Here’s what you need to know about a whole lot that’s happening in the Lakelands during the holidays.
If you have friends and family visiting, there’s plenty to see and do. From small town parades to cookie gatherings, concerts, craft shows, shopping opportunities and lots of holiday lights, there’s something for all ages.
Saturday, Piedmont Agency on Aging’s Christmas at the Stables, supporting Meals on Wheels: 116 Trinity St. in Abbeville: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission to stables. But, there is a cost for the associated Abbeville home/church tour. Tour tickets: $15. Available at Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, 864-366-4600, Deason’s Flowers, 864-366-4343 and Piedmont Agency on Aging, 864-223-0164. Enjoy a Santa visit, food, live music silent auction, raffle, etc.
November through December at nearby Newberry Opera House, there are live performances ranging from Ken Ludwig’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” to a tuba Christmas concert and a Christmas concert with John Berry and his full band, as well as The Nutcracker Ballet and more. Visit: newberryoperahouse.com for information and tickets. Call 803-276-6264.
Nov. 19, 5 p.m., Lander University community holiday events, followed by tree-lighting at 7:30 p.m. and concert at 8 p.m. The concert is in the cultural center auditorium. At the front of the campus and at Assembly Plaza, enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a marshmallow roast, competing in an ugly holiday sweater contest, photos with Santa, decorate ornaments and even ride a Ferris wheel. Enjoy live entertainment by a variety of performers. Bring an unwrapped toy for children ages 4 through 12, to be delivered to children in need by Lander’s Tommy Tumblin, also known as “Tommy Claus.” Call 864-388-8745.
Nov. 21, City of Abbeville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: 6 p.m. Court Square. Call 864-366-5017.
Nov. 22, Grape Stomp and Holiday Hops in Uptown Greenwood, during day one of Holiday Open House: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Annual wine tasting with more than a dozen stops at participating businesses, with separate beer garden this year. Tickets for each event sold separately. Hosted by Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and sponsors. Souvenir glasses. Tickets: $25 through Nov. 13 or $35 after Nov. 13. Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, 864-223-8431.
Nov. 22, Main Street Lights in downtown Newberry: 5 to 8 p.m. The Southern Victorian Society will be in period costumes for caroling at the town Christmas tree. Lighting ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m. with choral music from school groups and a special guest. Enjoy snow machines, photo opportunities, and a free holiday movie showing of “The Polar Express” at 7:30 p.m. Call 803-321-1015 or visit: newberrychristmas.com.
Nov. 22 and 23, Holiday Open House in Uptown Greenwood: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy holiday specials and sales with participating merchants. Uptown will be aglow with holiday lights during evening hours. Enjoy live music from Palmetto Girls Sing, Steven Galloway and the Greenwood High School jazz ensemble. Saturday only: Uptown Holiday Shoppers Passes available. Get pass stamped by visiting 10 or more shops, restaurants and arts and culture stops and be entered to win prize basket of gift certificates and merchandise. Winner announced Nov. 27.
Nov. 23, Holiday Paint and Pour with Greenwood Paint and Pour: 2 p.m. in Arts Center of Greenwood Courtyard. Reservations required: Visit Greenwood Paint and Pour Facebook page or call 803-640-7505. Cost: $25.
Nov. 30, Christmas Craft Show in Ninety Six: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Train Depot and Visitors’ Center. Call the town tourism department, 864-543-3396.
Nov. 30, Ninety Six Tour of Churches and Homes: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Call the town tourism department, 864-543-3396.
Nov. 30, A Cambridge Christmas in Ninety Six: 8 p.m. at the Train Depot. Calling all carolers to sing and compete in a caroler costume contest. See the lighting of the town Christmas tree, the tree in memory of Dylan Emery and the town’s Angel Row. Call the town tourism department, 864-543-3396.
Dec. 5, Deck the Walls Wreath Auction and Reception: silent auction benefit for Gatway Recovery House and Abbeville Historical Society, 5:30 p.m., 107 Court Square in Abbeville. Wreaths “adopted” by various groups and individuals and will be up for bid. Free admission. Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, 864-366-4600.
