December 2023: Things to Do in SC

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Our December 2023 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
1 - 31
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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Dec
1 - 25
Christmas in Newberry
Main Street is decorated with an array of lit figures, wreaths, bows and lighted Christmas trees
Newberry
Holiday
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Dec
2
Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade
See this annual tradition on Main Street from Augusta St to North St
Greenville
Holiday
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Dec
9
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
10
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
22
Christmas Eve Observed State Holiday
State government observed holiday on Friday since Christmas Eve falls on Sunday in 2023 - 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
Day After Christmas Observed State Holiday
State government observed holiday - not a federal holiday - also known as Boxing Day
Statewide
Holiday
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Dec
31
New Year's Eve
Goodbye 2023; Hello 2024! - not a state or federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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Dec
31
New Year's Eve Flip-Flop Drop and Fireworks
Celebrate the new year with family-friendly festivities with huge, sparkly flip-flops descending at midnight followed by fireworks over the beach
Charleston
Folly Beach
Holiday
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Anderson Christmas Lights
Over a million multi-colored light display - benefits local charities
Anderson
Holiday
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Brendlen's Lowcountry Christmas Light Display
Drive around and see over 80,000 lights on more than 100 displays - benefits Caring Hearts of SC
Ridgeland
Holiday
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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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Candlelight Tour
Take a special candlelight tour of the Kaminski House Museum
Georgetown
Holiday
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Candlelight Tour
Take a special candlelight tour of the Kaminski House Museum
Georgetown
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 SC State Fair grounds - closed Christmas Day
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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Chanukah in the Square
Live music, food and refreshments, Chanukah novelties giveaways, giant Menorah lighting, children's entertainment
Charleston
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, Holiday Market, 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 Tour of Homes
Self-paced tour of six locations decorated for the holiday - candlelight tour on Friday - benefits Beta Sigma Phi's scholarship program
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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Fantasy of Lights
See Swan Lake-Iris Gardens illuminated with over a million lights, Floating Christmas Tree, Santa's Village, angels and characters of song and story
Sumter
Holiday
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Fireflies Holiday Lights
Over one million LED lights, featuring 10 themed areas plus kids crafts and activities, holiday-themed food and drinks - not open Christmas Day
Columbia
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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Hearts and Hands Gala
Cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment - black tie - benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
Greenville
Gala
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Holiday Festival of Lights
3-mile drive of twinkling lights plus Santa's Village, Winter Wonderland, holiday train, carousel, sand sculpture
Charleston
James Island
Holiday
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Holiday House Tours
Tour two historic homes decorated for the season with guides providing stories of holidays past in Columbia - hosted by Historic Columbia
Columbia
Holiday
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Holiday Ice
Take a spin around the ice rink at Carolina Wren Park
Anderson
Sports
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Holiday Ice Rink
Take a spin around this open-air rink across from Fountain Park - closed Christmas Day
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 Magic at Kaminski House Musuem
View the glitz and glamour of the holidays during the Holiday Designer's Showcase - tours are Monday-Saturday
Georgetown
Holiday
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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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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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Jingle Jingle Bridge Run
5K + 10K runs, 5K health walk, award ceremony with refreshments, music, and door prizes following the races
Hilton Head
Sports
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Light Up the Lawn
Kick-off the holiday season with this unique event at the Kaminski House Museum
Georgetown
Holiday
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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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Midlands Christmas Cantata
Music performed by the Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church Music Ministry together with local choirs and vocalists - at the SC State House
Columbia
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, costume contest + virtual option - benefits MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital
Charleston
Sports
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Santa on Main
3-day event includes pj party with Santa, holiday market, pictures with Santa, tree lighting, Christmas parade
Greenwood
Holiday
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Snowball Festival
4-day event includes carnival, craft fair, holiday movies, tree lighting, parade
Columbia
Lexington
Holiday
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St. Nicholas Festival
Visit with St. Nicholas, Eastern Euroropean and American food, children's activities, crafts, gifts, choral performances - benefits local charities
Columbia
West Columbia
Holiday
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The Bash
A three-day, national elite high school basketball showcase with 13 teams
Columbia
Sports
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Dates TBD
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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The Nutcracker
Enjoy the holiday classic performed by the Aiken Civic Ballet
Aiken
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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