South Carolina Holiday happenings

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South Carolina Holiday happenings

Make sure not to overlook any moment of the festive season, packed with holiday festivals, concerts, events, and dazzling light shows. Explore the most recent listings from December 2023 – January 2024 below, and for continuous real-time updates, refer to our Calendar of Events section. Wishing you a joyful holiday season!

UPSTATE

NOVEMBER

Through Dec. 31 * Holiday Lights Safari, Hollywild Animal Preserve, Wellford. (864) 472-2038 or visit event website.

Through Dec. 25 *Anderson Christmas Lights, 150 Rose Valley Blvd., Anderson. Visit event website.

Through Jan. 15 * Ice on Main, downtown, Greenville. Visit event website.

24–25 * Merry Market Craft Fair, Laurens County Museum, Laurens. (864) 681-3678 or visit event website.

30 * A Merry Mauldin Christmas, Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater, Mauldin. (864) 297-1323 or visit event website.

DECEMBER

1 * Christmas Celebration, Bob Jones University, Greenville. (864) 242-5100 or visit event website.

1­–3 * Santa on Main, Main Street, Greenville. (864) 953-2475 or visit event website.

1–10 * Holiday Spectacular, Mauldin Cultural Center, Mauldin. Visit event website.

1–10 * The Clemson Little Theatre presents A Christmas CarolPendleton Playhouse, Pendleton. (864) 646-8100 or visit event website.

1–17 * All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Centre Stage, Greenville. (864) 233-6733 or visit event website.

Dec. 1–30 * Holidays at the Zoo, Greenville Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467-4300 or visit event website.

1–31 * The Christmas Park, Mineral Spring Park, Williamston. Visit event website.

2 * Cowboy Christmas, Three Nails Ranch, Gaffney. (864) 490-5454.

2 * Civiton Christmas Parade, Main Street, Ridgeland. (864) 369-2466 or visit event website.

2 * Holly Jolly Piedmont Christmas Parade, downtown, Piedmont. Visit event website.  

2 * Honea Path Festival of Trees, Main Street, Ridgeland. (864) 369-2466 or visit event website.

2 * Poinsettia Christmas Parade, downtown, Greenville. Visit event website.

2 * Selfies with Santa, Cross Keys House, Union. (864) 814-9941. 

2–3* Greer Farmers Market Christmas, Greer Farmers Market, Greer. Visit event website.

3 * A Celtic Angels Christmas, Walhalla Performing Arts Center, Walhalla. (864) 638-5277.

3 * Greenwood Christmas Parade, downtown, Greenwood. (864) 942-8448 or visit event website.

3 * Simpsonville Christmas Parade, Main Street, Simpsonville. (864) 963-3781.

5 * Dickens of a Christmas, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 596-2000 or visit event website

6 * Spirit of Christmas Parade, Main Street, Fountain Inn. (864) 862-2586. 

8–10 * Kringle Holiday Village, Fluor Field, Greenville. Visit event website

8–10 * Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells Batman Smells, Greenwood Community Theatre, Greenwood. (864) 229-5704 or visit event website.

8­­­­­–10 * The Nutcracker presented with Ballet Spartanburg, Twichell Auditorium at Converse College, Spartanburg. (864) 948-9020 or visit event website

9–10 * Christmas Candlelight Tours, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327 or visit event website.

16–17 * Mauldin City Singers present Sounds of the SeasonMauldin Cultural Center, Mauldin. Visit event website.

MIDLANDS

NOVEMBER

Through Dec. 30 * Christmas in Newberry, Main Street, Newberry. Visit event website

Through Dec. 30 * Holiday Tours, Robert Mills House, Columbia. Visit event website.

Through Dec. 31 * Fireflies Holiday Lights, Segra Park, Columbia. Visit event website.

Through Dec. 31 * Lights at Riverbanks Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-9717 or visit event website

Through Dec. 31 * Holiday Lights on the River, Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo. Visit event website

Through Jan. 1 * Children’s Garden Christmas and Kids’ Walk, Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg. (803) 533-6020 or visit event website.

Through Jan. 14 * Wild Lights, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. Visit event website

23 * Aiken Turkey Trot 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run, Citizens Park, Aiken. (803) 642-4779.

