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. 

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 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (a Spartanburg Youth Theatre performance), The Nutcracker, a holiday musical performance by the Spartanburg Community Band, or the Holiday Art Market.

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 16, 2018 – January 15, 2019 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 and enjoy a delicious cupcake at Cakehead Bakeshop. Both are 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.

What Spartanburg Christmas traditions are you most looking forward to?

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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.