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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Columbia, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Columbia.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of
my most popular photography services in Columbia: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.

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The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Columbia is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Columbia
  • Historical Sites - Columbia Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Columbia, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Columbia, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Columbia, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Columbia, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Columbia, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Columbia or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

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‘H is for Hiring’ campaign aims to fill SC’s open hospital jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A new campaign is underway to fill thousands of open jobs in South Carolina hospitals, and it starts by trying to grab the attention of travelers during one of the busiest weeks of the year.The South Carolina Hospital Association just kicked off its “H is for Hiring” campaign, which will run through at least the end of next year.Through it, the association is looking to bring more attention to available positions at h...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A new campaign is underway to fill thousands of open jobs in South Carolina hospitals, and it starts by trying to grab the attention of travelers during one of the busiest weeks of the year.

The South Carolina Hospital Association just kicked off its “H is for Hiring” campaign, which will run through at least the end of next year.

Through it, the association is looking to bring more attention to available positions at hospitals in South Carolina and direct applicants to them.

“We are a large employer — in many cases, one of the largest employers in each county, and we have tons of jobs that are available,” SCHA Vice President of Workforce and Member Engagement Lara Hewitt said.

Billboards with the familiar “H” symbol that informs people where hospitals are have been put up around the state as South Carolinians visit their loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday. They advertise, “Great Pay. Great Career. Great Life,” and direct people to the campaign’s website, where they can find jobs near them and learn more about the industry.

SCHA said it will also be spreading the word through social media and other outdoor ads, including signage in Death Valley on Saturday for the Carolina-Clemson game.

According to Hewitt, hospitals are looking for everyone, from current healthcare workers to people switching careers to students considering the industry.

The American Hospital Association reports around 9,000 jobs are open in South Carolina hospitals and health systems, mainly in nursing.

Hewitt said they want to make sure people are aware of those jobs as well as the lesser-known jobs in the field that are just as critical to fill.

“At some point in time in our lives, we’re all going to be consumers of healthcare,” she said. “We want to do everything that we can to make sure that people who have a heart and a passion for people in for service know that these career pathways exist and that they choose to go in them and that they have the support along the way to be successful so that our hospitals will be staffed well into the future to take care of all of our loved ones.”

Hewitt said the vacancies can be chalked up to multiple causes.

“During the pandemic, we had a lot of people who retired early who maybe chose other sites of employment, but we also — the demand continues to grow because coming out of COVID, there’s a lot of people who didn’t get the services they need, so now they’re coming in and there’s an increased need for their services, which means there’s an increased need for all those individuals providing those services,” she said.

The hospital association said next year, it plans to incorporate new educational, student aid, and workplace initiatives, including bringing this campaign to schools.

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9 restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Columbia SC where you can get a traditional holiday meal

Stressing over how to pull together a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year?Just know that some Columbia restaurants have your back.We’re barely two weeks away from another Thanksgiving and all the delicious food that comes with it — be it turkey or ham, along with sizable portions of sides, such as mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. But preparing all that food can be a daunting task, especially if you have a large family.With that in mind, several Columbia restaurants plan to be open on Thanksgiving ...

Stressing over how to pull together a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year?

Just know that some Columbia restaurants have your back.

We’re barely two weeks away from another Thanksgiving and all the delicious food that comes with it — be it turkey or ham, along with sizable portions of sides, such as mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. But preparing all that food can be a daunting task, especially if you have a large family.

With that in mind, several Columbia restaurants plan to be open on Thanksgiving Day so families can have a traditional meal, but none of the work that goes into making one.

Here are nine Columbia restaurants serving traditional meals on Thanksgiving Day.

Rio Brazilian will offer everything you want to eat for Thanksgiving and more. The restaurant will be open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

According to a Facebook post, the restaurant will serve traditional Thanksgiving dishes along with its regular menu. Rio Brazilian normally has everything a meat lover could want, from bacon-wrapped filets to top round sirloin and pork sausage.

Rio Brazilian is located at 410 Columbiana Drive.

According to its website, California Dreaming in Columbia will be open on Thanksgiving Day, “serving a traditional feast of roasted turkey and ham with crowd-pleasing sides in addition to menu favorites.”

The restaurant will be open starting at 10:30 a.m. Click here to make an online reservation.

The restaurant will also offer Thanksgiving meals to go. Click here to order.

California Dreaming in Columbia is located at 401 Main Street.

The family-owned Lizard’s Thicket will have all the Thanksgiving sides and desserts you could need for your entire family. The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, but if you want any of those tasty sides, you’ll need to order 24 hours in advance. From candied yams and collards to green beans, apple pie, carrot cake and blackberry cobbler, Lizard’s should have something for you.

To order online or view all of Lizard’s Columbia-area locations, click here.

Halls Chophouse in Columbia will offer a special menu on top of its regular menu items from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The special menu includes your choice of traditional roasted turkey or southern fried turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts and whipped Yukon Gold potatoes. Desserts such as apple pie, pecan pie and pumpkin pie will also be available.

