It’s Christmas weekend, which means there aren’t many special or new events happening. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty of family fun to be had in the Upstate.

Friday, grab the family and catch a performance of Carolina Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker” at 1 and 7 p.m. at The Peace Center. This is the last show before Christmas and tickets are selling out fast. For more information, visit

Skating on the Big Ice continues at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The public can ice skate on the arena’s rink from 1 – 5 p.m. Dec. 24, 26–27 and 29. Cost is $8 for adults (ages 7 and older) and $6 for children (ages 6 and younger). Skate rentals are $3. Free parking is available in the VIP lot. For more details, visit

Ice on Main, sponsored by United Community Bank, is also open until Jan. 16. Located on Village Green in front of the Courtyard Marriott on Main Street in Greenville, the rink is open daily, but keep an eye on special holiday hours. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children, which includes the cost of skate rentals. You can find a complete list of hours online at

Looking ahead: To celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, people of all faiths are invited to light a giant menorah in observance of this Jewish holiday starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 26. The Community Menorah Lighting will include music, refreshments, a magician face painting and children’s choir. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. The event will be held at the Hyatt on Greenville’s Main Street inside NOMA Square. For more information, visit

Until then, spend the weekend with loved ones at any of these ongoing holiday events.

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights

Open 6 – 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30, Roper Mountain Holiday Lights includes a 1.5-mile drive-through display of glittering lights, holiday scenes and more. This holiday tradition is celebrating its 25th year in 2016, and it’s good for all ages. You can start your adventure by parking and strolling through Winter Wonderland, full of lighted walking trails, visits with Santa, a balloon artist, concessions and giant holiday cards created by local students on display. Special events are held throughout each week, featuring performances by local school groups and appearances by local mascots. Admission is $10 per car, SUV and minivan Mondays – Thursdays and $15 Fridays – Sundays. For more information, visit

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Advertised as “the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show of its kind,” Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland will bring its festive show to Heritage Park in Simpsonville from dusk to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 8. Admission is $25 per car or minivan, and the price includes a drive-through of holiday light displays and access to Santa’s Village at Heritage Park. That’s where kids can enjoy a free petting zoo, hot chocolate, Christmas caroling, and pictures with Santa. Rides on the train, Ferris wheel and merry-go-round cost $2 each and pony and camel rides are $6. For more information, visit

Holiday Lights Safari Benefit

The 26th annual Holiday Lights Safari Benefit will lighten up the night 6 – 9 p.m. daily through Jan. 2 including holidays at Hollywild Animal Park. For $6 per person, you can drive through a holiday light display and then walk through Santa’s Village, which includes a petting zoo, hot cocoa, and Santa himself. For $10 per car, you can also grab some animal food and drive through the Enchanted Deer Forest to feed some of the park’s animals. Be sure to check out the November and December issues of Upstate Parent for buy one, get one free coupons. For more information, visit

Upstate Holiday Light Show

Greenville-Pickens Speedway lights up with 32 million colors each holiday season in an interactive light show that includes admission to Santa’s Workshop and a petting zoo. Lights are synchronized to holiday music on a driving tour that leads to Easley’s version of The North Pole, where Santa, his elves and a host of helpers work to make Christmas happy for boys and girls. Children can pose for pictures, sip hot chocolate and nibble on cookies before heading over to a petting zoo filled with goats, cows and miniature donkeys. Before you leave, you can visit the Christmas tree farm to purchase a hand-pruned Blue Ridge Mountain Fraser fir. The display is open seven days a week starting at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

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