December 2018: Things to Do in SC

South Carolina SC Festivals, Events December SC Events

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FUN Things to Do in South Carolina

Our December 2018 festivals and events calendar includes tons of fun things to do in South Carolina. We list non-commercial events free of charge. Events must be of statewide interest — i.e., things people would be willing to travel for. Add your event here!

DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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Dec
1 - 2
Christmasville
4-day event includes carriage rides, art festival, outdoor ice skating, a gingerbread house contest, multiple Santa activities
Rock Hill
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 2
School of Rock
A musical whose mission is to teach rock 'n' roll to the world - Flowertown Players performance
Charleston
Summerville
Arts
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Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Ice Rink
Take a spin around this open-air rink across from Fountain Park
Rock Hill
Sports
00000003
Dec
1
Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade
See this annual tradition on Main Street from Augusta St to North St
Greenville
Holiday
00000004
Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Festival of Lights
3-mile drive plus sand sculpture, Santa's Sweet Shoppe, holiday train, Victorian carousel, giant greeting cards
Charleston
James Island
Holiday
00000005
Dec
1 - 25
Anderson Christmas Lights
Over a million multi-colored light display - benefits local charities
Anderson
Holiday
00000006
Dec
1
St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Russian food, crafts, choral performances
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000007
Dec
1 - 31
Fantasy of Lights
See Swan Lake-Iris Gardens illuminated with a million lights and Floating Christmas Tree
Sumter
Holiday
00000008
Dec
1
Hike for Mike
3.5-mile easy hike followed by family fun with interactive kids' activities - benefits UPLIFT which provides outings for children who are affected by a parent's cancer
Charleston
Ravenel
Misc
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Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Lights on the River
More than a million sparkling lights with music, wetland wonderland walking trail, laser light show, plus other activities at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
00000010
Dec
1
Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Starts at Bull and Gervais - floats, bands, performances
Columbia
Holiday
00000011
Dec
1 - 23
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
1
Candlelight Tour of Homes
Self-paced tour of some of Camden's most elegant homes and historical sites - Camden Junior Welfare League benefit for the children of Kershaw County
Camden
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 2
Holiday Market
Shopping event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
1
North Charleston Christmas Festival and Parade
parade around Park Circle, children's activities, live music, vendors, visit with Santa
Charleston
North Charleston
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 31
Ice On Main
Enjoy the season at this open-air ice skating rink on Village Green, adjacent to City Hall
Greenville
Sports
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Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Ice in Carolina Wren Park
Take a spin around the ice rink in Downtown Anderson
Anderson
Sports
00000017
Dec
1
Holly Hill Christmas Festival
2-day event includes parade, live entertainment, arts and crafts, children's activities, food vendors
Orangeburg
Holly Hill
Holiday
00000018
Dec
1 - 2
AtomaCon
A family friendly, literary, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology convention for fans by fans
Charleston
North Charleston
Convention
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Dec
1 - 31
Harbour Town Lights
Holiday lights event plus live entertainment and activities - donations of canned food and unwrapped toys accepted for the Deep Well Project
Hilton Head
Holiday
00000020
Dec
1 - 23
Celebrate The Season Holiday Driving Tour
Enjoy the animated light displays that wind through the Old Santee Canal Park and Santee Cooper's headquarters - benefits local charities
Moncks Corner
Holiday
00000021
Dec
1
Holiday Swing
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalist Quiana Parler will perform hits from their current season plus big band arrangements of holiday favorites
Charleston
Concert
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Dec
1
Christmas for the Birds
Create decorations for the birds to eat throughout the winter - hosted by The Living History Park
Aiken
North Augusta
Holiday
00000023
Dec
1 - 31
Christmas Park
Lighted displays in Mineral Spring Park
Anderson
Williamston
Holiday
00000024
Dec
1 - 2
Santa on Main
2-day event includes pj party with Santa, wagon rides, crafts with Mrs. Claus, pictures with Santa, tree lighting
Greenwood
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 25
Main Street Lights
Main Street is decorated with an array of lit figures, wreaths, bows and lighted Christmas trees
Newberry
Holiday
00000026
Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Lights Safari
Drive-thru the park decorated with more than 300,000 lights plus deer forest and nativity with live animals - money raised will be for the care of the park's animals
Spartanburg
Wellford
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 31
Brendlen's Lowcountry Christmas Light Display
See over 80,000 lights on more than 100 displays
Ridgeland
Holiday
00000028
Dec
1 - 2
Festival of Trees
Decorated trees and wreaths, "buy now prices" at Friday night preview party then silent auction ending on Sunday - benefits Black Creek Arts Council
Hartsville
Holiday
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Dec
2
Prosperity Christmas Parade
Floats, bands, clowns and more travel down Main Street
Newberry
Prosperty
Holiday
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Dec
2
Greenwood Christmas Parade
Parade proceeds along Main Street and themed Christmas at the Movies
Greenwood
Holiday
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Dec
2
Home for the Holidays Tour of Homes
Tour holiday decorated homes in the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods - benefits the neighborhoods' four schools
Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
5 - 6
Secretary of the Interior's Standards
Explore the standards in detail for the preservation of historic fabric, sustainable strategies, energy conservation, accessibility considerations, codes, security
Columbia
Conference
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Dec
6 - 8
Basketball Bash
Elite high school basketball showcase featuring 13 teams - benefits Home Works of America
