Christmas across the Carolinas: Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC
Magic is in the air at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. An annual event for 22 years, “Lights before Christmas” has become a holiday extravaganza at the zoo, where adults and children alike stroll through nearly a million glistening lights adorning fixtures, plants and animated sculptures.
Visitors can also join a singalong to the Music in Motion Lights Spectacular, at its new location in front of the giraffe exhibit, or sip hot chocolate while toasting marshmallows at the Jingle Bell Bonfire.
The Lights will dazzle from 6 to 9pm each evening until January 3, with closings on Chistmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Riverbanks members are eligible to receive one free visit to Lights Before Christmas when they show their membership card at the gate; guest passes are not accepted. General admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 – 12. Tickets can be purchased online or at any Riverbanks ticket booth. Parking for the event will be on the Zoo side only.
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