*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most local holiday events have been postponed in 2020. Please check the event website for the most up-to-date information and check back with us next year. Have a Merry Christmas!

The holidays are a time to be with family and remember the simple joys of the season. There are many Christmas events in Columbia for families to share, so we made a list of our favorites. We hope they add to your holiday family fun!

Christmas Events in Columbia for the Whole Family to Enjoy

Whether it’s posing for pictures with Santa or marveling at a Christmas light display, our Christmas events in Columbia are all about enjoying time together. Here’s to finding new holiday traditions to delight everyone, young and old!

Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

This annual event is truly one of the best opportunities to view Christmas lights Columbia. The zoo comes alive in a whole new way each evening with over 1million lights, hundreds of illuminated animal displays, and an animated story tree with lights synchronized to a story. Roast marshmallows, chat with Santa, and take in the weekend Christmas parade for a complete evening of holiday family fun.

Where: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden | 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC
When: Select nights in December 2020 from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Admission: Adults $12 | Children $10
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Christmas events in Columbia

Image Credit: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular

If you’re looking for Christmas shows Columbia that the whole family will enjoy, this stage performance has a little something for everyone. Christmas carols sung by performers in glittering costumes and even a chorus line to rival the Rockettes will take you through a tale of Christmas past to present. You’ll leave humming show tunes and full of holiday cheer!

Where: Koger Center |1051 Greene Street, Columbia, SC
When: December 17th-18th, 2019 from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm
Admission: $39-$69 per person
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Christmas shows Columbia

Image Credit: Broadway in Columbia

Breakfast With Santa

If your little ones are looking to score some quality time with St. Nick, the historic Robert Mills Carriage House at the Hampden-Preston Mansion provides the chance. After sitting down to breakfast with Santa, parents will have a photo op for the best pictures with Santa Columbia in front of a beautiful Victorian Christmas tree. Make some crafts, explore the decorated halls of the mansion, and enjoy a day of historic holiday charm.

Where: Robert Mills Carriage House | 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC
When: Saturday, December 14th, 2019 from 8:00 am-11:00 am
Admission: Adults $20 | Children $10
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pictures with Santa Columbia

Image Credit: Historic Columbia

Holiday Lights on the River

A list of Christmas events in Columbia wouldn’t be complete without Holiday Lights on the River in Saluda Shoals Park. With over 1million lights illuminating the park and 400 animated displays, this is a drive-through light show that families return to year after year. Not to mention the snow tubing, hayride, holiday train, and laser lights that make for a fun-filled Christmas in Columbia 2019!

Where: Saluda Shoals Park East | 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC
When: December 13th-31st, 2019 from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Admission: $20/car
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Christmas in Columbia 2019

Image Credit: Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

We hope our list of Christmas events in Columbia gives you the gift of quality time together this holiday season. From all of us at Sloan Appliance Service  Happy Holidays!