Holiday plays, parades, more usher in holiday cheer this weekend
December has finally arrived, bringing with it many festive events for families.
The city of Greer’s tree lighting events will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at Greer City Park. Families can enjoy bounce houses, crafts and S'mores until 7 p.m. to benefit Greer Relief. Santa arrives at 7:15 p.m. and the Christmas tree will be lit at the park entrance at 7:30 p.m. Visit cityofgreer.org.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the Peace Center. Based on the beloved TV special, the play follows Charlie Brown and his friends as they discover the true meaning of Christmas, thanks to help from a pitiful Christmas tree. Saturday shows are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Visit peacecenter.org for ticket information.
If you can’t get tickets to the quickly-selling-out “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in Greenville, the FIRE Theatre Co. will present the beloved holiday story “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dec. 2 – 11 at the Younts Center for Performing Arts in Fountain Inn. Faithful to the movie on which it’s based, this fast-moving stage adaptation reminds audiences what makes a life meaningful. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $15 to $19. For details, visit www.yountscenter.org or call 864-409-1050.
“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” will also be presented by the Spartanburg Youth Theatre at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. Travel through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia. Most appropriate for ages 8 and older. Visit www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com for more details.
Family Fun Day for December is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum. Come meet Father Christmas and get your holiday season off to a festive start with Norman Rockwell’s “Home for the Holidays” exhibition. It includes games, art projects, holiday treats and a chance to tell Father Christmas your holiday wish. Parents, be sure to bring your camera. Included with admission. Visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
A holiday favorite, the Teddy Bear Luncheon as part of the St. Francis Festival of Trees offers children a chance to spend an entire morning with Santa. Any child who brings a new stuffed animal for donation will also get a photo with Santa. This year’s event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hyatt on North Main Street in Greenville. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 – 12. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stfrancisfoundation.com/event/2016-festival-of-trees/ or by calling 864-255-1040.
Safari Santa at Greenville Zoo is Saturday, and kids can enjoy breakfast with Santa catered by Texas Roadhouse. Cost is $20 per person, which includes breakfast with Santa, a free guest pass to the zoo and a chance to win prizes. Breakfast is 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. If you want to skip breakfast, anyone with paid admission can still join the fun 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with free visits and photos with Santa. Bring your own camera. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided by The Snow Castle, and holiday music will be performed by Impact Church Choir. To reserve your spot for breakfast, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
Families will have the chance to spend time with Santa on the farm during Hayrides with Santa 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Johnson Farms in Inman. The special event will feature hayrides with Santa, opportunities to decorate your own Christmas ornament, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and shopping for gift baskets and Christmas trees. For details, call 864-401-3280 or visit www.JohnsonFarmsInman.com.
It’s Teddy Bear Toss/Sing For Santa Night at the Greenville Swamp Rabbits vs. South Carolina game at 7 p.m. Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Bring a stuffed animal for Toys for Tots and hear school choirs perform holiday favorites throughout the evening. It’s also Superhero and Princess Night at the Greenville Swamp Rabbits vs. South Carolina game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Visit www.swamprabbits.com for more information.
Breakfast with Santa will be held 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Simpsonville Senior and Activity Center. Cost is $6 each for adults, $4 each for ages 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 and younger. For ticket information, visit www.simpsonville.com. Breakfast with Santa is also 9 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Senior Center in Mauldin. Cost is $5 each for adults and $3 each for children. For tickets, call the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce at 864-297-1323.
If you love parades, you’re in luck as a few are happening this weekend. Greenville’s Poinsettia Christmas parade is at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Greenville. Visit http://events.greenvillesc.gov. The Mauldin Christmas parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday along Butler Road. For details, call the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce at 864-297-1323. Greer’s Christmas parade is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday beginning near The Clock on West Poinsett Street and continuing to the J. Harley Bonds Center. Visit cityofgreer.org. UPDATE: The Simpsonville Christmas parade, originally planned for 3 p.m. Sunday in downtown Simpsonville, has been postponed to to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Visit www.simpsonvillechamber.com.
Need a break from the kids? It’s Kids’ Night Out 6 – 10 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors. For more details and registration, visit greenvillerec.com/kids-night.
Finally, the Shining Stars Winter Showcase is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Hear young people display their talents and hard work. Visit www.mauldinculturalcenter.org.
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: A Visit with Santa is 1:30 – 4:30 Sunday at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Cost is $10 each. You must register in advance. Hear a story, craft an ornament and have cookies and cocoa with Santa. Visit http://www.spartanburghistory.org for details.
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