December 2021: Things to Do in SC

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FUN Things to Do in South Carolina

Our December 2021 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 - 25
Anderson Christmas Lights
Over a million multi-colored light display - benefits local charities
Anderson
Holiday
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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 - 5
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 - 30
The Great Christmas Light Show
Drive through light show with over 2 million lights along a 1.5 mile drive through the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex - closed Christmas Day
Myrtle Beach
N Myrtle Beach
Holiday
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Dec
1 - 31
Christmas Park
Lighted displays in Mineral Spring Park
Anderson
Williamston
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
2 - 5
Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles
Over 2,700 hand-lit candles, sparking lights, food, live performances and music
Learn more about Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Holiday
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Dec
2
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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Dec
3 - 5
Festival of Trees
MFBG partners with area nonprofits to present a Christmas tree decorating contest combined with Lake City's Hometown Holidays celebration
Florence
Lake City
Holiday
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Dec
3
Hearts and Hands Gala
Gala with dinner, dancing, live music, auction - benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities
Greenville
Gala
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Dec
4 - 26
Carolina Lights
Drive-thru holiday light show at the SC State Fair grounds - closed Christmas Day
Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
4
Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade
Starts at Bull and Gervais - floats, bands, performances
Columbia
Holiday
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Dec
4
Holiday Swing - A Charleston Jazz Tradition
Maestro Robert Lewis and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra gets into the spirit with big band arrangements of winter classics and holiday favorites
Charleston
Concert
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Dec
4
American Revolution Symposium
Speakers will discuss specific battles, genealogical searches, archaeological discoveries and more - hosted by SC Archives and History Foundation
Columbia
Historical
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Dec
5
Homes 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
9 - 12
Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles
Over 2,700 hand-lit candles, sparking lights, food, live performances and music
Learn more about Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Holiday
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Dec
11
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
11
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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Dec
12
Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Parade
Along West Coleman Blvd - more than 100 floats with fireworks before the parade
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Holiday
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Dec
16 - 19
Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles
Over 2,700 hand-lit candles, sparking lights, food, live performances and music
Learn more about Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
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
27
Christmas Day Observed State Holiday
State government observed holiday on Monday since Christmas Day fell on Saturday in 2021, federal holiday observed on 12/24/21
Statewide
Holiday
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Dec
28
Day After Christmas Observed State Holiday
State government observed holiday on Tuesday since Christmas Day observed on Monday in 2021, not a federal holiday - also known as Boxing Day
Statewide
Holiday
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Dec
29 - 31
Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles
Over 2,700 hand-lit candles, sparking lights, food, live performances and music
Learn more about Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Holiday
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Dec
31
New Year's Eve
Goodbye 2021; Hello 2022! - not a state or federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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Dec
31
New Year's Day Observed
State and federal governments' observed day off since New Year's Day falls on weekend
Statewide
Holiday
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Brendlen's Lowcountry Christmas Light Display
Drive around and see over 80,000 lights on more than 100 displays - fundraiser for local woman battling breast cancer
Ridgeland
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 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 Summerville
Local family brightens the holiday season with over 46,000 lights - donations collected for MUSC Children's Hospital
Charleston
Summerville
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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Dates TBD
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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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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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
Stroll along the harbour and enjoy the illuminated seasonal figures including a towering Christmas tree
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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Holiday Festival of Lights
Driving tour through millions of twinkling lights with magical surprises along the way
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
Take a spin around the ice rink in Downtown Anderson
Anderson
Sports
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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 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
Journey through colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia
Irmo
Holiday
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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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Ice On Main
Enjoy the season at this open-air ice skating rink on Village Green, adjacent to City Hall - closed Christmas Day
Greenville
Sports
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Dates TBD
Jingle Bell Run
Wear your favorite holiday costume - benefits The Arthritis Foundation
Columbia
Cayce
Sports
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Dates TBD
Jingle Jingle 5K & Health Walk
Plus children's fun run plus festive award ceremony with refreshments and music will be held after race - portion of proceeds for local charity
Hilton Head
Sports
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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
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Lisznyai Christmas House
Enjoy the display and dancing lights from the comfort of your car or from the walking paths - donations for SC Make-A-Wish
Columbia
Spring Valley
Holiday
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Dates TBD
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, Christmas market, tree lighting
Greenwood
Holiday
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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
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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Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
The Nutcracker
Enjoy the holiday classic performed by the Aiken Civic Ballet
Aiken
Holiday
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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
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Dates TBD
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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