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 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 at Historic Brattonsville:
Take in the Christmas Traditions at Historic Brattonsville this holiday season. This living history farm is full of old world charm and historical education!
Davis Family Christmas Lights:
When: December 1st to January 1st 6pm to 10pm nightly
Where: 508 Swaying Pines Ct. York SC
Stafford Park Holiday 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 20th and 21st
Where: Off of Hollis Lakes Road off Ebenezer and Highway 901. Type in Keswick Ln to the GPS 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.
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.
Tour Vernon Grant's Work:
Did you know Vernon Grant, the famous illustrator of Snap, Crackle, and Pop, also drew scenes with gnomes that are the them of Rock Hill's ChristmasVille festival? Each year the Arts Council of York County hangs his holiday themed works in the Center for the Arts. You can view the the work on the 23rd or the 31st. The gallery will be closed the 24th through the 26th of December.
Take a Christmas Hike:
Need some fresh air? Head out to the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill. If you're not a member, it's just $5 a person to get in and explore 2,100 acres. Take the path from the Lake Haigler entrance down across the swinging bridge and up to the Dairy Barn, which is all dressed up for Christmas.
Shop Till You Drop:
Looking for a shopping adventure? Take a trip to one of our downtowns for antiques, unique boutiques, and so much more! Here's a shopping guide to Downtown York which has so many brand new shops!
Skip the cooking and eat out:
Looking to get out of the kitchen for a while? The Rock Hill Herald put together this list of restaurants to visit over Christmas Eve and Christmas.