Kick off your holiday shopping and fun at the Vista's 28th annual holiday street party! The entire Vista community will take part, with Gervais Street closed to traffic from Gadsden to Assembly streets, and Park and Lincoln closed from Lady to Senate.

When Is Vista Lights?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 from 5 - 9 pm.

Where Is Vista Lights?

The entire historic Columbia's Vista is participating in Vista Lights. Start by parking in one of our convenient garages and then stroll up Gervais to Lincoln to see all the festivities. Be sure to stop by One-Eared Cow Glass & the shopping center where Backpacker is located to see all that is going on there as well.  Although they are further down Gervais there is still great things to see and do. See our map for a detail list of events.

Vista Lights is free to the public and offers a great way to kick-off the holiday Season! This year is the 28th year and it promises to be a fun filled night - Sarah Lewis

Stage Performances and The Tree Lighting

Everyone loves performances and a tree lighting and the Vista tree lighting promises to kick off the season! The traditional tree-lighting ceremony, will be held at 7pm. This year's spectacular lighting will be hosted our city's mayor. You will find the tree located on the corner of Lincoln and Gervais Street outside of River Runner. Again, check our map for actual location.

6:30 pm - A Rockette inspired “Holiday Piece” performed by UNBOUND Dance

6:37 pm - Trustus will be demonstrating how we are creating the musical score for our upcoming production of "A Christmas Carol."

6:42 pm - COLUMBIA MUSIC FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION presents ANN BRODIE’S CAROLINA BALLET.  The Bon Bon’s from The  Nutcracker will perform on stage.

 6:47 pm - St. Peter's Catholic Choir "The Capella Pueri" sings a song

 6:54 pm - Councilman Newman or Mayor Benjamin to say a few words

7:00 pm - Lighting of Tree

Community Carol

This year, immediately following the tree lighting, we're hosting the first-ever community carol and invite Vista Lights attendees to join in the fun and sing "Deck the Halls" with us. Want to practice ahead of time? Check out the lyrics for this popular carol below and come prepared to sing!

What Is There To Do?

  • Shop our many retailers and galleries to get a head start on your holiday shopping list. 
  • More information to come. 

At Vista Lights there is something for everyone!

Stay And Play

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, shop up an appetite and stay late. Just because the official celebration ends at 9pm doesn't mean you can't stay for some late-night entertainment and nightcap.