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Embrace the Holidays: Top Seasonal Activities Near Our Columbia, SC Communities

December 13, 2023

As a trusted homebuilder in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina for over 35 years, McGuinn Hybrid Homes is proud to bring families and individuals so much more than high-quality homes—we're also dedicated to creating communities that celebrate the spirit of togetherness. With the holidays just around the corner, there’s never been a better opportunity to unwrap the magic near our beautiful new home communities in the Columbia area, and our team of experts is here to help guide you. Read below to discover a few of the incredible holiday activities that await you and your loved ones near our new homes in Columbia, SC.

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Columbia, SC: Twinkling lights to explore

The vibrant city of Columbia, where our roots run deep, transforms into a holiday haven during this time of year. Dive into the festive atmosphere at the Wild Lights at Riverbanks Zoo, where you can discover nearly 60 gorgeous handcrafted lanterns inspired by nature. From interactive activities to fun photo ops and seasonal favorites (including nightly snowfall) to visits with Santa—holiday cheer awaits at every corner. Additionally, for a Midlands holiday tradition, stop by Segra Park to see the Fireflies Holiday Lights—where you can walk through a winter wonderland that includes lights, activities and festive fun for the whole family. While you’re there, take a ride on the Fireflies Express, enjoy visits with Santa and tap into your crafty side and Santa’s Workshop. At McGuinn Hybrid Homes, we take pride in being part of the fabric of Columbia, creating homes where the warmth of the holidays is felt year-round. 

Lexington, SC: Gift opportunities await

Nestled in the heart of Lexington, SC, our new home communities offer a front-row seat to the festivities. Kick off the holiday season with the Christmas Open House at Farmhouse Market & Antiques on December 15 and 16—a charming event featuring winter sangria, light refreshments and various discounts throughout the store for a perfect gift. For even more shopping endeavors, take a scenic stroll through the beautifully decorated downtown area, and don't forget to visit the local shops for unique holiday finds while supporting small businesses in the area. 

Laurens, SC: Yuletide joy for the whole family

In the picturesque city of Laurens, the holiday spirit comes alive with a host of family-friendly activities. Every Saturday until Christmas, explore the Christmas Market on the Plaza, featuring an array of local vendors with one-of-a-kind gift opportunities. Additionally, on December 23, explore this city in an entirely new way with a carriage ride—gently guided by horses so you can immerse yourself in the enchanting glow of Laurens. As the sun sets, the streets come alive with a warm, festive feeling—creating a magical atmosphere for families to share the joy of the season.

Simpsonville, SC: A southern winter adventure

Venture into the heart of Simpsonville, where the holiday season takes on a Southern charm of its own. Join the community at the Simpsonville Christmas Parade on December 17, a delightful procession of lights, floats and festive tunes. Next, visit the Upstate's only walk-through Christmas attraction at Nights of Lights at Heritage Park—where you can walk through a luminous paradise filled with lights, sip hot cocoa or cider, glide along the ice rink, indulge in local food vendors and so much more. 

Sumter, SC: Remarkable light displays

Near our new homes in Sumter, South Carolina, immerse yourself in the festive spirit with an extraordinary experience—South Carolina's largest free Christmas light display. Holiday cheer graces Sumter with the commencement of the annual Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights. Throughout December, the gardens transform into a mesmerizing spectacle illuminated by over a million twinkling lights. Favorites include the Pilot Club's floating Christmas tree, Santa's Village and whimsical characters inspired by holiday songs and stories.

Cherish this holiday season in your McGuinn Hybrid home

The holiday season is certainly a magical time to live in the Columbia, SC area, and our team at McGuinn Hybrid Homes knows you’ll fall in love with this city year-round—especially with a top-quality new home from a Columbia builder you can trust. With a myriad of quick move-in options throughout sought-after new home communities, we’re here to help you experience the best of Columbia living this holiday season and beyond. Give us a call at (803) 917-5583 or fill out our online form to learn more about our new homes in Columbia, SC.

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