Fa-la-la-la-lah! It’s that time of year again to deck the halls and trim the trees. It’s the holiday season in York County! There’s thousands and thousands of strands of lights strung along our main streets, warming your heart with their glow. York County is the perfect place to make lasting memories with your family during this season. We’ve put together a guide of 10 ways to enjoy the holiday season with your family in York County! See you in 2020!

Carowinds Winterfest:

Carowinds Themepark comes alive with holiday spirit during WinterFest! Bask under the glow of 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. A selection of some favorite rides will be open, but this is perfect for the entire family to enjoy! New in 2019, WinterFest will debut its nightly Wonderland Parade. This larger-than-life holiday event showcases dazzling lights, extravagant floats, and talented performers! Of course the big man in red will be there as well. WinterFest is now open weekends until December 31st!

Penland Christmas Tree Farm:

Penland Christmas Tree Farm is a must visit for your tree this year. This quaint farm in the Newport area offers a great family experience. Take a hayride, roast marshmallows and explore mulch mountain!  Visit their Facebook page for hours.

Christmas Candlelight at Historic Brattonsville:

Take the family back in time to Historic Brattonsville for a holiday themed night tour. Christmas Candlelight will celebrate the holiday season with traditions from the 18th and 19th century. Enjoy fiddle music, dancing, and historically-dressed interpreters. You can try candle dipping, listen to Christmas stories or have a warm drink by the campfire. Tours will happen December 7th and 14th from 3pm to 9pm. New this year you must purchase a tour ticket ahead of time through the Culture and Heritage Museums.

Take in the Christmas Lights:

Looking to wow the family with some Christmas lights? York County has several independent displays that can really wow!

 Davis Family Christmas Lights:
When: December 1st to January 1st 6pm to 10pm nightly

Where: 508 Swaying Pines Ct. York SC

Stafford Park Lights:

This neighborhood doesn’t just put on a light display, they put it on for charity. Asking for cash donations, the total goes to buy toys for Toys for Tots.

When: December 14th and 15th

Where: Off of Hwy 491 in Rock Hill. Type in Keswick Ln to get you there.

Ice Skating in Rock Hill:

No skates? No problem. Head down to the Ice Skating Rink in Rock Hill near Fountain Park. They’ve put a tent over the ice skating rink, so no matter the weather you can skate to your hearts content! The rink is open daily. For just $10 you get your ice skates and up to two hours on the ice! Every Wednesday is buy one get free skate passes, two people skate for the price of one. The rink is open now through January 20th.



Everyone’s favorite Christmas festival is returning to Rock Hill December 5th through the 8th! Four days of jam-packed Christmas fun. This year’s theme is “It Takes A Village” and Santa’s village will be on full display! Shop downtown shops for holiday gifts or take in the glow of the lights downtown. Full schedule of events can be found on ChristmasVilleRockHill.com

Christmas Parades:


Don’t miss the 49th Annual Clover Christmas Parade on Main Street on December 1st from 3 to 4:30pm.

Date: December 1st 3pm to 4:30pm

Fort Mill:

The Town of Fort Mill will light their downtown Christmas tree December 5th! The parade will take place Saturday the 7th with an 11am start time down Main Street.


Join the City of York on Friday December 6, 2019 at 6PM for their 80th Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting - “York’s Greatest Show”.

Lake Wylie:

This is one fun event! Bundle up and head to the Buster Boyd Bridge on December 14th to watch the boat parade on Lake Wylie! Stop in at Papa Doc’s Shore Club to get a bite to eat and warm up as well.

NarroWay Productions:

If you haven’t been to NarroWay Productions in Fort Mill to see one of their dinner theater shows, you’re missing out. These fantastic actors will move you as if you’re sitting on Broadway. They have three Christmas themed shows that sell out quickly, so get your tickets now. The REAL Christmas Story, A Stranger for Christmas and the Nativity Set. Times vary for all the shows. Visit NarroWay.net for full schedule and pricing.

Nutcracker Ballet:

You can’t have Christmas without a Nutcracker performance. The York County Ballet will perform the Nutcracker December 12th through the 15th at Winthrop’s Johnson Hall. Tickets are $20 each.

Historic Home Tours:

Now’s your chance to get into those beautiful historic homes you’ve had your eye on, all decorated for Christmas! All of these events are ticketed and you’ll need to contact the individual organizations for pricing. Fort Mill History Museum’s tour of homes is December 14th from 10am to 5pm. Yorkville Historical Society’s tour is December 7th and 8th both at 3pm. Clover Women’s Club is also holding a homes tour that will take place on December 7th from 3pm to 7pm!