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Top 10 December activities for families in the Upstate

Here are our top Parents & Family activity picks for December. For additional daily events, be sure to check our Daily Adventures calendar on our Things to Do page.

“JUNIE B. IN JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS,” is presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre Dec. 4 – 13 at the Peace Center. Visit

“A CHRISTMAS STORY” is presented Dec. 4 – 6 and 11 – 13 at the Younts Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Visit

“’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” will be presented by the Spartanburg Youth Theatre Dec. 4 – 5 at the Chapman Cultural Center in downtown Spartanburg. Visit

SANTA ON THE CHIMNEY is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12 at Chimney Rock Park in North Carolina. For details, call 828-625-9611 or visit

THE ST. FRANCIS TEDDY BEAR LUNCHEON is at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville. Visit

GREENVILLE’S POINSETTIA CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in downtown Greenville. Visit

THE SPARTANBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in downtown Spartanburg. Visit

A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION for ages 5 – 12 is at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University. The cost is $10 each for children and $8 each for adults. Advance reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by adults. Visit

CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM, a fundraiser for Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center, is 2 – 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at Eden Farms. Admission is $7 each. The event includes “reindeer rides” on horses and a live interactive Nativity scene, hands-on Christmas crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, time with Santa, and more. For details, call 864-898-0043 or visit

AN AMERICAN GIRL DOLL CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY is at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Latta Plantation. The cost is $25 per adult-child pair and $10 for each additional person. Reservations are required. Email, call 704-875-2312 or visit