If you’re looking for a fun holiday outing this weekend, there are plenty of events on tap for the occasion.
If you’ve been waiting for a chance to go ice skating in an outdoor rink, Ice on Main opens Friday at Village Green in front of the Courtyard by Marriot on Main Street in Greenville. For costs, hours and special events, visit iceonmain.com.
Star Wars Night is Friday during the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 7 p.m. game. A limited number of Star Wars light-sabers will be given away to the first 150 people to purchase a family fun pack. For details, visit swamprabbits.com/tickets/family-fun-pack.
“The Lion King Jr.” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Mauldin Cultural Center. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and a familiar cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again. Tickets are $6 – $10 each. Visit thelionkingmauldin.eventbrite.com or www.mauldinculturalcenter.org/events/cultural-center-season.
The Greer Children’s Theatre’s production of “Elf Jr. The Musical” continues this weekend with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the J Harley Bonds Career Center in Greer. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students, and $7 for children 4 and younger. The play is based on the book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and movie starring Will Ferrell. For more information, visit greerculturalarts.com.
The Princess Academy, presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre, is Saturday at the Kroc Center. This year’s event features two classic princesses, as well as a special young Princess in Training and her helpful rabbit friend. Princesses learn about smiling, entering a room, introducing themselves, giving compliments and curtsying, all while learning the importance of kindness and grace. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Best for ages 3 – 8. The event is at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. but some shows are sold out. Tickets are $8 each for adults and $15 each for children. Visit scchildrenstheatre.org for more details, or call 864-235-2885.
The Friends of Paris Mountain State Park will host a program at 10 a.m. Saturday on bears, called “What do you do if you see a bear in Greenville County?” led by S.C. Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Tammy Wactor. Meet at the park center for this family friendly program. No registration is required and there is no cost for the program beyond park admission. Ranger Cathy Taylor will then present a program at 1 p.m. called “Animal Signs Scavenger Hunt.” The leisurely 11/2-hour walk around Lake Placid helps participants look for the 10 signs of animals listed on the park scavenger hunt sheet. The program costs $7 per person, payable at the instead of admission, and will start at Park Center. Registration is required. To register, email email@example.com, or call the office at 864-244-5565.
Simpsonville’s Holiday Market at Five Forks is 2-6 p.m. Saturday besides the Lowes Foods, 2815 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville. Vendors will include local businesses, crafters and artisans. For details, visit simpsonvillechamber.com.
The annual Native American Celebration is Saturday at the Hagood Mill Historic Site. Showcasing customs, traditions, food, music and dance from many different tribes including, but not limited to the Cherokee and Catawba, the event showcases the rich native American culture of the region. Admission is free; there is a $5 parking fee.
The Augusta Road Business Association (ARBA) will kick off the season with a Holiday Open House from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Shoppers can get in the holiday spirit with a visit from Santa, music, carriage rides, hot cocoa, door prizes, holiday treats, special gift ideas for Christmas and more. For more information, visit onlyonaugusta.com.
Giggles Drop-in Childcare in Greenville will host a grand opening celebration 1-5 p.m. Sunday at its new location at Lewis Plaza on Augusta Street. The event will include tours of the building, free playtime for kids, face painting, food and prizes. Call 864-907-2324 or visit www.gigglesdaycareinc.com to learn more.
An Evening With Santa and Mrs. Claus will be 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Park in Greenville. Gather outside the Regal Cinema courtyard located between Wild Wing Cafe and Tucanos on Woodruff Road for music, children’s activities, arts and crafts, dinner and dessert with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost is $3 per person, which includes a free goody bag for each child 10 and younger. Purchase tickets online.
Santa’s Shoppe, the signature event for the Junior League of Spartanburg, continues daily through Sunday at Spartanburg Expo Center. The event features 80-plus vendors. Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Proceeds support community projects. Hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. The event coincides with Cookies with Santa, with seating times at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10 per child. For details, visit jlspartanburg.org.
The Holly Jolly Holiday Fair is 5 – 9 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. The event includes holiday artisans and crafters, Santa, food, inflatables, entertainment and more. Visit facebook.com/HollyJollyHolidayFair.