Date posted: 10/24/2012
Celebrate the Holidays in South Carolina!
South Carolina is an excellent place to get into the holiday spirit! If you’re staying in hotels near downtown South Carolina in December, there’s plenty happening to get the holidays started. Read below for details on fun holiday shopping, parades and festivals!
Columbia Holiday Market, November 29-December 2
The Columbia Holiday Market is the perfect place to find gifts for all of your loved ones! This year it is celebrating its 27th year as one of Columbia’s premier shopping events. This year’s theme is “Be Merry and Bright”. The Market will kick off with a Preview Party for dancers and a Ladies Night Out for shopping with friends. The market will stay open late on Friday so be sure to bring the kids! They can enjoy games, crafts, storytelling, and visits in their PJs with Santa! Admission is $8 per person for all four days. Children 12 and under are free. If you wish to attend the preview party, tickets are $65 before November 15 and $75 after. Ladies’ Night Out tickets are $30 per person. The PJs with Santa event is $8 per child. There is also a silent auction on November 28 after the preview party. Market hours are 9:30am to 5pm Thursday, 9:30am to 8pm Friday, 9:30am to 6pm Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.
Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade, December 1
Come witness the 59th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade on Gervais Street in downtown Columbia! This year’s theme is “A Fairy Tale Christmas.” Dozens of floats, marching bands, drill teams and live performances are highlights of the day. The parade begins at 9:45am at Gervais and Bull Street and proceeds west on Gervais. New entries this year include The White Knoll High School Marching Band, Chick-Fil-A, Cupcake and All American Heating and Air. The most exciting part is Santa Claus himself!
St. Nicolas Festival, December 1
If parades are not quite your cup of tea, come over to the Holy Apostles Orthodox Church for the St. Nicolas Festival! There will be Russian food, crafts, fun and a choir performance. Holiday crafts and artwork will be available for purchase. One of the highlights is the ringing of the bronze Pyatkov bells, made in Russia. For more information, click here.
Happy Holdiays, Columbia!