12 Family-Friendly Events for a South Carolina Christmas 2017

12 Family-Friendly Events for a South Carolina Christmas 2017

It is our first Christmas in South Carolina, and I am so excited!

I LOVE Christmas! It is my favorite holiday. There is something so magical about the month of December and everything it means and brings. I also love that since moving here we have discovered that South Carolina is one of the littler states. This means everywhere and everything is relatively close by, and that makes for awesome explorations! Awesome Christmas explorations included!

For Christmas this year we have no idea what to except. Currently it is 70 degrees and does not feel like December starts tomorrow! We are use to freezing, snow, and crazy wind by now, so this amazing weather is a little bit of a shock, but we are definitely not complaining! That being said, getting into the holiday spirit and feel of Christmas is probably going to be a little different for us this year.

So I put together a list of some fun holiday events going on throughout our new state. There are so many things going on in South Carolina and this is just a few of them! For more events and holiday happenings, check out the official tourism website for SC here!

Disclaimer: Most of these are light events. Why? Because I LOVE going out to look at Christmas lights and never get tired of them! And what better way to enjoy the gorgeous weather than walking along festively lit pathways!?

So without further ado… here are 12 Family-Friendly Events for a South Carolina Christmas 2017!

  1. Lights Before Christmas at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

We have yet to even go to Columbia’s zoo, but we have heard it is awesome! There is already lots to see and do, but with their lights up you can now visit Santa, have a treat, see the almost 1 million twinkling lights, and much more. Adults are $11, kids 2-12 are $9 and younger than 2 are free.

2. Roper Mountain Holiday Lights at Greenville’s Roper Mountain Science Center

This is a non-profit event that has been going for 26 years! Apparently this is their last year putting on this event, so don’t miss out on the lights, visiting Santa, and exploring the gift shop! Drive through the light displays or get out and explore everything they have to offer. It is $15 per car.

3. Connie Maxwell Christmas in Greenwood

For 3 evenings in December, the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home offers wagon rides around their campus decorated with holiday lights and decor. There is a live nativity, free hot chocolate, and a small petting zoo for the kids. Inside the Baptist Church on campus will be concerts by local schools and church choirs. This event is free!

4. Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston

I love Charleston already, so I’m sure seeing Charleston decked out for Christmas is going to be the cherry on top! The city is decorated in holiday splendor and includes a 60-foot tree, along with a Chanukah Menorah and a Kwanzaa Kinara (displayed at their appropriate times). Be there for the tree lighting, the parade or even the boat parade! Check out the link for more specific details.

5. ChristmasVille in Rock Hill

When I found this event I started rearranging plans to make it happen! Old Town of Rock Hill transforms into a Christmas Wonderland with Santa, a carousel, a Ferris wheel, treats, decor, lights, and so much more! But it’s only for a few days during the first weekend of December so get on it!

6. The Carolina Opry Christmas Special in Myrtle Beach

If you are looking for a fun, lively Christmas show, I think this is it! With over 35 talented artists, musicians, and entertainers performing it sounds like a blast. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with singing, dancing, and lights? Plus, their decorations are boasted of! See the link for ticket prices and show times.

7. Holiday Lights at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia

Known as the Midland’s Longest Drive-Through Lights Show, the Holiday Lights can not disappoint! You can also visit Santa, roast marshmallows, do crafts, ride the train or the tube slide, and take in the laser light show. $15 per car to get in with additional prices for some of the extra activities.

8. Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet

85-foot tall fir tree with 100,000 lights on it, plus over 5,500 hand-lit candles glowing each night. ‘Nuff said.

9. Christmas in Hopelands in Aiken

The Hopelands Gardens has over 2 miles of lighted walking paths so you can take in all of the holiday decor. It is free and provides a shuttle service from parking to the gardens. Spend $5 and get a S’mores kit to roast a yummy treat when you’re done.

10. Holiday Lights Trolley Tour in Spartanburg

Ride through the streets of downtown Spartanburg in a vintage trolley as you drink cocoa and listen to music and fun facts while checking out the Christmas lights around town. $10 plus fees per person, and you have to reserve your time and date.

11. Fantasy of Lights at Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter

Free admission every night. You can visit Santa, attend story time, and stroll through the lights displaying some of your kids’ favorite cartoon characters, like Dora and Blues Clues. Also admire the floating Christmas tree which has been around for 35 years!

12. Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol in Charleston

Who doesn’t love the Nutcracker OR the classic A Christmas Carol!? Both are being performed in Charleston this holiday season. You can see the Nutcracker ballet at the Charleston Gaillard Center, and A Christmas Carol is at Dock Street Theatre. Follow the links for specific details.

I don’t think we will make it to all of these this year, but we already have plans for some of them! Stay tuned for when I share our explorations. I hope you find something on this list to check out, and have a fun, family centered holiday season!

Happy Exploring!





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