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 and Holiday Events

Season Long Holiday Things to Do

Skating on the Square in Spartanburg

Holiday Traditions Exhibit at Spartanburg Regional History Museum at the Chapman Cultural Center. See floats from past Spartanburg Christmas Parades, memories of “Dickens of a Christmas” and the original, restored James Buchanan dioramas of “A Visit From St/ Nicholas,” a collection of Hanukkah traditions and a collection of nativity scenes. Admission is free and hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. Visitor capacity in the museum is limited to 6. Masks are required. The museum will be opened extended hours on November 19 for Artwalk: Holiday Traditions from 5 to 8 pm. That event is also free.

Model Train Station at Taylors Mill is decked out for Christmas. Visit their Christmas model train display and enjoy several other displays this season. (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.) See Santa on December 12, 2020.

Holiday Things to Do by Date

Hearts of Clay, Ceramic Christmas Tree Event (November 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm and November 21, 2020 at 4 pm) Register in advance.

Holiday Fair at the Greenville Convention Center (December 3 – 5, 2020) – 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.

Vintage Christmas Fest Greer (December 4 and 5, 2020) Shopping event with antiques, home decor, vintage finds, food and live music.

Cookies with Santa at “Market on Main” (December 4th, 2020 5 pm to 7 pm)- Get a sweet treat and photo op (socially distant). Tickets for the photo op are $8. Call the store to reserve a time. 864.285.0351

Tree Lighting Ceremony and more at Greer City Park (December 4, 2020 from 5- 8 pm) Christmas Tree Lighting- 5 – 7:30 pm – Ongoing performances in the park with Santa arriving to light the tree at 7:15 pm. Crafts, activities and Greer Relief S’mores.

Whoville Holiday Breakfast with The Grinch (December 5, 2020) at Dependent Baptist Church, Inman. $9 per ticket, includes breakfast, photo op with the Grinch, costume contest and more.

Cookies & Milk with Santa and Mrs. Claus (December 5, 2020 from 1 pm to 3 pm) Enjoy cookies from Paige’s Delightful Crumbles and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This event is free, but the organizer requests you bring one new toy for a boy and one new toy for a girl to fill Santa’s sack. The event will take place at Upstate Family Resource Center.

Lyman Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting (December 5, 2020 4:30 to 7 pm)

St. James Live Drive-thru Nativity– (Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm) View the manger scene complete with animals from your car. St. James UMC, 213 N. Lanford Road, Spartanburg, SC. The nativity will be in the front of the church, off Savoy Street.

Christmas Lights Festival Featuring Live Nativity (December 5, 2020 6 pm to 9 pm and December 6, 2020, 5 pm to 8 pm) at Truth Chapel World Evangelism Fellowship Church.

Lights will be on nightly but on December 5th and 6th there will be a special presentation, snacks (baked goodies and drinks), games, and activities.

  • Saturday, December 5, the event will be 6-9 pm, presentation being at 6 pm and again at 8 pm.
  • Sunday, December 6, the event will be 5-8 pm, with the presentation being at 5 pm and again at 7 pm.

Santa on the Chimney in Chimney Rock, NC (December 5 and 12, 2020, 11 am – 2 pm) – Watch Santa Claus climb Chimney Rock. Santa will also be available after each climb to greet guests. This event has placed as one of the top Santa sightings in the USA.

Duncan Christmas Parade (December 6, 2020 at 2 pm) Route will start at Byrnes High School. Christmas music, hot chocolate and more following the parade at Stoneledge Park.

Drive-thru Christmas Parade at AIM Spartanburg in their parking lot. (December 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm) The event is open to the public and free. Bring yourself some hot chocolate or a special treat and head to AIM Spartanburg December 12th, 2020 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

The North Pole at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville (December 19 and 20, 2020)- During The North Pole at TCMU, families can participate in various holiday activities–ranging from holiday crafts celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to having their photo taken with a socially distanced Santa! The museum will be open for free play and will be closed to the public during each event. Purchase tickets in advance and plan to arrive on time for your 2 hour slot. Prices begin at $25 for a family of 2 ($20 for members) and go up to $65 for a family of 6 ($60 for members).

The North Pole at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Spartanburg (December 19, 2020)- During The North Pole at TCMU, families can learn about different holiday traditions, make holiday crafts and have their photo taken with a socially distanced Santa! Purchase tickets in advance for a specific time slot. Time slots at the Spartanburg museum are 1 hour long.

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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