Ride in a Horse Drawn Carriage during Christmas in Fountain Inn, SC

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Fountain Inn marks the Christmas season with carriage rides, hot chocolate, and lots of holiday spirit. Here’s what happens in Fountain Inn and why you should make a trip there this holiday season. 

Fountain Inn is such a cute little town, with small businesses lining Main Street, a farmers market during the summer, a splash pad, and family-friendly events all year. But Christmas is something special, and a bit enchanting. The entire Christmas experience in Fountain Inn runs from December 7th – 16th, 2023 from 5-9:30 pm. They have special events throughout this fun holiday season so read on. Everything happens at Commerce Park in downtown Fountain Inn.

Holiday Events in Fountain Inn, SC

Get Running: Fountain Inn Rudolph Run

The annual Rudolph Run, which consists of a one-mile kids run for kids 10 and under and a 5K for everyone else, will happen on December 9, 2023 at 7 pm.

Registration is $10 for the kids run and $25/ages 13+ for the 5K and packets can be picked up at the Fountain Inn Activities Center before race day. 

Christmas Parade

The annual Fountain Inn Christmas Parade will happen on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 5:30 pm in downtown Fountain Inn.

Live Christmas Music

To help visitors get into the Christmas spirit, Fountain Inn will have live Christmas music during Christmas “Inn” Our Town every weekend.

Tree Lighting

Fountain Inn celebrates Christmas with their annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 5, 2023 at the splash pad at 7 pm.

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Things to Do to Celebrate Christmas in Fountain Inn, SC

Trolley Rides

Trolley rides are a fun way to see the lights in Fountain Inn and tickets can be reserved online. Tickets are $12/person for ages 4+. Ages three and under are free. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time and the ride is about 45 minutes long. The trolleys are pulled by horses.

Santa’s Workshop

Santa is at Christmas “Inn” Fountain Inn every night from December 7th – 16th, 2023. It is free to visit him and take photos.

Carriage Rides

Perhaps the best known Christmas activity in Fountain Inn is the carriage rides, which happen daily December 7th-16th, 2022 from 4:30-9:30 pm. Reservations are recommended as they cannot guarantee walk-in tickets. You can reserve your tickets at the Fountain Inn events website. Tickets are $12/adult and free for kids three and under if they ride on your lap.

The carriage ride is about 45 minutes long and it goes through the historic downtown Fountain Inn. You can also choose to book a private carriage ride at the same website.

Yuletide Unicorn Festival with Santa

Hidden Pasture Unicorn Farm is open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm from November 17-December 23, 2023. Kids can visit the unicorns, meet Santa, watch a Christmas movie, and make Christmas memories. $14/kids ages 3-17, $12/adults ages 18+. Pony rides are $7.

Carriage Ride. Photo provided by the City of Fountain Inn.


Start your holiday shopping with the Merry Market on December 9th, 2023 from 2-8 pm on Main Street in Fountain Inn where you can shop local vendors.

Holiday Carnival

On Saturday, December 9, 2023, Fountain Inn will host a market, movie, and carnival rides from 2-8 pm. All the rides and games are free.

Where to Eat & Get Hot Chocolate

A favorite little shop of ours in Fountain Inn is Steam Coffee & Cream, which will be serving up hot chocolate and have special events throughout the season.

Another restaurant along Main Street in Fountain Inn good for families is Cucina 100, an Italian eatery.

Commerce Park
110 Depot Street, Fountain Inn
Fountain Inn Events

Have you been to Fountain Inn for any Christmas events?

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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4 years ago

I just went to the Christmas Parade! 🙂 Gallery is on the website link below.

4 years ago

How do I get tickets? What is the phone number?

3 years ago

Will there be ice skating this year ?

3 years ago

When is the Christmas parade