Winter is officially here! Often known as the coldest and darkest season, winter is also the season filled with opportunities to create memories that will last a lifetime. From cozy nights in by the fire to Christmas Parades and festivals, York County is filled with winter events for you and your family to celebrate the final season of the year!
Get Festive at these Holiday Events
Once again, Old Town Rock Hill will come alive as a charming, picturesque holiday village and outdoor art festival. 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!
Carowinds is transforming once again! Starting November 21st, you can step inside this rollercoaster theme park turned into a winter wonderland. You can ice skate, take in the 5 million shimmering lights, or wonder at the 70-foot tree! New this year, there will be a parade daily! There will be live shows and strolling performers 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.
Start A New Holiday Tradition
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 17th - January 19th. The cost to skate is $15 (includes 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. You can visit the lights in December starting December 17th!. To find them, put 2210 Keswick Lane, Rock Hill, SC in your GPS.
270 Hampton Trail Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29708
The Davis Family always puts on quite the display. Head to Baxter Village starting December 11th anytime from 6:00-9:00 PM and tune in to 93.9FM to listen to the music with the fantastic light display. Baxter Village: This Fort Mill area neighborhood has decorated its downtown with lights and a huge Christmas Tree. Enjoy strolling through the shops with festive cheer. Then drive through the neighborhood to see some fantastic light displays for the annual contests. We recommend Nations Commons, Birkshire Heights Loop, Stratford Run Drive, Revival Row, and the First through Sixth Baxter Streets to see some great lights!
2088 Chester Hwy
York, SC 29745
These lights are open for the community to view and will stay until Christmas Day!
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! Click the link to get your tickets before they sell out.
Holiday Home Tours
Historic Rock Hill is excited to announce that they are joining the Christmasville festivities! They will provide snacks and other goodies for purchase. Keep your hands warm with hot chocolate and bring your friends to pick out a Christmas gift from local vendors! Tickets are $5.00 for the general public or free for Historic Rock Hill members.
Ghost, anyone? Okay, but for real, you can take a pottery class right in Rock Hill. At Rock Hill Pottery, you can earn 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.
For just $50 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?
Theh 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.
Nothing says winter quite like a festive winter brew! Hop on the YoCo Brew Trail and try the ChristmasVille collab Christmas Cookie Porter! Rock Hill's finest breweries came together to bring you a delectable Christmas beer with notes of vanilla, cocoa, and a hint of spice! You can also celebrate by purchasing a ticket today for the Fezziwig Hop! The Fezziwig Hop is a progressive trolley brewery crawl between Slow Play, Legal Remedy & Rock Hill Brewing. Ticket price includes 4 drinks from brewery, dinner, live music, and hop on & off the trolley. Cocktail attire encouraged. Each location will be supporting a local non-profit and have a live band, games, and themed era.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Clip Clop down Historic Main Street in Old Town Rock Hill! Reserve your horse-drawn carriage ride seats along our beautifully decorated Christmasville Corridor. Carriages seat up to 8 people.
Two carriages will run during each time slot (Carriage A and Carriage B).