By Kirstie Boone
Vista Lights is an annual street festival in the Vista of Columbia, South Carolina. A portion of Gervais Street is closed as crowds come to visit the historic Columbia Vista area. Vendors such as Blue Marlin, Salsarita’s, The Backpacker Quality Gear, Urban Outfitters and City Art take part in this annual event, celebrating the arrival of the holiday season. The air buzzes with excitement as the Vista Christmas tree next to Blue Marlin is lit while performers sing and dance to Christmas songs.
This year, the 30th annual Vista Lights was held on Nov. 19. I ventured out to explore the excitement in the heart of Columbia, eager to check out the businesses and vendors.
I started the night with friends visiting the booth set up by Copper Horse Distilling. Copper Horse Distilling specializes in small-batch, distilled spirits made exclusively from local grains milled at Adluh Flour. They released their newest Copper Cream whiskey, Red Velvet Peppermint holiday cream, which was absolutely delicious and is definitely a must have for your holiday drink mixes.
After a quick stop at the stage to watch a few performances, we forced our way through the crowd to stand in line at Blue Marlin. Their tasty shrimp and grits samples made waiting in line well worth it. Later we decided to visit a new business in the Vista, Tin Lizzy’s. Tin Lizzy’s is known for its FlexMex cuisine. FlexMex comes from the term TexMex, but FlexMex food has a little more “flair.” Tin Lizzy’s menu is inspired by a variety of cultures and includes gourmet soft tacos, salads, nachos and quesadillas.
Our Vista Lights night ended at Liberty Tap Room with drinks and delicious appetizers. After an hour or two catching up and enjoying great company, we headed home with full bellies and happy hearts after an unforgettable night in the Vista. My Vista Lights experience was the perfect way to start off the holiday season!