16 Favorite Travel Photos of Christmas in Columbia, SC

These photos are sure to inspire you to discover all the events, shopping, and dining during Christmas in Columbia.

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Jason Barnette

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November 15, 2019

Columbia may be known for their famously hot Christmas and New Year, but that doesn’t mean the city lacks in Christmas decor. Each year the city, local attractions, restaurants, and businesses deck the halls with lights, trees, and wreaths. Here are some of my favorite travel photos I captured of Christmas in Columbia.

Christmas in Columbia

This blog post is part a the series Christmas in Columbia, a travel guide I wrote after spending a week in December in Columbia. The travel guide will help you discover Christmas in Columbia during a weekend visit for the events, light displays, local shopping, dining, and lodging.

The horse drawn carriage tour in a Christmas-themed carriage is one of the highlights of Historic Columbia’s Candlelight Tour event.
1800s Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus pose in front of the Robert Mills House.
The towering state Christmas tree in front of the State House.
This cozy table in the corner of Bone-In Barbeque would make a great place for a family meal surrounded by Christmas decor.
The Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park is a great way to see Christmas lights from the comfort of your vehicle.
There are thousands of lights and hundreds of displays on either side of the road through Saluda Shoals Park.
The South Carolina State Museum decorates dozens of trees throughout the exhibit spaces.
Lights Before Christmas at the Riverbanks Zoo is one of the most popular and amazing Christmas events in Columbia.
Fire pits are scattered around the zoo to keep your hands warm or, even better, make s’mores!
Thousands of Christmas lights decorate the trees, shrubs, and sidewalks throughout the zoo.
Wanna pose for a photo with Santa? I promise he was a regular sized fella, but that chair is big enough for the entire family!
Historic Columbia’s main office in the Siebels House is decorated with perdio-specific Christmas decor.
The Siebels House is a great place to visit to see period-specific Christmas Decor.
At the Hampton-Preston Mansion the Christmas Tree is decorated with candles, an old German tradition.
The State House is decorated from top to bottom. Visitors can tour freely on their own and take a free guided tour.
The space normally reserved for representatives from across the state is left vacant this time of year for people to enjoy the Christmas decor at the State House.

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