Holiday happenings are designed to cheer up hospitalized children.
Editor’s Note: All events are held at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland campus, Seven Medical Park. Media is welcome at all of these events but please remember to give prior notice so a Marketing & Communications team member will be available to assist. Media is not allowed on campus without approval.
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon. – Santa Claus visits Children’s Hospital
Santa arrives courtesy of Macy’s and AFLAC.
Monday, Dec. 12, 2-2:30 p.m. – The Christopher Conner Foundation and Pantasia Steel Drum Band present a Caribbean Christmas
Steel drum concert in the Atrium.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. – “Operation Santa”
Led by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital through a partnership with the midCarolina Electric Cooperative (MCEC), spreads holiday cheer and gives hospitalized children a chance to pick out Christmas presents for their loved ones. Location: Fourth floor playroom.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 9-9:30 a.m. – Forest Heights Elementary
Students will sing and present homemade crayons.
Thursday, Dec. 15, 10:30-11 a.m. – W.A. Perry Middle School
Students will sing in the Atrium.
Friday, Dec. 16, 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. Location: Parade begins on the second floor.
Thursday through Saturday, 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, first floor.
Thursday, Dec. 22: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24: 9-11 a.m. Santa and his elves will arrive at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24, 10 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. 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 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.