York County Holiday Celebrations

Christmas at NarroWay Theatre

Now – December 21  /  3327 Highway 51, Fort Mill, SC 29715  /  803.802.2300

November 5 – December 21 | times vary | The Real Christmas Story

Guaranteed snowfall at every performance. See your favorite Christmas scenes. Hear your favorite Christmas songs. Then watch in awe-stricken wonder as NarroWay beautifully recreates The Real Christmas Story. The most fun Christmas show around. Call in advance to reserve your seat. Please check www.narroway.net for available dates and times. Book your tickets soon as many dates are already SOLD OUT.

November 30, December 7 & 14 | 12pm | Dinner Box Theatre featuring “A Stranger for Christmas”

Based on the book written by Carol Lynn Pearson. “Call your children. Ask them if they’ll take in a little old lady who needs a family for Christmas. Go on, call them.” And with this challenge, the heartwarming and humorous story of “A Stranger for Christmas” unfolds. The show lasts approximately 90 minutes. Time for all activities with dinner is approximately 2 1/2 hours.

December 6 | 10am | Biblical Field Trip

Step back in time to an ancient world in an inspiring search for Jesus! Meet a variety of biblical characters. Learn about biblical customs and practices. Live animals and hands-on fun make this field trip experience both educational and entertaining. Meet Firecracker the Donkey, Sheba the Camel and all their friends! Special effects, dramatic lighting and sound, and authentic costumes bring this incredible encounter to life.

December 8 & 12 | 10am (8th) and 12pm (12th) | The Nativity Set

Every year at Christmas, the old life-size nativity set is assembled at the front of the church. It’s a tradition most would like to forego. Fifty years ago, when Mrs. Howerton donated the nativity set, she had hoped it might, “Breathe new life into the church and bring to focus the real meaning of Christmas. This year, it will. You’ll never look at the nativity set the same again! The show lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Christmas at Anne Springs Close Greenway

November 24 – December 10 / 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC / 803.547.4575

November 24 | 1-3pm | 250 Dairy Barn Lane | Paws with Claus at the Faires-Coltharp Cabin 

Come join us on the Greenway at the Faires-Coltharp Cabin from 1-3pm, located beyond the Dairy Barn, for a special day with your best friend. We will be making photo memories with your best bud and Santa. Bring your own camera and take photos. You will have plenty of time to have your holiday greeting cards in the mail by Christmas. There is a $10 sitting fee donation that benefits the Mary Warner Mack Dog Park. There will be a $5 entry fee for non-Greenway members.

November 25 / 9am – 4pm / 288 Dairy Barn Lane | Winter Wonderland Craft Fair

Join us at the Dairy Barn for our annual Winter Wonderland Craft Fair! The Craft Fair will feature more than 150 local and regional vendors who sell only handmade and homemade items. This is a great time to shop for unique Christmas and holiday gifts and you will find everything from children’s specialty clothing to handbags, quilts, baskets, fine woodworking, jewelry and gourmet foods. Admission is free, and there is a $5 special parking fee per car. There will also be food trucks on-site.

December 10 | 1 & 3pm | 288 Dairy Barn Lane | Candy Cane Hunt on the Greenway

Come join us on the Greenway at the Dairy Barn Silo at 10am for our annual Candy Cane Hunt! After the search for candy canes, we’ll have a marshmallow roast and make s’mores. Santa will lead the children to the hunt. Don’t forget to bring your camera for pictures with Santa. Tickets go on sale November 1 at the Recreation Complex. Tickets $12 per child (Greenway and Complex members get $2 off.) Don’t wait, space is limited, pre-registration is necessary. There is a $5 Special Events Parking Fee per car.

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Carowinds WinterFest

November 24 – December 30 / 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Fort Mill, SC / 803.548.5300

Carowinds will come alive with holiday spirit during the all-new seasonal event, WinterFest. Friends and families will be treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as the park magically transform into a winter wonderland – full of enchantment, cheer and classic family fun.

WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food and experiences of the holiday season. The state line will shine bright with over 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. Live shows and strolling performers will be delighting guests and spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear. Festive fun and hands-on holiday activities will be located throughout the park, and sweet aromas from special holiday dishes and desserts will fill the midways. Plus, there will be up to 16 rides open to complete your night of memory making.

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A Tega Cay Christmas

November 27 – December 16 / Tega Cay, SC 29708 / 803.548.3512

It’s Christmas time in Tega Cay!

November 27 – December 8 | 8am – 5pm | City Hall | North Pole Mail Express

Mail your letter to Santa at City Hall! Drop off from 8am – 5pm

December 2 | 6pm | Philip T. Glennon Center | Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration 

The night begins at the pavilion with the Mayor’s address and tree lighting, including a special performance from the FMHS chorus. Then, we will welcome Santa Claus as he arrives on the fire truck. Following the ceremony, Santa will be in the Hearth Room in the lower level of the Glennon Center for pictures and to hear Christmas wishes from the younger children. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

December 7 | 6 – 8pm | Philip T. Glennon Center | TCPD Presents 12th Annual Christmas Guided Light Tour

Join us for an evening of holiday celebration. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season as you travel through the City on a guided tour by Tega Cay Police Department.

