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Things to do and events happening in and around Upstate South Carolina in December


Wednesday, Dec. 1

HOLIDAY SHENANIGANS WITH JEF is at 4:30 p.m. at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Variety artist Jef Lambdin uses miming, juggling, and clowning to introduce children to the dramatic arts. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Tickets are $12 each. Visit scchildrenstheatre.org.

Thursday, Dec. 2

HOLIDAY SHENANIGANS WITH JEF — See Dec. 1.

MAULDIN’S BEACHIN’ CHRISTMAS is at 6 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center Amphitheater. Tonight’s events include music, a holiday market and food trucks. Visit mauldinculturalcenter.org.

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 7:30 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

Friday, Dec. 3

ZOO TOTS: THE GINGERBREAD MAN for ages 2 – 4 is at 10 a.m. at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com. 

A HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP is presented at Greenville Center for Creative Arts from 1 – 8 p.m. The event includes a family art activity starting at 6 p.m. Visit artcentergreenville.org.

“ELF THE MUSICAL JR.” is presented by Spartanburg Youth Theatre at 4:30 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center. For tickets, visit spartanburgyouththeatre.com or by call 864-582-ARTS (2787).

“ANNIE” is presented at 7 p.m. at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. For tickets and safety policies, visit scchildrenstheatre.org. 

NIGHT OF LIGHTS is at Main and Court Streets in downtown Greenville. Visit events.greenvillesc.gov.

“THE NUTCRACKER: ONCE UPON A TIME IN GREENVILLE” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 8 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

Saturday, Dec. 4

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA is at the Ray Hopkins Senior Center in Mauldin. For tickets, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org.

TD SATURDAY MARKET - HOLIDAY EDITION is in downtown Greenville. Visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

THE HOLIDAY HUSTLE 5K and Kids Fun Run is at Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest. For details and registration, visit go-greenevents.com.

ZOO TOTS: THE GINGERBREAD MAN for ages 2 – 4 is at 10 a.m. at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com. 

THE HOLIDAY FLEA is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Swamp Rabbit Café. Visit swamprabbitcafe.com. 

LOLLIPOPS CONCERT: The Twelve Bots of Christmas is at 11:30 a.m. outdoors at the Five Forks Branch Library. Best for ages 3 – 8. Bring a blanket to sit on. Visit greenvillelibrary.org.

THE MAULDIN CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 2 p.m. in Mauldin. Visit mauldinchamber.org. 

“ELF THE MUSICAL JR.” – See Dec. 3. Today’s performances are at 2 and 6 p.m. 

“ANNIE” – See Dec. 3. Today’s performance is at 2 p.m. 

“THE NUTCRACKER: ONCE UPON A TIME IN GREENVILLE” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

THE LIGHT UP INMAN PARADE is at 5:30 p.m. Visit facebook.com/LightUpInman. 

THE POINSETTIA CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 6 p.m. in downtown Greenville. Visit greenvillesc.gov/1330/Poinsettia-Christmas-Parade. 

THE FOUNTAIN INN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL RUDOLPH RUN is at 6 p.m. in downtown Fountain Inn. The event includes a 5K and a kids’ run. Proceeds benefit FIKE. For details and registration, visit fountaininn.org or secure.rec1.com/SC/fountain-inn-sc-/catalog.

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 8 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

Sunday, Dec. 5

THE GREER CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 2 p.m. Visit greerrelief.org. 

“ANNIE” – See Dec. 3. Today’s performance is at 2 p.m. 

“ELF THE MUSICAL JR.” – See Dec. 3. Today’s performance is at 2 p.m. 

“THE NUTCRACKER: ONCE UPON A TIME IN GREENVILLE” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre at 2:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

THE SIMPSONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 3 p.m. For route and details, visit SimpsonvilleChamber.com/simpsonvillechristmasparade. 

THE ANDERSON CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 3 p.m. For details, visit cityofandersonsc.com.

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 3 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

THE CAROLINA YOUTH SYMPHONY’S HOLIDAY CONCERT is at 4 p.m. at Furman’s McAlister Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door the day of the concert and are $10 each for adults and $5 each for students and seniors. Visit carolinayouthsymphony.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS 2021 is 6 – 9 p.m. at Denny’s Plaza in Spartanburg. Visit cityofspartanburg.org/dickens-of-a-christmas. 