Dec. 6, “Christmas with the Ricardos” at Abbeville Opera House: 7:30 p.m. Enjoy one of the top “I Love Lucy” tributes celebrating the comic genius of some of classic television’s most beloved personalities. There are musical numbers, Christmas songs, comedy skits and even audience participation. Tickets: $18, available at vendini.com.
Dec. 5-7, A Connie Maxwell Christmas: 6-8:30 p.m. 110 Nixon Circle. Thousands of lights and Christmas scenes draw visitors to the main campus of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Enjoy a live nativity, wagon rides, bonfires, hot chocolate, outdoor petting zoo and church concerts. Bring spending money for holiday treats and gifts to support mission projects. Free admission.
Dec. 6, Town of Due West Christmas Parade: (Typically the first Friday in December.) Starts at 5:15 p.m. Route: Beulah Street to Main Street to Washington Street. Walking entries, cars, trucks, floats and horses are welcome. Following the parade is the lighting of the town Christmas tree by Due West Lions Club members. At Washington Street Park, also enjoy parade awards, refreshments, caroling and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Call 864-379-2385.
Dec. 5 and 8, Community Chorus Holiday Concerts: in McCormick. Concerts: 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Savannah Lakes Village Recreation Center, 385 Country Club Drive. For tickets and information: mccormickscchamber.org.
Dec. 5-8, “Madeline’s Christmas A Musical” at Greenwood Community Theatre: 110 Main St. The night before Christmas everyone is sick in bed except brave Madeline. A magical journey helps all forget sniffles and sneezes. Tickets: 864-229-5704.
Dec. 6, McCormick Festival of Trees and Holiday Market: noon to 7 p.m. at Dorn Mill Complex, 206 North Main St. A historic grist mill is transformed into a winter wonderland and local and regional artisans will have items for sale. That same evening, there’s also a Holiday Art Trot in downtown McCormick from 5 to 8 p.m. Call McCormick County Chamber of Commerce, 864-852-2835.
Dec. 6 and 7, Handmade for the Holidays at the Livery Stables in Abbeville: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 116 Trinity St. Original art, prints of originals and handmade crafts for sale. Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce: 864-366-4600.
Dec. 6-7, Uptown Greenwood’s Santa on Main Weekend: Friday night includes two times for a Santa pajama party at the Arts Center of Greenwood. PJ Party tickets are $3 per person, 864-388-7800. Saturday includes Santa photos at the Arts Center, 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Photos: $10 per family. At 6 p.m. Saturday is the Greenwood tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Uptown Fountain parking lot. Enjoy live music by the Greenwood High School jazz ensemble. Info: uptowngreenwood.com.
Dec. 7, Abbeville Cookie Walk: noon to 4 p.m. on Court Square. Tickets: $10, available starting Nov. 15. Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, 864-366-4600.
Dec. 7, Town of Calhoun Falls Christmas Parade and Christmas Market. Parade is at 2 p.m. and the market is 1 to 4 p.m. on Cox Avenue, weather permitting. Call Calhoun Falls Chamber of Commerce, 864-418-8672.
Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, Dorn House Tour and Live Evergreen Wreath Sale: by McCormick Garden Club: noon to 7 p.m. Contact the McCormick Chamber of Commerce: 864-852-2835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 7 and 8, Hospice and Palliative Care of the Piedmont presents the 28th annual Festival of Trees, “Oh Deer Christmas Is Here” at First Baptist Church of Greenwood, 722 Grace St. Enjoy 30 lavishly decorated trees and 30 wreaths, up for bid. Enjoy concessions, bake sale, silent auction on trees and wreaths and holiday entertainment. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Live auction of trees, 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $5. Call: 864-227-9393.
Dec. 7, Holiday on Main Christmas Parade in downtown McCormick: 3 p.m. Santa photos at The MACK, for $2 donation. Followed by tree lighting in MACK Park. Contact: McCormick Chamber of Commerce 864-852-2835.
