Holiday happenings are designed to cheer up hospitalized children at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

Holiday happenings are designed to cheer up hospitalized children at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

Posted on 11/29/2018

Editor’s note: This is a media invitation to cover these events. Please do not share with community. Due to patient privacy law, news media are required to have an escort inside any Palmetto Health facility, so please let us know if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-noon. – Santa Claus visits Children’s Hospital. Macy’s Santa will visit with patients and deliver Aflac Holiday Ducks, thanks to an 18-year partnership between Aflac and Macy’s.

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. – “Operation Santa,” led by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital through a partnership with the Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative (MCEC), spreads holiday cheer and gives hospitalized children a chance to pick out Christmas presents for their loved ones.

Friday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon – 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m.–South Carolina Philharmonic presents holiday music.

Saturday through Monday, 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.


  • Saturday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 24: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Santa and his elves will arrive at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 24, 9:30 a.m. – A visit from Santa and his elves. Columbia firefighter Chris Branham, father of former Children’s Hospital patient, Rachel Branham, brings a ladder truck to the front of the hospital to surprise children and families. This is the 9th consecutive year the Columbia Fire Department has brought Santa and his elves to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Santa and his elves visit the floors and help deliver gifts that were selected by the families during the Holiday Market. Location: Children’s Hospital entrance, 7 Medical Park.

About Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year and celebrated its 35th birthday this 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


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