Columbia, S.C. – (November 30, 2016) The 50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting is pleased to announce that the following South Carolina choirs will perform at this year’s event:
- Carolighting Children’s Choir
- Dreher High School Choir
- Marlena Smalls & The Hallelujah Singers
- Marina Lomazov
- Southern Bronze Handbell Ensemble
- The Carolina Gents
Fort Jackson’s Own 282nd Band Brass Choir will lead carolers in a selection of traditional favorites.
The 2016 Carolighting will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 7 PM on the north steps of the South Carolina State House. This year’s festivities will be held in conjunction with First Thursdays on Main, hosted by Columbia’s City Center Partnership.
A longtime family tradition, the event brings South Carolinians together to celebrate the lighting of the state’s official Christmas tree. This year’s tree is a beautiful 35’ sheared Concolor Fir, also known as a White Fir. The Columbia Garden Club, with support and assistance from the Garden Club of South Carolina and SCE&G, decked the tree with over 13,000 lights and 900 ornaments.
While this is a fun and merry time for the Palmetto State, many residents are still overcoming the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. Please consider donating to the One SC Fund, which was established after the 2015 floods to help South Carolinians recover from disasters and is now supporting organizations that provide relief and recovery assistance to survivors of Hurricane Matthew. For more information, visit www.onescfund.org.
The 50th Annual Governor’s Carolighting is sponsored by the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Garden Club and Garden Club of South Carolina. South Carolina ETV will broadcast the event live to viewers throughout the state.
Members of the media wishing to cover the event should contact Andrea Mensink at 803.545.0011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism: The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism is a private, not-for-profit corporation funded primarily by revenue generated by visitors through accommodations taxes and is the parent organization of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and Columbia Regional Sports Council. The mission of the Midlands Authority is to strengthen the area’s economy by marketing and selling of the entire Columbia region, its accommodations, restaurants, facilities and attractions as a destination for meetings, conventions, tradeshows, special events and leisure travel. For more information, please visit columbiacvb.com.