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Things to do with kids this weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

The holiday season is here in full force, and whether you want to experience a play or concert, go shopping, or see a Christmas parade up close, you’ll have plenty of opportunities this weekend.

Upcountry History Museum will host a drop-in tour for “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” at 3 p.m. Friday. Museum staff will give a guided tour of the newest exhibit that is approximately 45 minutes. Tours are included with regular admission. Visit for more information.

Parents Night Out is 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville and 5-8 p.m. at the branch in Spartanburg. Drop the kids off for supervised, structured playtime and crafts. Cost is $25 for the first child, $15 for additional siblings for members and $30 for the first child and $20 per sibling for non members. Pre-registration is required. For details and registration, visit

The Hearts and Hands Gala: An Evening in Paris, benefiting Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas, is at 6 p.m. Friday at the TD Convention Center. It features an evening of culture, cuisine and entertainment – all from France. participate/hearts-hands.

Holiday at Peace, presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. For details and tickets, visit

Families will have multiple ways to see the beloved holiday story of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” presented live this weekend. The show will be presented by the Spartanburg Youth Theatre at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. Tickets are $15 each for adults and $10 each for ages 18 and younger. For tickets, visit or call 864-582-ARTS. South Carolina Children’s Theatre will have its production at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. Visit for details.

If your kids want to have Breakfast with Santa, they have options this weekend, but hurry — sessions sell out quickly. The event will be held at 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Simpsonville Senior and Activity Center. For ticket information, call 864-967-9533. Breakfast with Santa is also at 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. For tickets, call the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce at 864-297-1323.

Family Fun Day is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum. Come meet Father Christmas and celebrate with crafts and story times. It will be followed at 2 p.m. by Snoopy’s Gingerbread Doghouse Workshop at 2 p.m. Visit for details.

Just now starting your holiday shopping? A Holiday Fair is 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Convention Center. Visit The free Greenville Holiday Market is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at the Coldwell Banker Caine Building, 111 Williams St. It will include more than 25 vendors, food trucks and pictures with Santa (bring camera/cell phone). For details, search Greenville Holiday Market on Facebook. The Holiday Flea is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at Swamp Rabbit Café. Shop with local artists, crafters and more. Visit

The St. Francis Teddy Bear Luncheon — part of the St. Francis Foundation’s Festival of Trees — is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. All children who donate a new stuffed animal get a photo with Santa. For tickets and details, visit

Ready for some Christmas parades? The Mauldin Christmas Parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday on Butler Road. For details, call the Mauldin Chamber of Commerce at 864-297-1323. Greenville’s Poinsettia Christmas Parade is at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Greenville. Visit The Simpsonville Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in downtown Simpsonville. Visit www.simpsonville

Kick off a healthy season with the annual Reindeer Run at the Anderson Area YMCA. The one-mile race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and the 5K starts at 9 a.m. Registration is available at the Anderson Area YMCA, online at and

Chanukah on Main is at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency on Main Street, Greenville. This free event is open to all and will include refreshments and children’s activities. Visit www.chabadgreenville. com/chanukah-on-main.html.

The Carolina Youth Symphony Holiday Concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at McAlister Auditorium at Furman University. For details, visit carolinayouth

Skating on the Big Ice begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. For details, visit www.bonsecours

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