Mix and mingle, wine and dine, and holiday shop 'til you drop at our annual Vista Lights, a Columbia tradition. Vista Lights, the neighborhood's signature open house, has ushered in the holidays in Columbia for more than 30 years on the Thursday before Thanksgiving.
More than 90 galleries, shops, and restaurants open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures and delicious dishes. The Vista Guild also organizes live entertainment and performances to get attendees in the holiday spirit as the Mayor of Columbia lights the Vista's tree at the corner of Gervais and Lincoln Streets.
Enjoy hot apple cider and play classic video games at this design and development studio that builds apps for iOS, Android and the web.
Enjoy an extended happy hour until 8 p.m. with a 25 percent discount at this eclectic party spot. Local craft beers available and stick around after Vista Lights for “Useless Trivia” with host Parthenon John. Rest your feet and charge your phone with one of our “Chargbots.”
Offering samples of Blue Marlin’s famous shrimp and grits under the Lincoln St. canopy and a special VIP area for military families from 5:30 – 8 p.m. The private room will be open with a cash bar.
Offering special holiday discounts in-store.
Will offer letterpress demonstrations, Christmas stationery sales and free parking. Offering an open air market in the grass lot facing Huger Street with several food vendors and live music.
Kick off the holiday season and visit the gallery full of holiday gifts and ornaments. Featuring artwork by Columbia native Eileen Blyth.
Enjoy live music and great holiday drinks on the rooftop.
Enjoy live music and great holiday drinks on the rooftop.
All merchandise and six packs offered at 15 percent discount in the store. Outside grab koozies and craft beers for $4 at this new Vista beer emporium.
Featuring Susan Lenz’s “Building in Stitches,” which celebrates its opening in the main gallery. Cindi Saad will also showcase her original handmade jewelry. Other gallery spaces will be open, as will the art supply store.
Offering $1.75 domestic beers, $2 off all liquors and liquor drinks and $2 off all entrees and small plates.
Enjoy 15 percent discounts in the Giftique, on products and future beauty appointments booked that night.
CPR Cell Phone Repair is offering $20 off all phone repairs over $100 and a 20 percent discount on all merchandise.
Enjoy a special cupcake just for Vista Lights.
Offering refreshments and exhibiting new paintings by Ellen Taylor Interiors artists. Also showing new furniture and accessories.
Offering light refreshments and a trunk show plus 20 percent off all frames and lenses.
Stop by for bubbly and bites.
Enjoy wine and beer samples outside near 1201 Lincoln Street. Register to win a week on a digital billboard!
Offering a special treat with the purchase off the menu at the Vista’s burger hot spot.
Offering refreshments and featuring works by Mark Flowers: “Washing the Dust.” Flowers lives near Asheville, N.C. and is a native of Greenville, S.C.
Enjoy light bites and wine with 10 percent discounts on select items. Open until 8:30 p.m.
Offering assorted cupcakes, various sweet treats and wine.
Featuring Clark Ellefson’s studio and recent work including handmade modern lighting and robots. Serving refreshments and craft beer and wine.
Enjoy discounted menu prices and hang out with beer trucks, food, coffee and hot chocolate outside.
Selling beer and wine outdoors and offering free hot longhornchocolate and s’mores on Gervais Street at the fire pit.
Get your picture with Santa and treat yourself to something sweet!
Meet Mel and have a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza and beer by the glass.
Watch artists in live glass-blowing demonstrations. Offering light snacks and refreshments.
Live music by Etheridge & Kimpland.
Offering photos with Santa from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and sales on a wide variety of monogrammed and custom-monogrammed gift items.
Offering shrimp sliders and house chips on the street in front of the restaurant.
Offering discounts on Botox and Microdermabrasion Treatments, free chair massages and hand chemical peels. Also offering discounts on holiday gift cards and free swag bags.
Copper Horse Distilling will serve their Copper Cream Whiskey liqueur and USC’s Saint Thomas More Parish Choir will perform.
River Runner is the new Hobie Kayak retailer for Columbia. These special kayaks will be on display outside and inside the shop. Take this opportunity to sit in the kayak and pedal drive the unit.
Check out the annual “Gathering in the Alleyway.” Draft beer and wine to sample and purchase. Sample SakiTumi food and a local artist will also be painting a piece for onlookers.
Pick up a special timeless piece of jewelry to ring in the holidays at the Vista’s fine jeweler. Offering discount pricing on select jewelry. WVOC/WCOS will broadcast live from the store.
Offering discount vouchers and free candy.
Offering beer and wine and good times with a featured DJ at this Pride in the City event.
Offering $20 skin rejuvenation facials with a FREE Microdermabrasion or chemical peel and swag bags with free gift cards.
Serving light hors d’oeuvres and live painting by resident artists with local entertainment.
Check out what Studio O2 offers and get free samples of Topper’s Rhum.
Offering refreshments and 15 percent discounts on all regularly priced merchandise as well as free gift wrapping. Open until 8:30 p.m.
Serving refreshments and offering a free class sampler including shag and line dancing from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Class packages will be offered at a 20% discount. Visitors will be entered to win free classes.
Offering free warm praline samples, discounts on holiday gift orders and live music. Children under age 12 can decorate ornaments for $2. Preview holiday trays, gift baskets and more.
Get your holiday shopping started early at Urban Outfitters.
Studio artists present new work.
Offering light refreshments and hot cider.
From runner’s flashlights to HyperBrite strobes, we have the illumination you need to kick off the season at the Vista’s 31st annual holiday street party. All Nathan Light Products, flashlights, and the Whamo Twilight Blast Frisbee will be 10% off the Todd & Moore price this week. Stop by Todd & Moore first to make sure you’re ready to light up the night.