Ugly Sweaters And Nutcrackers The 2018 Holiday Event Guide Columbia SC

Ugly Sweaters And Nutcrackers The 2018 Holiday Event Guide Columbia SC

Wishing you a bright holiday season!

Wondering what to do this weekend or next? Or if there's a beloved holiday event that your family attends every year, but you're not sure when or where it's happening this year? 

Here is the list of Who, What, Where & When this Christmas season with links to get further info for each!  Hope your holidays are full of love and fulfillment this year!


Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl | Saturday, Dec. 8 | 4 p.m.-12 a.m. | Liberty Tap Room in The Vista | $20 | tickets include signature Ugly Sweater Crawl koozie, Santa hat, access to live music + themed discounted drinks

Tacos, Tequila and Tacky Sweaters | Wednesday, Dec. 12 | 7 p.m. | 701 Whaley | $45 | unlimited tacos + margaritas consumed in your tackiest holiday sweater

River Rat’s Ugly Oyster Roast/Ugly Sweater | Friday, Dec. 14 | 6-10 p.m. | River Rat Brewery | $40 | shuck oysters, eat BBQ + drink beer in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater

Christmas Cookies and Beer Pairing | Wednesday, Dec. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | River Rat Brewery | $20 | made-from-scratch Christmas cookies paired with holiday beers; tickets include four cookies each paired with 8 oz. pour of beer 

Check these crazy sweaters out!


Holiday Lights on The River | daily throughout December | 6-10 p.m. | Saluda Shoals Park | 6071 Saint Andrews Rd. | $20+ | 400+ light displays + nightly activities for kids, like marshmallow roasts, train + hayrides, holiday lights maze and more

Lights Before Christmas | through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24-25) | 5-9 p.m. | Riverbanks Zoo | $12; $10 for children ages 2-12; free for under 2 | ft. visits with Santa, Jingle Bell bonfire, an animated story tree + more

Columbia’s Holiday ICE | through Monday, Jan. 21 | times vary | outside Columbiana Centre,155 Columbiana Circle | $10 or $8 for military and seniors | ice skating rink formerly known as Main Street ICE

A Starry Night | Friday, Dec. 7 | 4 p.m. | Five Points | free to attend | live music, seasonal beers + cider, arts + crafts, visits with Santa, face-painting, hot chocolate, and special deals from Five Points retailers and restaurants

Holiday Parade of Lights | Saturday, Dec. 8 | 5:30 p.m. | starts in front of the Cayce Municipal Complex, 1800 12th St. | free | one of the biggest holiday parades in the Midlands, ft. floats + trucks with local celebrities like the Columbia Fireflies

Night Out At Trenholm | Saturday, Dec. 15 | 2-7 p.m. | Trenholm Plaza | free to attend | celebrate the holiday season with Santa + Christmas carolers, plus 93.5 broadcasting live

Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides | Friday, Dec. 14 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Robert Mills House & Hampton-Preston Mansion | 1616 Blanding St. | $15 or $8 for members; $10 for carriage rides | candlelit tours + carriage rides of the decorated historic sites, plus fun holiday activities, live music + hot cocoa

Famously Hot New Year | Monday, Dec. 31 | 6:30 p.m.- 12 a.m. | free to attend | Main St.’s biggest party of the year ft. live performances (headliner En Vogue), a countdown to midnight, fireworks, vendors + more

Lights by the water are the best!


Soda City Holiday Yard Sale | Saturday, Dec. 8 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 1200-1600 blocks of Main St. | free to attend | an extension of Soda City market; buy + sell items in their holiday yard sale – with everything from holiday decor to knick-knack-y gifts

Crafty Feast | Sunday, Dec. 9 | 12-6 p.m. | Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | $3; free for kids 10 and under | 10th annual independent craft fair with 80+ vendors; meet the makers here  

Holiday Markets | check out our roundup of 6 holiday markets to find more *lit* places to shop this holiday season

Staying on budget is hard!


The Nutcracker | Dec. 8-9 and 15-16 | Koger Center for the Arts | prices vary | presented by the Columbia City Ballet

It’s a Wonderful Life | Sunday, Dec. 16,  2 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m. | Nickelodeon Theatre | $11; $5 for kids under 12 | watch the trailer here

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol | through Dec. 22 | times vary | Trustus Theatre | $28 or $20 for students, military and seniors

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | Tuesday, Dec. 18 | 7 p.m. | The Township Auditorium | $35+

Such strength & beauty!


Trains Rides with Santa | Saturday, Dec. 8 + 15 | various times | SC Railroad Museum | 110 Industrial Park Rd., Winsborro | $15-20 | enjoy the scenery as Santa walks the length of the train talking to families and posing for pictures

Breakfast with Santa | Saturday, Dec. 15 | 8-11 a.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House | 1616 Blanding St. | $20 or $10 for youth + discounts for members | listen to holiday music + eat breakfast and take pictures with Santa, then explore the decorated Robert Mills Mansion

Love seeing the magic through their eyes!

If you're searching for a home in ChapinIrmoColumbiaLexington, or the surrounding areas, I am here to help.  My name is Sarah Berner and I work with EXIT Midlands Realty.  I am a hard-working, full-service real estate professional who will search high and low to help you find that special place to call home.  I treat every home search as if it were for my family because I know just how important it is!  Call or text me today at 803-429-9887 or email me at so that I can help you begin your search for a home in The Midlands!Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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