30+ Holiday Things to Do in Spartanburg

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Ready for holiday events in Spartanburg!  We have so many fun things to do around Christmas with kids including a Victorian-themed night in downtown Spartanburg, local performances of the Nutcracker, light displays, Santa visits, and more. Don’t miss out!  This list is organized by date for each Christmas event with an additional list of festive things to do this holiday season, so be sure to read it in its entirety. Have a great holiday season!

Things to Do Christmas Spartanburg

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Christmas Events

Land of Sweets | A Nutcracker Party (November 18, 2018 from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm at the Chapman Cultural Center) – Enjoy crafts, storytime, snacks and dancing with your favorite Nutcracker characters. $30/person

A Dickens of a Christmas in downtown Spartanburg, November 27, 2018, 6-9 pm. This annual free tradition includes downtown caroling, live window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice-skating, and a chance to meet Charles Dickens. The annual Christmas Tree lighting will also take place.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by the Spartanburg Youth Theatre (November 30 – December 1, 2018) This Christmas play is appropriate for all ages.  $15 Adults, $10 Youth (18 & under).

Holiday at Peace with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (November 30 – December 2, 2018 at Peace Center Concert Hall) – Pops concert with Broadway star multi-award-winning music recording and jazz vocalist, James Tormé.

Festival of Trees – Come see the holiday trees on display from December 2018 at four hotels in downtown Greenville. Admission is free.

Santa comes to Hatcher Gardens on December 1, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Rudolph Run 5K and Kids Fun Run in Fountain Inn (December 1, 2018)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (December 1-9, 2018 at the Gunter Theatre in Greenville) – Performed by SCCT

Family Fun Day – Merry Christmas Charlie Brown (December 1, 2018, 10 am – 2 pm) at Upcountry History Museum

Snoopy’s Gingerbread Doghouse Workshop (December 1, 2018 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) at Upcountry History Museum. $20 per person (Museum members are $3).

Safari Santa at Greenville Zoo (Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm) – Don’t wait in that long line at the mall…come enjoy the zoo AND have your photo taken with Santa! The event will offer zoo guests the opportunity to visit with Santa and enjoy an afternoon at the zoo. The first 100 children to have their photo taken with Santa will receive a free cookie and milk. As part of the event, some of the zoo animals will have their own Christmas tree and will enjoy a variety of enrichment treats. Free with admission to the zoo.

St. Francis Teddy Bear Luncheon (Saturday, December 1, 2018) – Donate a new stuffed animal and get a free photo with Santa! Complete with entertainment and lunch.  Tickets are $15/adults and $10/children. Register online.

Santa on the Chimney in Chimney Rock, NC (December 1 and 8, 2018, 11 am – 2 pm) – Watch Santa Claus climb Chimney Rock. Santa will also be available after each climb to greet guests and take photos. This event has placed as one of the top Santa sightings in the USA.

The Night Before Christmas Puppet Show (December 4th and 6th, 2018) at Headquarters Library during storytime.

Christmas in Greer Tree Lighting (December 7, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm) – The event will include holiday craft stations, inflatables, smores, performances, and more benefitting Greer Relief. The event will also include Santa’s arrival.

Kids Night Out at Hearts of Clay (December 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm). $25 for dinner, childcare, and your kid gets to paint 5 ceramic ornaments.

The Nutcracker (December 7-8, 2018 at Chapman Cultural Center) Tickets $18-$32. Due to threat of winter weather, the Sunday 12/9 performance has been moved to Saturday 12/8 at 11 am.

Breakfast with Santa at Greer City Park – (December 8, 2018) Tickets include a breakfast, crafts, and a visit with Santa. Tickets go on sale on November 3, 2018 and sell out quickly.

Holiday Events with the Spartanburg Parks Department
Please note weather related time changes for these events! The Woodruff Leisure Center event is move up one hour to 9 am and the Lake Cooley event has been moved to Friday December 7th at 6 pm. Registration for everything will open on spartanburgparks.org , November 15th and it will close on December 5th. We will be collecting new, unopened toys at each of these activities. The toys will then be donated to charity to help local families this Christmas.

