The holiday season can be overwhelming. There are so many parades to be attended, Santa’s to be sat upon and plays to help set the Christmas mood. Below you will find plenty of events to partake in all over the Upstate:

Nov. 8- Dec. 22

Indie Craft Parade

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fridays- Sundays

2909 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville

Nov. 23- Dec.30

St. Francis Festival of Trees. Photo provided.

St. Francis Festival of Trees

Daily

Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Embassy Suites Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites – RiverPlace and Hyatt Regency

Nov. 30

Holiday Flea

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Nov. 30 and Dec. 7

Forty unique local artisans and crafters

Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery: 205 Cedar Lane Road

Free to attend

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, Dec. 7 – Dec. 8

Adult: $28; Child: $19

Gunter Theatre: 300 S Main St, Greenville

Dec. 1

Simpsonville Annual Christmas Parade

3 – 5:30 p.m.

Main Street, Simpsonville

Free to attend

Dec. 2

Robert Earl Keen: Countdown to Christmas

7:30 p.m.

$25-$45

Peace Concert Hall, Peace Center: 300 S Main St, Greenville

Dec. 4

Fountain Inn Chamber Christmas Parade

5:30 p.m.

Main Street, Fountain Inn

Free to attend

Dec. 5

Martinis and Mistletoe. Photo provided.

Martinis & Mistletoe

7 – 9 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Greenville, Studio 220: 220 N Main St, Greenville

Tickets are $50 per person

Holiday Fair Greenville 

Dec. 5-6 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 7 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

1 Exposition Drive, Greenville

Adults: $6 Senior citizens (60 +): $5

Free for children 12 and younger

Simpsonville Tree Lighting Ceremony

6 – 7 p.m.

Hosted by Discover Simpsonville

Simpsonville City Hall: 118 N.E. Main St.

Free to attend

Fountain Inn Tree Lighting

5:30 p.m.

Depot Street, downtown Fountain Inn

Free to attend

Pictures at Santa’s Workshop

5 – 8 p.m.

December 5-6

Free admission with photos purchased from Pro Shots Studios

Mauldin Cultural Center: 101 E. Butler Road, Mauldin

Holiday Oyster Roast and Pizza Party

5 – 9 p.m.

Upcountry Provisions: 6809 State Park Road, Travelers Rest

$25 per person to enter, includes food, or $5 per person entry fee to see the show;
food and beverage purchases a la carte

“A Holly Jolly Christmas” is a family-friendly variety show. Photo provided.

“A Holly Jolly Christmas”                        

Centre Stage: 501 River St. Greenville

Times & Dates:

  • Dec. 5-7, 12-13, 19-20: 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 and 15: 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 14 and 21: 2 & 8 p.m.

$25.50-$38.50  + $3.50 online charge

Peace Interlude: Branford Marsalis

Peace Center Campus: 300 S Main St, Greenville

5:15 p.m.

Free

Dec. 6

Night of Lights

5 – 8 p.m. * Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.

Main Street, Greenville

This event will include:

  • Live music
  • Food trucks
  • Coffee Underground

Hosted by Mayor Knox White

Free to attend

Annual Christmas Carol Sing & Lighting

Presented by Bob Jones University: 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville

6:30 p.m.

Free to attend

Christmas in Greer Tree Lighting     

5 – 8 p.m

Greer City Park: 301 E Poinsett St.

From 5-7 p.m. you can enjoy the following:

  • Holiday craft stations
  • Inflatables
  • Greer Relief S’mores
  • Plate 108 cookie decorating

Santa will arrive at the park at 7:15 p.m.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times

Pets are not permitted

Free to attend

Vintage Christmas Fest

Dec. 6

5 – 8 p.m

Grace Hall: 108 Trade St., Greer

General admission; free with an encouraged donation of non-perishable food items or unwrapped toys

Early bird special: 10 a.m. – noon with $5 donation entry for attendees

General Admission: Noon – 8:30 p.m.
(until Santa leaves)

Santa will visit with kids in Grace Hall after the tree lighting: 8 p.m.

Dec. 7

General admission: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Merry Market

Younts Center for Performing Arts: 315 N. Main St., Fountain Inn

Dec. 6: 5 – 9 p.m.

Dec. 7: Noon-9 p.m.

