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

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 1st and December 8th. Santa will also be available after each climb to greet guests and take photos.

Children visiting the Greenville Zoo on December 1, 2018 for Santa Safari will have an opportunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken.

Hearts of Clay is offering children the chance to Paint with Santa on December 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm and 3:00 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.

Families are invited to a special Brunch with Santa at Tyger River Park on December 15, 2018. The brunch menu includes chicken & waffles, muffins, fruit, hot chocolate, coffee and juice. Children will get a chance to visit with Santa and each child will receive a commemorative photo with Santa.

Santa Comes to Hatcher Garden on December 1, 2018. Bring canned goods for Middle Tyger Community Center food pantry, for a free photo with Santa and decorate cookies with elves.

Night at the Polar Express on December 14, 2018 is free family-friendly holiday event including dinner, a Christmas movie, and opportunities to visit and take pictures with Santa. There will also be several children’s activity stations.

The local YMCAs are hosting separate Breakfast with Santa events. The Middle Tyger YMCA is hosting its Breakfast with Santa on December 1, 2018. The Thomas H Hannah YMCA is hosting its Breakfast with Santa on December 15, 2018.

Science with Santa at Roper Mountain Science Center will take place on December 8, 2018 and December 15, 2018. See the Roper Mountain Santa you loved at Holiday Lights and have fun with great winter science projects like snowstorm in a jar, gumdrop engineering, and 3D printing an ornament. Cost is $40 non-members, $35 members includes 2 adults and 1 child.

TCMU Spartanburg Santa Storytime on December 22, 2018 is a special holiday storytime is 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.

Theater, Ballet, and Puppet Shows

Your family has the opportunity to enjoy Spartanburg Youth Theatre’s performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This show is running November 30th and December 1st, 2018 at Chapman Cultural Center. Tickets start at $10.

Greenville Little Theatre presents All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, with shows December 11th -15th, 2018.

Visit the library for The Night Before Christmas Puppet Show on for multiple showings on December 4th and December 6th, 2018. This is a fun loving tale of Santa and his elves frantically trying to find the right someone to guide his sleigh on Christmas Eve.

The Nutcracker will be performed the weekend of December 7th, 2018 at Twichell Auditorium. Enjoy this Spartanburg tradition! Tickets start at $18.

For fans of Charlie Brown, your kids will be thrilled if you get them tickets to A Charlie Brown Christmas coming to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on December 15, 2018.

Little ones will enjoy this SCCT 2nd Stage performance of The Littlest Angel taking place the Kroc Center on December 14 – 15, 2018.

Hot Chocolate Social with Princesses at Once Upon Dream Parties on December 15, 2018. Admission is $12 for one child and free for accompanying adult.

Date Night for Mom & Dad

Drop the kids off on December 7, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:15 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 14, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 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, 2018. 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 3, 2018 at Cyrill-Westside Library. Take pictures with Santa and make crafts!

Readers Theater: Twas The Night Before Christmas will take place on December 13, 2018 at Middle Tyger Library.

Special Polar Express Storytime will take place on December 17, 2018 at Cyrill-Westside Library.

Christmas Carols at the Library will take place on December 17, 2018 at Pacolet Library.

Special Town Festivities

The Spartanburg Christmas Parade takes place through downtown Spartanburg on December 11, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. This family-friendly parade is hosted by Spartanburg Jaycees. See the parade route here.

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 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

The Landrum Christmas Parade and Stroll starts at 1:00 pm on December 1, 2018 and the event includes shopping, free hot chocolate, and Santa.

Grinchmas at Cooley will take place on December 8, 2018. This event at Lake Cooley will include story time with the Grinch and nature inspired Christmas crafts and activities!

Woodruff Christmas Parade will be held on December 9, 2018 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 1, 2018, children can make a sled with reindeer 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 10am-2pm (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 10am-1pm 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!

Michael’s hosts fun crafting opportunities for kids on Saturdays and Sundays called MAKEbreaks. See our calendar to see which crafting opportunities are offered each weekend.

New Year’s Eve Fun

Cyrill-Westside Library hosts Kids New Year Party on December 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm. This event will include games, music, Bingo and a countdown/balldrop for the young ones to celebrate the upcoming New Year.

Kids can’t stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop? Take them to Happy Noon Year at Headquarters Library on December 31, 2018 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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