SC Holiday & 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.

  • SC Shop - This year, give local gifts from SC authors, artists, cooks, and craftsmen. Shop online for original SC paintings and photographs, books, gourmet food, palmetto-tree clothing, gift baskets, and more.

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

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

  • SC Tea Rooms - Warm up this winter!

  • SC Community Service Organizations - 'Tis the season to give! Learn how you can help the non-profits 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 Malls and Shopping Centers - 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 Restaurants - Too many cooks in the kitchen? Find out where to get a good meal.

SC Picture of the Month – Snowfall at the State House

This cheerful winter scene shows the capitol building standing proudly at the head of Main Street in Columbia. There, the State Christmas Tree heralds the start of another holiday season.

SC Statehouse © Frederick Austin of Gilbert

Columbia is home to the 58th annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade which is scheduled for this Saturday, December 3rd. The parade kicks off at 9:45 AM at the intersection of Gervais and Bull streets. It will continue west on Gervais, passing in front of the State House and then into the Vista. The parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, live performances, and of course – Santa Claus!

Can't make it to Columbia to see the big event? Live coverage of the parade will be aired in over 40 counties since it is the official holiday parade of South Carolina – so check your local listings!

Many thanks to photographer Frederick Austin of Gilbert, who took this snowy shot during a rare white Christmas in December 2010.

Add your SC picture to the South Carolina Picture Project and the next photo of the month could be yours!

South Carolina's December Events

Holiday Hope
Holiday Hope – Christmas Meal and Gifts
Greenville – December 17, 2011

Holiday Hope is a community outreach event where a first-class Christmas meal is prepared and served to 6,000 people in Greenville County. Gifts are distributed to needy children as well. The event will be located at Redemption World Outreach Center. Register to receive help – everyone is welcome! Or if you'd like to help, sign up to sort toys, serve food, or help with transportation.

South Carolina Events
Complete Calendar of December's SC Events
Statewide – December 1-31, 2011

Want to see the full calendar? Just click here to check out SCIWAY's complete calendar of December SC events! Also, remember that all our event calendars, for every month of the year, are available on SCIWAY's website 24/7/365 – just go to

If you would like to feature your event in our newsletter or on our calendar, please visit our calendar information page. Thanks!

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