Dec. 8: 1 – 5 p.m.

“A Carolina Christmas at the Younts”

Younts Center for Performing Arts: 315 N. Main St., Fountain Inn

Dec. 6-7: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 8: 6:30 p.m.

Tickets $20/$25

Tree lighting. Photo provided.

Mauldin Christmas Tree Lighting

Mauldin Amphitheater: 101 E. Butler Rd

6 p.m.

Bring a stadium chair for the ceremony

Free to attend

Holiday Market

Mauldin Cultural Center: 101 E. Butler Rd

5-8 p.m.

Holiday gifts, arts, crafts and edibles

Free to attend

Christmas in the Park

5-7 p.m.

235 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest

Will include:

  • Free kids ride on the Polar Express Train
  • Santa will be in the pavilion for photos
  • Food trucks on hand

Free to attend

The Nutcracker. Photo provided.

The Nutcracker

Peace Center, Concert Hall: 300 S Main St, Greenville

Dec. 6-7: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 8: 3 p.m.

$19-$72

Dec. 7

Photo provided from Poinsettia Christmas Parade

Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade 

6-7:30 p.m.

Main Street, from Augusta to North

Free

Teddy Bear Luncheon 

11 a.m.

Hyatt Regency Greenville, Studio 220: 220 N Main St, Greenville

$15 adults; $10 children ages 3-12

Any child who donates a new stuffed animal will get a photo with Santa

Breakfast with Santa presented by The Little Gym of Green

9-10:30 a.m.

Hosted by and held at the Greenville Zoo: 150 Cleveland Park Drive, Greenville

Tickets are $25 and include:

  • Breakfast served by Texas Roadhouse
  • Up close and personal time with Santa
Breakfast with Santa

Hosted by The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

8-9:30 a.m. / 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 7 & 14

10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 & Dec. 15

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate: 300 College St., Greenville

Call 864-233-7755 to register

Includes:

  • Hot buffet breakfast
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Hot chocolate and coffee bar
  • Story time and singalong
  • Caroling
  • Holiday crafts

$25 per member /$32 nonmember adult

$28 per nonmember child

Breakfast with Santa – Simpsonville 

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Simpsonville Activity Center: 310 W. Curtis St., Simpsonville

$6 for ages 13 and older;  $4 for ages 3-12; free for ages 2 and under

For more information, call 864-967-9533

Pancakes with Santa – Fountain Inn

8 a.m.

Sweet Catherine’s: 111 S. Main St., Fountain Inn

Each family will have time to spend with Santa

Breakfast will include:

  • Pancakes
  • Sausage
  • Fruit
  • Hot cocoa, milk, orange juice or coffee

Reservation only; please call 862-0777.

$16.50 for adults and children; children 2 and younger eat for free

Mauldin Christmas Parade 2017. Photo provided.

Mauldin Christmas Parade 

2-4 p.m.

Starts at Mauldin High School and ends at the Mauldin Cultural Center

Free to attend

Free Photos with Santa

4-6 p.m.

Re/Max Results of Travelers Rest will offer free photos with Santa at the office: 228 S Main St , Travelers Rest

Free

Dec. 8

Greer Christmas Parade 

2:30 p.m.

Beginning at Poinsett and Memorial Drive, ending at North Main & Cunningham Dr.

Free

Dec. 10

“Spirit of Christmas”

7:30 p.m.

Fountain Inn First Baptist Church: 206 N. Weston St., Fountain Inn

General admission Adult $15 Senior $12 Students free with paying adult or senior

Dec. 12

“A Christmas Carol”

φ Dec. 12-Dec. 22

Greenville Theatre: 444 College St., Greenville

Dec. 13

“The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville”

Peace Center: 300 S Main St, Greenville

Dec. 13: 9:45 a.m., educational show 7 p.m. full performance

Dec. 14: full performances 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20-$55 $10 for educational show

Santa in the Lobby 2019

Noon-4:30 p.m.

Greer CPW: 301 McCall St., Greer

Enjoy free snacks/photos with Santa

Bring an unwrapped toy to be distributed  through Greer Police Department’s Cops  for Tots program

Christmas in Mauldin. Photo provided.