Columbia
Sports
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Dec
6 - 9
Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles
Over 4,500 hand-lit candles, sparking lights, food, live performances and music
Learn more about Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Holiday
00000035
Dec
6 - 8
School of Rock
A musical whose mission is to teach rock 'n' roll to the world - Flowertown Players performance
Charleston
Summerville
Arts
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Dec
8 - 9
Christmas In Olde York
Tour private historic homes and buildings which have been restored and decorated for the holiday season - presented by Yorkville Historical Society
Rock Hill
York
Holiday
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Dec
8
Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000038
Dec
8
Holiday Parade of Boats
Decorate your boat with lights or just watch and enjoy! - hosted by the Rotary Club of Charleston Foundation
Charleston
Holiday
00000039
Dec
8
Reindeer Run
5K run and walk, pet-friendly, after party - benefits MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and the Charitable Society of Charleston
Charleston
Sports
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Dec
8
Hartsville Christmas Parade
The Hartsville Christmas Parade takes place on South Fifth Street and Carolina Avenue
Hartsville
Holiday
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Dec
8
Mount Pleasant Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Show
Locally grown produce, homemade goodies and crafts, children's activities, live entertainment
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
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Dec
8 - 9
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Holiday
00000043
Dec
8
Holiday Shopping Spectacular
Holiday shopping with 50+ vendors with a wide variety of merchandise to finish your holiday shopping - free to the public - downtown at Peanut Warehouse
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Holiday
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Dec
9
Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade
Along Coleman Blvd - more than 100 floats, plus tree lighting and fireworks
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
00000045
Dec
9
PAALS Team Graduation
Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services ceremony for teams which have been matched during the previous year
Columbia
Misc
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Dec
13 - 16
Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles
Over 4,500 hand-lit candles, sparking lights, food, live performances and music
Learn more about Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Holiday
00000047
Dec
13 - 16
School of Rock
A musical whose mission is to teach rock 'n' roll to the world - Flowertown Players performance
Charleston
Summerville
Arts
00000048
Dec
14
Holiday Grande
The brass section of the Spartanburg Philharmonic perform arrangements of holiday favorites
Spartanburg
Holiday
00000049
Dec
14
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Hartsville
Holiday
00000050
Dec
15 - 16
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Holiday
00000051
Dec
15 - 24
Christmas in Hopelands
Walk-through exhibit at Hopelands Gardens features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays
Aiken
Holiday
00000052
Dec
15
Harbor Side Lights 5K
Run or walk USATF certified course, kids fun run - benefits the YMCA
Columbia
Northest Columbia
Sports
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Dec
20 - 22
Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles
Over 4,500 hand-lit candles, sparking lights, food, live performances and music
Learn more about Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Holiday
00000054
Dec
24
Christmas Eve
State holiday - not a federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000055
Dec
24
Jingle Jingle 5K & Health Walk
Plus children's fun run with festive award ceremony, refreshments, music and door prizes will be held after race - portion of proceeds for charity
Hilton Head
Sports
00000056
Dec
25
Christmas Day
Merry Christmas! - state and federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000057
Dec
26 - 30
Celebrate The Season Holiday Driving Tour
Enjoy the animated light displays that wind through the Old Santee Canal Park and Santee Cooper's headquarters - benefits local charities
Moncks Corner
Holiday
00000058
Dec
26
Day After Christmas
State government observed holiday, not a federal holiday - also known as Boxing Day
Statewide
Holiday
00000059
Dec
26 - 30
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
Columbia
Holiday
00000060
Dec
31
New Year's Eve
Goodbye 2018! - not a state or federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000061
Dec
31
Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
Columbia
Holiday
00000062
Dates TBD
'Tis the Season
Holiday light event plus skating rink, carriage and train rides, visits from Mr and Mrs Claus and more - benefits Island Rec Center
Hilton Head
Holiday
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Dates TBD
Adult New Year's Eve Event at Dave & Buster's
Eat, Drink, Play, Party and Ring in the New Year! All packages include a dinner buffet, soft drinks and play in the Million Dollar Midway
Columbia
Holiday
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Dates TBD
Breakfast with Santa
Have breakfast with Santa at Dave and Buster's! Snap a picture with Santa and play unlimited video games with this exclusive package deal
Columbia
Holiday
00000065
Dates TBD
Children's Garden Christmas & Kids' Walk
Drive through animated light display at Edisto Memorial Gardens plus stroll through the Kid's Walk that features interactive light displays
Orangeburg
Holiday
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Dates TBD
Family New Year's Eve Event at Dave & Buster's
An exciting and fun way for you and your family to ring in the New Year with our package which combines food and fun. Designed for families, event from 5-8 PM
Columbia
Holiday
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Dates TBD
Santa Run
Put on a Christmas-themed costume for this 5K run/walk plus costume contest and post-race events and refreshments
Greenville
Sports
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Dates TBD
Skating on the Square
Spartanburg's open-air ice rink is in the heart of the city, on Morgan Square
Spartanburg
Sports
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Dates TBD
Upstate Holiday Light Show
Drive through a nighttime Christmas wonderland plus petting zoo and an ice skating rink that is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Clemson
Easley
Holiday



                       
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