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 - 24
The Great Christmas Light Show
Light show features over 2 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5 mile drive through the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex
Myrtle Beach
N Myrtle Beach
Holiday
00000002
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
00000003
Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Ice Rink
Take a spin around this open-air rink across from Fountain Park
Rock Hill
Sports
00000004
Dec
1
Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade
See this annual tradition on Main Street from Augusta St to North St
Greenville
Holiday
00000005
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
00000006
Dec
1 - 25
Anderson Christmas Lights
Over a million multi-colored light display - benefits local charities
Anderson
Holiday
00000007
Dec
1
St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Russian food, crafts, choral performances
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000008
Dec
1 - 31
Fantasy of Lights
See Swan Lake-Iris Gardens illuminated with a million lights and Floating Christmas Tree
Sumter
Holiday
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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
00000011
Dec
1
Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Starts at Bull and Gervais - floats, bands, performances
Columbia
Holiday
00000012
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
00000013
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 - 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
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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
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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
'Tis the Season
Holiday light event plus skating rink, carriage and train rides, visits from Mr and Mrs Claus and more
Hilton Head
Holiday
00000024
Dec
1 - 31
Christmas Park
Lighted displays in Mineral Spring Park
Anderson
Williamston
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 29
Dressed for the Season: Designer Showcase
Visit the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum dressed in holiday splendor - tours 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM - no Sunday tours
Georgetown
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 31
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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Dec
1 - 31
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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Dec
1 - 2
Santa on Main
3-day event includes pj party with Santa, wagon rides, crafts with Mrs. Claus, pictures with Santa, tree lighting
Greenwood
Holiday
00000029
Dec
1 - 31
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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Dec
1 - 25
Main Street Lights
Main Street is decorated with an array of lit figures, wreaths, bows and lighted Christmas trees
Newberry
Holiday
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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
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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
00000034
Dec
1 - 2
Snowball Festival
3-day event with concert, carnival, tree lighting, Christmas movies, parade
Columbia
Lexington
Holiday
00000035
Dec
1 - 30
Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia (no tours on Mondays) - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 31
Holiday Ice
Celebrate the holiday season at this outdoor ice skating rink - hosted by the City of Columbia (closed December 25th)
Columbia
Harbison
Sports
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Dec
2
Prosperity Christmas Parade
Floats, bands, clowns and more travel down Main Street
Newberry
Prosperty
Holiday
00000038
Dec
2
Greenwood Christmas Parade
Parade proceeds along Main Street and themed Christmas at the Movies
Greenwood
Holiday
00000039
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
2
Friends of McLeod Oyster Roast and Barbeque
Enjoy oysters, barbeque, hot dogs and fixings, beer, wine, live music - benefits the preservation of McLeod Plantation
Charleston
James Island
Culinary
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Dec
4 - 6
Festival of Trees
View and purchase decorated trees, gala on Thursday night - benefits Friends of Caroline Hospice
Beaufort
Holiday
00000042
Dec
5 - 6
Secretary of the Interior's Standards
Explore standards in detail for the preservation of historic fabric, sustainable strategies, energy conservation, accessibility considerations, codes
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
Home for the Holidays with the 282nd Army Band
Enjoy a holiday concert at Patriot Hall
Sumter
Holiday
00000045
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
00000046
Dec
6 - 9
Christmas "Inn" Our Town
Carriage rides, visit with Santa, live entertainment
Greenville
Fountain Inn
Holiday
00000047
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
00000048
Dec
7 - 9
Living Christmas Story
Drive through nativity scenes with live cast depicting the first Christmas - donations accepted for Next School Eagle Ridge
Clemson
Salem
Holiday
00000049
Dec
7 - 9
A Christmas Carol, A Radio Play
This production is based on the Campbell's Radio hour produced by Orson Wells - Electric City Playhouse performance
Anderson
Holiday
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Dec
7 - 9
The Singing Christmas Tree
Features a 30-foot tree, holding a 100+ person choir accompanied by a thirty-piece orchestra and a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story
Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
7 - 8
Florence Festival of Lights
Drive through Christmas light displays at Hoffmeyer Place then park and visit Santa's Village - benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Florence
Holiday
00000052
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
00000053
Dec
8
Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
00000054
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
00000055
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
00000056
Dec
8
Hartsville Christmas Parade
The Hartsville Christmas Parade takes place on South Fifth Street and Carolina Avenue
Hartsville
Holiday
00000057
Dec
8
Mt Pleasant Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Show
Locally grown produce, homemade goodies and crafts, children's activities, live entertainment
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
00000058
Dec
8 - 9
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Holiday
00000059
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
8
Time For Art
Silent art auction with bids of volunteer hours, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dj, live music - black tie optional - benefits Columbia Opportunity Resource
Columbia
Gala
00000061
Dec
8
Jingle Bell Run - Midlands
5K run or walk, wear your favorite holiday costume - benefits the Arthritis Foundation
Columbia
Cayce
Sports
00000062
Dec
9
Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade
Along Coleman Blvd - more than 100 floats, plus tree lighting and fireworks
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
00000063
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
9
YoungLives Holiday Market
Christmas-themed event with a variety of items from local vendors - benefits YoungLives of the Midlands
Columbia
Holiday
00000065
Dec
9
Christmas at the Sottile
Charleston Men's Chorus presents Christmastide hymns as well as lighthearted Christmas carols and favorites
Charleston
Holiday
00000066
Dec
12 - 16
Christmas "Inn" Our Town
Carriage rides, visit with Santa, live entertainment
Greenville
Fountain Inn
Holiday
00000067
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
00000068
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
00000069
Dec
14
Home for the Holidays with the 282nd Army Band
Enjoy a holiday concert at the Koger Center for the Arts
Columbia
Holiday
00000070
Dec
14
Holiday Grande
The brass section of the Spartanburg Philharmonic perform arrangements of holiday favorites
Spartanburg
Holiday
00000071
Dec
14 - 16
A Christmas Carol, A Radio Play
This production is based on the Campbell's Radio hour produced by Orson Wells - Electric City Playhouse performance
Anderson
Holiday
00000072
Dec
14
Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides
Also enjoy live music, entertainment, children's activities and hot chocolate in addition to house tours and carriage rides - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
00000073
Dec
14
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Hartsville
Holiday
00000074
Dec
14 - 16
Florence Festival of Lights
Drive through Christmas light displays at Hoffmeyer Place then park and visit Santa's Village - benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Florence
Holiday
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Dec
15
Barnwell County Family YMCA Reindeer Run
Run or walk the mostly flat 3.1 mile course - benefits the Barnwell County Family YMCA
Barnwell
Sports
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Dec
15 - 16
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
Columbia
Holiday
00000077
Dec
15 - 23
Christmas in Hopelands
Walk-through exhibit at Hopelands Gardens features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays
Aiken
Holiday
00000078
Dec
15
Harbor Side Lights 5K
Run or walk USATF certified course, kids fun run - benefits the YMCA
Columbia
Northest Columbia
Sports
00000079
Dec
15 - 24
Elgin Lights
See antique tractors, miniature trains and more decorated with thousands of lights - donations for Camp Kemo being accepted
Camden
Elgin
Holiday
00000080
Dec
19 - 22
Christmas "Inn" Our Town
Carriage rides, visit with Santa, live entertainment
Greenville
Fountain Inn
Holiday
00000081
Dec
20 - 22
Living Christmas Story
Drive through nativity scenes with live cast depicting the first Christmas - donations accepted for Next School Eagle Ridge
Clemson
Salem
Holiday
00000082
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
00000083
Dec
20
Dickens' Christmas Carol Walking Tour
Enjoy a storytelling stroll through town while hearing Charles Dickens famous Christmas tale - hosted by Timrod Library
Charleston
Summerville
Holiday
00000084
Dec
21 - 22
Florence Festival of Lights
Drive through Christmas light displays at Hoffmeyer Place then park and visit Santa's Village - benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Florence
Holiday
00000085
Dec
21
Dickens' A Christmas Carol
Hear the story of Dickens' A Christmas Carol - hosted by Timrod Library
Charleston
Summerville
Holiday
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Dec
24
Christmas Eve
State holiday - not a federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000087
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
00000088
Dec
25
Christmas Day
Merry Christmas! - state and federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000089
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
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Dec
26
Day After Christmas
State government observed holiday, not a federal holiday - also known as Boxing Day
Statewide
Holiday
00000091
Dec
26 - 30
The Great Christmas Light Show
Light show features over 2 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5 mile drive through the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex
Myrtle Beach
N Myrtle Beach
Holiday
00000092
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
00000093
Dec
26
Christmas in Hopelands
Walk-through exhibit at Hopelands Gardens features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays
Aiken
Holiday
00000094
Dec
31
New Year's Eve
Goodbye 2018! - not a state or federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000095
Dec
31
Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
Columbia
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
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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