DEC. 18
Teen Poetry Reading

The Peace Center and Peace Voices, a Peace Center program, will host a Teen Poetry Reading on Dec. 18. The Peace Voices program focuses on using the spoken word and poetry as a tool to tell unique, personal stories. Participants have engaged in master classes with poet-in-residence Glenis Redmond, and Redmond has helped guide the students through brainstorming exercises and techniques in writing and sharing poetry. The Teen Poetry Reading will give students who have worked in the Peace Voices workshop programs over the last year a chance to share their hard work, creativity, and original poetry with the public. –Sara Pearce

When: Monday, Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Peace Center, 300 S Main St.
Admission: Free


Indie Craft Parade Holiday Pop-Up Shop

This is the last weekend to visit the Makers Collective’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop, a temporary retail shop showcasing the work of over 70 regional artists and makers. The event is held at the Methodical Coffee roasting facility, just minutes from downtown, and is open at select times Thursday through Sunday. There will be goods for everyone on your holiday shopping list, including handmade giftable art, home goods, jewelry, and children’s items. Since this is a pop-up event, the makers themselves will not be physically present, but many are veterans of the annual Makers Collective Indie Craft Parade. –Sara Pearce


When: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 3 McBeth St.
Admission: Free

DEC. 16
Christmas at Thomas Creek

Thomas Creek Brewery will be hosting a Christmas event with food, shopping, and of course, beer. Santa will be there for any photo opportunities with kids – or even adults.

There will be between 15 and 20 vendors on site selling local goods ranging from food to holiday gifts for friends and family. Thomas Creek encourages attendees to donate to Toys for Tots by bringing new, unwrapped toys to this family-friendly event. —Sara Pearce

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Thomas Creek Brewery, 2054 Piedmont Highway
Admission: Free

DEC. 17
HOLIDAY Chanukah on Main

Join the Greenville community in celebrating Chanukah on Main Street by coming together at the Grand Annual Downtown Menorah Lighting. Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day wintertime Festival of Lights holiday that includes a nightly menorah lighting and special prayers and foods. The Greenville Jewish community, along with others, will celebrate the beginning of Chanukah by lighting a community menorah. Leaders and dignitaries from the local Jewish community will be in attendance, and there will be hot latkes and doughnuts, as well as chocolate “gelt” and dreidels for kids. The event is open to anyone and a great way to celebrate the holiday season. –Sara Pearce  

When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 4:30 p.m.
Where: NOMA Square, 220 N. Main St.
Admission: Free



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