Midlands home and garden calendar

December 19, 2013 



Garden Tours, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Compare the visual aesthetics of late 18th- and 19th-century landscape gardening to an earlier-style English boxwood garden the third Thursday of each month. Tickets $6. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or aposner@historiccolumbia.org

Historic Columbia Foundation Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Take a tour of one of the foundation’s historic houses: the Robert Mills House (1616 Blanding St.), the Hampton-Preston Mansion (1615 Blanding St.), or the Mann-Simons Site (1430 Richland St.). Activities will be offered for children and musical entertainment will be provided. Guests can also enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and free for foundation members; carriage rides are $5. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; reservations@historiccolumbia.org

Breakfast with Santa: 8 a.m. Saturday at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Continental breakfast with seasonal music, followed by a tour through the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree and make a holiday craft. Don’t forget to get a picture with Historic Columbia’s Victorian Santa Claus. Admission is $12; ages 4-12, $3; age 3 and younger, free. HC member adults, $10; HC member youth, $2. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23

Fantasy of Lights: Through Dec. 31 at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., Sumter. More than a million lights, 150 lighted figures and the Floating Christmas Tree.

Christmas at Kensington Mansion: 9:30 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Jan. 11 at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. Experience the smells and sounds of a 19th century Christmas via guided tours. Cost is $7; active duty military and age 60 and older, $6; ages 6-12, $5; children younger than 6 are free. (803) 353-0456; www.kensingtonmansion.org

Soda City Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street. www.sodacitysc.com

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