The 2020 holiday season is upon us! No holiday season is complete without a visit to the man in red! Below is a list of places you’ll be able to find Santa Claus around Columbia this holiday season!
Date: Select Evenings in November and December
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, 500 Wildlife Pkwy Columbia 29210
Details: Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Visit the zoo at night with holiday lights and activities for the family. $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 2012. Tickets can be purchased here.
Date: Thursday, November 18 – Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Time: Varies – All guests are strongly encouraged to make advanced reservations and appointments to visit Santa Claus. Walk-in guests will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Location: Columbiana Centre, 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia 29212
Details: Check out these details on their Facebook event page. All dogs and cats are welcome to take magical pics with St. Nick! Plus, children of all spectrums of special needs and abilities are welcome to join us before the mall opens for Santa Cares Day! Pose for photos with Santa where extra care is taken to support sensory needs. Here are the Safety Measures in place.
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Studio 221 Interiors, 536 Meeting St, West Columbia 29169
Details: Check out these details on their Facebook event page. Come get free photos with Santa at this new West Columbia furniture shop! Sarah with Blue Belle Photography will be there to take photos of YOU! Adults can still take photos with Santa too.
Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), 3250 Airport Blvd, West Columbia 29169
Details: Head to the airport, see Santa, and get your picture taken!
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. (Ages 5 – 8, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Ages 9 – 12 , 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.)
Location: Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia 29210
Details: Bring your child into the kitchen with Flavored Fork to cook alongside the jolly old elf himself making his favorite snacks and other Santa approved recipes.
Dates: December 4, 11, and 18
Time: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Location: South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro 29180
Details: Santa returns to the Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad. As you enjoy your ride through the countryside of Fairfield County, he will walk the train during the ride and talk to everyone but cannot sit with children or have them in his lap. The train does not return until Santa has talked to all the children. Santa will take letters from children, but limited touching is requested. Tickets are $20 for all ages 3 and up. Children 2 and under are expected to sit in a parent’s lap. Caboose rental is limited to a maximum of 10 people per caboose and starts at $125.
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Cantey and Goodman Buildings at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia 29201
Details: Shop at Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market. They conclude their final market day with Sundaes with Santa. Dress your children in their Sunday best for photos with Santa, enjoy games and crafts with your family, and top off the fun with an ice cream sundae bar! Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Date: Monday, December 6, 2021
Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia 29203
Details: Cookies and Cocoa with Santa! RSVP: [email protected]
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: South Congaree-Pine Wood Branch Library, 200 Sunset Drive West Columbia 29172
Details: Visit with Santa and Mrs Santa for a fun afternoon of stories, special gifts and goodies! Be sure and bring your letter to Santa to put in his special mail box!
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: The Mad Batter, 827 Broad St, Camden 29020
Details: Come and decorate a jumbo cupcake with Santa. Enjoy milk and cookies and have your picture taken.
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Location: Lexington and Red Bank’s BEST Summer Camp and Afterschool, 1056 S Lake Drive, Lexington 29073
Details: Join us for a magical experience with SKC Lexington and Red Bank’s BEST Summer Camp and After School’s pictures with our favorite jolly, red suited friend from the North Pole & the meanest resident of Whoville! We will be scheduling 10 families every 30 minutes so make sure you’re registered for the perfect spot! We can’t wait to see you there!!!
Date: December 20, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Bruegger’s Bagels, 945 C Lake Murray Blvd, Irmo 29062
Details: Stop by and grab bagels for breakfast, and while you’re there meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! Be sure to bring your letter to Santa to put in his special mailbox. Parents are welcome to take pictures of the little ones with Santa.