FOOD & DRINK
Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
This year, Greenville will host its first annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl. The host organization – aptly named Ugly Sweater Bar Crawls – has crawls in many cities all over the country, but this will be Greenville’s inaugural event. There are 10 participating bars around downtown Greenville, and the event will culminate with a private afterparty with a DJ at Ink N Ivy. Participating bars include Gringos, Pour Taproom, City Tavern, Carolina Ale House, and more. Everyone will be decked out in their ugly sweaters and festive Christmas gear, and the purchase of a ticket will include a signature koozie, Santa hat, T-shirt, and food and drink specials at each bar. –Sara Pearce
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, noon–10 p.m.
Where: Various locations, downtown Greenville
Taylors Christmas Hops and Shops
Taylors TownSquare and The Main Collective are collaborating to host a Christmas market this year. This event is being held in conjunction with Hymns and Hops at 13 Stripes, lending it to the name Hops and Shops. There will be over 40 vendors in the market inside Southern Bleachery. Hymns & Hops will be held the same day from 6–9 p.m, which will involve singing hymns and Christmas carols while enjoying a cold beer from 13 Stripes. –Sara Pearce
When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2–8 p.m.
Where: Southern Bleachery, 250 Mill St., Taylors
Very Merry Local Christmas Market
The Travelers Rest Farmers Market’s Very Merry Local Christmas Market will showcase over 75 vendors selling goods ranging from children’s toys, handmade jewelry, natural beauty products, candles, and soaps, as well as food vendors. This will be a great event to bring the kids to, as there will be a Santa appearance in the afternoon. There will be hot cocoa, hot cider, and several food trucks from around Greenville, including Coastal Crust Greenville. Gift wrapping will be available for any shoppin, as well as build-your-own gift baskets. This is a great chance to do some holiday shopping while supporting vendors based right here in the Upstate. –Sara Pearce
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 1–5 p.m.
Where: Travelers Rest Farmers Market, 115 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest
Christmas at the Barn
Happy Hooves, a nonprofit therapeutic horse-riding program at Eden Farms, will host their 15th annual fundraiser, Christmas at the Barn, this weekend. Proceeds go directly to the scholarships that Happy Hooves provides to special needs and at-risk children in the Upstate, so that they can attend Happy Hooves at no cost. Admission will include events for children of all ages. There will be “reindeer” rides with horses decked out in Christmas attire; arts and crafts in the North Pole Room; an interactive nativity scene; carolers performing; a people-chase for children, and an appearance by Santa. “This will be a wonderful family event, and a great chance to unplug and enjoy the outdoors for a few hours,” says Becky Sweeney, barn manager of Eden Farms. –Sara Pearce
When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2-5 p.m.
Where: Eden Farms, 4700 Dacusville Highway, Marietta
An Evening of O. Henry
This Christmas, The Spinning Jenny is bringing to life some of O. Henry’s classic short stories. Known for his surprise twist endings, two famous O. Henry stories have been adapted into plays to help celebrate the holidays and themes of community and giving. The two short stories are “The Cop and the Anthem,” adapted by Mark Bucci and directed by Caleb Pyle, and “The Gift of the Magi,” adapted by Jon Jory and directed by Anne Nolan. There will be two performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sharon Murray, director, says, “It will be a family-friendly event, and has good themes of caring for one another.” There will be Christmas drinks and snacks available, like spiced cider and popcorn. –Sara Pearce
When: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Spinning Jenny, 107 Cannon St., Greer
**CORRECTION: Eden Farms’ Christmas at the Barn is Sunday, Dec. 10, from 2-5 p.m., and not Saturday, Dec. 9, as reported in our Dec. 8 print issue of the Greenville Journal. We apologize for this error.