnership between Prohibition and Miracle Pop-Up. Miracle on Main, a Christmas themed-pop-up bar, opened its doors Friday and will be open seven days a week through the end of the year.

The pop-up is located at the space previously occupied by Main Street Public House, which shuttered its doors earlier this year. Prohibition, the company behind a popular Charleston bar, purchased the property and forged a licensing agreement with Miracle, a global Christmas pop-up company, to bring the festive décor to South Carolina’s capital city. Continue reading>>

Christmas in the 1800’s

Thursday December 2, 2021

Kim Poovey (author, storyteller, and living historian) transports you back in time. Enjoy delicious food, music, and a Christmas show.  Don your bonnet or top hat the part if you like! More here.

Christmas in Cayce

Thursday December 2, 2021

6pm – 8pm. Sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Cayce, this drive through event includes musical performances and a visit from Santa Claus. See thousands of lights and animated displays. The Woman’s Club of Cayce is also sponsoring the 19th annual “Cayce Cares” food drive to assist God’s Helping Hands and the Scooter Scott project, and ask that you bring canned goods and non-perishable food items. The Drive Through begins at 6:00 pm, so come early! More here.

Lexington Snowball Festival

Thursday December 2 – Sunday December 5, 2021

Enjoy a crafts + produce fair on Thursday, the tree lighting, carols and pictures with Santa on Friday, a carnival on Saturday with rides, and a Christmas parade on Sunday. Info here.

Tree Lighting and The Muppets’ Christmas Carol

Friday December 3, 2021

Head to the Icehouse Amphitheater in Lexington for the annual Tree Lighting at 6:30pm and a free screening of the movie at 7:30pm. More here.

Festival of the Trees in Aiken, SC

Friday December 3 – Sunday December 12, 2021

Join us for the fifth annual Festival of Trees at the City of Aiken Visitors Center & Train Museum. The Festival kicks off with a trees lighting on December 3 at 4:00 p.m. More here.

Newberry’s North Pole Nights

Fridays December 3, 10 and 17, 2021

Experience the wonders of the North Pole! Enjoy fluttering faux snow in Newberry’s Memorial Park, and see a special Christmas story from Mrs. Claus! Kids can send letters to Santa. More here.

Candy Cane Carillon Holiday Parade

Saturday December 4, 2021

The 68th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade presented by Nephron will feature festive holiday entries from all across the state of South Carolina! The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. at Sumter Street and Laurel and proceeding down Sumter toward the historic Horseshoe, ending on Senate Street. More here.

Cooking with Santa

Saturday December 4, 2021

What better time to grow a child’s love of cooking and baking than the most magical time of the year! Bring your child into the kitchen with Flavored Fork to cook alongside the jolly old elf himself making his favorite snacks and other Santa approved recipes. Seven Oaks Park. Register here.

Lexington Snowball Festival Carnival

Saturday December 4, 2021

Face painting, balloon artists, letters to Santa, rides + more! Make sure to stay and watch The Grinch (PG) which will begin at 6pm. Lexington Icehouse Amphitheater. Details here.

Christmas Traditions at Cayce Historical Museum

Saturday December 4, 2021

Join in the fun as costumed docents help guests understand the traditions of Christmas celebrations of the past. From 6pm – 9pm at the Cayce Historical Museum.

Lake Murray Christmas Light Boat Parade

Saturday December, 4, 2021

Gather at the Lexington Dam Park Site to view the sparkling boats decorated for the season, enjoy Christmas carols with a local radio station and a fireworks finale. More here.

Gingerbread Houses on Display

December 3 – December 22, 2021

Application to enter the 2021 Gingerbread Competition is NOW OPEN! Click here for application! Gingerbread Houses on display at Newberry Art Center in December. More here.

Holidays At EdVenture Childrens Museum

December 4 – December 23, 2021

Visit Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Jolly Elf in Santa’s Holiday Village and have your picture taken, write a letter to Santa in the North Pole Post Office, participate in Hot Chocolate Science programming! More here.

Lexington Christmas Parade

Sunday December 5, 2021

Join the Town of Lexington and the Lexington Jaycees for the annual Christmas Parade as an array of parade floats make their way down Main Street! 3pm.

45th Candlelight Tour of Homes

Saturday December 11, 2021

Explore historic homes and landmarks in Camden, SC in all their holiday splendor on this self-guided tour! The Tour celebrates the Southern hospitality that Camden is known for, all to benefit the children of Kershaw County. Visit each location in-person, with friends or family, or virtually, from the comfort of your own home! $20 in advance; $25 day-of. Tickets here.

Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols Parade

Saturday December 18, 2021

Spreading Holiday Cheer on Horseback through downtown Aiken. Stops at Trinity on Laurens and The Willcox. More here.

Mr. Grinch is Coming to Town

Saturday December 18, 2021

The Grinch is trying to take our Christmas joy!. He will be around the Ridge Spring Farmers Market from 9:00 am – 12:00pm. We need help to stop him. Come out and try to grab his picture. Free hot chocolate and popcorn for our helpers. More on Facebook.

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