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

Santa Sightings

There are lots of places to find Santa in Spartanburg and the Upstate. Find them all in our Santa Sightings.

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

December 5, 2020 from 1 pm to 3 pm see Santa at Cookies & Milk with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 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.

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 5th and December 12th, 2020. Santa will also be available after each climb to to visit with guests.

Free Trees

No, not a Christmas Tree. But you can get a free live tree or two for your yard at Cleveland Park on December 4th from 3 to 6 pm. Trees are first come first serve.

Trees will also be available at Conestee Park on December 4th from 3 pm to 6 pm and December 5th from 9 am to 12 pm.

Date Night for Mom & Dad

Hearts of Clay, Kids Night Out: December 4th 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm. $25 for 2 hours, pizza, painting and beverage. Paint a holiday dish and 3 ornaments. Age 6 to 16.

Keep the Kids Busy

Check out The North Pole at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Spartanburg (December 19, 2020)- Learn about different holiday traditions, make holiday crafts and have a family 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.

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.

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.

A Few of Our Favorite Library Events

Swing by the Middle Tyger Library for Green Screen Santa on December 10th at 1 pm. Take a photo with a digital Santa on the green screen! Free. Please call 864.439.4759 to make an appointment. 

Explore some Snow Science Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 4:30 – 5:30pm in this virtual event. Make snow slime, snowballs and more.

Make a festive cardboard gingerbread house in this virtual library event on Thursday, December 10th, 2020, from 4:30 pm to 5 pm.

Special Town Festivities

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

Light Up Inman is an annual event going with a home edition this year. Residents are encouraged in the city limits of Inman to decorate their homes. There will be a contest and the winner receives $200.

The Landrum Christmas Parade and Stroll starts at 2:00 pm on December 12, 2020.

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.

Campobello Christmas Parade (December 6, 2020 at 3 pm)

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.

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

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.

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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