Top Winter Events in Columbia

Top Winter Events in Columbia

Cozying up by the fireplace and enjoying Hallmark’s holiday movies may seem like the perfect way to spend this winter, but there are plenty of events in Columbia near Providence Park that you should go enjoy!

1. Lights Before Christmas at Riverbank Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Nearly one million twinkling lights, countless decorative images, Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, Animated Story Tree, Animal Characters Nightly visits with Santa (through December 23). Warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire Hot cocoa, s’mores and other festive foods available for purchase.

2. Saluda Shoals Holiday Lights on the River

There is so much to do at the midlands’ largest drive-thru light display! Experience over 400 animated light displays, a hayride shuttle to Saluda Shoals train, a laser light show, tube slide, crafts, gift shop, marshmallow roast and be sure to visit Santa before you leave!

3. Columbia City Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Koger Center for the Arts
Columbia City Ballet’s holiday family tradition, Nutcracker, dazzles South Carolina audiences each season. Don’t miss the extraordinary performance of this timeless tale. “We want them to know it’s like a Broadway show. There are full professional sets and scenery and costumes. This isn’t just a ‘go to it because your neighbor is in it’ kind of thing — it’s a full professional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.” To purchase tickets please visit:

4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by The Columbia Childrens’ Theater
This musical adaptation is full of laughs and heartwarming holiday tradition. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. (From the play’s description).

5. Shandon Baptist Church’s Singing Christmas Tree
This FREE event is a Columbia holiday tradition! The popular community holiday celebration returns for five performances this Christmas season. The Singing Christmas Tree features a 30-foot tree, holding a 100+-person choir. The choir is accompanied by a thirty-piece orchestra, and the show includes a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story accentuated by dance ensembles.

There is always something happening nearby Providence Park, especially during the holidays. We hope you have the chance to experience winter eventer happening what’s happening in your neighborhood this season!

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