December 2020: Things to Do in SC

South Carolina SC Festivals, Events December SC Events

FEATURED December 2020 Event



Designer Holiday Showcase at Kaminski House Museum

FUN Things to Do in South Carolina

Our December 2020 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!

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Dec
2 - 6
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
3 - 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
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Dec
3 - 6
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
5
Holiday Swing: A Charleston Jazz Tradition
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will swing you into the holiday spirit with popular hits from their season plus big band arrangements of holiday favorites
Charleston
Holiday
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Dec
9 - 13
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
10 - 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
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Dec
12
Holiday Parade of Boats
Decorate your boat with lights or just watch and enjoy - hosted by America's Boating Club Charleston
Charleston
Holiday
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Dec
16 - 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
17 - 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
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Dec
18 - 20
The Nutcracker
Enjoy the holiday classic performed by the Aiken Civic Ballet
Aiken
Holiday
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Dec
24
Christmas Eve
State holiday - not a federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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Dec
25
Christmas Day
Merry Christmas! - state and federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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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
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Dec
28
Day After Christmas Observed State Holiday
State government observed holiday on Monday since the 26th fell on a Saturday in 2020, not a federal holiday - also known as Boxing Day
Statewide
Holiday
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Dec
31
New Year's Eve
Goodbye 2020; Hello 2021! - not a state or federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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Anderson Christmas Lights
Over a million multi-colored light display - benefits local charities
Anderson
Holiday
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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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Basketball Bash
Elite high school basketball showcase featuring 13 teams - benefits Home Works of America
Columbia
Sports
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Brendlen's Lowcountry Christmas Light Display
See over 80,000 lights on more than 100 displays
Ridgeland
Holiday
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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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Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Starts at Bull and Gervais - floats, bands, performances
Columbia
Holiday
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Carolina Lights
Drive-thru holiday light show at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds
Columbia
Holiday
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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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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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Christmas Celebration
Kickoff the holiday season at Bob Jones University with children's activities, live music, Christmas dinner, light display
Greenville
Holiday
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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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Christmas Park
Lighted displays in Mineral Spring Park
Anderson
Williamston
Holiday
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Christmas for the Birds
Create decorations for the birds to eat throughout the winter - hosted by The Living History Park
Aiken
North Augusta
Holiday
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Christmas in Hopelands
Walk-through exhibit at Hopelands Gardens features over two miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays
Aiken
Holiday
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Christmas in the 1800s
Dinner, dessert, wine, coffee, sweet tea, music and entertainment - benefits the Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor
Aiken
Holiday
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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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Columbia Christmas Pageant
Thousands of Christmas lights, lots of music, and a cast and crew of hundreds - tickets are free, but you need a ticket to enter
Columbia
Holiday
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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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Elgin Lights
See antique tractors, miniature trains and more decorated with thousands of lights - donations for Camp Kemo being accepted
Camden
Elgin
Holiday
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Famously Hot New Year
Live concerts, countdown to midnight, fireworks
Columbia
Holiday
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Fantasy of Lights
See Swan Lake-Iris Gardens illuminated with a million lights and Floating Christmas Tree
Sumter
Holiday
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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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Garden Open: Festival of Trees
Moore Farms Botanical Garden is combining two garden open days with a Christmas tree decorating contest
Florence
Lake City
Holiday
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Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade
See this annual tradition on Main Street from Augusta St to North St
Greenville
Holiday
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Greenwood Christmas Parade
Parade proceeds along Main Street
Greenwood
Holiday
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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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Hartsville Christmas Parade
The Hartsville Christmas Parade takes place on South Fifth Street and Carolina Avenue
Hartsville
Holiday
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Hearts and Hands Gala: Geseede Kersfees
Gala with dinner, dancing, live music, auction - benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities
Greenville
Gala
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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
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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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Holiday Ice Rink
Take a spin around this open-air rink across from Fountain Park
Rock Hill
Sports
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Holiday Ice in Carolina Wren Park
Take a spin around the ice rink in Downtown Anderson
Anderson
Sports
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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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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
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Dates TBD
Holiday Parade of Lights
12th Street in Cayce and West Columbia - all entries will be lit
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
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Holly Hill Christmas Festival
2-day event includes parade, live entertainment, arts and crafts, children's activities, food vendors
Orangeburg
Holly Hill
Holiday
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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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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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Jingle Bell Run
Wear your favorite holiday costume - benefits The Arthritis Foundation
Columbia
Cayce
Sports
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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
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Lights on Taggert
Local family brightens the holiday season with over 46,000 lights - donations collected for Berkeley Animal Center
Moncks Corner
Goose Creek
Holiday
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Dates TBD
Lowcountry Hoedown
Live bluegrass, samples of bourbon and moonshine, local restaurants, artisan food vendors - portion of proceeds benefit The Harbor Entrepreneur Center
Charleston
Festival
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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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Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade
Along Coleman Blvd - more than 100 floats, plus tree lighting and fireworks
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
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Mt 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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Prosperity Christmas Parade
Floats, bands, clowns and more travel down Main Street
Newberry
Prosperty
Holiday
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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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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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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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St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Eastern European, Ethiopian and Russian food, children's activities, crafts, choral performances - benefits local charities
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
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Sustainable Holiday Celebration and Market
Shop works of local artisans and craftspeople, live entertainment, food from local chefs, and wine bar - hosted by Sustainable Midlands
Columbia
Holiday
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The Nutcracker
The holiday classic performed by Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet and the Columbia Festival Orchestra
Columbia
Holiday
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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
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Ugly Sweater 5K
Run/walk, wear your ugliest holiday sweater with holiday themed awards celebration after - benefits Friends of the Metropolitan Children's Advocacy Center
Columbia
Forest Acres
Sports



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