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Winter Fest at the State Museum

December 20, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Winter Fest at the State Museum

Museum Hours

Mon: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed. – Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Winter Fest at the State Museum

Dec. 20 – Jan. 6, 2019

The South Carolina State Museum is the perfect destination for holiday family fun this season!

Activities are included with museum general admission or membership except those noted ($)


  • A chance to meet Santa Dec. 21-23!

  • Special holiday picture with Santa available for purchase Dec. 21-23, includes a free digital copy and a free train ride. ($)

  • Train rides on the SCSM North Pole Express Dec. 21-23. ($)

  • Special 4D Theater and Planetarium shows. ($)

  • Live performances on special days.

  • Hands-on fun with scavenger hunts and holiday crafts.

  • And More!

Holiday Fun in 4-D!

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You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Run time: 15 mins.

Tickets and Showtimes


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Winter Fest Special Events

In addition to hands-on crafts, scavenger hunts and holiday shows every day, families can also enjoy these special activities and events:

Spa Day

Fri., Dec. 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Get creative and mix up some wonderful bath treats for family and friends – or yourself!

Santa Days with Train Rides

Dec. 21 and 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Dec. 23 from 12 – 4 p.m.
Meet Santa and take a train ride on the SCSM North Pole Express on these special days.

Holidays Around the World

Sat., Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Experience International holiday crafts and cultural displays. Plus, enjoy a performance from Bright Star Theater, meet Santa and more.

Frozen Tea Party

Thurs., Dec. 27 from 6 – 9 p.m.
The museum presents a Frozen Tea Party, a magical evening to spark young guests’ imagination! During the event, guests will watch Disney’s Frozen, meet and greet with Anna and Elsa and enjoy crafts and activities. Click HERE for tickets!

Marionette Theater

Fri., Jan. 5
Enjoy a puppet performance!




December 20, 2018
January 6, 2019