35+ Festive Ways to Celebrate in December (Plus Our Giant Holiday Guide!)

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December in Spartanburg is stuffed full of festive fun. With school holiday events and out of town guests, we understand how important it is to have things on the calendar. We’ve listed some of our favorite December events, but keep in mind, this list is just a small sample of all the holiday events in the Upstate. Be sure to check our Ultimate Holiday Guide to Spartanburg for even more fun things to do this December!

Things to Do Over Decenber

Sponsored Event: The Snowman & Other Holiday Favorites @ Spartanburg Philharmonic, December 14-15, 2019


Join the Philharmonic as they celebrate the season with this family-friendly, one-hour concert at the Chapman Center. Each show will feature holiday favorites along with a screening of the classic short film, The Snowman (1982) with the original soundtrack performed LIVE by their chamber orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stefan Sanders.

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Santa Sightings

Hearts of Clay is offering children the chance to Paint with Santa on December 1 & 7th, 2019 at 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Each child will get time with Santa, and he will put his thumbprint or handprint on your piece of personalized pottery. Prices vary depending on the pottery piece you select.

Santa on the Chimney has placed as one of the top Santa sightings in the USA. Families get to watch Santa Claus climb Chimney Rock on December 7th and December 14th. Santa will also be available after each climb to greet guests and take photos.

Children visiting the Greenville Zoo on December 7, 2019 for Santa Safari will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken.

Santa Comes to Hatcher Garden on December 7, 2019. Bring canned goods for Middle Tyger Community Center food pantry, for a free photo with Santa and decorate cookies with elves.

The local YMCAs are hosting separate Breakfast with Santa events. The Middle Tyger YMCA is hosting its Breakfast with Santa on December 7, 2019 from 8 am – 10 am. The Thomas H Hannah YMCA is hosting its Breakfast with Santa on December 7, 2019 from 9 am -11 am.

TCMU Spartanburg Santa Storytime on December 14 & 21, 2019 are special holiday storytimes for children 5 years old and younger. Little ones can visit TCMU Spartanburg to take photos with Santa, enjoy stories, songs, gingerbread houses, holiday crafts, and more. Register in advance- $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Theater, Ballet, and Puppet Shows

Your family has the opportunity to enjoy Spartanburg Youth Theatre’s performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This show is running December 6th and 7th, 2019 at Chapman Cultural Center. Tickets start at $10.

The Nutcracker will be performed the weekend of December 13th, 2019 at Twichell Auditorium. Enjoy this Spartanburg tradition! Tickets start at $18.

Visit the library for Have You Been Naughty or Nice? Puppet Show on for multiple showings on December 17th and December 19th, 2019. Come out for this humorous puppet show!

Greenville Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, with shows December 18th -21st, 2019.

Hot Chocolate Social with Princesses at Once Upon Dream Parties on December 14, 2019. Admission is $14 for one child and free for accompanying adult.

Date Night for Mom & Dad

Drop the kids off on December 6, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for a night creating ornaments at Hearts of Clay Kids Night Out. They will be fed dinner. Cost = $25 per child

Pump It Up offers a paid Parents Night Out for children on December 13, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. While you have an evening out, your children will be able to bounce in the inflatables, eat dinner, play games, and make crafts.

A Few of Our Favorite Library Events

When school is out, take advantage of the multiple storytimes at your local library. Each library branch offers library storytimes and events for children, tweens, and teens. Check our calendar for times and dates. Also, the Spartanburg County Libraries will all be closed December 24 – 26, 2019. While there are tons of events happening at the library this December, here are four that will be fun for the whole family:

Santa and Friends Character Day will take place on December 2, 2019 at Cyrill-Westside Library. Take pictures with Santa and make crafts!

Movie Night: Polar Express will take place on December 16, 2019 at Pacolet Library.

Polar Express Pajama Party! will take place on December 20, 2019 at Cowpens Library.

Special Town Festivities

Grinch’s Candy Cane Hunt will take place on December 7, 2019 at 9:00 am. 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!

Light Up Inman is an annual event that includes a tree lighting, entertainment, inflatables, hot chocolate, photos with Santa, and carriage rides. It will take place on December 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

The Spartanburg Christmas Parade takes place through downtown Spartanburg on December 10, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. This family-friendly parade is hosted by Spartanburg Jaycees. See the parade route here.

The Landrum Christmas Parade and Stroll starts at 2:00 pm on December 14, 2019 and the event includes shopping, free hot chocolate, and Santa.

Woodruff Christmas Parade will be held on December 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm.

*Our Ultimate Guide to Holidays in Spartanburg has an entire section with the dates and times for the local district parades and tree lightings.

Keep the Kids Busy

On December 7, 2019, children can make a Christmas Countdown Calendar at Home Depot Kids Workshop. These events are free and children get to personalize their creations.

Looking for a way for your kids to burn off some energy over the break? Pump It Up Open Jump has special hours in their indoor bounce houses and inflatables for little ones (6 years old and under) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am-2 pm (as well as family jump times). *Be sure to check for holiday hours!

Big Air Trampoline Park offers a special toddler time for children 7 years old and under Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am-1 pm for $8 for three hours of jump time. Older kids will love Big Air Cosmic Nights on Friday and Saturday evenings. *Be sure to check for holiday hours!

New Year’s Eve Fun

Cyrill-Westside Library hosts Happy Noon Year on December 31, 2019 at 11 am. This event will include games, music, Bingo and a countdown/balldrop for the young ones to celebrate the upcoming New Year.

Tweens can’t stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop? Take them to Noon Year’s Eve at Headquarters Library on December 31, 2019 at 11:00 am.

What event are you looking forward to this December? We would love to hear in the comments!

Be sure to look at our Spartanburg calendar for the most-up-to-date things to do.

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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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