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Authentic: Carolina Carillon

WITH ROSY CHEEKS PEEKING THROUGH A FLUFFY WHITE BEARD, waving hands clothed in winter gloves, and a shiny red coat adorned with a black and gold belt, the mere sight of Santa Claus being led by his reindeer down Gervais Street elicits warm, familiar feelings of nostalgia in the hearts of grownups in the crowd as they witness pure excitement shine on the faces of children, anxiously anticipating the arrival of the jolly man on the sleigh.

Chinese dragons of vibrant reds and yellows; familiar faces in local high school marching bands, drill teams, and churches; homemade floats embellished with sparkling tinsel and hundreds of wrapped presents; and appearances of Christmas icons like the Grinch and, of course, Old Saint Nick all play a dynamic role in the production of the Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade.

The Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade has become a true tradition for families in Columbia, igniting holiday spirit in the Midlands for 63 years. Named the Official Holiday Parade of South Carolina and the premier parade of the Capital City, WIS-TV live-broadcasts the production each year, bringing over 40 counties in the state together for this annual special occasion.

The theme of this year’s parade is Hometown Holidays, and it will begin at 9:45 am at the intersection of Gervais and Bull Street on Saturday, December 3. Bundle up in warm winter coats, pour some hot cocoa in a thermos, and bring your family and loved ones together to celebrate the holidays with this classic Columbia tradition.

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