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Schedules and events are subject to change – sometimes at the last minute. Be sure to check with any event organizer or location before heading out. Stay safe and let us know about your events. Email chris@worthyplace.com with your calendar listings.

Learn more about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: COOKIES OF ALL KINDS is 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Greenville Technical College’s Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center. This is a hands-on class. Reduced rates for a parent/guardian with either one or two children (must be under the age of 18). Registration and masks are required. For details and to register, visit chigreenville.com.

Thursday, Dec. 3

THE SIMPSONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE is a drive-through event at Heritage Park. For details visit simpsonvillechamber.com.

A GINGERBREAD HOUSE PARTY is at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the Easley YMCA. The cost is $15 per gingerbread house. Register on the Facebook event page.

Friday, Dec. 4

“THE NUTCRACKER: Once Upon a Time in Greenville” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre via live stream. In this reinvented holiday classic, Clara and her nutcracker will dance their way through Greenville’s cherished landmarks. Each show will be broadcast live. The live stream will be free to access but donations are encouraged. For details visit carolinaballet.org.

Saturday, Dec. 5

THE TD HOLIDAY MARKET presented by Prisma Health is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Main Street in Greenville. For details and safety guidelines, visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

A GINGERBREAD HOUSE PARTY is at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the Pickens YMCA. The cost is $15 per gingerbread house. Register on the Facebook event page.

GET NATURE SHEETS online today in lieu of Hunt Cabin and Nature Center open houses: Nature Learning Center – All the water in the world,

Hunt Cabin – Old fashioned family games and activities. Visit clemson.edu/public/scbg.

THE GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS host the South Carolina Stingrays for a preseason exhibition game at 7:05 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Visit bonsecoursarena.com.

“THE NUTCRACKER: Once Upon a Time in Greenville” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre via live stream. In this reinvented holiday classic, Clara and her nutcracker will dance their way through Greenville’s cherished landmarks. Each show will be broadcast live. The live stream will be free to access but donations are encouraged. For details visit carolinaballet.org.

SANTA ON THE CHIMNEY is at Chimney Rock Park. Visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Sunday, Dec. 6

“THE NUTCRACKER: Once Upon a Time in Greenville” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre via live stream. In this reinvented holiday classic, Clara and her nutcracker will dance their way through Greenville’s cherished landmarks. Each show will be broadcast live. The live stream will be free to access but donations are encouraged. For details visit carolinaballet.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

UHM KIDS’ BOOK CLUB is at 3:30 p.m. at the Upcountry History Museum. For details, visit www.upcountryhistory.org.

Friday, Dec. 11

“THE NUTCRACKER: Once Upon a Time in Greenville” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre via live stream. In this reinvented holiday classic, Clara and her nutcracker will dance their way through Greenville’s cherished landmarks. Each show will be broadcast live. The live stream will be free to access but donations are encouraged. For details visit carolinaballet.org.

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR music revue is at 8 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Capacity is limited, distancing measures will be in place and masks are required. Tickets are $15 each. Visit our.show/mauldincultural/christmas.

Saturday, Dec. 12

THE NORTH POLE AT TCMU is at the Spartanburg location, with timed tickets beginning at 9 a.m. Adults will be asked to wear masks and social distancing will be enforced. Learn about different holiday traditions, make crafts, write a letter to Santa and have a photo taken with Santa. One-hour tickets for a family of two ticket start at $18 for nonmembers and $15 for members. Visit

tcmupstate.org/the-north-pole-spg.

THE TD HOLIDAY MARKET presented by Prisma Health is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Main Street in Greenville. For details and safety guidelines, visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

A GINGERBREAD HOUSE PARTY is at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the Powdersvillt YMCA. The cost is $15 per gingerbread house. Register on the Facebook event page.

“THE NUTCRACKER: Once Upon a Time in Greenville” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre via live stream. In this reinvented holiday classic, Clara and her nutcracker will dance their way through Greenville’s cherished landmarks. Each show will be broadcast live. The live stream will be free to access but donations are encouraged. For details visit carolinaballet.org.

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR music revue is at 8 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Capacity is limited, distancing measures will be in place and masks are required. Tickets are $15 each. Visit our.show/mauldincultural/christmas.

SANTA ON THE CHIMNEY is at Chimney Rock Park. Visit chimneyrockpark.com.

THE GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER EXPERIENCE is at PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. For details, visit pari.edu/events.

Sunday, Dec. 13

“THE NUTCRACKER: Once Upon a Time in Greenville” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre via live stream. In this reinvented holiday classic, Clara and her nutcracker will dance their way through Greenville’s cherished landmarks. Each show will be broadcast live. The live stream will be free to access but donations are encouraged. For details visit carolinaballet.org.

