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COLUMBIA – The holidays are in full swing at the South Carolina State Museum. Winter Fest, sponsored by Cool Care Heating and Air, is an annual celebration packed with holiday fun for the whole family, happening through Jan. 6. Enjoy visits with Santa and a chance to ride the new SCSM North Pole Express. Guests of all ages will experience the joy of the holiday season at the museum.

In addition to these exciting Winterfest events, Santa will visit the State Museum Sunday, Dec. 23, for an opportunity for families to meet and get their photo taken with him. Guests that purchase a photo with Santa will get a free ride on the SCSM North Pole Express. Prices for train rides without a photo are $3 for general public and $2 for museum members. There is no charge for guests to meet Santa.

Other Winterfest Activities (Dec. 23 – Dec. 26 | Dec. 28 – Jan. 6)

Guests visiting the museum during Winterfest will experience hands on winter crafts, scavenger hunts, building activities like making their own igloo, snowball fights and indoor sledding. All activities will take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are free with museum general admission.

Frozen Tea Party, Dec. 27

This magical evening will spark young guests’ imagination from 6 until 9 p.m., Wed., Dec. 27. During the event, guests will watch Disney’s Frozen, meet and greet with their favorite Frozen characters like Anna, Elsa and Olaf, and enjoy crafts and activities. There will be light snacks and refreshments and Frozen costumes are highly encouraged. Frozen Tea Party tickets are $18 per person and $15 for museum members. Space is limited, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Be sure to check out our family room option for a more relaxed viewing experience. Tickets are on sale now at

Winter Break Camps (Dec. 26 – 28, 2018 | Dec. 31 – Jan. 4, 2019)

The State Museum is excited to offer camps during Winter Break for children aged 6 – 12 years old. Each day will focus on a different subject matter and even includes a special Polar Express Day! Campers can customize their schedule. Every camp day features: morning social time with other campers, museum exploration time, hands-on and interactive activities, snack time and lunch time. Extended Day includes a snack time and activities. Visit to learn more.

Holiday Shows – Now Playing Daily through Jan. 6

  • The Polar Express 4D Experience
  • Star of Bethlehem – Planetarium Show
  • Laser Holidays – Planetarium Show
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Laser – Planetarium Show

For a full list of Winterfest activities, days and times for performances and tickets for the Frozen Tea Party, visit

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