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'Tis the season' for festive holiday fun as homes across the Midlands shine bright with spectacular Christmas lights. To join in the fun, Cola Daily is accepting submissions for homes decked out and 'glowing' with the holiday spirit to be highlighted as a 'Sights & Lights Home of the Season.'

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Richland Library is getting into the holiday spirit with special programs for the community. Programs cover traditions including carols, food, decorations and gift wrapping. All programs are free and open to the public.

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West Columbia is continuing to grow with the sale of a 37.87-acre property, which will soon become a mixed-use development. The city’s new $60 million project known as Langley Pointe will feature a combination of Class-A housing and commercial components.

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The 5th Annual Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber Holiday Parade of Lights is set to take place on Saturday. Individuals attending can expect a day packed with festive family fun activities and events.

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The SC State Fairgrounds are shining bright this holiday season for the 4th annual Carolina Lights. Saturday night marked the start of the seasonal light show presented throughout the month of December, with the addition of several new displays.

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Christkindl Market brings European holiday spirit to Blythewood. The free-to-enter market will feature over 50 arts and crafts vendors that offer homemade and handmade items on Main Street. There will be shopping, food and entertainment.

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The Town of Lexington celebrated the start of the Christmas season Friday evening with the annual Carolighting Ceremony. Friends and families gathered at the Icehouse Amphitheater to watch as the Christmas tree was turned on for the first time this season.

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is offering free testing at most local health departments on Thursday, in observance of World AIDS Day. South Carolinians can be tested for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and Hepatitis C at no cost.

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The state is gearing up for the return of its annual holiday parade taking place Saturday in downtown Columbia. The 69th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will step off on Sumter Street at 9:45 a.m., and head toward the staging area near the State House.

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American Pickers is planning to return to South Carolina and is looking for collectors interested in participating. The History Channel television show is coming to the state in February 2023 and is searching for interesting characters with a lot of fascinating items.

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Dr. Kendra Hill, principal of Bookman Road Elementary School in Richland School District Two, was named the 2023 South Carolina Elementary Principal of the Year by the Richland School District Two, by The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).

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Christmas season officially kicks off in the Town of Lexington Thursday with its multi-day holiday events including the annual Snowball Festival Carnival at the Icehouse Amphitheater and annual Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. 

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At Wood + Fabric in the Old Mill in Lexington, shoppers will find unique designer furniture, lighting, and accessories for home and office. Better still, the local, family-owned store offers exclusive access to items not ordinarily available to the public, with new items for sale every week.

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The Venue on Main Street is bringing holiday cheer back downtown on Main Street beginning Thursday through Dec. 31 with its new but not-so-new holiday pop-up bar. According to LTC Hospitality Services Executive Director Christopher Yonce, the holiday-themed pop-up bar concept downtown was or…

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Olly the Otter is a Midlands mascot with a mission to make a difference in children's lives. His hard work has been recognized by the Mascot Hall of Fame, which honored him Nov. 19 with the Best Independent Program award.

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Picking out pumpkins to decorate homes is a seasonal tradition for many families. Some farms in the Midlands are asking the community to donate pumpkins to feed livestock, instead of throwing them away after the season.

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Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market is returning soon, bringing the Christmas spirit to the Midlands for a good cause. The Holiday Market is the largest fundraiser for the organization, which trains women leaders to create lasting community change.

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Health and holidays are two words that cause many to cringe as delicious dishes are being paraded on the family table during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. So, how do those trying to keep the pounds off survive this holiday season?

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As Thanksgiving approaches, it is a time to celebrate with loved loves and brush up on home fire safety. No holiday celebration would be complete without a feast but be sure to take precautions against kitchen fires when you are cooking and baking.

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Colder weather is already impacting the Midlands, and shoes and socks for men, women, and children are the most requested items by individuals in Columbia experiencing homelessness. While most are preparing for the holiday season, Palmetto Trail is assisting those in need by collecting new s…

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Being a hospitality management major at the University of South Carolina means not only lessons in the classroom but also experiential learning, and that philosophy is good news for lots of Thanksgiving dinners in the Columbia area

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The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here, bringing with it the stress of cooking for a large crowd. To help take the load off, many restaurants around the Midlands are offering meals on Thanksgiving.