The restaurant will also offer Thanksgiving meals to go again this year. For meal order details, click here.

You can find Halls Chophouse at 1221 Main Street.

The national buffet chain will, naturally, offer an all-you-can-eat meal on Thanksgiving Day, including traditional favorites such as turkey and ham, along with a new roast beef offering this year. The chain will also provide full Thanksgiving meals to go. Customers can order online through the Golden Corral app for curbside pickup or delivery.

Golden Corral in Columbia can be found at 5300 Forest Drive.

Cracker Barrel is another national chain known for offering meals on Thanksgiving Day and this year will be no exception. You can also pre-order a full Thanksgiving feast that includes two turkey breasts, dressing, three sides, two pies and more. To pre-order or find one of the restaurant’s several Columbia-area locations, click here.

How about having your Thanksgiving Day meal this year in a restored, 1930s RC Cola bottling plant? Cola’s in downtown Columbia will offer a traditional turkey dinner, along with a few other entree options. Service will begin at noon and last reservations will be at 7:30 p.m.

Cola’s is located at 1215 Assembly Street.

Located inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, this upscale restaurant usually offers a Thanksgiving meal each year, whether you’re a hotel guest or not. The restaurant’s website notes that it will have a Thanksgiving meal this year, but does not yet what the menu items will be, only that the offerings will be “coming soon.”

Columbo’s is located at 2100 Bush River Road.

Savor a family Thanksgiving meal at Ruth’s Chris Steak House this year. The chain restaurant will offer a three-course Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Take-home dinners and sides to go will also be available. Click here to view dine-in and online order options.

Ruth’s in Columbia is located at 924-A Senate Street.

This story was originally published November 14, 2022 4:02 PM.

Chick-fil-A Supply establishing distribution center in Lexington County

$80 million investment will create 165 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – Chick-fil-A Supply, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chick-fil-A, today announced plans to establish its newest distribution center in Lexington County. The company’s $80 million investment will create 165 new jobs.Founded in 2020, Chick-fil-A Supply supplements Chick-fil-A’s distribution network and allows the company to maintain greate...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Chick-fil-A Supply, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chick-fil-A, today announced plans to establish its newest distribution center in Lexington County. The company’s $80 million investment will create 165 new jobs.

Founded in 2020, Chick-fil-A Supply supplements Chick-fil-A’s distribution network and allows the company to maintain greater flexibility within its supply chain. Chick-fil-A Supply is an innovative distribution service provider focused on understanding and meeting the unique needs of Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Located at Saxe Gotha Industrial Park in West Columbia, Chick-fil-A Supply’s Lexington County facility will help ensure restaurants have the supplies to accommodate customers and will also address distribution complexities such as frequent, high-volume delivery, varied delivery environments and rapidly evolving needs.

Operations are expected to begin in 2024. Individuals interested in joining the Chick-fil-A Supply team should visit the company’s careers page.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project.

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“Our new distribution center in Lexington County provides us with a tremendous opportunity to grow our business and create jobs that will attract diverse talent from across the region. We’re excited to expand our footprint in South Carolina with an investment in the local community that helps us serve our franchise operators, licensees and their teams.”-Chick-fil-A Supply Executive Director Josh Grote

“We are excited that Chick-fil-A Supply chose to locate its newest distribution center in Lexington County. The Midlands region – with its central location and infrastructure access – is an ideal location for a distribution operation of this magnitude. We look forward to the impact Chick-fil-A Supply will make in Lexington County, the Midlands and across South Carolina.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“We are proud to have Chick-fil-A Supply establish its newest distribution operation in South Carolina. The jobs the company is creating in the area will benefit Lexington County, the Midlands region and the entire state. We welcome Chick-fil-A Supply to Lexington County and know they will accomplish great things in the community.”-Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Chick-fil-A Supply’s distribution center is a wonderful addition to the South Carolina agribusiness industry and the Midlands community. Our agribusiness sector continues to grow and thrive.” -Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers

“We would like to welcome Chick-fil-A Supply as a new partner here in Lexington County. We are very excited Chick-fil-A Supply chose to have their newest distribution site established here, which will create 165 quality jobs for our residents.” -Lexington County Council Chairman Scott Whetstone

“A brand beloved by many locals, Chick-fil-A Supply’s announcement of a distribution center will give people a new reason to enjoy it even more – career opportunities. Welcome, Chick-fil-A Supply, to Lexington County, and congratulations to our partners in Lexington on the addition of another renowned name to the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park.”-Central SC Alliance Chairman Matthew Shaffer

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‘It does my heart good:’ Columbia churches partner to serve Thanksgiving meals, provide fellowship to those in need

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - For the thirty-second year, St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia opened its doors to those in need on Thanksgiving and provided a hot meal to hundreds.The event, renamed this year as the Robert Keeder Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner is jointly hosted by St. Peter’s and First Baptist Church of Columbia.“It’s a great feeling helping out in the community, and somebody that’s by themselves, single families, somebody that doesn’t have anywhere to go, they’re welcome ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - For the thirty-second year, St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia opened its doors to those in need on Thanksgiving and provided a hot meal to hundreds.

