May Your Holidays be Murray and Bright!

November 29, 2022

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There’s snow-place like the Capital City/Lake Murray Country region for the holidays! Take a drive and see millions of colorful lights from the comfort of your vehicle or meander through the zoo and sip hot cocoa. Make a new holiday tradition this year with the first-ever Fireflies Holiday Lights at Segra Park and take a photo with Santa and Mason, the Fireflies mascot. From our family to yours, we wish you a Murray Christmas and a bright holiday season!

Let’s play a game and get in the holiday spirit! Can you guess the Christmas carol titles from the lyrics?

 Let’s take the road before us…

Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park

Each year, Saluda Shoals Park hosts the largest drive-through lights show in all of the Midlands, decorated with euphoric displays using over a million glowing lights. If you’re dreaming of a bright Christmas, come see over 400 animated displays of all shapes and sizes. Experience this winter wonderland from November 25 – December 31, from 6 to 10 PM. Visit ICRC.net for more information.

And hearts will be glowing…

Fireflies Holiday Lights

Join the Columbia Fireflies at Segra Park for a new Midlands holiday tradition. From November 19 – December 31, Segra Park will be decked out with over one million LED lights, featuring 10 themed areas, kid’s crafts, and holiday-themed food and drinks.  Santa Claus and Mason, the Fireflies mascot, will be on-hand for select evenings. Visit FirefliesHolidayLights.com for more information and tickets.

Only a Hippopotamus will do…

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens – Lights Before Christmas

Enjoy Columbia’s longest-running holiday tradition! While most of the animals will be catching up on precious beauty rest, over a million twinkling LED lights will be sure to keep you awake in awe and wonder. This event takes place on select days during November and December, so be sure to check out Riverbanks.org for more details.

All is bright…

Carolina Lights, Drive-Through Light Show

Still, dreaming of an even brighter Christmas? For the fourth year in a row, the South Carolina State Fair will host a drive-through light show, called Carolina Lights! From December 4-26, come visit this special event with over 100 different light displays that are sure to make you love the holiday season a whole watt. Find out more at SCStateFair.org/Carolina-Lights.

 These are just a few of the many ways to explore the Lake Murray Country region spanning four counties this season. Whether you’re looking for a fun holiday activity the whole family can enjoy or the perfect place for a festive date night, there are lots of events to choose from this holiday season around the Capital City/Lake Murray Country region. View our full list of events at LakeMurrayCountry.com/Events. Share your memories with your family this holiday season exploring Lake Murray Country and tag us, #LakeMurrayCountry in your photos on social media.

Christmas carol answers:

  1. Sleigh Ride
  2. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  3. I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  4. Silent Night

Looking for more activities and things to do this holiday season with your friends and family? Visit our events page! There’s snow-place like Lake Murray Country during the holiday season with so much to see and do.