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HOLIDAYS at the SC State Museum


Sat., Dec. 17 – Sun., Jan. 1, 2017

Get ready for two weeks of fun during Holidays at the SC State Museum!

The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate the season with holiday shows, family-friendly events, live performances and more!

The State Museum will be CLOSED on Christmas Eve (Sat., Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Sun., Dec. 25), but open for regular operating hours (Mon., Wed. – Fri: 10 a.m to 5 p.m., Tues: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun: 12 to 5 p.m.) throughout the rest of the holidays.

Pick up a Holiday Show Pass for family and friends this season at the State Museum and enjoy a variety of special holiday shows in the 4-D theater and digital dome planetarium. PLUS, 10 % OFF purchases in the Cotton Mill Exchange! Click HERE for museum pricing options.

Buy Your Holiday Show Pass



Enjoy holiday shows, kids’ games and hands-on activities every day from Dec. 17 – Jan. 1, plus these special holiday events:




Frozen Marshmallows


Bright Star Theater

Visits with Santa
Sat., Dec. 17 – Fri., Dec. 23
Get your cameras ready for a special visitor from the North Pole! During the week before Christmas, Santa will make several visits to the State Museum on Sun. from 1 – 4 p.m. and all other days from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Guests will also get to choose their own magical Santa setting for a family picture! Visits with Santa are included with museum general admission, Green Screen Santa pictures require an additional fee.


Holidays Around the World
Sat., Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Kick off the museum’s holiday celebrations during Holidays around the World. This special event will focus on international holiday celebrations like Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas and more. Enjoy international crafts, food and more.


Columbia Marionette Theater, “Cinderella’s Holiday Ball”
Tues., Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.
Enjoy a delightful performance for all ages in this special marionette show.


Tasting Tuesdays
Tues. Dec. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit by listening to Christmas music favorites and sampling free South Carolina-made food while you shop in the Cotton Mill Exchange. Click HERE to learn more.


Bright Star Theater Performances
Thurs., Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Guests will be delighted this year with two entertaining holiday plays for all ages to enjoy. “Christmas with Santa,” will start at 11 a.m and “Holidays around the World,” will start at 1 p.m.


Polar Express Member Party
Fri., Dec. 23 from 6 – 9 p.m.
All museum members are invited to hop on board The Polar Express for a special evening full of family fun just for members! Click HERE to learn more and get tickets.


Frozen Sing-A-Long
Wed., Dec. 28 from 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Watch a special Sing-A-Long version of Disney’s Frozen, meet Frozen characters and enjoy crafts and activities! There will be light snacks and refreshments. Frozen costumes are highly encouraged. Click HERE to learn more and get tickets.




Polar Express 4D Experience at the SC State Museum

The Polar Express 4-D Experience

You’re invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! Show Run Time: 15 mins. Click HERE to see showtimes.


The Star of Bethlehem

Investigate the mystery of the the “Christmas Star,” in this full-dome planetarium experience. Show Run Time: 25 mins. Click HERE to see showtimes


Laser Holidays

Enjoy a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites. Show Run Time: 30 mins. Click HERE to see showtimes


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Laser

This dramatic show features a colorful display of laser lights that dance and swirl to popular Mannheim Steamroller Christmas music. Show Run Time: 40 mins. Click HERE to see showtimes