Family events in Spartanburg County this Christmas season
Spartanburg during the Christmas period is something special. The community comes together during the holidays and offers some of the most charming and entertaining party events.
Residents creating light shows to bring traditions and entertainment to
downtown during Dickens of a Christmas, Spartanburg has many family events
for people of all ages.
While a few events may turn out a little differently this year, there will always be a lot of holiday cheer.
We’ve compiled a list of a few things to enjoy during the Spartanburg vacation season.
Ballet Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Philharmonic present The Nutcracker
For the first time in 20 years, the Spartanburg Ballet is delighted to collaborate with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra to bring Tchaikovsky’s most beloved Christmas musical score to life. This year marks the 56th season of The Nutcracker by Ballet Spartanburg and Carlos Agudelo’s 30th production of classical musical performance. Combining a 42-piece orchestra led by Music Director Stephan Sanders and the magic and beauty of Agudelo’s choreography and vision, Spartanburg’s most beloved Christmas tradition is a staple this season. Four performances will be presented on December 10, 11 and 12. Tickets cost $ 35 for adults, $ 28 for seniors, and $ 20 for students. Visit BalletSpartanburg.org for more information.
Elf the Musical, Jr.
The best way to spread the joy of Christmas is to sing sparklejollytwinklejingley out loud for everyone to hear! In this heartwarming adventure, based on the New Line Cinema movie, Buddy realizes he’s a human living among the elves and decides he’s been at the North Pole long enough. Join him this Christmas time on his journey to find a place to call home and find out what family really means! The performance dates are December 3, 4 and 5. Youth tickets are $ 11.25 and adult tickets are $ 16.25. Visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call 864-583-2776 for more information.
Dickens of a Christmas
It’s a Victorian holiday extravaganza every December when downtown Spartanburg hosts Dickens of a Christmas. With singers dressed in Victorian outfits, live Christmas music, live window displays, carriage rides, ice skating in Morgan Square and of course the Christmas tree lighting at Denny’s Plaza, you don’t want to miss Spartanburg’s signature Christmas party. This year’s event will take place December 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Spartanburg with tree lighting at 7:30 p.m. Bring canned food or a cash donation to the table at Herald-Journal at 189 W. Main St. The first 100 people who donate will receive the official Dickens of a Christmas coffee mug. Profits will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Holiday craft market
Treat friends and family to unique, handcrafted gifts this year when you shop at the 3rd Annual Drayton Mill Craft Market on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live music as you browse the products artists, artisans and local bakers, and enjoy drinks and snacks at the Dray Bar & Grill.
The Christmas House in Inman, originally built in 1884, has been lighting up Foster Road for 48 years now. The display of 100,000 twinkling lights makes it a family tradition during the holidays. Families can enjoy the Thanksgiving Day Christmas light show until New Years Eve from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
St. James United Methodist Church on North Lanford Road in Spartanburg will once again host a live nativity scene with Elders, Shepherds, Donkeys, Sheep and of course Mary and Joseph. The driving experience will take place on December 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will also enjoy hot chocolate and a special gift from the church.
Pop-up Holiday Shop
Vintage Warehouse of Spartanburg on Union Street will host a pop-up holiday store on December 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm This will be an opportunity to purchase last minute Christmas items from a specially selected group of visiting vendors.
Landrum Christmas Light Parade, December 2, 6 p.m. Main Street, Landrum
Greer Christmas tree lighting, December 3, 5-8 p.m. Greer City Park, 301 E. Poinsett St., Greer. Holiday craft stations, inflatables, Greer Relief S’mores, performances will take place at the amphitheater from 5 p.m. to 7.15 p.m.
Turn on Inman, December 4, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Inman. The parade will begin at 5:30 pm Light Up Inman will follow with mechanical rides, a train ride, free hot chocolate, a visit from Santa Claus and more.
Duncan Town Parade, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with parade, Santa Claus, games, food trucks and vendors
Lyman town Christmas parade and tree lighting, December 4, 5 pm-8pm Lyman city center.
Christmas parade in the town of Campobello, December 5, 3 p.m. Downtown Campobello.
Christmas Parade Greer, December 5, 2:30 p.m. Downtown Greer.
Reidville Christmas Parade, 11 Dec. 3 p.m. Main Street, Reidville
Driving Holiday Parade, Arts in Motion, December 11, 5-6:30 p.m., 401 E. Kennedy Street, Spartanburg. To free. Wear your most comfortable vacation pajamas and walk through the decorated parking lot. With a live show, snap a photo with Mrs. Claus, play fun holiday games and receive a gift bag.
Christmas parade in the town of Pacolet, 11 Dec. 10 a.m. Downtown Pacolet.
Woodruff Christmas Parade, December 12, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Main Street, Woodruff
Spartanburg Jaycees Christmas Parade 2021, December 14, 6:30 p.m. Downtown Spartanburg.