It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving, and if you’re not too tired from cooking or shopping, you’ll find a variety of family-friendly events happening this weekend.

Mickey Mouse and company will once again visit Greenville when “Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big” skates into the Bon Secours Wellness Arena with daily shows through Sunday. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes audiences on a journey of beloved Disney tales, including “Frozen,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Little Mermaid.” Tickets start at $15 for performances at 1 and 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Purchase tickets by phone at 1-888-305-9550 or by visiting the box office.

If shopping is still on your mind, you might want to check out the Big Steps for Small Readers online auction this weekend. More than 50 local businesses have donated items to benefit kids in poverty who need academic help from Strides, a non-profit organization that provides tutoring to students in need. Visit to see the products up for bid.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is open Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., when the annual Holiday Traditions Exhibit opens. Children can explore a dollhouse replica of Greenville’s historic Lanneau-Norwood House, see life-like miniature trains, play interactive snowman games and hear a story inside its reading nook. For more details, visit

The holiday lights season is officially underway, and families have plenty of options throughout the Upstate.

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 will celebrate its 25th year in 2016, and it’s good for all ages. Admission is $10 per car, SUV and minivan Mondays – Thursdays and $15 Fridays – Sundays. For more information, visit

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. Rides on the train, Ferris wheel and merry-go-round cost $2 each and pony and camel rides are $6. For more information, visit

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. The Upstate Holiday Lights Show in Easley display is open seven days a week starting at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Plus, Santa’s workshop is up and running at Haywood Mall, with Santa ready for picture taking daily through Dec. 24. For a full list of hours and special events, visit

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