There are some really great activities around this area to help get you in the holiday spirit. Not only are there great light displays but also festivals, markets, and other holiday events happening throughout the month of December. We have put together a list of some that might be worth visiting this year.


Holiday Lights on the River - Going on now through December 31st, experience the magic of the largest drive-through lights show at Saluda Shoals Park, where the park comes alive with more than a million sparkling lights. Colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays, and fun-filled family activities create lasting holiday memories. Enter Holiday Light display on Saint Andrews Road between Wendy's and Aldi and exit on Bush River Road. For more information, visit the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission website.


Hite Christmas Lights - Jerry Hite decorates him home at 200 Dupre Mill Road with over 100,000 lights on the house and in the yard. Lights are synchronized to music making a great Christmas show. Guests can watch from their cars or park to get out and watch from the sidewalk. Donations are accepted and 100% of the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information about the show or how to donate, visit them here


Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo - From November 17th through December 30th from 5-9 pm, experience Columbia's longest running holiday tradition at the zoo. With nearly a million twinkling lights, countless decorative images, a parade, animated story tree, and nightly visits with Santa, enjoy lasting memories and holiday cheer. For more information, visit Riverbanks Zoo & Garden or to purchase tickets, visit here.


The Polar Express 4-D Experience - at the South Carolina State Museum, visit an extraordinary 4-D adventure on the Polar Express. The museum's theatre provides a visual experience with environmental experiences, like blasts of air and vibrating seats, to create a unique viewing experience. For show times or to purchase tickets, visit the South Carolina State Museum.


Christmas Sampler Craft Show - join the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission for their annual craft show. Held at the Lexington Leisure Center at 108 Park Road in Lexington from 9am-3pm, enjoy entertainment, door prizes, and shopping. Canned food donations to benefit the Lexington County Meals on Wheels will be accepted.


Wingard's Family Christmas - from 9-5 on Saturday, December 15th, come meet Mrs. Claus, ride the Santa train, and enjoy cookies and apple cider at Wingard's Market at 1403 N. Lake Drive in Lexington. Great opportunity for family photos throughout the Garden Center. Free admission and overflow parking available at Pilgrim Lutheran Church.


For a list of more complete list of activities happening around the Midlands this holiday season, visit Merry Christmas, Columbia!


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