Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Break in Spartanburg

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Looking for something fun to do with friends and family over Thanksgiving break in Spartanburg? Local mom India Menon offers ideas for Thanksgiving family-fun activities in Spartanburg. Whatever the weather or your family’s interests, there is something for everyone. 

In our household, in addition to eating a filling home-cooked meal, Thanksgiving means making memories with family and friends. If you’re looking for ways to have fun together in the Spartanburg area during Thanksgiving week, here are some ideas to consider. 

Note: Because schedules are always subject to change, be sure to call locations ahead of time to double-check event details and/or hours of operation. 

Explore at TCMU-Spartanburg

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate Spartanburg has a bustling event calendar during Thanksgiving week. In addition to their regular exhibits, Thanksgiving week activities include: 

  • Music & Movement, 
  • Spark!Lab Jr. Apple Chute construction,
  • Random Acts of Science: Crystal Leaves,
  • Story Time and More: “Bear Says Thanks,” and
  • Open Art Studios: Thanksgiving Wreaths. 

Schedules and more details about each of these events can be found on the TCMU event calendar. TCMU-Spartanburg is closed on Mondays and will be closed Thanksgiving Day. The museum is in the heart of downtown Spartanburg at 130 Magnolia Street. Cost of admission is $5 per person, $4.50 for seniors and military. Members and children aged 6 months and under are free.

Book It

Spartanburg County Libraries will close in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. However, several of the ten branches offer storytimes and other kid-friendly activities throughout the week. A detailed schedule may be found at the Spartanburg Library event page.

Barnes & Noble at 1489 W.O. Ezell Blvd will also offer several storytimes and activities the weekend before and after Thanksgiving. Activities include a Frozen 2 Storytime, a Frozen 2-themed Lego Build event, and a Big Bird Baby and Me storytime. Registration is required for some of these events. Be sure to call ahead at 864-587-8822. 

Get Outside

Whether you like the sound of leaves crunching underfoot, the feel of brisk cold rushing through your lungs, or enjoy a good old-fashioned leaf fight, Spartanburg and the Upstate offer a variety of outdoor venues for exploring, exercise, and play. Hatcher Garden and Cleveland Park are two of our favorite outdoor spots in Spartanburg and Croft State Park is on my list of places to check-out. For more hiking options, check out the Kidding Around Ultimate Guide to Upstate Hiking for Families & Children. If parks and playgrounds are more your speed, check out this list of Spartanburg County Parks and Facilities.

Get Moving!

My family gets some exercise in during holiday breaks and Spartanburg does not disappoint in that regard. In addition to a variety of outdoor spaces, Spartanburg offers roller-skating, bowling, indoor trampolining, indoor rock climbing, and indoor bounce houses. For these and other indoor activities, check out our Indoor Guide to Spartanburg

Turkey Trot

Partners for Active Living hosts the 15th Annual Prisma Health Turkey Day 8K. Find out more and register for the Turkey Trot. The starting gun for this run/walk 8K (roughly 5 miles) fires at 7:30 a.m. at the start/finish line on the corner of Main and Spring Streets. 

Lighten Up

A family friend reminded me of a self-guided tour of the Lighten Up lightbulb sculptures that decorate downtown Spartanburg. A walking tour of these 30 bright bulbs is a good way to get in some exercise and/or do some important holiday-related window shopping.

Shop Til You Drop

If shopping is on your agenda, there are plenty of options for shopping local. Our Spartanburg Ultimate Shopping Guide promises something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Wild About Lights

Hollywild will offer its Holiday Lights Safari starting with a sneak preview on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16. It will be open nightly November 22 through January 4. Cost is $6 per person and admission for children aged 24 months and younger is free.

Let it Go- Frozen II is here

Brace yourselves! Winter is coming! The much-anticipated release of “Frozen II” is the Friday before Thanksgiving, November 22 and will surely be screened at local theaters. 

Cheer on a Hometown Team

Converse College, Wofford College, ad USC Upstate each have various sporting events going on during Thanksgiving week. Converse College Women’s Basketball Valkyries take on USC Aiken’s Pacers on Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m. at the The Weisiger Center, located at 321 N. Fairview Avenue. Cost of admission is $5, but children aged 10 and under get in for free.

The Wofford College Terriers host the Women’s Volleyball Southern Conference Tournament November 22-24. The Wofford Women’s Basketball Team will also hit the court on Saturday, November 23 versus Winthrop. This game will be played at Converse College at 7 p.m. Wofford Women’s Basketball will also match-up against the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m.

USC Upstate’s Men’s Basketball takes on Youngstown State University on Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $8. Tickets for children aged 3-17 are $5.


In addition to crafting our first gratitude turkey this fall, my family will explore ways to give thanks by giving back to our community. Spartanburg offers a wide range of volunteering options for families. Learn more about volunteering opportunities in Spartanburg.

How will your family spend Thanksgiving in Spartanburg? What activities are you looking forward to? 

What will you do this Thanksgiving break in Spartanburg?

About the Author
India Menon is a native New Orleanian married to a South Indian immigrant. They have lived in Greenville since 2011. A former educational researcher, she is now a stay-at-home parent to two children and organizes a local Meetup group for stay-at-home moms. Fueled by coffee and good humor, she enjoys playing outdoors, cooking, eating, reading, and plenty of Pinterest fails.

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