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR music revue is at 3 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Capacity is limited, distancing measures will be in place and masks are required. Tickets are $15 each. Visit our.show/mauldincultural/christmas.

Tuesday, Dec. 15

WHO WAS TYPHOID MARY, a virtual presentation, is at 7 p.m. For details and registration, visit historycomesalive.org.

Friday, Dec. 18

WHITE CHRISTMAS: HOMESCHOOL DAY is at the Upcountry History Museum. For details, visit upcountryhistory.org.

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR music revue is at 8 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Capacity is limited, distancing measures will be in place and masks are required. Tickets are $15 each. Visit our.show/mauldincultural/christmas.

Saturday, Dec. 19

THE NORTH POLE AT TCMU is at the Greenville location, with timed tickets beginning at 9 a.m. Adults will be asked to wear masks and social distancing will be enforced. Learn about different holiday traditions, make crafts, write a letter to Santa and have a photo taken with Santa. Two-hour tickets for a family of two ticket start at $25 for nonmembers and $20 for members. Visit

tcmupstate.org/the-north-pole-spg.

A FREE ZUMBA BLOCK PARTY is at the Easley YMCA. The event will maintain social distancing and is open to nonmembers. Register at the Facebook event page.

MUSEUM MUSINGS I for ages 8 – 12 is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Spartanburg Art Museum. The cost is $40. Visit spartanburgartmuseum.org.

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR music revue is at 8 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Capacity is limited, distancing measures will be in place and masks are required. Tickets are $15 each. Visit our.show/mauldincultural/christmas.

Sunday, Dec. 20

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR music revue is at 3 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Capacity is limited, distancing measures will be in place and masks are required. Tickets are $15 each. Visit our.show/mauldincultural/christmas.

Sunday, Dec. 27

TWILIGHT IN THE TREETOPS is at Treetops Adventure Park in Asheville. Trails will be illuminated to give climbing the obstacles a new perspective. The event is for ages 4 and older. Reservations are suggested. Visit adventureavl.com or call 877-247-5539.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

AMERICAN REVOLUTION: HOMESCHOOL DAY is at the Upcountry History Museum. For details, visit upcountryhistory.org.

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS

WHITE CHRISTMAS – THE EXHIBITION, the first traveling exhibition dedicated to the classic 1954 movie, is opens through Jan. 30 at the Upcountry History Museum. In addition, the museum is partnering with Operation Waverly and Fellow Countrymen to collect items to help Greater Greenville’s homeless veterans. For details, visit upcountryhistory.org.

“A FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS, A Virtual Production” is available through Dec. 20. The cost is $50 plus tax. This year's one-of-a-kind production was filmed on the Rock and in Hendersonville and captures the spirit of the holidays with dancing on Main Street, fireside singing, stage performances and a virtually connected chorus. Visit flatrockplayhouse.com.

SEE SANTA 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20 at Hidden Pasture Farm’s Yuletide Unicorn Festival in Fountain Inn. Santa will be socially distanced behind his desk. Pictures will be available for purchase at the event. Admission to the festival is $10 each and free for ages 2 and younger. For details, visit hiddenpasture.com.

SEE SANTA and experience Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s through Dec. 24. Free reservations are required and can be made online. This is a contactless visit and includes a temperature screening, physical distancing and more. To learn more, and make a reservation, visit www.cabelas.com/santa.

THE NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM’S WINTER LIGHTS drive-through show allows guests to navigate through a one-mile stretch of the campus and see unique exhibits covered in thousands of holiday lights. The event is 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. (incoming gate closes at 10 p.m.) through Jan. 10. Pre-sale admission is $25 per personal vehicle and $30 at the gate the night of the event. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. For tickets and details, visit ncwinterlights.com.

CHRISTMAS AT BILTMORE continues through Jan. 10 at Biltmore Estate. Daytime and candlelight evening programs are offered. For tickets, visit biltmore.com.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER 4-D and Trans-Siberian Orchestra Laser Lights are at the South Carolina State Museum through Jan. 3. Visit scmuseum.org.

RIDE THE POLAR EXPRESS through Dec. 31 at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.  For details and tickets, visit gsmr.com.

THE NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION, held annually at Omni Grove Park Inn, is virtual for 2020. An inside look at the competition is available through film through Jan. 3, to overnight guests only. Virtual options include the 12 Days of Gingerbread – a new and socially distanced way of celebrating the 2020 National Gingerbread House Competition winners. From Dec. 1 – 12, one winner per day will be announced via Facebook @omnigroveparkinn and Instagram @omnigrovepark. Get the details at omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/upcoming-events/national-gingerbread-competition.

