From charming holiday markets to Christmas Parades and festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this magical season. Whether you're looking to cozy up by a crackling fire, explore winter wonderlands, or indulge in delicious seasonal treats, York County has it all.
Get Festive at these Holiday Events
Carowinds is transforming once again into Winterfest! Starting November 17th, you can step inside this rollercoaster theme park turned into a winter wonderland. You can ice skate, take in the 5 million shimmering lights, marvel at the 70-foot tree, or watch the parade! There will be live shows and strolling performers to delight guests and spread Christmas cheer for all to hear. Festive fun and hands-on holiday activities are located throughout the park, and sweet aromas from special holiday dishes and desserts fill the midways. Plus, up to 24 of your favorite rides will be open to complete your night of memory-making.
Rock Hill Christmas Parade
To continue the tradition, Rock Hill is hosting its very own Christmas Parade! Join us on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 PM all over Old Town Rock Hill. The parade will start at the intersection of Oakland and Stewart Avenue. More details on the route will be coming soon!
76th Annual Fort Mill Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2nd, the Town of Fort Mill will host their annual Downtown Parade! The parade features local schools, officials, churches, businesses, scouts, queens, and of course, Santa & more! Filming of the parade for Comporium Channel 705 takes place in front of the Fort Mill Fire Station at 121 Tom Hall Street. Emcees will announce each entry as it passes by this location.
Hometown Christmas Parade
On Friday, December 8th, at 6:00 PM, join the town of York on North Congress Street for the Hometown Christmas Parade! Witness exciting floats, performances, an appearance from Santa Claus, food trucks, and lots of Christmas Joy! The parade will start on North Congress Street and will continue through downtown ending at California Street.
Clover Christmas Parade
The 53rd Annual Clover Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday, December 3rd in downtown Clover. Enjoy food trucks in Boyd's parking lot starting at noon. The parade will go along the southbound side of 321.
Start A New Holiday Tradition
Once again, Old Town Rock Hill will come alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village and outdoor art festival. ChristmasVille is an award-winning festival that has over 70 events, including Cookies and Cocoa with Santa | FREE Amusement Ride & Inflatables | Storytimes with Grinch & Mother Goose | Street Entertainers & Entertainment Stages | Handbell Choirs & Dickens Carolers | Santa's Workshop & Santa's Office | Jingle Bell Parades with Santa | Gift & Farmer's Market | The Gnome Dorm | Food Vendors | And So Much More!
There are even specials that last all month long, featuring: Decorated Walkways | Horse and Carriage Rides | Vernon Grant Window Displays | Ice Skating | And So Much More!
Main Events for the weekend include:
Thursday, November 30th
ChristmasVille's Opening Ceremony and Santa's Arrival
6:00 PM l Fountain Park
Friday, December 1st
Festival of Trees
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | 300 Technology Center Way, Rock Hill, SC
Saturday, December 2nd
Reindeer Romp 5k
7:00 AM | Fountain Park
Sunday, December 3rd
Santa Send-off & Closing Ceremony
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM | Fountain Par
Founders Ice Skating Rink
Hit the ice and show off your moves on skates, the family will surely be impressed. The Founders Ice Skating Rink in Old Town Rock Hill will be open on select days from November 18th - January 15th. The cost to skate is $15 (including skate rental). Tickets Required: Onlyinoldtown.com/icerink
Stafford Park Neighborhood Christmas Lights
Stafford Park Neighborhood: This neighborhood puts on a performance! Each year the neighborhood hosts a combined holiday light show and raises money, unwrapped toys, and canned food donations for the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen. This year, experience the fun on December 15th and 16th! To find them, put 2210 Keswick Lane, Rock Hill, SC in your GPS.
Warm Up with these Winter Date Night Ideas
Book tickets to this highly acclaimed Christmas Show at Narroway Productions in Fort Mill! This will give you an interactive dinner theater view of the true meaning behind the season. People flock from across the country to see this show, it’s one you can’t miss! The show is titled, "The Real Christmas Story" and will leave you in awe of fantastic acting, breathtaking singing, and true purpose behind Christmas. Click the link to get your tickets before they sell out.
Take a Pottery Class
Ghost, anyone? Okay, but for real, you can take a pottery class right in Rock Hill. At Rock Hill Pottery, you can learn how to throw pottery on the wheel, glaze, or hand-build. Classes are taught by Jonathan Williams. Give the gift of an experience this Christmas, or just take a class and gift your final product! You know your mom would still treasure a handmade gift from you for Christmas.
Horseback Trail Ride
For just $70 (10% off for members) you can take an hour and a half horse ride through the trails of the Anne Springs Close Greenway. Hurry and book today, as space is limited and these will fill up! What’s more romantic than a trail ride through nature?
The Foodie School
Love to cook but hate the mess? Treat that special someone in your life to a night at The Foodie School! The Foodie School offers the unique experience of creating your favorite dishes while having fun with friends, family, or loved ones. Not seasoned in the kitchen? No worries! The chefs will guide you through every step of the way and then you get to sit and feast on your creations.
YoCo Brew Trail
Nothing says winter quite like a festive winter brew! Hop on the YoCo Brew Trail and try the ChristmasVille collab "Winter Warmer"! Old Town Rock Hill's finest breweries came together to bring you a delectable Christmas beer complete with spiced red ale and hints of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon!