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DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
Saturday
Dec

1
AtomaCon
A family friendly, literary, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology convention for fans by fans
Charleston
North Charleston
Convention
Saturday
Dec

1
Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade
See this annual tradition on Main Street from Augusta St to North St
Greenville
Holiday
Saturday
Dec

1
Holiday Market
Shopping event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
Sunday
Dec

2
AtomaCon
A family friendly, literary, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology convention for fans by fans
Charleston
North Charleston
Convention
Sunday
Dec

2
Holiday Market
Shopping event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds - Junior League event to raise funds for local projects
Columbia
Holiday
Thursday
Dec

6
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
Friday
Dec

7
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
Saturday
Dec

8
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
Saturday
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
Saturday
Dec

8
Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
Sunday
Dec

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
Thursday
Dec

13
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
Friday
Dec

14
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
Saturday
Dec

15
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
Sunday
Dec

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
Thursday
Dec

20
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
Friday
Dec

21
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
Saturday
Dec

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
Monday
Dec

24
Christmas Eve
State holiday - not a federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
Tuesday
Dec

25
Christmas Day
Merry Christmas! - state and federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
Wednesday
Dec

26
Day After Christmas
State government observed holiday, not a federal holiday - also known as Boxing Day
Statewide
Holiday
Monday
Dec

31
New Year's Eve
Goodbye 2018! - not a state or federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday

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

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 of all your Dave & Buster's favorites, soft drinks and play in the Million Dollar Midway
 
Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
American Heritage Festival
2-day Revolutionary War Reenactment event with 18th century presenters, dance to live music, "Patriot Games", and "Night of Light" festivities
 
Florence
Lake City
Historical

Dates TBD
Anderson Christmas Lights
Over a million multi-colored light display - benefits local charities
 
Anderson
Holiday

Dates TBD
Basketball Bash
Elite high school basketball showcase featuring 13 teams - benefits Home Works of America
 
Columbia
Sports

Dates TBD
Black Tie Holiday McGala
Dinner, dancing, live music, auction - benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities
 
Greenville
Gala

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

Dates TBD
Brendlen's Lowcountry Christmas Light Display
See over 80,000 lights on more than 100 displays - donations collected for the Gibsons, a local family in need
 
Ridgeland
Holiday

Dates TBD
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

Dates TBD
Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides
Visit the decorated, candlelit halls of Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion plus music, kids' activities and carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district
 
Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Starts at Bull and Gervais - floats, bands, performances
 
Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
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 charities serving Berkeley County
 
Moncks Corner
Holiday

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

Dates TBD
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

Dates TBD
Christmas Park
Lighted displays in Mineral Spring Park
 
Anderson
Williamston
Holiday

Dates TBD
Christmas for the Birds
Create decorations for the birds to eat throughout the winter - hosted by The Living History Park
 
Aiken
North Augusta
Holiday

Dates TBD
Christmas in Hopelands
Walk-through exhibit at Hopelands Gardens features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays
 
Aiken
Holiday

Dates TBD
Christmasville
4-day event includes carriage rides, art festival, outdoor ice skating, a gingerbread house contest, multiple Santa activities
 
Rock Hill
Holiday

Dates TBD
Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill
Celebrate the musical heritage that evolved when Celtic strains merged with African American rhythms to create bluegrass and old time mountain music
 
Clemson
Pickens
Holiday

Dates TBD
Elgin Lights
See antique tractors, miniature trains and more decorated with thousands of lights - donations for Camp Kemo being accepted
 
Camden
Elgin
Holiday

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 New Year's Eve package which combines food and fun. Designed for families, event will run from 5-8 PM
 
Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
 
Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
Fantasy of Lights
See Swan Lake-Iris Gardens illuminated with a million lights and Floating Christmas Tree
 
Sumter
Holiday

Dates TBD
Festival of Trees
View uniquely decorated trees and wreaths, purchase at "buy now prices" at Friday night preview party then via silent auction ending on Sunday - benefits Black Creek Arts Council
 
Hartsville
Holiday

Dates TBD
Greenwood Christmas Parade
Parade proceeds along Main Street and themed Christmas at the Movies
 
Greenwood
Holiday

Dates TBD
Harbor Side Lights 5K
Run or walk USATF certified course, kids fun run - benefits the YMCA
 
Columbia
Northest Columbia
Sports

Dates TBD
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

Dates TBD
Hartsville Christmas Parade
The Hartsville Christmas Parade takes place on South Fifth Street and Carolina Avenue
 
Hartsville
Holiday

Dates TBD
Holiday Festival of Lights
3-mile drive plus sand sculptures, Santa's Sweet Shoppe, gingerbread houses, Victorian carousel, giant greeting cards
 
Charleston
James Island
Holiday

Dates TBD
Holiday Ice Rink
Take a spin around this open-air rink across from Fountain Park
 
Rock Hill
Sports

Dates TBD
Holiday Ice in Carolina Wren Park
Take a spin around the ice rink in Downtown Anderson
 
Anderson
Sports

Dates TBD
Holiday Lights Safari
Drive-thru the park which will be 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

Dates TBD
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

Dates TBD
Holly Hill Christmas Festival
2-day event includes parade, live entertainment, arts and crafts, children's activities, food vendors
 
Orangeburg
Holly Hill
Holiday

Dates TBD
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

Dates TBD
Ice On Main
Enjoy the season at this open-air ice skating rink on Village Green, adjacent to City Hall
 
Greenville
Sports

Dates TBD
Jingle Bell Run
Holiday-themed 5K, put on your favorite holiday costume and run or walk the course, plus kids run and post-event celebration - benefits the Arthritis Foundation
 
Greenville
Sports

Dates TBD
Jingle Bell Run
5K, 1-mile, kids run - run or walk in your favorite holiday costume - benefits the Arthritis Foundation
 
Columbia
Cayce
Sports

Dates TBD
Jingle Jingle 5K & Health Walk
Plus children's fun run with festive award ceremony with a visit from Santa, refreshments, music and door prizes will be held after race - portion of proceeds for charity
 
Hilton Head
Sports

Dates TBD
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo - visit with Santa, warm up by the Jingle Bell Bonfire, see nearly one million twinkling lights!
 
Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
Main Street ICE
Enjoy the open-air ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, which is at the corner of Main and Hampton streets
 
Columbia
Sports

Dates TBD
Main Street Lights
Main Street is decorated with an array of lit figures, wreaths, bows and lighted Christmas trees
 
Newberry
Holiday

Dates TBD
Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade
Along Coleman Blvd - more than 100 floats, plus tree lighting and fireworks
 
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday

Dates TBD
Mount Pleasant Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Show
Locally grown produce, homemade goodies and crafts, children's activities, live entertainment
 
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday

Dates TBD
North Charleston Christmas Parade and Festival
Holiday market, parade around Park Circle, children's activities, live music
 
Charleston
North Charleston
Holiday

Dates TBD
PAALS Team Graduation
Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services ceremony for teams which have been matched during the previous year - learn about their situation and how their service dog has helped
 
Columbia
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
Prosperity Christmas Parade
Floats, bands, clowns and more travel down Main Street
 
Newberry
Prosperty
Holiday

Dates TBD
Race into the New Year 5K
Run or walk the USATF certified course which starts at Barefoot Landing's overflow parking and finishes at Risen Christ Christian Academy
 
Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach
Sports

Dates TBD
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

Dates TBD
Roper Mountain Holiday Lights
1.5 mile drive through plus walk through WinterWonderland with lighted trails, Santa Claus and more - benefits Rotary Charities and Roper Mountain Science Center
 
Greenville
Holiday

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

Dates TBD
Santa on Main
2-day event includes pj party with Santa, wagon rides, crafts with Mrs. Claus, pictures with Santa, tree lighting
 
Greenwood
Holiday

Dates TBD
Skating on the Square
Spartanburg's open-air ice rink is in the heart of the city, on Morgan Square
 
Spartanburg
Sports

Dates TBD
St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Russian food, crafts, choral performances
 
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
The Nutcracker
Columbia City Ballet's holiday family tradition
 
Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville
Carolina Ballet Theatre presents this locally inspired ballet with Clara and her Nutcracker dancing their way pass landmarks in Greenville
 
Greenville
Holiday

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

Dates TBD
Winter Wonderland Festival
Carnival games, children's parade, candy cane hunt and more - hosted by the Hilton Head Island Rec Center
 
Hilton Head
Festival
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