Attend Vista Lights in Columbia, SC

We’re giving you a guide to this annual holiday event in Cola. 🎄

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Vista Lights brings locals near to share in holiday cheer.

Photo provided by the Vista Guild.

The 37th Vista Lights eventpresented by Prisma Health — is returning this Thurs., Nov. 17 from 6-10 p.m.

Parts of Gervais, Park, and Lincoln Streets will be blocked off and filled with festive, family-fun activities — we’re talking 60+ galleries, shops, and restaurants opening their doors to showcase local holiday treasures.

Here’s what you shouldn’t miss:

  • Before you do anything, plan your trip with this handy map.
  • Gather ‘round the tree in the Vista and attend its yearly lighting happening at 7 p.m.
  • You better watch out, because Santa Claus is making an appearance at the kids’ area on Lincoln Street.
  • Heads up parents — the kiddos will likely ask you to hold their new balloon art before climbing into a giant snow globe + showing off their fresh face paint.
  • Live music entertainment will be rocking throughout the night in the Vista — like Prettier than Matt, the Soda City Brass Band, and Carillon Carolers.
  • ‘Tis the season for giving — the Vista is hosting a Toys for Tots drive so bring a new, unwrapped toy to the brightly lit Dumpster Mule located on Lincoln Street.
  • Easel Cathedral will be on-site creating a live painting of the event + don’t forget to browse several local galleries.
  • Prisma Health will be providing blood pressure + BMI checks.

With several streets being blocked off, parking may be tricky. Here are our go-to tips for parking for this event:

🅿️ Park for free at the State Museum.
🅿️ Park for free at the parking garage on Lincoln Street (by Aloft Hotel) from 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
🅿️ Park for $10 at the City Parking Garage between Lincoln + Park Streets (by 1801 Grille.)

Looking for more information on this seasonal event? Click here.

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