The annual Carolighting ceremony has been cancelled as a weather front is expected to move into the Midlands Monday evening.
Governor Nikki Haley will follow through on her duty to light the “Holiday Tree stationed in front of the state capitol, but the brief ceremony will not include the pomp and circumstance usually associated with the event.
Columbia city officials announced Monday morning that the 45th Annual Carolighting has been cancelled due to thunderstorms expected to hit the area in the evening. Haley, along with her husband and children, and Columbia mayor Steve Benjamin are still planning to flip the switch and light the tree after 6 pm. The rest of the events were cancelled for safety reasons.
Last year, more than 200 musicians Pperformed on the Stathouse steps. The event is sponsored by the City of Columbia, Columbia Breakfast optimist Club, Columbia Garden Club, and Garden Club of South Carolina.