“A Mauldin Family Christmas”

Mauldin Cultural Center: 101 E. Butler Road, Mauldin

Dec. 13-14, 19-21: 8 p.m.

Dec. 15: 3 p.m.

Tickets: $15

Dec. 14

Travelers Rest Annual Christmas Parade

11 a.m .-1 p.m.

Main Street, Travelers Rest

Parade will depart Main and Roe Road

Free to attend

A Very Merry Local Christmas Market

1 – 4:30 p.m.

235 Wilhelm Winter St., Travelers Rest

Purchase local, unique items and gifts from vendors

Food trucks

Santa appearance from 2–4 p.m.

Free to attend

Riverside Baptist Church Christmas Concert

7 p.m.

Riverside Baptist Church: 1249 S. Suber Road, Greer

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to  the Toys for Tots drive

Free to attend

“A Carolina Christmas”

Dec. 14 – 15

The Spinning Jenny: 107 Cannon St, Greer

General Admission: $20

Breakfast with Santa

Hosted by Life Kidz Wol Ministries

9-11 a.m.

1023 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville

To RSVP, call 864-963-8507

Free photos with Santa

Lunch with Santa at Fluor Field

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fluor Field: 945 S Main St, Greenville

Lunch with Santa includes an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet complete with:

  • Hamburger, Hot Dog and Pulled Pork sliders
  • Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad
  • Mac n Cheese, Cole Slaw and Fries
  • Gourmet Cookies and Mini Cheesecakes
  • Sweet Tea, Water and Lemonade

Take your pictures with Santa and Reedy

Crafts for the kids

Enter to win prizes

And a special treat from the Greenville Drive for all

Tickets are just $20 per person

Holiday Market On Main

9-11 a.m. & 3-7 p.m.

Main Street, Simpsonville

Includes:

  • Stroll through downtown while sipping cider
  • Christmas carols
  • Shopping with local artisans and crafters
  • Food vendors

Homemade Holiday Gifts in Simpsonville

10-11 a.m

Greenville County Library System – Simpsonville Branch: 626 N.E. Main St.

Ages 18 and over

Make cocoa-mix mason jars and trail mix gift bags. Supplies provided or bring your own.

Registration required: email simpsonville@greenvillelibrary.org  or call 963-9031

Free to attend

Be sure to get a photo taken with Santa. Photo provided.

Christmas with Santa

Noon-3 p.m.

Carolina Family Services: 17 Memorial Medical Drive

Includes:

  • A free picture with Santa Claus  from Upstate Selfie!
  • Free toy giveaway to children 16 and under from our Carolina Family Giving Tree (while supplies last)
  • Free treats, goodies and more

Toy  donations accepted during event

Free to attend

Winter Dance Performance at Gunter Theatre: 300 S Main St, Greenville

Dec. 14 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 2:00 p.m.

Gunter Theatre: 300 S Main St, Greenville

Free

Dec. 16

Lindsey Stirling – Warmer in the Winter 2019

7:30pm

Peace Center, Concert Hall: 300 S Main St, Greenville

Tickets $45-$95

Dec. 17

Christmas With The Chorale

7:30pm

Mcalister Auditorium, Furman University: 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville

Adult: $35; Student: $20 Children 12 & under: $5

Dec. 18

“‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”

φ Dec. 18-21: 10:30 a.m.  Dec. 21: 2 p.m.

φ Greenville Theatre: 444 College St.

φ Adult: $35; Student: $20; Children 12 & under: $5

Dec. 19

The Jazzy Trinity Christmas Show

9:30-11 p.m.

Level 2 at Carolina Olive Oil: 104 S. Main St., Suite 2, Simpsonville

Tickets are $10 with a $2.24 fee

December 20

GREENVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Holiday at Peace

Dec. 20-21 7:30 p.m.

Dec.22 3 p.m.

Peace Center, Concert Hall: 300 S Main St, Greenville

$18-$62

Dec. 21

The Synergy Twins Holiday Concert

Two Shows/Same Night

6:30-8 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m.

Level 2 at Carolina Olive Oil: 104 S. Main St., Suite 2, Simpsonville

Tickets are $15 with a $2.55 fee

Must be 21 or older to attend

The Santa Run

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Kroc Center: 424 Westfield St., Greenville

Find out more information online

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