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Kid-friendly events this weekend, Dec. 21-23

As we inch closer to Christmas, there are still plenty of holiday happenings going on to put you and your family in the holiday spirit.

Roper Mountain Science Center will once again present Holiday Laser Shows at 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in its planetarium. Shows are not recommended for children 5 and younger and feature a laser light show set to music. Cost is $8 per adult or child, or $4 for RMSC members. For more details, visit

Molly and Myles Absurdly Amazing Ice Cream, at 3225 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, hosts S’mores Stories with Santas 4-7 p.m. Saturdays. Santa will read stories, make s’mores with the kids and take photos. Visit for details.

St. Francis Festival of Trees continues through Dec. 31. Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season by strolling through spectacularly decorated trees lining the interior of four hotels in downtown Greenville — Hyatt Regency Greenville, Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville Downtown at RiverPlace, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace. Admission is free.

Fountain Inn’s Christmas Inn Our Town continues 6 – 9 p.m. through Saturday with carriage rides, visits with Santa Claus, music by The Flashbacks, and food vendors. For a complete schedule and more information, visit christmas-inn-our-town.

Skating on the Big Ice is 1-5 p.m. on select days (Dec. 23, 24, 26-27, 30-31, Jan. 1-4, 20-21) at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. Admission to the indoor rink is $8 for adults ages 7 and older and $6 for children ages 6 and younger. Skate rentals are $3. Receive free skate rentals when you donate five canned goods or a case of water for local nonprofit organizations. Visit


The Passion of the Lights continues at The Edge Community Church, offering 750,000-plus lights, inflatables, giant Christmas trees and more—all for free. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The church is located at 506 Edwards Road, Greenville. Visit engage/passion-of-the-lightsto view a map of traffic flow.

Catch the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” presented by International Ballet at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. Visit for ticket information.

The exhibit “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!” continues its run at Upcountry History Museum — Furman University. The exhibition offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film while taking them through an immersive Peanuts-themed environment that includes hands-on activities that will add to the holiday spirit of this time-honored family tradition. Artwork, objects and vintage seasonal novelties will fascinate young and old alike as they journey down the path of the creation of the first Peanuts animated special. The Upcountry History Museum is at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountry

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