  • The Grinch’s Candy Cane Hunt at Woodruff Leisure Center on December 8th at  9 am to 1 pm. The Grinch discovered that Santa’s elves have hidden candy canes and special candy canes along The Woodruff Leisure Center’s outdoor track and trail. The Grinch is planning to find all of the candy canes and turn them green! Children of all ages are needed to help find the candy canes before the Grinch does! Kicking off the event will be a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” inside the center at 10 am. Next, head outside to find all the candy canes hidden. After the candy canes are found head inside to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, some yummy treats and a picture with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who!
  • Grinchmas at Cooley at Lake Cooley Outdoor Education Center on December 7th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. The Grinch is making a stop at Lake Cooley! Join us for story time with the Grinch and nature inspired Christmas crafts and activities!

Breakfast with Santa at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (December 8 & 15, 2018) – Tis the season to be jolly! Spend a morning with the jolliest elf of all, Santa Claus. Bring the whole family to see the big man himself while you enjoy breakfast, crafts, songs, photos with Santa and more. Registration begins for members on November 7 and for non-members on November 14, 2018.

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth at Greenville Little Theater (December 11-15, 2018)

Night on the Polar Express (December 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm) This family-friendly holiday event will include a spaghetti dinner, a Christmas movie, and opportunities to visit and take pictures with Santa. There will also be several children’s activity stations, including decorating Christmas cookies and making Reindeer Food. FREE. Register in advance.

Deck the Halls: An Ornament Decorating Party (December 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Timken Community Center. Make your own Christmas ornaments, enjoy gingerbread cookies and listen to Christmas music! The children will get to take home the ornaments they make, which means this year’s Christmas tree will be extra special! Register in advance.

Teddy Bear Toss at Swamp Rabbit Hockey Game in Greenville (Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 pm) – Bring a stuffed animal to toss onto the ice for Toys for Tots after the Swamp Rabbits score their first goal. Local school choirs will be singing Christmas carols.

The Littlest Angel (December 14-15, 2018 at Kroc Center in downtown Greenville) SCCT 2nd Stage is performing this preschool-friendly show.

Special Polar Express Storytime (December 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm) Cyrill-Westside Library. This event will include reading Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express and then enjoying hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Space is limited. Sign up required.

Petey’s Holiday Party at The Pavilion (Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 9 am – 11 am) – Join Petey and Santa for fun at the Pavilion, yummy snack, holiday craft and story time, and a visit to the Bounce House! For youth ages 2-6. Admission is $8 per child.

Christmas with the Chorale in Greenville (Friday, December 18, 2018, 7:30 pm at McAlister Auditorium at Furman) – This annual concert will feature a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Tickets start at $15.

Milk & Cookies: Tell Me a Story Theatre Pajama Party at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre (December 18, 2018 and December 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm) – Celebrate the season with stories & PJ’s. Join Miss Traysie for a special Tell Me a Story event! $15.50/child & $7.50/adult, advanced registration required. Note: Cookies without nuts & regular milk will be served.

The Nutcracker with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra (December 21-23, 2018 at Peace Concert Hall) – This classic performance by the International Ballet is an annual tradition. Tickets start at $18.

Other Festive Things to Do This Holiday Season

Santa’s Shoppe at the Spartanburg Marriot (November 1 – 4, 2018) – The annual Santa’s Shoppe event (by the Junior League of Spartanburg) takes place the weekend of November 1st with a variety of specialty shops participating. Price varies by day. More information can be found on our website.

Ice on Main runs November 16, 2018 – January 21, 2019.  The website has a complete list of events.

Holiday Fair at the TD Convention Center (November 29 – December 1, 2018) – This annual event includes over 300 crafters and commercial vendors. Ticket prices are $6/adults, $5/senior citizens, and free for children under 12. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

First Christmas Bazaar at St. Paul the Apostle (December 1, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm) – Free admission to this event with several vendors and opportunities to support local small businesses and crafters.

Skating on the Square in Spartanburg (November 16, 2018 – January 15, 2019)

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About the Author
Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Spartanburg an amazing place to live. You can contact her directly at [email protected]

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