A MEET AND GREET WITH SANTA drive-through event is at 6 p.m. 

at the Anderson Main Library. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHORALE: HANDEL'S “MESSIAH” is at 7:30 p.m. at Furman University. For tickets, visit peacecenter.org. 

Wednesday, Dec. 8

A DROP-IN TOUR is at 11 a.m. at the Upcountry History Museum. Visit upcountryhistory.org.

THE FOUNTAIN INN CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 5:30 p.m. Visit fountaininnchamber.org.

Thursday, Dec. 9

JINGLE JAMBOREE, an outdoor event for ages 5 and younger with an adult caregiver, is 10 – 11 a.m. at the Hughes Main Library. Enjoy Christmas stories, take a picture with Santa, and more. Visit greenvillelibrary.org.

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 7:30 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

Friday, Dec. 10

JURASSIC QUEST, featuring more than 100 photorealistic dinosaurs, is 1 – 8 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center. Tickets are timed entry. For details, visit jurassicquest.com. 

“CHRISTMAS EVE AND OTHER STORIES” is presented by Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 4 and 8 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Visit bonsecoursarena.com.

THE PICKENS CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 6 p.m. Visit cityofpickens.com. 

“ANNIE” – See Dec. 3. 

HOLIDAY LASER SHOWS are at Roper Mountain Science Center. “Holiday Wonderland” is at 6 and 9 p.m. “TSO Christmas” is at 7:30 p.m. For details, visit ropermountain.org.

“THE NUTCRACKER” is presented by the Spartanburg Philharmonic and Ballet Spartanburg at 7 p.m. at Twichell Auditorium at Converse in Spartanburg. Visit balletspartanburg.org/events.

“THE NUTCRACKER” is presented by International Ballet at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 8 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

Saturday, Dec. 11

KRINGLE HOLIDAY VILLAGE is at Fluor Field. The event includes children’s activities and more. Visit kringleholidayvillage.com.

TD SATURDAY MARKET - HOLIDAY EDITION is in downtown Greenville. Visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

THE NORTH POLE, a family friendly fundraiser for The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at TCMU-Spartanburg and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at TCMU-Greenville. Celebrate holiday traditions, make holiday crafts and get a photo taken with Santa. For tickets, visit tcmupstate.org/thenorthpole.

JURASSIC QUEST – See Dec. 10. Today’s events are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

THE TRAVELERS REST CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 10:30 a.m. Visit 

facebook.com/TravelersRestChristmasParade.

“ANNIE” – See Dec. 3. Today’s performance is at 2 p.m. 

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 2 and 8 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

“THE NUTCRACKER” is presented by the Spartanburg Philharmonic and Ballet Spartanburg at 3 and 7 p.m. at Twichell Auditorium at Converse in Spartanburg. Visit balletspartanburg.org/events.

HOLIDAY LASER SHOWS are at Roper Mountain Science Center. “TSO Christmas” is at 6 and 9 p.m. “Holiday Wonderland” is at 7:30 p.m. For details, visit ropermountain.org.

THE EASLEY CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS is at 6 p.m. Visit easleychamber.net/news_events/easley_christmas_parade_of_lights.aspx. 

“THE NUTCRACKER” is presented by International Ballet at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

Sunday, Dec. 12

JURASSIC QUEST – See Dec. 10. Today’s events are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

CHRISTMAS AT THE BARN is 2 – 5 p.m. at Eden Farms. The event is a fundraiser for Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Admission is $10 each. Visit happyhoovessc.com. 

“ANNIE” – See Dec. 3. Today’s performance is at 2 p.m. 

“THE NUTCRACKER” is presented by International Ballet at 3 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 3 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

“THE NUTCRACKER” is presented by the Spartanburg Philharmonic and Ballet Spartanburg at 3 p.m. at Twichell Auditorium at Converse in Spartanburg. Visit balletspartanburg.org/events.

KRINGLE HOLIDAY VILLAGE is at Fluor Field. The event includes children’s activities and more. Visit kringleholidayvillage.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

THE 2021 SPARTANBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE is at 6:30 p.m. Visit spartanburgjaycees.net or search 2021 Spartanburg Christmas Parade on Facebook.

