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Christmas season kicks off with Upstate events

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It's officially time: Stockings are going up, Christmas tree lots can be spotted on every corner, and Upstate cities are celebrating the season with festivities.

Here's where you can catch the holiday spirit this month:

Greenville County

  • All month - Lace up your skates for Ice On Main or drive through Roper Mountain Holiday Lights.
    Visit Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland which boasts the largest drive-through and synchronized display of its kind.
    A full list of events are on the schedule at the Bon Secours St. Francis Holiday Festival of Trees.
  • Dec. 1 - Mauldin's 12 Days of Christmas kicks off at the Mauldin Cultural Center, offering nearly two weeks of pictures at Santa's workshop, holiday events, a tree lighting and parade.
  • Dec. 2 - Holiday tree lighting celebration held at Haywood Mall beginning at 4 p.m. Event features live music, food vendors and a kid's zone.
  • Dec. 2 - Travelers Rest hosts a Christmas tree lighting at Trailblazer Park from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 - Greenville Poinsettia Parade will run on Main Street from Augusta Street to North Street, beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 and 10 - Knock out your holiday shopping list at the Simpsonville Holiday Market from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 - Greer Christmas Parade will begin at Poinsett Street and Memorial Drive at 2:30 p.m., ending at North Main Street and Cunningham              Drive.
  • Dec. 7 - FOX Carolina anchors and reporters bell ringing at Haywood Mall. Click here for details and schedule.
  • Dec. 7 - Fountain Inn Christmas Parade runs down Main Street beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 - Fountain Inn Christmas Tree Lighting at Commerce Park and horse drawn carriage tours begin, running through Dec. 18.\
  • Dec. 11 - Simpsonville's Christmas Parade begins at 3 p.m., running through downtown along Main Street. It was postponed from Dec. 4.
  • Dec. 17 - YMA Financial hosts a Toy Giveaway from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., complete with music and entertainment
  • Dec. 22 and 23 - Carolina Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville.

Spartanburg County

  • All month - Lace up your skates for Skating on the Square or drive through Wellford's Holiday Lights Safari.
  • Dec. 1 - Downtown Spartanburg hosts its annual Victorian holiday extravaganza Dickens of a Christmas.
  • Dec. 3 - Chesnee hosts a Christmas tree lighting at CADA Park at 6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 - Inman's Christmas parade runs from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Dec. 3 - Annual Duncan, Lyman, Wellford Christmas parade begins at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Methodist Church on Main Street in Wellford.
  • Dec. 6 and 7 - Spartanburg Methodist College performance of Mr. Scrooge, a retake of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" as                    whimsical, modern musical. The free performances begin at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 10 - Reidville Christmas parade begins at 3 p.m. at the Academt Park Ballfield and ends at Tyger River Park.
  • Dec. 11 - Christmas parade begins at 2 p.m. in downtown Chesnee.
  • Dec. 13 - Spartanburg Christmas Parade kicks off in downtown at 6:30 p.m.

Anderson County

  • All month - Lace up your skates for ice skating at Carolina Wren Park or visit the light displays at the Anderson Christmas Light Festival and The Christmas Park.
  • Dec. 1 to 10 - Christmas model train display at St. John's UMC in Anderson
  • Dec. 3 - Downtown Christmas parade begins in Honea Path at 11 a.m.
  • Dec. 3 - The Townville community, continuing to heal, is hosting a parade, hope rally and winter festival beginning at 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 - Sounds of the Season performance at Powdersville First Baptist Church
  • Dec. 8 - Meet other young professionals at the SYP 'n Santa mixer in Spartanburg.
  • Dec. 9 and 10 - Enjoy the annual Parade of Lights on Lake Hartwell hosted by the Western Carolina Sailing Club. The best area to view is the Green Pond access area off Hwy 24 in Anderson.
  • Dec. 9 and 10 - Christmas in Old Pendleton. Ticket holders can tout historic homes and churches. More information.
  • Dec. 10 - Williamston Christmas Parade at 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 10 - Iva's Christmas parade begins in downtown at 2 p.m. on East Front Street.
  • Dec. 11 - Pendleton Christmas Parade begins at 3 p.m. in downtown Pendleton.
  • Dec. 11 - The first Anderson County Christmas parade will be held at 3 p.m. at the Civic Center. The event was created in response to the cancellation of the Anderson City parade.
  • Dec. 11 to 17Christmas model train display at Latimer Memorial UMC in Belton

Pickens County

  • Nov. 24 - Jan. 1 - Tiny Town Christmas Lights display. Every night, weather permitting from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free admission. 555 Lantham Road, Easley. Santa makes appearances on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Dec. 3 - Six Mile's Christmas parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. The rain date is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 7 - Central's Christmas parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown.
  • Dec. 9 - The Pickens Christmas Parade kicks off at 7 p.m. at The Doodle Express on Main Street.
  • Dec. 9 and 16 - Hagood Mill will host the Ghosts of Christmas Past tour. The tour will feature ghost stories from resident storyteller and folk historian Dean Watson. Cost is $12 or adults and $8 for kids ages 6 - 15. Register online or by calling 864-898-2936.
  • Dec. 12 - The Dacusville Christmas parade begins at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 17 - Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill officers seasonal music from noon to 3 p.m.

Laurens County

  • Dec. 1 - City of Clinton hosts tree lighting ceremony between 6 and 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 - Laurens Christmas Parade kicks off at 5 p.m. on Main Street. This year's theme is "The Magic of Christmas."
  • Dec. 3 - City of Clinton Christmas parade kicks off at 10 a.m.
  • Dec. 9 - Sheriff Ricky Chastain will wrestle in the Christmas for Kids Wrestling Benefit at the Laurens Exchange Building on Fairgrounds Road in Laurens. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bell time is 7 p.m. This year's "Grand Finale" will feature the first-ever steel cage match and an appearance by former WCW star Buff Bagwell. 

Oconee County

  • All month - Visit the Festival of Trees at The World of Energy to see dozens of decorated trees.
  • Dec. 2 - Christmas Tree Festival and gala held at The Club of Keowee Key to support Hospice of the Foothills.
  • Dec. 3 - Walhalla's Christmas parade begins at the intersection of West South Broad and South Church Street at 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 - Salem's Christmas parade begins at noon. (CANCELED)

Greenwood County

  • Dec. 2 and 3 - Santa on Main in Uptown Greenwood offers crafts, wagon rides and a pajama party with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
  • Dec. 4 - Greenwood Christmas Parade proceeds along Main Street beginning at 2:30 p.m. (RESCHEDULED FOR DEC 11)

Cherokee County

  • Dec. 4 -  Annual Christmas parade begins at 3 p.m. in downtown Gaffney.
  • Dec. 8 to 11 - Catch a performance of A Christmas Carol at the Gaffney Little Theatre.

Abbeville County

  • Dec. 3 - Abbeville's annual Christmas parade kicks off at 1 a.m. at the Civic Center.

Newberry County

  • Dec: 9 - North Pole Lights returns to downtown Newberry. The event will feature faux snow in Memorial Park, photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus and more.

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