Citing social distancing concerns, Greenville city officials have canceled this year’s annual Poinsettia Christmas Parade in downtown Greenville.
“The health and safety of Greenville residents and visitors is our top priority,” city spokeswoman Beth Brotherton said in a release. “Given the number of people this popular event attracts each year, it would be impossible for us to ensure attendees maintain the recommended social distance.”
Brotherton said the city is working on alternative plans that offer a safe and festive experience all season long.
Previously announced holiday activities downtown include:
- United Community Bank Ice on Main — Opening ceremony on Nov. 13; season expanded through Jan. 31. Modifications will be made to limit capacity at the ice rink, and enhanced health and safety guidelines will be in place.
- TD Essential Market: Holiday Edition — Nov. 8, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. Holiday Edition market hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The TD Essential Market will continue in a modified format and offer fresh and local essential grocery items while still maintaining health and safety guidelines. Market vendors will feature seasonal produce, specialty items (honey, fresh pressed juices, pasta/salsa), along with festive handmade crafts, holiday baskets and more.
A full schedule of planned holiday activities including window decorating contests and holiday lights will be announced at the end of November, Brotherton said.