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Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.–noon.: Santa Claus visits Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Santa arrives courtesy of Macy’s and AFLAC. (Palmetto Health Foundation event)
Monday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.: Turning Pointe Studios, 6-12-year-olds present holiday music
Children will perform musical theatre songs and a dance showcase in the atrium.
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m.: “Operation Santa”
Led by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital through a partnership with the Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative (MCEC), Operation Santa spreads holiday cheer and gives hospitalized children a chance to pick out Christmas presents for their loved ones.
Thursday, Dec. 14, 10–11 a.m.: South Carolina Philharmonic presents holiday music
Friday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.–noon: Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Holiday Parade
The Children’s Hospital Child Life department hosts a holiday parade. USC Dance Marathon students will share their dance moves in the parade procession. Hospital beds and wagons will be transformed into festive floats to parade through the hospital. Children receive games, books and toys, donated by community partners, such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The parade lasts about an hour and features pet therapy dogs in costumes.
Friday through Sunday, Dec. 22–24: Holiday Market
This event offers a personalized way for families of hospitalized children to select gifts. The Child Life department has been acquiring donations all year and they will set up a “store” in the Derrick Room. Each family receives an allotment of tickets to “spend” on gifts. Gift wrapping services will be provided. Location: Warren Derrick Classroom, 1st floor.
Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m.: A visit from Santa and his elves
Columbia firefighter Chris Branham, father of former Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital patient, Rachel Branham, brings a ladder truck to the front of the hospital to surprise children and families. Santa and his elves visit the floors and help deliver gifts that were selected by the families during the Holiday Market. Location: Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital entrance, 7 Medical Park.
About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.