Shop (locally) ‘til you drop:

  • One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger St.): Watch artists in live glass-blowing demonstrations.
  • The Backpacker Quality Gear (1215 Wayne St.): Offering refreshments and 15 percent discounts on all regularly priced merchandise as well as free gift wrapping. Shop to the bluegrass of Double Trouble.
  • Imagine This Boutique (717 Lady St., Ste. C): Enjoy light bites and wine with 15 percent discounts on select items.
  • Urban Outfitters (912 Gervais St.): Get your holiday shopping started early at Urban Outfitters.
  • River Runner Outdoor Center (905 Gervais St.): Enjoy apple cider by the Vista tree and 10 percent discounts on merchandise and free gift wrapping.
  • Whit-Ash Furnishings (919 Gervais St.): Offering light refreshments and hot cider and discounts found throughout the store.
  • City Art (1224 Lincoln St.): Feautring original handmade jewelry by Cindi Saad and the main gallery exhibit, “US: A Civil War, artwork by Dan Smith.”
  • Lewis+Clark (1001 Huger St.): Featuring Clark Ellefson’s studio and reent work including handmade modern lighting, robots and tinwear in a show called, “Incandescent Activities and Metallic Fabrications.” Serving refreshments.
  • Ellen Taylor Interiors (1012 Gervais St.): Offering refreshments and exhibiting new paintings by Ellen Taylor Interiors artists. Also showing new furniture and accessories.
  •  Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 (808 Lady St.): Studio artists present “Vista Studios @ 25, new and collaborative work,” where studio artists have created new work and many of them have chosen to collaborate with other artists, family members, students or musicians for one piece.
  • Imagine This Boutique (717 Lady St., Suite C): Enjoy light bites and wine while you shop 15% off selected items.
  • Todd & Moore Sporting Goods (620 Huger St.): 10% off all Nathan Light products, flashlights, & the Whamo Twilight Blast Frisbee.

Mix and mingle:

  • ByFarr (504 ½ Gervais St.): Will offer letterpress demonstrations, stationery sales and showing vintage Christmas movies on the brick wall facing Huger Street. Offering an open air marketing in the grass lot facing Huger Street with several food vendors and live music.
  • The Dance Floor (717 Lady St.): Serving refreshmets and offering special discounts for holiday party rentals. Visitors will be entered to win free classes.
  • Regions Bank (1010 Gervais St.): Enjoy Christmas carols by the St. Thomas More Parish Choir and find giving opportunities with Sistercare. Enjoy a Copper Horse Distilling liquor tasting and caramel corn and candy canes.
  • Studio Cellar (912 Lady St.): Serving complementary wine and light hors d’oeuvres and live painting by resident artists with underground international music.
  • Strategic Staffing & Supply (801 Gervais St.):  Enjoy a Mad Men themed office with a photo studio and purchase local art! All donations and proceeds will be given to the United Way of the Midlands.
  •  Columbia Fireflies Baseball Official Team Store (807 Gervais St., Suite 100): Open just in time for the holidays! Get your glow gear in time for the 2016 inaugural season!

Eat, drink and be merry:

  • Blue Marlin (1200 Lincoln St.): Offering samples of Blue Marlin’s famous shrimp and grits under the Lincoln St. canopy and a special VIP area for military families.
  • Carolina Ale House (708 Lady St.): Just Another Distraction with Amanda Reigle will perform on the rooftop from 5-7 p.m. and the Big DM radio will be on location from 8 – 11 p.m. Offering drink specials all evening.
  • Kaminsky’s (930 Gervais St.): Offering assorted cupcakes, various sweet treats and hot Kaminsky’s coffee.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse (902 Gervais St.): Selling beer and wine outdoors and offering free hot chocolate and s’mores on Gervais Street at the fire pit.
  • Mellow Mushroom (1009 Gervais St.): Specials on Highland Brewery beers from Asheville, N.C., including Gaelic Ale, Thunderstruck Coffee Porter and Oatmeal Porter on draft.
  • Pearlz (936 Gervais St.): Offering seafood gumbo, pulled pork sliders and draft beer on the street in front of the restaurant.
  • SakiTumi (807 Gervais St.): Check out a DJ in the SakiTumi alleyway with an outdoor bar with samples of food and craft beers. Also selling beer and wine.
  • Salsarita’s (916 Gervais St.): Offering specials on nachos, burrito bowls, chips and queso, chips and salsa, margaritas and domestic and import beers.
  • Starbuck’s (831 Gervais St.): Sample holiday beverages and enjoy special decorations.
  • World of Beer (902 Gervais St.): Featuring holiday beers, including Delirium Noel and Anchor Christmas, along with Belgian waffle s’mores, and German pretzel appetizer specials.
  • 302 Artisans at Senate’s End (302 Senate St.): Serving hot tea and tastings of SC Certified food products. Also a dropoff site for Toys for Tots.
  •  Copper Horse Distilling (929 Huger St.): Unveiling a brand new spirit for the 30th anniversary of Vista Lights. Try a sample at Regions Bank (1010 Gervais Street) or stop by the Copper Horse distillery tasting room at 929 Huger Street. Purchase bottles at the distillery from 5 -7 0pm.
  •  M Vista (701 Lady St., Suite C): One complimentary shot of premium chilled sake with any purchase of a sushi roll or dinner $9.95 or more.

Fun for all ages:

  • Rita’s Italian Ice (800 Lady St.): Offering Italian ice, popcorn and hot chocolate for $1. Also offering activities for kids, including music, bubbles and sidewalk chalk.
  • The Peanut Man (1215 Lincoln St.): Offering free warm praline samples, discounts on holiday gift orders and live music. Children under age 12 can decorate ornaments.
  • Cupcake (1213 Lincoln St.): Enjoy a special cupcake just for Vista Lights. 
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank (corner of Lincoln and Gervais Streets): will be collected monetary and food donations for those in need. Give back this holiday season!

Revel and relax:

  • Bliss Massage Therapy (at Nonnah’s, 923 Gervais): Enjoy relaxing chair massages with free gifts and a chance to win a free massage.
  • BLO II (1312 Pulaski Street): Serving light hors d’oeuvres and tours of the salon with BLO technicians.
  • Capelli Salon (701 Gervais St.): Offering refreshments and enter drawings for giveaways.
  • Glowout Salon (1202 Park St.): Braids, bubbly & bites. Visit one of the Vista’s newest salon/spas and enjoy discounts on products, gift certificates and services and a hot chocolate bar.
  • Pura (807 Gervais St.): Offering hot chocolate and wine and chances to book holiday appointments and purchase gift cards.
  • Southeastern Esthetics Institute (823 Gervais St.): Offering student facials, waxing and airbrush tanning with services from $10-20. Also enter to win gift cards for future services.
  • Studio O2 (801 Gervais St.): Live acoustic music, appetizers, a Topper's Rhum tasting and a complimentary oxygen bar along with Glomineral lipstick applications and enter to win Studio O2’s holiday giveaway.
  • Occo Luxury Spa (1218 Pulaski St.): Offering mini manicures, brow services at the brow bar, a braid bar by Metropolis Salon and Dry Bar and chair massages. Wine tastings from Vino Garage, complimentary champagne, food provided by M Grille.
  • Vista Tanning & Nail Salon (514 Gervais St.): $10 Gel Polish, 1 FREE Tan, $10.00 OFF one month Level 3 Bronzing Bed Unlimited Tanning Package and enjoy complimentary refreshments. 
  •  Paul Mitchell The School Columbia (700 Gervais St., Suite D): Free hot chocolate and decadents and free holiday hair styles, holiday “eyes” and fun, holiday face paint for the kids!