The event, renamed this year as the Robert Keeder Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner is jointly hosted by St. Peter’s and First Baptist Church of Columbia.

“It’s a great feeling helping out in the community, and somebody that’s by themselves, single families, somebody that doesn’t have anywhere to go, they’re welcome here,” Hal Lominick, one of the event’s coordinators, said.

The spirit of the holiday was palpable inside the church Thursday.

Robert Keeder, who founded the event, said there is beauty in both giver and receiver, who do not know each other, not last name or even first name, gathering under one roof to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

He said the goal of the event is to “make an individual difference to every person that walks through that door.”

“Everybody’s special to us,” Keeder said.

With each serving comes a scoop of love from volunteers young and old, many of whom come back each year.

“How could you not give?” asked Roxann Lewis, a volunteer. “I just can’t imagine it. And we all need a lot of that right now, don’t we?”

Those partaking in the feast come for different reasons.

Some, like Mike Miller, are in need of a hot meal.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had this type of food anyway so it’s just a beautiful thing,” he said.

Others do not have family nearby.

Many say they come for the good company.

“I thank God that I’m able to come out here and eat in fellowship with everyone,” Quinton Weeks said.

Each one left with a full stomach, and a full heart.

“It does my heart good to see the good people around Columbia here and whatnot, they come out and they have time to come out in fellowship with us and offer us a good meal on this day,” Donnie Patterson, whose family is out of town, said. “It does my heart good. It really does. I don’t feel sad about a thing on that one now, not one thing sad about it.”

Miller gave thanks to God for the meal.

“First and foremost it’s all about the Lord,” he said. “He pretty much brings this together so he gets all the glory for it so I pretty much give it to Him. And that’s the connection, just Him allowing us to pour our hearts towards one another, being there for one another, that’s the gift of God to show love.”

More than 1,200 meals were estimated to be served this year, according to Lominick.

Keeder said he never could have imagined that 32 years later they would still be serving up Thanksgiving feasts.

He thought it may only last a few years.

But as some volunteers said, the event’s staying power shows that giving is contagious.

St. Peter’s will also be serving hot meals on Christmas day, from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.

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‘Tis the Season: Holiday Lights in Columbia SC

In Relationship With Experience Columbia SCThe holidays are right around the corner! What better way to get into the spirit of the season than with a holiday getaway to the capital city with friends or family to see lights across the city. Keep reading to discover where to find the best holiday light displays in Columbia SC.Lights at Riverbanks Zoo Columbia has become nothing short of a light show thanks to rockstar events like ...

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The holidays are right around the corner! What better way to get into the spirit of the season than with a holiday getaway to the capital city with friends or family to see lights across the city. Keep reading to discover where to find the best holiday light displays in Columbia SC.

Lights at Riverbanks Zoo Columbia has become nothing short of a light show thanks to rockstar events like Lights at Riverbanks Zoo. On select evenings in November and December, you can experience Riverbanks Zoo & Garden after hours, illuminated by nearly a million lights and more than 350 hand crafted images. Take a picture with Santa and roast marshmallows at the Jingle Bell Bonfire at this magical winter wonderland where it “snows” every evening.

Carolina Lights If you’re looking for a light show downtown, the South Carolina State Fairgrounds is once again hosting Carolina Lights. Load up the car, grab a cup of hot cocoa and get in the holiday spirit with the 4th annual drive-through light show. Carolina Lights will feature more than 100 individual LED light displays, including favorites from last year along with several new displays.

Fireflies Holiday Lights New to the holiday lights scene is Fireflies Holiday Lights, hosted at Segra Park, home to Columbia’s minor league baseball team, in the up-and-coming BullStreet District. From November 19th-December 31st, come see the ballpark decked out in over one million LED lights and discover holiday shopping, kids crafts and activities, and holiday-themed food and drinks.

Holiday Lights on the River You’d be remiss not to experience the heart of SC’s largest drive-through holiday light show. Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park boasts three miles of lights featuring colorful, animated light displays. In addition to the light show, you’ll find activities like the winter wonder tube slide, a laser light show, letters to Santa, and the Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop.

Governor’s Carolighting It wouldn’t be the holidays without a slew of traditions that get you feeling jolly. We’ve heard it said that Christmas in South Carolina doesn’t officially start until the annual Governor’s Carolighting. On the steps of the South Carolina State House, you’ll enjoy musical performances, a visit from Santa, sweet treats, and more as we light the 40-foot tree that sits on the corner of Gervais and Main on Sunday, November 20th at 6 pm. The tree will stay up and lit until after the holiday season wraps for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

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