Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County vents for the week of Dec. 15

Posted 12/14/22

Things to do in Lexington County.

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Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County vents for the week of Dec. 15


Lexington County Lights

Lights at Riverbanks

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (500 Wildlife Pkwy.) hosts its annual Christmas light event (known previously as Lights Before Christmas). The zoo will be illuminated by nearly a million lights. You can also take a photo with Santa and roast marshmallows at the Jingle Bell Bonfire. The event continues through Dec. 30 on select dates. Visit for more information.

Holiday Lights on the River

Enjoy an evening of holiday lights and activities at Saluda Shoals Park East (6071 St Andrews Rd. in Columbia). The park will have three miles of lights featuring colorful, animated light displays of all shapes and sizes. There will also be a tube slide, a hayride train, a laser light show on the Wetland Trail, and kids can write and color a letter to Santa in the Environmental Center. Santa will also be there for photos, and Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase. The event recurs nightly through Dec. 31, and admission costs between $25 and $75 (available activities vary on some nights). Visit for more information.

Friday — Dec. 16

Natalie & the Boys (concert)

Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce) hosts Natalie & the Boys. The trio will play a mix of covers from the ’60s to today from 6 to 10 p.m. This event is free to attend. Visit for more information. 

Marcus Adams (concert)

Join Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) and singer/saxophonist Marcus Adams for a “A Soul Jazz Christmas.” Adams will play jazzed-up versions of your favorite holiday classics starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $35. Dressy attire is required. Visit for more information. 

Saturday - Dec. 17

Hot Chocolate Social

Hollow Creek Distillery (112 Rocky Ridge Rd. in Leesville) hosts a hot chocolate social. This spirited social gives guests their choice of High Cotton Bourbon, White Hot Cinnamon Whiskey, Sea Salted Caramel Moonshine or any one of Hollow Creek’s spirits to load up their cocoa. The Blood Connection will be on site for a blood drive, and Stoney Creek Cigar will also be on hand with hand-rolled cigars and last-minute gift ideas. This event is free to attend and runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Christmas Dance Party 

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) hosts a special Christmas edition of their weekly Saturday night dance. Enjoy countrified and bluegrass versions of your holiday favorites and dance the night away from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation at the door, and covered dishes are welcome. Visit for more information. 

Olanta (concert)

Country band Olanta plays at the Skyline Club (100 Lee St. in West Columbia). The band will play your favorite country hits and classics starting at 9pm. Doors open at 6pm and admission is $5. Visit for more information. 

Swansea’s 130th Birthday

The Town of Swansea hosts a 130th birthday celebration, which includes food trucks, live music from the Swansea High School band, a car show, games, a Christmas Truck photo booth and prizes for the Oldest Resident in Attendance and the Best Period Costume from 1892. There will also be cake and ice cream from Swansea Sweets. This event takes place in downtown Swansea behind Swansea First Baptist Church (145 S Church St.) from 1 to 4pm. It’s free to attend. Visit for more information. 

Christmas Family Farm Day

Join Horse Crossing Farm (210 Railroad Ave.) for a Christmas Family Farm Day. Bring the family and enjoy unlimited access to the farm animals, pet and brush the large animals, stop by the alpaca photo booth, hop on for a pony ride and have some fun with yard games (including cornhole and lassoing). Tickets are $9 per person; ages 2 and under are free. The Farm Day runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Sunday — Dec. 18

“The Christmas Angel” (ballet)

The Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (7300 College St. in Irmo) and Nova Ballet Theatre present a performance of “The Christmas Angel” starting at 3 p.m.: “In its 22nd year of production, ‘The Christmas Angel,’ an original ballet, will take you and your family on a magical journey.” Tickets cost between $7 and $16.50. Visit for more information. 

Britt & Gould (concert)

Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia) hosts a performance by the duo of Britt & Gould. The pair will perform a mix of covers and originals starting at 4pm and running until 7pm. The performance is free to attend. Visit for more information. 

Holiday Market

New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia) hosts a Holiday Market. There will be various arts and crafts and other vendors there to help you get your last minute Christmas shopping done. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information. 

Monday — Dec. 19

Book Buzz Club

Join the Gaston Branch Library (214 S. Main St.) for a meeting of the Book Buzz Club. Read a variety of books and enjoy lively discussion in a friendly, casual atmosphere. The Booz Buzz Club runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Tuesday — Dec. 20

Music Bingo

Come play Music Bingo every Tuesday night at O’Hara’s Public House (131 E. Main St.). Enjoy an evening of music-related clues and compete for prizes including O’Hara’s gift cards. Music Bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. It is free to attend and play. Visit for more information.

Across the County Line

Carolina Lights Drive-Through

In the mood for a Christmas light show? Head over to the State Fairgrounds (1200 Rosewood Dr. in Columbia) for the annual Carolina Lights Drive-Through. The drive-through light experience will feature more than 100 individual LED light displays along an expanded route in the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park. Admission is $20 per car and $35 for minibusses. The drive-through continues until Dec. 26 (but is closed on Christmas Day). Visit for more information. 

Van Morrison Celebration (concert)

The Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) hosts a Van Morrison Celebration on Dec. 16. The band Tupelo Honey will play classic Van Morrison favorites and hits. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets cost between $45 and $60. Visit for more information. 

“The Nutcracker” (ballet)

The Columbia City Ballet presents the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at the Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St. in Columbia) Dec. 17 and 18. The longstanding family tradition brings joy and magic to the holidays featuring elaborate sets, festive costumes and the ballet’s timeless classical score. This celebration of the holiday season is for audiences of all ages. Tickets cost between $35 and $60. Visit for more information. 

The Taylor Boys (concert)

The Senate (1022 Senate St. in Columbia) hosts The Taylor Boys on Dec. 17. The country trio is back with their seventeenth annual holiday extravaganza benefitting Toby’s Place. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $17. Visit for more information. 


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