It's turkey time, y'all! But if you need a break from the food, be sure to check out these things to do in Columbia, SC this Thanksgiving week and weekend. We know Thanksgiving is the official launch into the holiday season, so we've put together a round-up of holiday events throughout the long weekend.
Here are the holiday highlights:


WEDNESDAY, November 21

More than one million holiday lights will set Saluda Shoals Park aglow tonight as Holiday Lights on the River begins today with over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the park . If you can't make it today, Holiday Lights on the River runs through December 31stCars get into the park for $10, 15-passenger vans for $20 and buses for $35.
6:00 - 10:00 pm


LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS at RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN
It's the 25th Lights before Christmas at Riverbanks! Enjoy holiday nights with your family, see the lights, visit Santa, play in the SNOW and more. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for kids and can be purchased online.
6:00 to 9:00 pm


HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS at HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION
Period holiday decorations grace the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Cottage for the Historic Columbia Foundation's Holiday House Tours. Tours run through December 31st. Free for HCF members, $6 Adults, $3 children.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Last tour begins at 3:00 pm) 



THURSDAY, November 22 - THANKSGIVING DAY



MAIN STREET ICE at BOYD PLAZA
What better way to kick off the holiday season than with some famously hot ice skating? Enjoy Main Street Ice's first day open! Can't make it on Thanksgiving? Main Street Ice @ Boyd Plaza will be in Columbia through January 6th. Find out more about regular  hours and admission prices from our Main Street Ice blog.  Free admission on Thanksgiving Day only. 
5:00 - 9:00 pm


HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS at HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION continues
Free for HCF members, $6 Adults, $3 children.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Last tour begins at 3:00 pm)


HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER continues
Cars get into the park for $10, 15-passenger vans for $20 and buses for $35.
6:00 - 10:00 pm


THANKSGIVING DINNER in COLUMBIA, SC
Going out for Thanksgiving dinner? These Columbia, SC restaurants are offering special Thanksgiving menus:

The Oak Table - View The Oak Table's Thanksgiving menu.
Cola's - View Cola's Thanksgiving menu.
Harper's - Call Harper's at 803-252-2222 to reserve your turkey and sides.
Garibaldi's Cafe of Columbia - View Garibaldi's Thanksgiving menu.
Ruth's Chris Steak House - View Ruth's Chris' Thanksgiving menu.
Columbo's DoubleTree by Hilton - Find out more about the DoubleTree's Home for the Holiday's Thanksgiving Buffet.
Carolina's Restaurant at Clarion Hotel Downtown - View the Clarion's Thanksgiving menu.



Cooking your own turkey? Eat your turkey just how we like it -- fried! Get tips from Chef 'Fatback' from Mac's on Main and watch how to fry a turkey, presented by South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.




FRIDAY, November 23

THANKSGIVING SAIL at LANIER SAILING ACADEMY
Burn off some calories from Thursday's Thanksgiving meal and enjoy the Columbia region's outdoors at Lake Murray. Try your hand at sailing or just enjoy the ride Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 803-317-9070 to reserve your spot. Tickets are $30 per person.
9:30 am, 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm


SNOWVILLE at EDVENTURE continues
Children and adult tickets are $11.50. 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Tuesday through Saturday)



HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS at HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION continues
Free for HCF members, $6 Adults, $3 children.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Last tour begins at 3:00 pm) 

MAIN STREET ICE at BOYD PLAZA
Find out more on our Main Street Ice blogAdmission $10/adults, $8/children 12 and under, skate rental included. 
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Enjoy the sights and delights of The Nutcracker with Carolina Ballet's production at the Township Auditorium! Visit the Township Auditorium's website for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets $15.50 for Friday. 
7:30 pm

THE WINTER WONDERETTES at TOWN THEATRE
Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean, and Cindy Lou sing out the holiday tunes in this retro holiday musical and sequel to last year's The Marvelous Wonderettes. This year finds the girls of Harper's Hardware having to save the Christmas holiday party after Santa goes missing. Performances continue through December 8th. Adults $20, seniors over 65/active duty military/full-time college students $17 and youth 17 and younger $12.
8:00 pm

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS at RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN continues
Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for kids and can be purchased online.
6:00 to 9:00 pm


HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER continues
Cars get into the park for $10, 15-passenger vans for $20 and buses for $35.
6:00 - 10:00 pm



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SATURDAY, November 24

THANKSGIVING SAIL at LANIER SAILING ACADEMY
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 803-317-9070 to reserve your spot. Tickets are $30 per person.
9:30 am, 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm

TRAIN RIDES WITH SANTA at SOUTH CAROLINA RAILROAD MUSEUM
Enjoy the South Carolina Railroad Museum with Santa! Bring your letter to Santa and enjoy a 10-mile train ride. First class, $20 (all tickets); coach, $12; children, $9; age 2 and younger, free.
9:30, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 3:30 pm

SNOWVILLE at EDVENTURE continues
Children and adult tickets are $11.50. 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Tuesday through Saturday)

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS at HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION continues
Free for HCF members, $6 Adults, $3 children.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Last tour begins at 3:00 pm) 

MAIN STREET ICE at BOYD PLAZA
Find out more on our Main Street Ice blog. Admission $10/adults, $8/children 12 and under, skate rental included. 
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

CAROLINA BALLET'S THE NUTCRACKER continuesOrchestra, balcony and gallery tickets available for Saturday's performance.
3:00 pm

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS at RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN continues
Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for kids and can be purchased online.
6:00 to 9:00 pm



SUNDAY, November 25



THANKSGIVING SAIL at LANIER SAILING ACADEMY
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 803-317-9070 to reserve your spot. Tickets are $30 per person.
9:30 am, 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm

MAIN STREET ICE at BOYD PLAZA
Find out more on our Main Street Ice blog. Admission $10/adults, $8/children 12 and under, skate rental included. 
1:00 - 9:00 pm

SNOWVILLE at EDVENTURE continues
Children and adult tickets are $11.50. 
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Sunday)

THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC OF MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER at KOGER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The "18th century rock band" is in Columbia, SC for one night only at the Koger Center for the Arts. Enjoy the mixing of classical and electronic music and get in the holiday spirit! You can purchase tickets onlinePrices are $65, $55 and $45.
4:00 pm

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS at RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN
Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for kids and can be purchased online.
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER continues
Cars get into the park for $10, 15-passenger vans for $20 and buses for $35.
6:00 - 10:00 pm


Find holiday events and more on our calendar. Looking to stay a while? Book your hotel room online. Any questions while you're here or planning your stay? Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! And may the holiday season now be upon us!