The lights are twinkling, and the fake snow is falling as two towns in Lexington County prepare for their free annual Christmas festivals.
Dec. 1 — Christmas in Cayce Drive-Thru, City Hall (1800 12th St.), 6-8 p.m.
Dec. 2 — Carols Along the Riverwalk, Cayce Riverwalk (N Avenue Entry), 6-8 p.m.
Dec. 3 — Christmas Traditions Holiday Open House, Cayce Historical Museum (1800 12th St.), 6-9 p.m.
Dec. 1-2 — Christmas Craft Fair, Icehouse Amphitheater (107 W Main St.), 4-8 p.m.
Dec. 2 — Carolighting Ceremony, Icehouse Amphitheater, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 — “Polar Express” screening, Icehouse Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 — Carnival, Icehouse Amphitheater, 1-5 p.m.
Dec. 3 — “Elf” screening, 6 p.m.
Dec. 4 — Christmas Parade, downtown, 3 p.m.
The lights are twinkling, and the fake snow is falling as two towns in Lexington County prepare for their free annual Christmas festivals. Christmas in Cayce and Lexingotn’s Snowball Festival in Lexington both commence Dec. 1.
The Cayce festivities kick off with drive-through lights around City Hall and the Cayce Historical Museum. 5,000-lights strong, city spokesperson Ashley Hunter said it’s their biggest yet.
“Christmas in Cayce is a multi-day event that our residents and businesses have enjoyed for many years,” Mayor Elise Partin said. “It is the perfect way for families to kick off the holidays. As is similar with many things in Cayce, the Christmas festivities are symbolic of the old and the new. Christmas caroling has been a holiday tradition for hundreds of years; but in Cayce, we enjoy caroling along our Cayce Riverwalk. There is also a Holiday Market in our Cayce River Art District, and Christmas Traditions Holiday Open House at our Cayce Historical Museum. Christmas is a magical time in Cayce and something my family enjoys every year.”
At the lights drive-through, the Women’s Club of Cayce will take canned donations for the 20th annual Cayce Cares project. The project benefits two nonprofits, God’s Helping Hands and the Scooter Scott Project.
Over in Lexington, the Snowball Festival will go for four-straight days, with three evenings of programming culminating in the annual Christmas parade.
“We are excited for the community to come out and enjoy this year’s Snowball Festival,” Mayor Steve MacDougall said. ”It’s four days of fun that really kicks off the Christmas season in the town.”
The festival commences Dec. 1 and 2 with a craft fair at the Icehouse Amphitheater, which will also host the Carolighting ceremony, where the town tree is lit, on Friday and a carnival on Saturday, along with screenings of “The Polar Express” and “Elf” on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
At the carnival, kids can get pictures with and write letters to Santa, eat s’mores, ride some rides and run around from their sugar high.
The town is also hosting its third annual Downtown Santa Scavenger Hunt, where different Santa ornaments are displayed inside Main street businesses, according to the town’s communication manager Laurin Barnes. People will be able to match the business with the ornament for a chance to win a prize.
The scavenger hunt sheet can be printed off the town’s website or picked up at one of 18 businesses, Town Hall or the Lexington Chamber and Visitor’s Center. People have until 5 p.m. Dec. 30 to enter.
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