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Holiday Happenings In Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolinas state capital is gearing up for a big holiday season. Residents and visitors will find a number of special holiday festivities planned for the Columbia area. Some of the citys most popular holiday traditions include a parade, a festival of trees, and a spectacular light display. Families will also enjoy a presentation of the Nutcracker ballet.

The 23rd Festival of Trees is scheduled for November 16-18 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Attendees will enjoy a beautiful display of decorated trees and other holiday dcor, and they will have the opportunity to place a bid on their favorite tree during the silent auction. Musical entertainment will be provided by area choirs and dance groups. Children will be able to visit with Santa. The auction preview party will be held November 16 from 7-10pm, and tickets are $75 each or $125 per couple. Proceeds will benefit programs and services of Palmetto Health Childrens Hospital. Hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday, and admission is free. The Jingle Bell Jam, featuring singer-songwriter Patrick Davis, is scheduled for November 17 at 7pm. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple.

The 59th Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 9:45am in downtown Columbia. The parade route begins at Gervais and Bull Streets and travels past the State House to Park Street. Nearly 100 units will be featured in the parade including floats, marching bands, drill teams, and Santa. The 2012 theme will be A Fairy Tale Christmas

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Columbias Best Holiday Lights Displays

Celebrate the holiday season in Columbia, South Carolina by enjoying some of the best light displays in the state. Attend Lights Before Christmas at the zoo, Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park, or Harborside Lights at Lake Carolina. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the seasonal activities.

Lights Before Christmas is one of the signature events at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. The zoo grounds sparkle with nearly one million lights and animated holiday displays from November 17-December 30. Enjoy the holiday music and warm up around the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Hot chocolate, marshmallows, and other treats are available for purchase. Children may visit with Santa. The event runs from 6-9 pm nightly, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for ages 3-12. Prices are $2 more after 5pm at the gate. Riverbanks Zoo is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, off I-26 at Greystone Blvd.

Holiday Lights on the River is the largest drive through Christmas lights display in the midlands region. Located at Saluda Shoals Park, the light show runs November 21-December 31 from 6-10pm. The two mile driving loop features more than a million dazzling lights and over 400 animated lights displays. Visitors will see a Victorian Village, Old Man Winter, and the 12 Days of Christmas. The Dazzling Dancing Forest comes alive with dancing, lighted trees synchronized to holiday music. Park the car and walk along the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail or take the Red-Nose Express Hayride for $1. Enjoy the thrilling Winter Wonder Ride on weekends, or nightly from December 14-23. Riders tube downhill on a 125 foot course through a series of lighted arches. This ride is fun for the whole family. Tickets are $2 per slide and tubes are provided. Visit on Nights of Wonder, December 14-23, for 10 nights of special family activities. Make holiday crafts, visit Santa and the gift shop, purchase refreshments, and roast marshmallows. Ride the Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo for $2 per person. Admission to Holiday Lights on the River is $10 per car and $20 for 15-passenger vans. The park is located at 5605 Bush River Road.

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Carolina Adventure World

Carolina Adventure World is a private park dedicated to riders of ATVs, UTVs, and dirt bikes. The 2,600 acre facility is located about a half hour north of Columbia, South Carolina, in Winnsboro. The park is the largest one of its kind in the Southeast and attracts riders of all skill levels.

The outdoor adventure park, which opened in 2007, has an extensive high quality trail system. There are over 100 miles of trails for riders of various skill levels. Trails are marked for difficulty from green to black diamond. Trails wind through the woods, over hills, and into valleys. There are some stream crossings. Some trails are wide enough for two vehicles and other trails are quite narrow. There are ten miles of dedicated Enduro trails, single track dirt bike only trails.

Carolina Adventure World has a lighted and timed drag strip measuring 300 feet. There is also an oval track featuring three banked turns. Motocross riders will enjoy the junior and vintage motocross tracks that cover challenging terrain. Extreme riders may want to try one of the parks mud bogs. Those who prefer rocky terrain may enjoy the challenging Rock Crawl, Grizzly Hill, or Mammoth Hill areas.

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