If there’s only one thing you make it to in York County this year, let it be a Christmas Parade in one of our downtowns! Our towns and cities do a great job of putting on fantastic light and float displays for you to celebrate the Holiday Season.

We put together this full list of every parade, so you’re sure not to miss it!


December 1 | 3pm | Main St. | Annual Clover Christmas Parade, “Highland Parade”

Get excited about the Clover Christmas Parade! It's a great family event with local restuarants to enjoy lunch prior to the parade. This annual event will include horses from the local 4H and York County Mounted Police. See dancers, the Clover High School Band, boats and firetrucks! The parade is sponsored by the Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Clover. The parade route follows Main Street and proceeds from north to south. 


December 6 | 4-9pm | Congress Street | Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting

York’s 80th Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is brought to you by The York Entertainment Society and the City of York, SC. This year York is celebrating the history of the Circus from our Great City’s past with traditions of Christmas and the Holiday Season. Over 2,000 participants led by York’s Greatest Showman will usher in bands, circus performers, animals, floats, local businesses and organizations marching through the streets. They will be followed by the brigade of horses as they guide Mr. and Mrs. Claus in their horse-drawn carriage.

After the Parade, there will be a stage show with local and regional talent. Be sure to stop by Santa’s workshop for photos with Santa and enjoy local food and beverages from local food trucks, restaurants, and vendors. This one of a kind event will light up the evening with festivities and thousands of Christmas lights while reflecting back on our proud history. 

Rock Hill: 

December 6 | 6:30| 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.

Fort Mill: 

December 7 | 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.

Hickory Grove: 

December 7 | 3pm| Main Street | Christmas Parade

Welcome to Christmas in Hickory Grove!  Join Hickory Grove for their Christmas Parade down Main Street. The parade will start at 3 pm and feature lots of fun for the whole family!  Beware of flying candy, as parade-goers of floats will be tossing candy in the streets to kids.  

Tega Cay: 

December 7 | 3pm to 8pm | Glennon Center | Tree Lighting and Candy Cane Hunt

It’s Christmas time in Tega Cay!  The City's 2019 Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday, December 7th.  The event features Christmas Carols sung by the Fort Mill High School Chorus, as well as the tree lighting, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from old Saint Nick! 

Lake Wylie: 

December 14 | 6:30-7:30pm | Buster Boyd Bridge (Lawn by Papa Docs Shore Club) | Holiday Boat Parade 

One of the highlights of the Christmas season in Lake Wylie is the annual “Lights on the Lake” boat parade. Launched from Papa Docs Shore Club, the brightly lit boats sail towards the Buster Boyd Bridge, circle around in front of Riverpointe, and pass by the Lake Wylie boat landing. Most of the crowds gather along the shorelines of Lake Wylie near the boat landing, and cheer favorites as they sail by. 


Select Weekends in December | Carowinds 

Carowinds comes alive with holiday spirit during WinterFest. Friends and families are treated to an ultimate Christmas event as they transform the park into a winter wonderland - full of enchantment, cheer, and classic family fun. This larger-than-life holiday event showcases dazzling lights, extravagant floats, talented performers and a special appearance by Santa Claus. New this year there will be a nightly parade full of lights and entertainment inside the park.