December has started which means holiday events across Spartanburg County are fully underway, and we’ve got your guide to how you can take in (and help spread) the holiday cheer around Spartanburg this year!
The family-friendly event has something for everyone, with window performances dotting downtown businesses, along with live musicians and carolers performing in the streets. You can find festive foods, a Christmas market, kids’ activities and much more. And the festive night is topped off with the lighting of the Denny’s Plaza Christmas Tree at 7 PM.
Spartanburg County hosts an array of holiday parades each year, with authentically-decorated floats, unique performances and more.
The Crepe Factory (now located at 12 S. Main St. in Inman) will include seasonal crepes and peppermint hot chocolate during this breakfast with Santa himself. There will also be keepsake ornament making and photo opportunities. Tickets are required in advance.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate Spartanburg will have photos, holiday crafts and activities, and full museum access available as it transforms into the North Pole ahead of Christmas. Timed-entry tickets are required in advance.
Children of all ages and abilities can enjoy sensory-friendly visits with Santa during Spartanburg County Parks & Recreation’s visits at the Lake Cooley Outdoor Education Center (at 100 Cooley Dock Road in Inman). Visits with Santa are reserved in 15-minute time slots, with no music or flashing lights; service animals are welcome. The $20 reservations include a sensory-friendly gift, holiday craft, and refreshments, as well as your pictures taken by staff. Outside cameras are welcome.
The Inman Christmas House (360 Foster Rd) is celebrating its 48th year of public light displays in 2021, with 115,000 lights on view nightly. This year’s FREE drive-thru displays include Frozen, Charlie Brown, a life-size nativity scene with live miniature donkeys, and more.
Hollywild Animal Preserve’s (2325 Hampton Rd, Wellford) 31st annual Holiday Lights Safari is fun for all ages, with drive-thru lights displays, a life-size nativity scene, and an Enchanted Deer Forest where herds of animals will approach your car. General admission is $10.
The Main Street Trolley is back, with nightly guided tours through the decorated streets of Spartanburg’s neighborhoods. On-board the vintage trolley car, enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas music, and historic story-telling. Tours begin at the Train Depot, (298 Magnolia St,) with tickets required in advance.
An annual classic, Ballet Spartanburg returns for its 56th season this year with a collaborative set of performances with the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Follow Clara and the Nutcracker through Tchaikovsky’s most beloved Christmas musical score, with four performances at Converse University’s Twichell Auditorium, (580 East Main St.)
Citizens & Southern Event Center’s popular Drag Shows are back in the historic building, (148 West Main St,) with a holiday double feature. Choose from brunch from 10:30am-2pm, or an evening Drag Show Cocktail & Charcuterie Party from 5pm-8pm. Each event will feature performances by multiple queens, a cash bar, buffet-style food, and signature holiday cocktails and treats, with tickets available on both the ground and mezzanine levels.