A wave of festive cheer swept through Cayce-West Columbia as record-breaking crowds gathered on Saturday to witness and participate in the dazzling ‘Parade of Lights.’ West Columbia Mayor, Ten Miles, expressed his awe, declaring it to be “the biggest I’ve ever seen.”
Senator Nikki Setzler, honored with the Grand Marshal’s role, marveled at the immense turnout, stating that the crowds were a “reflection of the incredible community we live in.” The event, which has become a beloved annual tradition, surpassed last year’s estimated attendance of over 21,000, leaving everyone in agreement that this year’s celebration was even grander.
Chamber President/CEO Tim James highlighted the community spirit by mentioning the ‘Love Local’ shuttle, which transported dozens of merchants to various businesses throughout the area during the day. The shuttle not only facilitated business connections but also provided a festive ride for Santa himself, who was spotted visiting Cafe Strudel and Steel Hands Brewery.
The highlight of the evening was the breathtaking ‘Parade of Lights,’ featuring more than 200 units adorned with twinkling lights. As they paraded along 12th Street, the illuminated displays brought the magic of Christmas to life, captivating spectators of all ages.
The Greater CWC Chamber expresses sincere appreciation to these sponsors, whose commitment and generosity played a pivotal role in bringing the magic of Parade Day and the Holiday Parade of Lights to life. Their support reflects a shared dedication to fostering community spirit and creating memorable experiences for residents and businesses alike.
- Lexington Medical Center
- Kay Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
- Dominion Energy
- House of Raeford
- Nephron Pharmaceuticals
- All American Heating and Air
- Founders Federal Credit Union
- Whetzel’s Automotive
- Serve and Connect
- Peter Boulware Toyota
- Signature Transportation
A special note of thanks is extended to the first responders who dedicated their time away from family to ensure the safety of the community during the celebrations. Their selfless contributions are a testament to the spirit of service that defines the Greater CWC community.
To everyone who contributed, attended, and participated in making this day truly special, the Greater CWC Chamber expresses gratitude for coming together and creating cherished memories during this season of joy. May the spirit of community and goodwill continue to shine brightly throughout the holiday season and beyond.
The success of the event was not just in the numbers but in the joy and community spirit that illuminated the streets. The Cayce-West Columbia ‘Parade of Lights’ has once again proven itself as a unifying force, bringing residents and businesses together in the spirit of the season. As the lights fade and the echoes of cheer linger, the community eagerly looks forward to next year’s celebration, anticipating even more magic and togetherness.
(Photo Credit to Terry Ward and WestMetroNews.com)