Dec. 7 and 14, Christmas market at Uptown Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 220 Maxwell Ave. in Greenwood. Shop all handmade arts and crafts. Info: email@example.com or 864-942-8421.
Dec. 8, Uptown Greenwood Christmas Parade: 2:30 p.m., route Seaboard Avenue and along Main Street. Theme: “A Storybook Christmas.” Call 864-942-8448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 9, “Christmas in the Forrest”: a holiday concert by Greenwood Festival Chorale. 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, 108 East Cambridge Ave. Tickets: $15, available at the door, at the Arts Center at the Federal Building and from chorale members. Visit: greenwoodfestivalchorale.org.
Dec. 10-19, Daytime school group North Pole Express Parties at Greenwood’s Railroad Historical Center: 908 South Main St. Call for availability and bookings, 864-229-7093. Cost: $5 per student, free for teachers and chaperones.
Dec. 13, Town of Ware Shoals Christmas Parade: begins at 6:30 p.m. (Motorized entries must be road legal for nighttime driving. All entries must be visible in the dark.) No all terrain vehicles. No dirt bikes. No go-karts. Route begins at Ware Shoals High School and ends at Parker White Funeral Home. Call town hall for entry information, 864-456-7478.
Dec. 13 and 14, Evening North Pole Express Parties for families at Greenwood’s Railroad Historical Center: 6 to 8 p.m., 908 South Main St. Tickets: $25 for children, $10 for adults. Greenwood High School theater students will bring the beloved Chris Van Allsburg story to life. Enjoy a Santa visit, a holiday craft activity, snacks on the dining car, dancing elves, reindeer games and ringing the engine’s bell. Reservations call: 864-229-7093.
Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, “A Little House Christmas — The Musical” at Abbeville Opera House: 100 Court Square. A heart-warming live theater production centered on the Ingalls family and the importance of friends and family during the holidays. Tickets: $12, available online at: tickets.vendini.com.
Dec. 14, Breakfast with Santa at the Belmont Inn in Abbeville: 8 to 10 a.m.: 104 East Pickens St. Includes story time with one of Santa’s helpers. Tickets: $10 and $5 for children ages 10 and younger, available at the Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, beginning Nov. 15. Call 864-366-4600.
Dec. 14, Abbeville Christmas Parade: 11 a.m. Court Square. Call 864-366-5017.
Dec. 14, Abbeville Tour of Homes, details to be announced. Contact Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, 864-366-4600.
Dec. 14, Saluda Christmas Parade: 11 a.m. Theme: The Grinch. Parade will be followed by a Christmas festival until 5 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite Who character by Dr. Seuss. Includes: a movie, games, music and dancing. Call 864-445-3522 or visit: townofsaluda.com.
Dec. 14, Uptown Greenwood Cookie Crawl: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up your child’s cookie collection box and a map outlining cookie crawl stops at the Arts Center of Greenwood, 120 Main St. Limit: one cookie box per child. Details: 864-942-8448.
Dec. 14, Christmas at the Train Depot in Ninety Six: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy candy canes, games, music and Santa. Hosted by the Ninety Six Mill Village Neighborhood Association. Call the town tourism department, 864-543-3396.
Dec. 14, Town of Ninety Six Christmas Parade, noon. Call the town tourism department, 864-543-3396.
Dec. 15, Festiva presents, “Stations of the Nativity” and a program of Christmas Lessons and Carols, 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, 108 East Cambridge Ave. Free admission. Donations for concert series welcome.
Dec. 17, Christmas with the Annie Moses Band: 7:30 p.m. at Greenwood Community Theatre, part of Greenwood Performing arts, 110 Main St. Roots music with a classical polish by Juilliard-trained siblings. Tickets: $45. Call 864-229-5704.
Dec. 19 and 20, Ashby and Friends Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. at Greenwood Community Theatre, 110 Main St. Tickets: $20. Call 864-229-5704.
Dec. 20, Christmas at the Train at the Greenwood Railroad Historical Center: 6 to 8 p.m. Train will be open for visitors. See the lights, decorations and walk through the restored train cars. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Cost: $5 per person or a maximum of $20 per family. Call 864-229-7093.