The yuletide season is upon us and the Columbia region has been transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to the gorgeous holiday light displays twinkling throughout the area. Add some sparkle to your holidays by visiting one of these top Christmas light displays in The New Holiday Hot Spot:
Feast your eyes upon the dazzling array of festive lights displayed at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden this holiday season. As you stroll through the grounds with roasted marshmallows in hand, jive along to the tunes of the Music in Motion lights spectacular and stop to say hello to Santa. Columbia’s longest-running holiday tradition, the Lights Before Christmas features over one million lights, animated images and is a night out for the whole family to enjoy at one of the region’s most beloved attractions.
5 – 9 pm daily; $8 - $10
Holiday Lights on the River is so much more than just a display – it is a whimsical world just begging to be explored! Including the Dazzling Dancing Forest, three dimensional Victorian Village, Old Man Winter, Twelve Days of Christmas, Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail, Winter Wonder Ride and more, Saluda Shoals Park serves up an evening of pure holiday magic that is sure to inspire enough awe and wonderment to last the whole year through.
6 – 10 pm daily; $15 - $40
Candlelight tours from Historic Columbia
 Photo Courtesy of Historic Columbia Foundation
It’s lovely weather for a carriage ride together with Historic Columbia! Bundle up and gaze upon the holiday lights and decorations of Columbia SC’s most historic properties. Let candlelight lead you into the past as you explore Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site and imagine what it must have been like to celebrate the holidays in the 1800s.
December 20 5:30 – 9:30 pm; $5 - $8 
Christmas on the Congaree in Columbia, SC 
Christmas on the Congaree at Coble Plaza @ Riverfront Park
A spectacular display of intricately lit up Christmas trees will be shimmering along the Columbia Canal this season. Located beside EdVenture Children’s Museum, this exhibition of holiday splendor is made all the more magical by its proximity to the soothing sounds of the Congaree River. Take your loved ones and share in the special delight that only this time of year can bring.
Open 5 -10 pm daily; Free 
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Looking for more holiday things to do in Columbia, SC? Browse our calendar of events for the complete list of happenings throughout the Columbia region.