ELF ON THE SHELF, a holiday scavenger hunt, is in downtown Knoxville, TN through Jan. 3. For details, visit downtownknox.org/elf. For more holiday events, visit downtownknox.org/holiday and visitknoxville.com/holidays.

FAMILY FUN AND LEARNING

SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM’S TO-GO classes include a link to a video lesson and/or written instructions. A kit with all materials and supplies can be mailed or picked up at SAM. Visit spartanburgartmuseum.org.

·      DIY Snow Globes, $10 each, all ages

·      Holiday Sweater Dish, $35 each, all ages, drop off by Dec. 11 for ceramic firing in time for Christmas

·      Holiday Sweater Ornaments, $35 each, all ages, drop off by Dec. 11 for ceramic firing in time for Christmas

·      Ceramic Catch-All Dish, $20 each, all ages, return completed project to SAM for firing and return in 3 – 6 weeks

·      Create with Clay, $75, ages 7 – 11

THE SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES hosts virtual information sessions throughout the fall semester for individuals interested in arts programs for middle and high school students. These 30-minute, online sessions are offered at a variety of times and dates and provide details about the school’s summer and residential high school programs. Artistically talented students in grades 6 – 11 can now apply for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Visit scgsah.org.

WINTER CAMP is offered at Millie Lewis. For details, visit millielewisgreenville.com.

CATCH A VIRTUAL STAR PARTY and a Sky Talk at Virtual Starry Nights at Roper Mountain Science Center. For dates and details, visit ropermountain.org.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT is offered at the Willis Road and Middle Tyger locations of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit spartanburgymca.org.

HOMESCHOOL AT THE BARN is offered at Eden Farms. For details, visit edenfarms.net.

TEEN CUISINE online cooking classes for ages 11 – 17 are available from Greenville County Library. Visit greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events.

GHOST TRAIL: U.S. Marines & The Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific, 1943 is open through Jan. 3, 2021 at the Upcountry History Museum. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

VIRTUAL HOMESCHOOL AT THE ZOO: “Secrets of Survival” is Dec. 3. Explore the secrets of survival. Defense strategies such as camouflage, mimicry and behavior are introduced along with the familiar methods of defense like shells, spikes, poison and venom. Monthly units include 4 weekly programs. The cost $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Grades K – 2: 9 a.m., grades 3 – 5: 10 a.m., grades 6 – 8: 11 a.m. Visit greenvillezoo.com.

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS are offered at the Greenville Zoo. Tours are roughly 90 minutes long and take you behind the scenes to into the zoo’s kitchen, barns and up close to zoo residents. Tours are $250 and can be for up to six participants, ages 5 and older. Contact the education department to book your experience at 864-467-4850 or email zooed@greenvillesc.gov.

THE ANDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY offers a variety of virtual events. For more information, visit calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

Every Wednesday: Yoga Break – Take a yoga break with Ahuvyah.

Every Monday: Virtual Storytime – Rhymes, songs, stories, puppets in quick Monday morning story times for practicing early literacy skills.

Take ‘n Make Craft: Return to Hogwarts – Beginning Dec. 10, pick up a craft kit. For details and registration, email adultprograms@andersonlibrary.org or call 864-260-4500, ext. 108.

Make K-cup String Lights – For teens ages 12 – 18, 4:30 p.m. Dec 8. Register for this free teen event, then pick up the materials. You will receive a Zoom link after you register. To register, email teens@andersonlibrary.org or call 864-260-4500, ext. 158

THE SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM now has extended hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Visit spartanburghistory.org.

VIRTUAL STORY TIME is uploaded to the Greenville County Library’s YouTube channel twice weekly. Upcoming events include Christmas, Dec. 8 and Hibernation, Dec. 15. Visit https://bit.ly/3gSWB2p.

TODDLER TALES: SNOW is available on the Greenville County Library’s YouTube channel beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 10. Visit https://bit.ly/32CS8M7.

MUSICAL JAMBOREE: WINTER WONDERLAND is available on the Greenville County Library’s YouTube channel beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 3.  Visit https://bit.ly/35rSGpH.

TEEN CUISINE: NO BAKE HOLIDAY TREATS is available beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 and 16. Visit greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events.

VIRTUAL EVENTS FOR KIDS AND TEENS are available from the Greenville County Library System. Events include trivia challenges, scavenger hunts, crafts and more at greenvillelibrary.org/kids-virtual-events and greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events.

