Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Columbia.

The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center hosted A Holiday to Remember Saturday as part of the Vista Lights celebration, with the event scheduled to continue Sunday from 12-5.

Santa himself made an appearance even if he hasn't had his turkey yet. A barely visible piece of plexiglass between Santa and the good boys and girls allowed mask-free photos.

Local and regional vendors offered all sorts of gift ideas for sale, from arts and crafts to clothes, beauty and health products.

Local kids’ groups performed songs and dances on stage in a ballroom all dressed up for the holidays, just past a giant Christmas tree already decked out and with presents wrapped and ready.

“This is such a great event,” said Amber Lamar, who attended with her three daughters. “It’s not too crowded and there’s so much great stuff.”

The event also includes food and beverages for sale for kids and admission is free for everyone.

Temperature checks are required for everyone upon entry into the facility. No one with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be permitted to enter. Masks or face coverings are required for all attendees to enter and for the duration of the event, except while actively eating or drinking, and for those 10 or younger.

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