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2013 Christmas Events In The Upstate, WNC

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Governor’s Carolighting 2013

Time and Place: December 2, 2013 from 6-7 PM PO Box 121 Main St. at Gervais St. N State House Grounds - North Steps Columbia, SC 29211-2126

Description: This annual lighting of the State’s official Christmas tree officially begins South Carolina’s yuletide season. The event is sponsored by the Breakfast Optimist Club of Columbia and features the USC Choruses & Band, Ft. Jackson Brass Band, the Southern Bronze Handbells, Columbia Children's Choir, and the Governor's seasonal message.

Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 7, 2013 from 6-7:30 PM Greenville, SC

Description: The City of Greenville is getting ready for its traditional Poinsettia Christmas Parade. The parade has always been a town favorite in Greenville for more than 20 years and will continue to bring in a surge of holiday visitors once again Saturday, December, 7th.

Details: Registration for the 2013 parade is now closed.

The Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade

Time and Place: December 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM on Gervais Street in downtown Columbia.

Description: The 60th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will once again proceed through the streets of downtown Columbia this year with the unique theme of “"Six Decades of Christmas Joy!" The parade is known as the state’s official holiday parade and features dozens of floats, marching bands, drill teams, and live performances.

Details: The parade will pass in front of the State House, and continue into the Vista to Park Street.

Clemson Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 3rd in downtown Clemson.

Description: Clemson will host its Christmas parade December, 3rd.

Details: Participant registration is November 4-26. Click Here to register for the parade online

Dickens of a Christmas

Time and Place: December 3rd, 2013 - 6pm to 9pm. Main Street – Downtown

Description: Spartanburg’s Main Street will have holiday decorations, carolers and performers dressed in authentic period costumes from the Victorian period.

Spartanburg Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM in Downtown Spartanburg.

Description: An event for all ages, the Spartanburg Christmas Parade will include festively lighted floats, marching bands and more.

Easley Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 7, 2013 at 10 AM.

Greer Jaycees’ annual Christmas parade “A White Christmas"

Time and Place: December 8th, 2013 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM.

Description: The annual Greer Christmas Parade is sending all profits this year to Greer Relief and will be very cheerful as expected. The route for the parade begins at The Clock, 603 W. Poinsett St. and finishes at the J. Harley Bonds Center.

Details: This is an opportunity to volunteer for Greer Relief.

Anderson Events

Christmas Tree Lighting

Time and Place: November 29, 2013 at Courthouse Square and Mainstreet.

Description: The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on the square in front of the Anderson County Courthouse.

City Of Anderson Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 8, 2013 from Greenville St. to River St. - CANCELED

Description: The City of Anderson’s traditional Christmas Parade will feature floats, bands, and a chance for onlookers to enjoy Santa’s sleigh.

Anderson County Christmas Parade - NEW

Anderson County will host a Christmas parade after the cancellation of the City of Anderson's parade.  

Time and Place: December 21 at 1 p.m. at the balloon launch field in the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Complex.

Gaffney Christmas Parade - CHANGED

Time and Place: December 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Downtown Gaffney.

Description: The Gaffney Christmas Parade will offer an old-fashioned Christmas parade complete with marching bands, floats, and Santa Claus.

Greenwood Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 1st at 2:30 PM in Uptown Greenwood.

Description: Greenwood’s Christmas parade will include floats, marching bands, children's groups, cheerleaders, local church and civic leaders.

Landrum Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 5, 2013 at 5 PM.

Buffalo Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM.

Lockhart Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Inman Christmas Parade - CANCELED

Time and Place: December 7, 2013 from 10 to 11 AM in Downtown Inman.

Mauldin Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 7, 2013 from 2 to 4 PM.

Description: Mauldin’s Christmas Parade starts at Mauldin High School and goes down East Butler Road and ends at the Mauldin Cultural Center.

Chesnee Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 8, 2013 at 2 PM.

Keowee Marina Christmas Boat Parade

Time and Place: Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at 150 Keowee Marina Drive in Seneca.  Lineup starts at 5:30 p.m.

Details: It costs $25 to enter your boat. Proceeds go to the Angel Tree Program.

Spartanburg Toys For Tots Toy Drive

Time and Place: Reserve at Park West Clubhouse at 100 Keats Drive starting from 1 - 3 p.m.

Details: Take your picture with Santa, meet firemen, enjoy a movie, mingle with K-9 unit, jump in the bounce house, ride the train, story reading.

Mount Olive Christmas Parade

Time and Place:  Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m.

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights/Dog Nights

Time and Place: Monday, December 9 and 16 at 402 Roper Mountain Road

Details: Dog owners are invited to bring their dogs to Roper Mountain Holiday Lights on Monday, December 9, and on Monday, December 16. On those nights, visitors to Holiday Lights may bring their dogs and walk through Winter Wonderland to enjoy the lights and all the excitement of the season.

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is open every evening from 6:00 to 10:00PM through Friday, December 30. Santa will be in Winter Wonderland through December 24, and kids can drop off their letters to Santa at the North Pole Trading Post Mail Box. On Monday, December 9, visitors may bring their own cameras to take pictures with Santa. Professionally-taken photos will also be available that night for an additional fee.

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is a not-for-profit organization co-managed by the Rotary Club of Greenville and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association. Admission per car, minivan, or SUV is $10 on Monday through Thursday nights, and $15 on Friday through Sunday nights. The fee for an activity van is $25, and $50 for a bus. Multi-pass tickets for cars, minivans, and SUVs may be purchased at the gate for $25 and are good for three visits. Proceeds from Holiday Lights are split between Rotary Charities for local distribution, and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association for educational projects and programs. Over the past 21 years, Holiday Lights has given back over $1.9 million to the community.

For more information on Holiday Lights and other special events being held this year, visit Facebook or www.RoperMountainHolidayLights.com

Travelers Rest Christmas Parade - Canceled

Time and Place: December 14, 10 am

Ware Shoals Christmas Parade
- CANCELED 

Time and Place: December 14

Pickens County Christmas Parade

Time and Place: December 13 at 7 p.m. on Main Street

Williamston Christmas Parade - CHANGED

Time and Place: December 19 at 3:30 p.m.

If you know of an event that needs to be added to this list, email the details to assignmentdesk@wspa.com

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