December 16 |8am | throughout Tega Cay | TCFD Santa Tour Around the City!

Santa will ride down every street in Tega Cay on a fire truck. His tour begins at 8am.

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Christmas in Fort Mill

November 30 & December 2 / Fort Mill, SC 29715 / 803.547.2116

Join the Town of Fort Mill for their Christmas celebrations!

November 30 | 7pm | Town of Fort Mill | Santa’s Arrival & Lighting of the Tree in Fort Mill

Join Mayor Guynn Savage and Town Council, along with Santa, in lighting of the tree beside the Bandstand on Main Street. Celebrate the sounds of the season as presented by the children of Riverview, Sugar Creek, Fort Mill, and Walnut Creek Elementary Schools.

After the ceremony, children of all ages are invited to bring their wishes to Santa in the Bandstand.

To complete your evening, enjoy the warm taste of hot cocoa, cider, and cookies by Fort Mill Allen Tate Realty and in downtown businesses including Hobo’s, Aesthetics Addition, The Mud Puddle at Olives, and LOOM Co-working.

December 2 | 10:30am | Town of Fort Mill | Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

Prior to the parade, stop by the Fort Mill Fire Department at 10:30am for the inaugural Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.  Pull out your most exciting holiday sweater and compete for prizes in Best Pet, Couples, Group, Company Spirit, Baby, Unaltered & Hottest.

December 2 | 11am | Town of Fort Mill | Fort Mill Christmas Parade

The Fort Mill Christmas Parade is becoming widely known for embracing the holidays with grand decorations and unique Christmas styles. This year’s theme embraces the traditions of the holidays in South Carolina – “Christmas In The South”. Led by the grand marshals, the parade will begin at Tom Hall and Unity Streets and continue through historic downtown Fort Mill, exiting at Walter Elisha Park.

Everyone in the family will enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays with grand floats, bands, and creative entries on Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 11am.

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ChristmasVille: Winter Wonderland

November 30 – December 3 / Old Town Rock Hill, Rock Hill, SC / 803.329.8756

Once again, Old Town Rock Hill will come alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village and outdoor art festival. The 12th annual ChristmasVille will take place November 30 – December 3, 2017. This award-winning festival has over 70 events including horse drawn carriage rides, historic tours, strolling Dickens carolers, art, theater, dance, music, a gingerbread house contest, multiple Santa activities, and a REAL ice skating rink! We hope to see you at ChristmasVille!

Event times and locations will vary throughout the four-day festival. Most events will be held at locations in Old Town Rock Hill.

December 1 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | Old Town Rock Hill | City of Rock Hill Christmas Parade

The City of Rock Hill Christmas parade, “Light the Night,” is one of only a few lighted nighttime parades within South Carolina. The parade will once again feature both homemade and commercial floats, local high school bands, mascots, businesses, walking units, and (of course) Santa Claus, passing through the streets of Old Town during the ChristmasVille Festival.

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Christmas in Clover

Celebrate a Highland Christmas in Clover, South Carolina

December 1 & 3 / Clover, SC / 803.222.3312

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Clover, SC! Pipes, Drums, Santa!

December 1 |4 – 7pm | 103 N. Main (Larne Bldg.) | Merry Market

Show some Clover love and jump start your holiday shopping with our hand selected vendors at the Larne Building.

December 3 | 3pm | Main St. | 47th Annual Clover Christmas Parade, “Highland Parade”

Join us on Main Street in Downtown Clover for a traditional Christmas treat. Contact the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce for more details.

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Christmas in Olde York

December 1 – 10 / York, SC 29745 / 803.684.2590  

It’s Christmas in Olde York. Don’t miss out on any of these fun holiday events.

December 1 | 6-9pm | Congress Street | Christmas Tree Lighting & Sip ‘n Shop

Be a part of Christmas in Olde York as area residents come together for the lighting of the tree at 6pm. Before the official tree lighting, enjoy sounds of the season as students play music on the sidewalk along North Congress Street from 4:30 – 6pm.  Downtown merchants will remain open into the evening, so be sure to Sip & Shop as you take care of your holiday shopping. Hosted by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce.

December 1 – 3 | 12 – 9pm (Fri.), 10am – 9pm (Sat.), 12-5pm (Sun.) | Gingerbread House Contest Display

Prizes will be awarded for overall appearance, originality & creativity, difficulty, and precision.

December 6 | 4:30pm | Downtown York | Olde York Christmas Parade

Hosted by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, the 2017 Downtown York Christmas Parade begins at 4:30pm on Wednesday, December 6th, and winds its way from the south end to the north end of Congress Street.