Thursday, Dec. 16

FAMILY CRAFT NIGHT: WINTER for all ages is 5 – 7 p.m. (drop in) at the Five Forks Branch Library. Visit greenvillelibrary.org.

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 7:30 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

Friday, Dec. 17

HOMESCHOOL DAY is at 1:30 p.m. at the Upcountry History Museum. For details and online ticketing, visit upcountryhistory.org.

“ANNIE” – See Dec. 3. 

HOLIDAY LASER SHOWS are at Roper Mountain Science Center. “Holiday Wonderland” is at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. “TSO Christmas” is at 6 and 9 p.m. For details, visit ropermountain.org.

HOLIDAY AT PEACE is presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 8 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

Saturday, Dec. 18

CELTIC CHRISTMAS is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hagood Mill Historic Site. Visit hagoodmillhistoricsite.com.

THE HOLIDAY FLEA is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Swamp Rabbit Café. Visit swamprabbitcafe.com. 

“ANNIE” – See Dec. 3. Today’s performance is at 2 p.m. 

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 2 and 8 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

HOLIDAY LASER SHOWS are at Roper Mountain Science Center. “TSO Christmas” is at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. “Holiday Wonderland” is at 6 and 9 p.m. For details, visit ropermountain.org.

HOLIDAY AT PEACE is presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

Sunday, Dec. 19

“ANNIE” – See Dec. 3. Today’s performance is at 2 p.m. 

HOLIDAY AT PEACE is presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

“ELF: THE MUSICAL” is at 3 p.m. at Greenville Theatre. Visit greenvilletheatre.org.

Monday, Dec. 20

MINI MAKERS: SOLAR SYSTEM SPONGE ART is at 4 p.m. outdoors at the Pacolet Library. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

TODDLER TIME: HAPPY HOLIDAYS is at 10:30 a.m. at Upcountry History Museum. Included with general admission and free for ages 3 and younger. Register online at upcountryhistory.org.

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

Wednesday, Dec. 22

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE is at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. Visit peacecenter.org. 

OPERATION TEEN BOOK DROP: Holiday Edition is at 3 p.m. Ages 12 – 18. Learn where to find wrapped, brand new teen books and more at forms.gle/TMP7Ugj5mv6mvxzQA. Visit spartanburglibraries.org.

ARTS, FUN, LEARNING AND MORE

CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD: DENMARK is at the Woodruff Branch Library in December. Contact the library to sign up. Visit spartanburglibraries.org.

TEEN HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA is online from Spartanburg Libraries. Pick-me-up kits are available beginning Dec. 8. Reserve online. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org.

WINTER READING BINGO for ages 17 and younger continues through Dec. 31 at the Greenville County Library System. Visit greenvillelibrary.org.

VAN GOGH ALIVE, a multi-sensory experience, is open through March 5 at Biltmore Estate. For tickets and up-to-date health and safety policies, visit biltmore.com.

APOLLO: WHEN WE WENT TO THE MOON is open through Jan. 2 at Discovery Place Science in Charlotte. Advance tickets are required to visit the museum. Visit discoveryplacescience.org.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES for ages 2 – 5 are offered at Pickens County. Call 864-850-7077 or visit pickenscountylibrarysystem.com.

WATCH “THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Easley Library and at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pickens Library. Call 864-850-7077 or visit pickenscountylibrarysystem.com.

OPEN ART STUDIOS is 9:30 a.m. – noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at TCMU-Greenville and 2 – 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at TCMU-Spartanburg. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

STORY TIME AND MORE is at 11 a.m. and noon Tuesday – Saturday at TCMU-Greenville and 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday – Friday at TCMU-Spartanburg. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

WINTER READING CHALLENGE is at the Anderson County Library System. Read 20 minutes a day for 20 days between Dec. 13 – Jan. 7. Open to children, teens and adults. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

FAMILY STORY TIME is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the Anderson Main Library. Registration is required. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

STRIDES, a nonprofit program, offers individualized instruction for ages 6 – 20 who need to catch up before school starts. Students with disabilities or ESOL are welcome. Virtual instruction is available. In-person or virtual tutoring is available at Cherrydale, Fountain Inn, Greer, Boiling Springs or Easley. For details, call 864-246-9898 or stridestutor.org.