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 24, 2019 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

Rudolph Run 5K and Kids Fun Run in Fountain Inn (November 29, 2019)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (November 29 – December 8, 2019 at the Gunter Theatre in Greenville) – Performed by SCCT

A Dickens of a Christmas in downtown Spartanburg (December 3, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Festival of Trees – (December 5 – 30, 2019) Come see the holiday trees on display at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, the Courtyard Greenville Downtown, and the Hampton Inn & Suites RiverPlace. FREE

A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Spartanburg Youth Theatre (December 6 & 7, 2019) at the Chapman Cultural Center.  $15 Adults, $10 Youth (18 & under).

Christmas in Greer Tree Lighting (December 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm) – The event will include holiday craft stations, inflatables, smores, performances, and more benefiting Greer Relief. The event will also include Santa’s arrival.

Kids Night Out at Hearts of Clay (December 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm). $25 for dinner, childcare, and your kid gets to paint 5 ceramic ornaments.

Holiday Events with the Spartanburg Parks Department
Registration for everything will open on spartanburgparks.org, November 14th and it will close on December 4th. There will be a collection taken of new, unopened toys at each of these activities. The toys will then be donated to charity to help local families this Christmas.

  • Movie Night with Santa at the T.W. Edwards Center (December 6, 2019 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
  • The Grinch’s Candy Cane Hunt at Woodruff Leisure Center (December 7, 2019 at 9:00 am) 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!
  • Chesnee Christmas Event at the Chesnee Community Center (December 13, 2019)

Breakfast with the Elves at the Old Rock Cafe at Chimney Rock, NC (December 7 & 14, 2019, 8:00 am – 11:00 am) – Join Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves for a morning of breakfast, Christmas crafts and a special Christmas story at 10 a.m. You’ll not only enjoy festive breakfast foods, but you’ll also get to share your wish list with Mrs. Claus and learn a little more about Jolly Old St. Nick. Event included with the purchase of breakfast. (Note: there is admission to the park)

Santa comes to Hatcher Gardens (December 7, 2019, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

St. Francis Teddy Bear Luncheon (Saturday, December 7, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm) – 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.

Breakfast with Santa at Greer City Park – (December 7, 2019) Tickets include a breakfast, crafts, and a visit with Santa. Tickets go on sale on November 2, 2019 and sell out quickly.

Breakfast with Santa at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (December 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2019; various times available) – 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 6 and for non-members on November 15, 2019. $25/members, $32/non-member adult, $28 non-member child

Safari Santa at Greenville Zoo (Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm) – The Greenville Zoo kicks off the holiday season with Safari Santa – a free (with admission) event for all ages. Kids can take their picture with Santa and receive a free cookie while enjoying a day at the zoo. Safari Santa also includes the opportunity to purchase tickets for Breakfast with Santa.

Santa on the Chimney in Chimney Rock, NC (December 7, and 14, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 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 Nutcracker: Once Upon A Time in Greenville at the Peace Center (December 13 – 14, 2019) A European inspired production that brings all of Clara’s adventures and excitement home to Greenville. Continuing our reinvented holiday classic, the production highlights Victorian societal expectations and prosperity while Clara and her beloved Nutcracker dance their way through the cherished landmarks and stunning scenery of Greenville and into the hearts of the audience. Tickets start at $20.

Sing for Santa at Swamp Rabbit Hockey Game in Greenville (Sunday, December 15, 2019, 3:05 pm) – Sing for Santa plus post-game skate.

Polar Express Pajama Party & Movie Showing at Pacolet Library (December 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm [storytime] and 5:30 pm [movie])

Petey’s Holiday Party at The Pavilion (Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 9:00 am – 11:00 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. Registration opens November 18th.

Christmas with the Chorale in Greenville at McAlister Auditorium at Furman (Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 7:30 pm) – This annual concert will feature a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Adult ticket is $35, student is $20.

Twas the Night Before Christmas at Greenville Theatre (December 18 – 21, 2019)

Holiday Puppet Show – Who’ll Pull Santa’s Sleigh Tonight? storytime at the Landrum Library branch (December 19, 2019, at 10:30 am). When the reindeer get bad colds, Santa wonders who will be able to pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Movie Night: The Grinch at Cyrill-Westside Library (December 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm)

Holiday at Peace at Peace Concert Hall (December 20 – 22, 2019) – Making their Greenville debut are the universally praised vocal duo, Diane Penning and Paul Langford.  You and your family will be swept into the season spirit with Diane and Paul’s heartfelt vocals and magical chemistry.  Tickets start at $18.

Family Fun Day at Upcountry History Museum (December 28, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Other Festive Things to Do This Holiday Season

Santa’s Shoppe at the Spartanburg Marriot (November 7 – 11, 2019) – The annual Santa’s Shoppe event (by the Junior League of Spartanburg) has a variety of specialty shops participating. Price varies by day. More information can be found on our website.

Skating on the Square in Spartanburg (November 15, 2019 – January 20, 2020) $10/person, includes skate rental.

Ice on Main (November 15, 2019 – mid-January 2020)  The website has a complete list of events.

Holiday Fair at the Greenville Convention Center (December 5 – 7, 2019) – 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.

St. Paul the Apostle Annual Christmas Bazaar (December 7, 2019, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) – Free admission to this event with several vendors and opportunities to support local small businesses and crafters.

If you find this list helpful, we encourage you to help Kidding Around Spartanburg produce more lists by sharing this list on Facebook and with your friends. Be sure to also subscribe to our free weekly email which includes a helpful list of things to do each weekend.

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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