The parade highlights school bands, local businesses, youth groups, classic cars, dance groups, dignitaries and more.  By design, it continues to bring the community and region together. Deadline for registration to walk, march, drive, or ride is November 29th.

Be a part of Christmas in Olde York!

December 8 | 9pm | Sylvia Theater | “Christmas in Dixie” at the Sylvia Theater

 Musical entertainment and more at the Sylvia Theater.

December 9 – 10 | 10am – 6pm (Sat.), 12 – 5pm (Sun.) | Downtown York | Holly Market

Find unique gifts and holiday items for everyone on your shopping list at the Holly Market.

 December 9 – 10 | 3 – 7pm | Downtown York | Holiday Tour of Historic Homes & Sites

Tickets can be purchased in advance and during the tour for $15 each at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, located at 23 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745.

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Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville

December 2 & 9 / 3 – 9pm / 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnells, SC / 803.684.2327

Christmas Candlelight Tours highlight the origins of the Carolina Piedmont holiday traditions.

Historic Brattonsville opens its doors for the annual Christmas Candlelight Tours. Historically dressed interpreters portray how the holidays were celebrated in the Carolina Piedmont during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Christmas Candlelight Tours feature visits from Father Christmas, live music of the era and hands-on activities for all ages. A variety of historic demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the site. Relax around the campfire and enjoy a warm beverage.

Hearty food prepared by the Friends of Brattonsville will be available for purchase. Sutlers will be selling period-style goods that’ll make interesting holiday gifts. Historic Brattonsville’ s Gift Shop will be well-stocked with seasonal items and locally made goods.

Special Information: Historic Brattonsville will be closed the day of the events until 3 p.m. Brattonsville Road will be closed from 2:30-9:30 p.m. Please look for and follow detour signs.

Admission: Adult $10; Senior $8; Youth 4-17 $6; 3 and under & CHM members Free

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Christmas in Olde Sharon

December 8 / 6 – 9pm / Woodlawn and York Street, Sharon, SC / 803.927.1927

Stroll the streets of Sharon and enjoy the luminaries, lights, decorations, music, tours and food.  Visit the many attractions sure to please kids of all ages.

Start at the Sharon Nursery and let the kids choose a free balloon animal while you listen to live music by The Cottonwood Band and shop the store for unique gift items including the Footloose Art Gallery featuring work by well-known artist, Sandy Brindle. They will also offer light refreshments. Tour the museum and learn about the area’s history.  You can continue your holiday shopping at Neck of the Woods where you will find unique wares for your home.

When you are ready to eat, you can choose from Sharon’s Volunteer Fire Department for a Soup Supper, The Sharon Grill for the best burgers in York County, Brownies Sales, or Winn Express for pizza, sandwiches and Asian specialties.

Finish up by stopping at Amanda’s Sassy Scissors for refreshments, and the Palmetto Lodge for more holiday treats.  And, of course, Santa arrives by Fire Truck at the Sharon Volunteer Fire Station at 7:00pm.  Photos with Santa will be available as well.

Event highlights include:

Museum of Western York County | 3716 Woodlawn Street

  • Collection features the life styles of York County citizens from Pre-Revolutionary period to 20th Learn how people lived, worked, and played during the years our nation was growing. Live music and light refreshments will be provided.

Sharon Nursery | 3034 North York Street

  • Cottonwood bluegrass band, Footloose Art Gallery, gifts, refreshments and balloon animals for the kids

Sharon Volunteer Fire Department | 3336 York Street

  • Soup supper with coffee & hot chocolate
  • Santa arrives by fire truck @ 7pm for photos

Palmetto Lodge 289 | 3343 York Street

  • Open House and Holiday refreshments

The Sharon Grill | 3718 York Street

  • Home of York County’s best burger
  • Free cookies & hot chocolate

Amanda’s Sassy Scissors | 3723 York Street

  • Open House and Holiday refreshments

Neck of the Woods | 3721 York Street

  • Unique wares for your home

Winn Express | 3600 York Street

  • Pizza, wings and Asian specialties

Brownie’s Sales | 3864 York Street

  • Open House, Holiday refreshments and Christmas music

For more information, please call the Town of Sharon at 803.927.1927.


Christmas by the Lake

December 16 / 5:30 – 7:30pm / Buster Boyd Bridge (Lawn by T-Bones), Lake Wylie, SC / 803.831.2827

 Season’s Greetings from Lake Wylie!

 Christmas by the Lake | 5-7:30pm

Warming huts with hot cocoa and cider. There will also be a live nativity scene with Christmas music, and let’s not forget a visit from Santa!

The Lake Wylie boat Parade | 6:30pm

Then, boaters trim their vessels with lights and holiday décor and parade through the area around the Buster Boyd Bridge.

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“Beautiful State!”

Marvin & Dawn