Has the holiday spirit hit you yet? All of us at McGuinn Hybrid Homes are feeling it as we work with homeowners and in communities throughout the Columbia, SC, area. If you’re having trouble switching over to holiday mode, look for some hometown holiday activities to get you started. Here’s what’s happening around Lake Carolina and the Centennial area.On Thanksgiving morning, get the turkey in the oven and head to the Lake Carolina Town Center for the Catch the Gobbler 5K Fun Run/Walk. You don’t have to pre-register. Just show up by 8:30 a.m., ready to work off some calories before the big feast.There’s nothing like a local rivalry to get your heart pumping. Our local high schools have their Thanksgiving Day football match-ups. The Spring Valley Vikings take on the Richland Northeast Cavaliers, and the Westwood Redhawks battle the Blythewood Bengals. Whether or not you have high school students, a Thanksgiving Day game is a real spirit-booster!Ready for some sparkle? Holiday Lights on the River is an annual spectacle that will surely spark your spirit. From November 30 through December 31 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas), venture over to Saluda Shoals Park East for a nightly show. More than 400 animated displays and a laser light show create a festival atmosphere. Toast marshmallows, make a craft, take a trip on the Saluda Shoals Park Train and down the Winter Wonder Ride Tube Slide. Santa makes a nightly appearance from December 14 to 23, before heading back to the North Pole for his annual ride.On Saturday, December 8, Harborside Lights returns to the Lake Carolina Town Center. This annual holiday event features horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, and a festival of millions of twinkling lights. Roast marshmallows, make s’mores, and much on other refreshments. The kids will have fun with Sarah Dippity face painting, Balloonopolis, and the John Tudor Magic Show. The Carillon Carolers will roam through the area singing Christmas carols. Our families living at Centennial at Lake Carolina make this an annual part of their December calendar.The Harborside Lights 5K and Kids Fun Run starts at the Lake Carolina Town Center at 5 p.m. on December 8. Wear your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater or another outfit. Registration starts at 4 p.m.If you’re ready for truly unique holiday gifts, the Columbia area hosts a variety of opportunities:
The Sustainable Holiday Celebration and Market takes place on November 26, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 701 Whaley in Columbia. With so many works by local artisans, you’ll definitely find meaningful treasures. Local chefs will also serve up their culinary excellence, with a wine bar to complement the festivities.
The Junior League of Columbia’s 33rd Annual Holiday Market presents four days of shopping (November 29-December 2) with more than 160 vendors. This is a major fundraiser for the JLC, and it kicks off with a black-tie preview on November 28, followed by Ladies Night Out on November 29. Head to the Cantey and Goodman Buildings at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia for a different shopping experience.
For some SERIOUS holiday shopping, browse the move-in ready homes now available at Centennial at Lake Carolina in Columbia. You could become part of this active lakeside community and take part in the festivities as a homeowner instead of a visitor! And this lifestyle is affordably priced from $219,900 for highly energy-efficient, single-family homes.When you come for the holiday events at Lake Carolina, take a trip through our neighborhood. Then contact Jennifer at McGuinn Hybrid Homes to give yourself a gift like never before!