{ 2017 Featured SC Holiday Photo }

This holiday season we celebrate the old China Springs Schoolhouse – a one-room schoolhouse built circa 1890 in Aiken County. Though small in stature, the school has an interesting past - one replete with parties, plays, and even a piano! It stands today on the grounds of the Aiken County Historical Museum, where it serves an exhibit on rural life during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Campbell's Covered Bridge
( Cleve Koon of Aiken © Do Not Use Without Written Consent )

You can learn more about the China Springs Schoolhouse and its fascinating history at the South Carolina Picture Project. Many thanks to photographer Cleve Koon for his help in documenting many of our state's beloved landmarks. If you have a photo you would like to contribute, please add it here. The South Carolina Picture Project is viewed by 4,100 people each day – or over 1,500,000 a year!

{ Upcoming South Carolina Events }

Gullah Celebration

Gullah Celebration  |  Hilton Head Island, February 1-28, 2018

Planning ahead for the New Year? Each February, the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Gullah people and their history. Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, the event attracts local residents as well as regional, national, and international travelers. Visitors have an opportunity to experience Gullah art, crafts, and food – including the Taste of Gullah celebration feast!– as well as live demonstrations, traditional storytelling, gospel music, and soul-stirring spirituals.

SC Holiday Events

November Events  |  December Events  |  January Events

Feel like celebrating this winter? Look no further than our SC calendar of events where you will find activities across the state. Enjoy holiday classics by attending a local concert, seeing The Nutcracker, or visiting a holiday light exhibit. Worried about those extra winter pounds? Then register for a race or test your balance at a seasonal ice skating rink. South Carolina offers an abundance of fun this season, so start planning now!

{ SC Holiday Lights Festivals }

The twinkling of millions of lights across South Carolina signals the start of the holiday season. From neighborhood Christmas light displays to large, drive-thru festivals hosted by governments and nonprofits, winter nights are illuminated across the state from mid-November through the New Year. Use our guide to find SC Christmas lights near you!

SC Christmas Tree Farms

{ Palmetto State Gifts }

This year, give local gifts from South Carolina authors, artists, cooks, craftsmen, and farmers. Shop online for original SC paintings and photographs, books, gourmet food, palmetto-tree clothing, gift baskets, and more. Use our guide to Palmetto State Gourmet Food & Gifts to find the perfect gift for giving – or keeping!

Here are just a few of our favorites ...

Alicia Leeke

Alicia Leeke, Artist
803.429.5456  |  Columbia
Specializing in original impressionistic landscapes, abstract paintings and pet portraits. Please visit Portfolio Art Gallery for current works or call to schedule a gallery tour. Commissions by appointment.

Chuck Morris Art

Chuck Morris Art
843.478.9022  |  Charleston
Chuck's traditional style is evident through oil and watercolor paintings that captivate the viewer. His landscape paintings carry the eye deep into tidal marshes and into the flight of native water fowl. He enjoys exploring the details found in these open scenes while giving the viewer unique perspectives on familiar subjects.

McLeod Farms Market

McLeod Farms Market
843.335.8335  |  McBee
McLeod Farms Market – located in the Pee Dee – offers gift baskets filled with Southern favorites like grits, fresh seasonal fruits & vegetables, and bakery goods. McLeod Farms offers a variety of items to be enjoyed year-round.

Sweet Caroline Gift Baskets

Sweet Caroline Gift Baskets
843.830.3042 | Charleston
Customized wine and food gift baskets from Charleston, SC, made with Southern Style! Filled with packaged and homemade treats from our gourmet deli, Carpentiers Wine and Dine. Design your basket online by selecting from over 200 gourmet foods and fine wines, or choose one of our standard designs for any occasion. Same day and corporate design services available. Local deliveries and nationwide shipping!

{ SC Christmas Tree Farms }

Christmas trees are grown in South Carolina from the Upstate to the Lowcountry. Cypress, cedar, and pine varieties are most common in our state. Some farms in the northern reaches of SC also grow fraser firs. Although most of the state's climate doesn't support the growth of firs, many local Christmas tree farms receive regular deliveries of fresh fraser firs. Find your perfect Christmas tree here!

SC Christmas Tree Farms

{ All SC Holiday & Winter Resources }

SC Holiday and Winter Guide

If the upcoming festivities have you feeling a little frantic, take heart! SCIWAY has a wealth of resources to help you through this hectic – but happy – holiday season.

    Palmetto State Gourmet Food & Gifts - This year, give local gifts from SC authors, artists, cooks, craftsmen, and farmers. Shop online for original SC paintings and photographs, books, gourmet food, palmetto-tree clothing, gift baskets, and more.

    SC Caterers & Personal Chefs - Don't torture yourself! Make this season's feast as easy as pecan pie with your very own caterer or personal chef.

    SC Christmas Tree Farms - Find out where to cut your own tree, plus tree care tips and info on living trees.

    SC Churches & Temples - Learn where you can share the spirit and meaning of the season with others.

    SC Community Service Organizations - 'Tis the season to give! Learn how you can help the nonprofits working in your community.

    SC Holiday Lights Festivals - From the Lowcountry to the Upstate, everyone's showing their spirit!

    SC Hotels - Where to send the in-laws. Umm, we mean, great guide for friends and family members in town for the holidays!

    SC Shopping & Malls - Sooner or later, it has to be done. ;)

    SC Resources for the Homeless - Thousands of South Carolinians are cold and hungry this winter. Find out how you can lend a helping hand.

    SC Tearooms - Warm up this winter!

    SC Restaurants - Too many cooks in the kitchen? Find out where to get a good meal.

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