24–25 * McConnells Christmas Craft Show, McConnells Community Center, McConnells. (803) 230-3658.

25 * Chitlin’ Strut, downtown, Salley. (803) 258-3485 or visit event website.

25 * A Christmas Carol, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264 or visit event website

26 * John Berry Christmas, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264 or visit event website

29 * Celtic Angels Christmas, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264 or visit event website

30 * City of Cayce’s Annual Tree Lighting, Cayce City Hall, Cayce. Visit event website.

30–Dec. 3 * Christmasville, Old Town, Rock Hill. Visit event website.

30–Dec. 3 * Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market, South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 252-4552 or visit event website.

30–Jan. 2 * Aiken Festival of Trees, Aiken Visitors Center, Aiken. Visit event website.

DECEMBER

1 * Carols Along the Riverwalk * N Avenue entrance of Cayce Riverwalk, Cayce. Visit event website.

1 * Frisson Ensemble: A Classic Christmas, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436-2616 or visit event website.

1–2 * Aiken Christmas Craft Show, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. Visit event website.

1–2 * The Nutcracker presented by The Aiken Civic Ballet, The USCA Etherredge Center, Aiken. (803) 641-3305 or visit event website.

1–17 * It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayFirehouse Theatre, Chapin. (803) 404-0015 or visit event website.

1–31 * Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights, Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter. (803) 436-2500.

1, 8, 15 * It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayChapin Theatre, Chapin. (803) 404-0015 or visit event website.

1, 8, 17, 22 * North Pole Lights, Community Hall & Memorial Park, Newberry. Visit event website.

2 * Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade, downtown, Columbia. Visit event website.

2 * Christmas Traditions: Olde & New, Cayce Historical Museum, Cayce. Visit event website.

2 * Country Christmas Shopping, Old McCaskill’s Farm, Rembert. (803) 432-9537.

2 * Lake Murray Christmas Light Boat Parade, Lake Murray Dam Public Park, Lexington. Visit event website

2 * Make Holiday Décor with Recycled Materials, Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster. (803) 285-3344.

2 * Saint Nicholas Festival, Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Columbia. Visit event website

2 * Snowball Festival Carnival, Icehouse Amphitheater, Lexington. (803) 358-7275 or visit event website

2 * Winter Artisan Market, Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill. (803) 574-1003 or visit event website.

3 * Joy to the World! Holiday Concert, The Etherredge Center, Aiken. Visit event website

3 * Prosperity Christmas Parade, Main Street, Prosperity. (803) 364-2622 or visit event website.

3 * The NutcrackerNewberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264 or visit event website

4 * Aiken Center for the Arts Christmas Concert, Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken. (803) 641-9094 or visit event website.

5 * ‘Twas the Night with the Aiken Concert Band, The Eterredge Center, Aiken. Visit event website.

7 * Night of 1,000 Lights, downtown, Aiken. Visit event website.

7 * The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County presents The Best Christmas Pageant EverUSC-Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. (803) 416-6183 or visit event website.

8 * Christmas with Wilson-Fairchild, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264 or visit event website

8 * Dutch Fork Choral Society Winter Concert, Lake Murray Presbyterian, Chapin. (803) 361-4618 or visit our website.

8 * Dutch Fork Choral Society Winter Concert, Mt. Horeb Lutheran, Chapin. (803) 361-4618 or visit our website.

8–10, 14–16 * Dear SantaAiken Community Theatre, Aiken. (803) 648-1438 or visit event website.

8–24 * Carolina Lights, South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Columbia. Visit event website.

9 * Candlelight Tour of Homes, Camden Archives Museum, Camden. Visit event website

9 * Christmas Candlelight Tours, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327 or visit event website.

9 * Holiday Parade of Lights, Twelfth Street, Cayce/West Columbia. (803) 794-6504.

9–10 * Calvary UMC Nativity Exhibition, Calvary Methodist Church, Swansea. (803) 568-9712.

Michael Bailey works as a multimedia journalist who specializes in producing news stories and personal profiles that highlight the cultural, social, economic, and political experiences of minorities living in South Carolina and beyond. His extensive media, business, and political background has made him a well-respected voice and an often sought-after commentator on issues impacting people of color.

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