More parades, plays usher in holiday family fun this weekend
Holiday events continue this weekend, offering fun for the entire family.
A holiday open house is 10 – 11 a.m. Friday at the Hughes Main Library. Listen to Christmas stories, sing carols, make ornaments, trim a tree and meet Father Christmas. It’s ideal for ages 1 month – 4 years. Visit greenvillelibrary.org for more details.
If you missed it last weekend, you can catch “Santa Claus, A New Musical” presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. Visit www.peacecenter.org.
Christmas parades continue this weekend, too. Parades start at 7 p.m. Friday on main street in Pickens, 10 a.m. Saturday in Lyman-Wellford, 10 a.m. Saturday in Travelers Rest, 3 p.m. Saturday in Reidville, 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Easley, 2 p.m. Saturday in Dacusville, and 3 p.m. Sunday in Anderson, Pendleton and Woodruff.
The 9th annual Santa in the Garden is 10 a.m. – noon Saturday at Hatcher Garden in Spartanburg. Santa will make an appearance at the public botanical garden and woodland preserve, and all he asks is that families bring a non-perishable food item for donation. A photographer will take and print free photos and Christmas cookies will be served. Admission to the garden is free to the public. For more information, visit www.hatchergarden.org/santaNgarden.shtml.
Families are invited to a Holiday Drop-In with the Greenville Drive, presented by Duke Energy, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at the Drive team’s store. Santa Claus and Reedy Rip’It will be available for photos, and children can tell Santa what they want for Christmas. Discounts in the store will be available. For details, visit www.greenvilledrive.com.
There will be a Children's Book Festival 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Joe's Place, 2 Williams St., Greenville. Music will be provided by Conservation Theory, who will promote their new children’s book "Cindel and the Little Birds." Other authors include Fred Baus, Jeff Lefko, Mike Breen, Tamara Copenhaver and Katie Evans. There will be face painting, balloon artists and other surprises. For details, visit http://www.joesplacellc.com/event/childrens-book-festival.
The Melody Garden Christmas Sing-a-long is at 11 a.m. Saturday at South Carolina Botanical Garden’s amphitheater in Clemson. Admission is free, but $5 donations are encouraged. Bring a cozy picnic blanket and some Christmas cheer and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas carols. Percussion instruments will be available for children to play along. Visit Clemson University's website for more details.
If you don’t mind the short drive, you can see Santa on the Chimney 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Chimney Rock Park in Chimney Rock, North Carolina. Make your list and bring it to Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, meet live park animal educators and more. Each day, one guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. Included with Park admission. Visit chimneyrockpark.com.
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. Donations are welcome. For details, call 864-288-7458 or visit wpstables.com.
You can also celebrate 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. The cost is $8 each. Visit www.edenfarms.net.
The GLOW Lyric Theater Singers will be caroling in Winter Wonderland at Roper Mountain Lights from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the GLOW performances, school groups from Greenville County schools will perform on the outdoor amphitheater stage. Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is open every evening from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 30, while Winter Wonderland is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $15 per car or SUV. Activity vans are $25, and buses are $50. Multi-car passes for three visits are available at the gate for $30. Visit www.RoperMountainHolidayLights.com for more details.
Looking for a holiday story time? Area libraries host them throughout the week. You’ll find a list at www.UpstateParent.com.