The weather outside is delightful, so celebrate the holidays in the sun with your loved ones! Continue reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's going on in Columbia, SC.

The CANDLELIGHT TOURS are Friday, Dec. 18th! There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than candlelit tours...

Posted by Historic Columbia on Friday, December 11, 2015

The New Holiday Hot Spot
Spend time with your family and friends this weekend as you explore Columbia and celebrate the holidays at various festive events around town. Kick the weekend off with Historic Columbia's Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides or "Keith & Kristyn Getty's Joy - An Irish Christmas." Start your Saturday by having Breakfast with Santa or grazing the booths at Soda City MarketEdVenture's Festival of SharingSanta's Gingerbread Jamboree and Snowville will have the kids entertained all day long, while Main Street Ice will get you out in the fresh air. The South Carolina State Museum has special WinterFest programming to include Visits with Santa and Holidays Around the World, as well as showings of Star of Bethlehem in the planetarium and The Polar Express in the 4D theatre. Visit some of our most beloved attractions all decked out in their holiday best at Lights Before ChristmasHoliday Lights on the River or Holiday Tours of Historic House Museums. Finally, catch The Christmas Angel Ballet"The Nutcracker," "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" or Live Outdoor Nativity all weekend long!

Check out our daily guide below. For more things to do around Columbia, SC, visit our calendar of events!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18:
Historic Columbia's Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides at Robert Mills Carriage House 6 - 9 p.m.; $5 - $12
"Keith & Kristyn Getty's Joy - An Irish Christmas" at Township Auditorium 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $50

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19:
Breakfast with Santa at Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens 8 - 11 a.m.; $5 - $15
Soda City Market at Main Street 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Free admission
South Carolina State House Tours at South Carolina State House 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Free admission
Festival of Sharing at EdVenture Children's Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree at EdVenture Children's Museum 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
Model Train Show at Jamil Shrine Center 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $5
Columbia City Ballet Nutcracker Tea at Koger Center for the Arts 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; $25

ALL WEEKEND:
WinterFest at South Carolina State Museum Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
The Christmas Angel Ballet at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.; $8 - $12
Columbia City Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" at Koger Center for the Arts Saturday 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $20 - $45
Live Outdoor Nativity at Living Springs Lutheran Church Saturday and Sunday 7 p.m.; Free admission
Main Street Ice at Boyd Plaza Friday 4 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday 1 - 9 p.m.; $5 - $10
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park 6 - 10 p.m.; $15 - $40
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden 5 - 9 p.m.; $8 - $10
Snowville at EdVenture Children's Museum Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $10.50 - $11.50
"The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" at Trustus Theatre Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.; $25 - $35
Holiday Tours of Historic House Museums at Robert Mills House & Gardens Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $8
Paths of Destruction: Sherman's Final Campaign at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., $2 - $5
Columbia Museum of Art has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $12
• Georgia O'Keeffe: Her Carolina Story
• Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina
• The Art of Joseph Norman
South Carolina State Museum has a variety of ongoing exhibits open Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 - $7
• Star of Bethlehem
• The Polar Express 4D Experience
• Julius Caesar: Roman Military, Might and Machines
• Time and Place: The Artwork of James Fowler Cooper
• Threads: The Story in Our Clothes
• Carolina Makers

For more things to do in Columbia, SC browse our calendar of events and listings of attractionsoutdoor things to dorestaurants and more. Book your hotel room and attractions tickets at reservations.columbiacvb.com.