The weekend before Christmas has a few activities on the schedule for families who aren’t too busy traveling or shopping.

As part of its Holiday Movies for the Family program, the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University will show the 1966 animated classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Movies are free with regular admission or to museum members. For more details, call 864-467-3100 or

The Academy of Arts at Logos Theatre will present the holiday play “Silent Star” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. This Christmas musical follows four orphans who wish on a silent star to see the first Christmas night and awake to find themselves in Bethlehem. Tickets cost $25-$35. For more information, call 864-268-9342 or visit

“The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Peace Center. The show, adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” is Greenville-specific and features local landmarks, like Mice on Main. For more details, visit

Santa will make a special stop at Greenville County Animal Care 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday for a special adoption event. All adopted and fostered pets that day will be presented to their new owners by Santa along with a gift for the new pet. There will also be a bake sale raising funds for the shelter. For details, visit

On Christmas Eve, you can once again enjoy Skating on the Big Ice at Bon Secours Wellness Arena starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $8 for adults ages 7 and older and $6 for children 6 and younger. Skate rentals are $3, or bring five canned goods to donate to Harvest Hope Food Bank to receive a free skate rental. Free parking is available in the VIP lot. For details, visit

Model Trains Station presents a Christmas model display 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 250 Mill St., Taylors. Model trains will run on a 12-foot by 36-foot display, and visitors can enjoy two two wooden Thomas the Train tables. The show continues Dec. 27-30. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and free for children younger than 2. Call 864-238-6001 or visit for more information.

Looking for a free light display? The website lists holiday light displays around the Upstate, including Greenville, Easley, Anderson and Spartanburg, where private residents and businesses invite the community to visit their festive displays.

With paid admission, Roper Mountain Holiday Lights in Greenville continues through Dec. 30, and Holiday Lights Safari in Wellford is open nightly through Dec. 31. The Upstate Holiday Lights Show is also open 6 – 10 p.m. through Dec. 31 at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley.

You can win

Upstate Parent Magazine in partnership with United Community Bank Ice on Main, will be giving away an ice-skating party for one child and up to 10 of his or her friends at the Ice on Main Skate Rink, from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Deadline to enter is Dec. 29. You can enter online at

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