Like so many things in 2020, Vista Lights has a different look and feel, but the holiday tradition still took place.

With COVID-19 concerns nixing a large single gathering, the Congaree Vista Guild hosted the 35th Annual Vista Lights as a week-long event concluding Sunday.

Rather than the usual one night of businesses staying open late and a big crowd assembling for the tree lighting, Vista galleries, shops and restaurants have opened their doors to showcase their holiday best throughout the week, following COVID-19 protocols to help keep you safe. The traditional Vista tree outside of River Runner Outdoor Center is lit each evening.

The Vistas Studio Arts District at 1001 Huger Street features the Vista’s newest public art work, ‘The Laborer’ by Mike Wsol.

The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center’s ‘A Holiday to Remember’ was also held over the weekend in conjunction with the event, with Santa on-hand and lots of family fun.

“Vista Lights is an important part of starting the holidays in Columbia,” said Abby Naas, executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild. “We are excited to continue this holiday tradition for our 35th year. Vista businesses have been working hard to create events and specials to safely begin the holiday season!”

A full list of Vista lights events and businesses that participated is available at vistacolumbia.com.

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