Vista businesses prepare for the annual Vista Light extravaganza - DatelineCarolina

Vista businesses prepare for the annual Vista Light extravaganza

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Owner of The Peanut Man wheels in more supply in anticipation for the big crowd coming to the festivities. Owner of The Peanut Man wheels in more supply in anticipation for the big crowd coming to the festivities.
Glassblower Tom Lockhart shows how the glass cools down after it has been melted into its formation. Glassblower Tom Lockhart shows how the glass cools down after it has been melted into its formation.

By: Maiya Dickerson

The 31st annual Vista Lights last night kicked off Columbia's holiday season. Over 90 Vista galleries and shops participated in last nights festivities.

The annual extravaganza is filled with arts, music, and fun! Preparation for last night's festivities started well before the main event. Vista businesses planned for the huge crowd, the owner of The Peanut Man says he was anticipating more than one thousand people to stop by the store.

“Yeah I talked to a lot of people and everybody makes there way by here sooner or later so over the course of the night maybe a thousand or so people, maybe more than that,” says Chris Hinely.

The owner set the holiday spirit by giving out samples of pralines, discounts, and taking holiday gift orders all night.

The Peanut Man wasn’t the only shop visitors were expecting. Live demonstrations of glassblowing at One Eared Cow Glass is expected to bring people out for holiday decorations. Owner Tom Lockhart says it’s a great opportunity for people to see really cool stuff.

“Letting them meet the artist so they basically know what’s here so that they don’t have to go outside of Columbia or wherever to find really cool stuff,” says Lockhart.

Live performances and refreshments were also held at Vista Lights businesses an even bigger crowd.

“We’ll have a live band playing, light snacks and refreshments, along with all that so about from six to nine we’ll be basically showing everybody up front what we do on a daily basis it should be a lot of fun,” says Lockhart.

Business owners say that this is a time for people to check out things that they normally don’t know about in Columbia and bring in the holiday spirit.

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