A Christmas Itinerary for Downtown Spartanburg

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Wondering what there is to do around downtown Spartanburg at Christmas time? Spartanburg mom Jennifer has a family-friendly Christmas itinerary for Downtown Spartanburg. Read on to discover places to shop, eat, and play in Downtown Spartanburg this holiday season. 

The small-town charm of Spartanburg is best felt at Christmas. Downtown Spartanburg comes to life with twinkling lights and festive Christmas décor. If you are looking for ways to spend your time when the kids are out of school or to entertain out of town guests, look no further than a trip downtown.

For more things to do, be sure to see our Ultimate Holiday Guide for Spartanburg.

So much to do in downtown Spartanburg

Shop at Imagination Station

My family loves the local toy store Imagination Station. It is full of unique toys and gadgets, and the owners are delightful. I love taking the kids to toy stores before Christmas because it gives me a better idea of what things they actually want (versus what they think they want). This toy store has plenty of toys they can test out. Plus, toy stores just seem to make everyone act like a kid.

Take in a Show at Chapman Cultural Center

Every weekend in December there is a holiday event taking place at Chapman Cultural Center. Depending on when you head downtown, you have the option of enjoying A Charlie Brown Christmas (a Spartanburg Youth Theatre performance), The Nutcracker, and holiday concerts.

Go Skating on the Square

Skating on the Square is one of the best ways to celebrate the season. Right in the middle of downtown Spartanburg, Skating on the Square is a fun winter activity for all ages. It is open November 15, 2019 – January 20, 2020 every day. The opening hours vary, but it always open in the afternoon and evenings. It is $10 per person to skate (and the price includes the skate rental). Children 8 years and under must skate with someone at least 16 years old. As long as your child has ice skates (or fits in a child size 9 or above), they are old enough to give the rink a shot.

Enjoy Hot Chocolate and a Cupcake

After skating, warm up with a holiday beverage (peppermint hot chocolate for the kids and peppermint mocha for mom and dad) at Little River Coffee Bar. The coffee shop is located in the old Masonic Temple building. There is indoor and outdoor seating that is perfect for people watching on the busy holiday weekends.

Heading Downtown at Nighttime

If you decide to take the family downtown, I suggest adding the Main Street Trolley Holiday Lights Tour to your itinerary. It begins at the Magnolia Train Depot in downtown Spartanburg. Your family will get to ride along, drink hot chocolate, listen to Christmas carols, and see the local Christmas lights. Look for ticket information around Thanksgiving.

What Spartanburg Christmas traditions are you most looking forward to?

About the Author
Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at www.litlovingmom.com.

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Since this is an article about Downtown Spartanburg during the holidays, did you mean to say the toy store that is downtown Spartanburg on Main Street? It is called Imagination Station. The toy store that is mentioned is not downtown.

Bethany Winston

Thanks, Lisa! You are correct. That was just a mistake and it should have referred to Imagination Station.