THE UPCOUNTRY HISTORY MUSEUM’S COLLECTIVE MEMORY PROJECT is collecting stories and photos and family memories of this historic time. The categories include Class of 2020, Journals, Blogs, and Vlogs, Socially Distant, Unconventional Education, Empty Everything and Business at a Distance. For details, visit upcountryhistory.org/exhibitions-events/collective-memory.

TEXT 2 READ, for parents of preschoolers, provides free weekly text messages offering practical tips and activities to promote reading readiness. Texts are created from South Carolina’s early learning standards and are segmented for early preschoolers, 36 – 48 months old or older preschoolers, 48 – 60 months old. Text 2 Read also provides parents with information to monitor their child’s growth and developmental milestones. To sign up, can text T2R to 734-5BOOK52 (734-526-6552).

DO BASICS, weekly text messaging from the Palmetto Basics, gives parents and caregivers tips that align with the Palmetto Basics’ monthly theme. For Spanish, text “losbasics” to 888-111. For English, text “dobasics” to 888-111. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Message and data rates apply. For more information, visit palmetto.thebasics.org.

STRIDES, a nonprofit program, offers individualized instruction for ages 7 – 20 who need to catch up before school starts. Students with disabilities or ESOL are welcome. Virtual instruction is available. For details, call 864-246-9898 or stridestutor.org.

SPARTANBURG SCIENCE CENTER offers camp and care hybrid camp for homeschoolers and families who have students who are attending school with hybrid schedules. For details and registration, visit spartanburgsciencecenter.org.

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS

ICE ON MAIN is in downtown Greenville through Jan. 31. Modifications will be made to limit capacity with date-specific, timed entries at the ice rink and enhanced health and safety guidelines. For details, visit iceonmain.com.

SKATING ON THE SQUARE is at Morgan Square in Spartanburg through Jan. 19. For details and safety guidelines, visit cityofspartanburg.org/skating-on-the-square.

THE PAVILION has reopened. For details about activities and costs, as well as COVID-19 guidelines, visit pavilion.greenvillerec.com.

HAVE A PERSONAL GOOSE CHASE SCAVENGER HUNT or a private guided hike at Lake Conestee Nature Park. Learn more at conesteepreserve.org/events.

TREETOP QUEST GREENVILLE is open at Westside Park. For hours and details, visit treetopquest.com/greenville.

TUMBLE, FLIP AND ROLL for ages 4 and older is offered at the Middle Tyger location of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit spartanburgymca.org.

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER BASKETBALL for ages 4 – 14 continues through Dec. 6 at the Caine Halter, Eastside and YMCA Program Center locations of YMCA of Greenville. Practices and games begin in January. For details, visit ymcagreenville.org/youth-sports.

HOMESCHOOL P.E. is offered at the Willis Road location of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit spartanburgymca.org.

SWIM LESSONS are offered at Spartanburg YMCA locations. For details for Thomas E. Hannah, email mdavis@spartanburgymca.org and for Middle Tyger and Willis Road, email mmurray@spartanburgymca.org.

CAROLINA ELITE SOCCER ACADEMY (CESA) offers soccer programs across the Upstate. For fall registration information, visit carolinaelitesc.com.

CHECK OUT A SC STATE PARK PASSPORT at the Anderson County Library. Visit andersonlibrary.org/park-pass.

ON THE ROAD

WILDERNESS AT THE SMOKIES in Sevierville, TN offers outdoor ice skating through Jan. 10. Meet Santa Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Story time with Mrs. Claus is Dec. 4, 11, 18 and 24. For details, visit wildernessatthesmokies.com.

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES is open at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Learn about the practices of Sherlock Holmes, the world in which Conan Doyle drew from to develop his stories and the history of forensic science. Sherlock Exhibition tickets are $17.95 each for adults, $15.95 each for seniors (ages 62 and older) and $13.95 each for children (ages 3 –12) and include museum general admission. Infants ages 2 and younger are free. Visit scmuseum.org for more information. 

EXPLORE SCIENCE-AT-HOME ACTIVITIES through Discovery Place Science in Charlotte, NC. For details, visit science.discoveryplace.org.

RIVERBANKS ZOO is open with timed tickets required for entry. For details, visit riverbanks.org.

TODAY’S PLAY features virtual activities from EdVenture in Columbia. For details, visit edventure.org/todays-play.

THE SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM IN CHARLESTON is open with limited capacity. Cloth masks or face coverings are required for visitors ages 3 and older. For details and tickets, visit scaquarium.org.

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