Santa, Christmas at the Stables highlight weekend events
It’s another busy weekend for holiday activities in the Upstate.
Get into the holiday spirit with A Happy Who-lidays Party at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Hughes Main Library. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the animated Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in true Who fashion with a storytime and special activities. Adult caregiver required. Register in advance. Visit http://greenvillelibrary.org.
Holiday Happening is a free, multi–day event that transforms Downtown Greenville’s Main Street into a festive, family-friendly destination promoting tourism, retail, art, dining and holiday entertainment. This year’s event kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday. For more details, visit http://downtownholidayhappening.com.
Bring the whole family and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friday at The Shops at Greenridge in Greenville. Rides pick up near Panera Bread and Brixx.
A Shining Christmas is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Hear ages 13 – 18 sing Christmas hits. Admission is free. Visit http://www.mauldinculturalcenter.org.
If you love Harry Potter, you can dress like your favorite character, wear festive attire or come as you are for the Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers locations across the Upstate. The special free event will include dancing, music, activities and giveaways. Then, stores will host a special “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” Storytime event at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event will include coloring and activities. For details, visit www.barnesandnoble.com.
If you love Christmas parades, you're in for a treat if you live in Pickens County. The Pickens Christmas parade will be held 7 – 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Pickens. On Saturday, the Dacusville Christmas parade will kick off at 2 p.m. in downtown Dacusville. Finally, the Easley Christmas Parade of Lights will take to the streets of downtown Easley beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. For more details, visit visitpickenscounty.com.
The Travelers Rest Christmas parade is also at 10 a.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce, the theme is "12 Days of Christmas." For details, visit www.facebook.com/TravelersRestChristmasParade.
The Santa Paws Workshop will be open for holiday activities noon – 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Greenville County Animal Care. Stop by for photos with Santa (pets invited) for $15, buy treats from Rudoplh’s Retail Shop, make some treats for homeless pets, and more. All proceeds benefit the animals at the shelter. For details, visit www.GreenvillePets.org.
Christmas at the Stables is 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Whispering Pines Stables in Mauldin. This is a live Nativity with a hay ride, a bake sale and more. All ages are welcome. Groups are asked to call for reservations. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. For details, call 864-288-7458 or visit http://wpstables.com.
Celebrate the season at Christmas at the Barn, a fundraiser for Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center, 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Eden Farms in Marietta. Spend the afternoon making Christmas memories with “reindeer” horse and pony rides, a live, interactive Nativity scene, Christmas carolers, Santa and more. Cost is $8 each. Tickets are available at the gate or online at http://www.edenfarms.net.
The rain last weekend postponed the Simpsonville Christmas Parade, but activities kick off at 3 p.m. this Sunday. For information, visit www.simpsonvillechamber.com.
Watch “The Polar Express” at 6 p.m. Sunday outdoors at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Kick things off with train rides round the center from 4 – 6 p.m. Bundle up, bring a blanket and a pillow and celebrate the season. The Snow Castle will be on-site, serving up hot cocoa. Admission is free. Visit http://www.mauldinculturalcenter.org.
The Spirit of Christmas Past Festival is now daily through Dec. 18 in Fountain Inn. The event includes carriage rides, a home tour and more. For details, visit http://fountaininnchamber.org/web/ events/christmas-past.
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