The holidays can be a financially stressful time for a lot of families. Finding festive activities to enjoy that are free and low cost can help, when you are trying to keep the kids occupied during winter break.
Kidding Around contributor Melanie has searched high and low for the local holiday events that won’t break the bank.
This Inman family has been decorating their historic home for people to enjoy for 46 years! Driving though this light display, is sure to bring a smile to the faces of everyone in your vehicle! There’s even a frozen themed display for the Disney princess fans in your family!
The display is lit from November 28th through December 31st beginning nightly at 5:30.
Inman’s Christmas tree boasts the title of “Largest Tree in The Upstate”. The tree lighting event is free and includes festivities before the lighting. Live music, kids rides, hot chocolate and more can be enjoyed by guests. Santa photos are also available for $10. Saturday, December 7, 2019
5:30pm – 8pm, Tree lighting at 7pm – In Downtown Inman
December 6th Downtown Greer ushers in the holiday season with a celebration including live music, inflatables, cookie decorating, s’mores and more! The best part is it’s all free, and ends with the tree in City park being lit.
On Saturday December 7th, from 10-12, kids can visit Santa, get a photo taken with him, decorate cookies, color and stroll the gardens all free of charge! The event is free, but a donation of non-perishable items to benefit the Middle Tyger Community Center would be greatly appreciated!
When Downtown Spartanburg lights the tree in Denny’s Plaza, they do it up big! People caroling dressed in Victorian costumes, living window displays, live music and the new playground in Denny’s square are all free to enjoy. There are also Horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating on the square, for a fee. The fun begins at 6 pm on December 3rd.
The library is a great place to find some low cost and free fun! Enjoy live music as part of the Music Sandwiched In series at the headquarters location. Craft classes at the Spark Space, offer fun courses for all ages that you would pay a lot more for elsewhere! The branch locations are offering everything from candy cane slime classes to Santa story times. Check out the event calendar for your local branch to see what they have planed.
We love our local parks department! They are always a great source of free and cheap fun, year round. This holiday season, the Spartanburg parks department is offering several different family friendly events for just $5 per person. Make sure you register for events quickly (where indicated), they usually fill up quickly
ELF-MAS BASH – $5 per child / Adults Free
TW Edwards Community Center
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
All ages are welcome
Guests will watch the movie “Elf”, enjoy a hot chocolate and pretzel bar, as well as snacks, crafts and a visit from Santa Register in advance or pay at the door
KEEPING IT GRINCHY – $5 per child / Adults Free
Woodruff Leisure Center
December 7th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All ages are welcome
We’ll be spending the morning in Whoville, complete with a visit from The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who!
Enjoy a hot chocolate bar and plenty of Grinch themed games and activities. Register in advance or pay at the door
A NIGHT IN WINTER WONDERLAND – $5 per child / $8 per adult Chesnee Community Center December 13th
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
We’ll eat a spaghetti and pizza dinner while listening to Christmas carolers, followed by games, activities and a visit from Santa Register in advance BY December 6th
Free Fun Outside Of Spartanburg
TR Makers in Travelers Rest will be hosting a free ornament workshop every Saturday in December.
December 7th, 14th & 21st from 10:30am- 12:30pm and 3:30pm 5:30pm, you and your children can attend a free ornament making workshop. Projects take up to 2 hours and are great for all ages.
Head over to Gaffney for the Christmas parade and then stay for the 1st ever Christmas laser light show in Jolly park following the parade. It’s free and will start every 30 minutes on December 6th and December 7th, from 6 pm – midnight.
Head over to Greenville to visit Santa at Cabela’s! You can get your photo taken with santa for free and kids can enjoy making a different craft every week leading up to Christmas. In Santa’s Winter Wonderland kids can also play games and write a letter to Santa for free!
*crafts subject to availability, please contact store with questions.
Non-guests of the Omni Grove Park Inn, are invited to view the gingerbread contest displays From Sunday at 3pm through Thursday. While viewing the display is free of charge, the hotel does collect a parking fee of $25 that is shared with local non-profit organizations. Please check the hotel website for blackout days due to the holidays.
For 64 years, this North Carolina town just outside of Charlotte has been known as Christmas Town USA. Nearly every building in this small town is draped with lights and they all turn on nightly at 5:30, beginning on December 2nd. Driving through this town is always free and you can park and enjoy a walk around the lake.
We hope you enjoy all kinds of fun this holiday season!
Did we leave off a free local event? Let us know in the comments!