35+ Christmas Parades (2022) to Captivate Your Kids Near Greenville, SC

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Thinking about bringing the family to a Christmas Parade? You really can’t beat the tradition of attending a Christmas Parade with your kids. It might be a little bit nippy but thankfully we live in the Upstate where early December isn’t typically bone-chilling cold. Grab your jackets, lawn chairs, and maybe a mug of hot cider to check out this list of Christmas Parades in Greenville, Spartanburg, and nearby areas!

If you don’t see your town’s parade in the list under Greenville or Spartanburg, scroll all the way to the calendar listings. There are a lot of parades this year and we have tried to list as many as we could find.

This article includes:
Christmas Parades Near Greenville, SC
Christmas Parades Near Spartanburg, SC
More Christmas Parades in the Upstate and Western North Carolina
Tips for Attending a Christmas Parade With Kids

While we do our best to offer accurate information, please check with these venues and organizations before visitingPlease help keep Kidding Around Greenville free by not copying and reproducing this list without permission.

Christmas Parades Near Greenville, SC

We’ll be updating this list throughout the season. Parades are listed in date order.

Christmas Parade in Mauldin, SC (December 3, 2022 at 2 pm) – Starts at Mauldin High School and ends at the Mauldin Cultural Center.

Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade (December 3, 2022 at 6 pm) – This parade has taken place for over 75 years in Greenville. The route is on Main Street from the intersection with Augusta to the intersection at North Street.

Christmas Parade in Greer (December 4, 2022 at 2:30 pm) – The 2022 Greer Christmas Parade, “A Toyland Christmas,” features over 90 parade units including numerous businesses, clubs, organizations, churches, schools, dignitaries, and marching bands. As always Santa Claus will be the featured guest of the parade. The parade route is 1.1 miles long, begins at Poinsett Street & Memorial Drive, and ends at N. Main Street & Cunningham Drive. This event benefits Greer Relief.

City of Anderson Christmas Parade (December 4, 2022 at 3 pm ) – Line up on Main Street to see the Christmas parade.

Christmas Parade in Simpsonville (December 4, 2022 at 3 pm) This year’s parade follows a new route: The parade will run north to south along NE & SE Main Street through downtown Simpsonville. The starting point for the parade will be on N.E. Main Street at S Pliney Circle, which is slightly different than previous years. The end point is on SE Main Street at the intersection of Fernwood and Richardson Streets (CVS/Veteran’s monument). This year’s theme of “Sounds of the Season” encourages you to celebrate your favorite holiday songs.

Clemson’s Magic of Christmas Parade (December 6, 2022 at 5 pm)

Fountain Inn Christmas Parade on Main Street in Fountain Inn (December 7, 2022 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

Travelers Rest Christmas Parade: Songs of Christmas (December 10, 2022 at 10:30 am)

Slater Marietta Christmas Parade (December 11, 2022 at 3 pm)

Denver Downs Christmas Parade (December 18, 2022 at 3 pm)

Christmas Parades Near Spartanburg, SC

Landrum Christmas Parade (December 1, 2022 at 6 pm)

Inman Christmas Parade (December 3, 2022)

Boiling Springs Christmas Parade (December 3, 2022 at 10 am) One of Spartanburg’s most popular parades is the one that takes place in Boiling Springs.

Duncan Christmas Parade (December 3, 2022 at 10 am) Route will start at Byrnes High School. Christmas music, hot chocolate and more following the parade at Stoneledge Park.

Lyman Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting (December 3, 2022 at 5 pm) – Details have not been announced for 2022, but this event typically includes a parade followed by a tree lighting, photos with Santa, carriage and wagon rides, live music, and refreshments.

Campobello Christmas Parade (December 4, 2022 at 3 pm) After the parade, have your picture taken with Santa.

Christmas Parade in Greer (December 4, 2022 at 2:30 pm) – The 2022 Greer Christmas Parade, “A Toyland Christmas” features over 90 parade units including numerous businesses, clubs, organizations, churches, schools, dignitaries, and marching bands. As always Santa Claus will be the featured guest of the parade. The parade route is 1.1 miles long, begins at Poinsett Street & Memorial Drive, and ends at N. Main Street & Cunningham Drive. This event benefits Greer Relief.

Gaffney Christmas Parade (December 2, 2022 at 6 pm) Celebrate “It’s Showtime!” with the parade, which is then followed by a festival with inflatables, rides, vendors, meet and greet with Santa, train ride, and more.

Pacolet Christmas Parade (2022 date and time TBA)

Reidville Christmas Parade (December 10, 2022 at 3 – 5 pm)

Woodruff Christmas Parade (December 11, 2022 from 3-5 pm)

Spartanburg Christmas Parade (December 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm) This popular family favorite is back with more lights, more lights, and even more joy!

Other Christmas Parades in the Upstate and North Carolina

Asheville Holiday Parade (November 19, 2022 at 11 am) – The parade features more than 100 entries including bands, dance and cheer squads, youth sports, nonprofits and businesses.

The City of Seneca Christmas Parade (November 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm) – The route goes from Oak Street to North First Street, then turns right onto Cherry Street, right on Main Street, and passes through RamCat Alley. The parade follows the 5 pm tree lighting ceremony.

Annual Christmas Parade in Cashiers, NC (December 3, 2022 at 3 pm)

Highlands Christmas Parade in Highlands, NC (December 3, 2022 at 10:30 am)

Christmas Parade in Laurens, SC (December 3, 2022 at 5 pm)

Pickens Christmas Parade (December 2, 2022 at 7 pm)

Downtown Brevard Christmas Parade (December 3, 2022 at 4 pm) Parade begins at Brevard High School and goes through quaint downtown Brevard.

Dacusville Christmas Parade (December 10, 2022 at 2 pm)

Easley Christmas Parade of Lights (December 10, 2022 at 6 pm) – Parade will be immediately followed by the Annual Tree Lighting.

Tips from Our Readers for Attending Parades with Children

Lorraine says, “Bring chairs for everyone, snacks, drinks, wear layers of clothing, bring hat/gloves/scarf, bring small toys that you don’t mind losing in a crowd, be prepared to hold child up or place on shoulders to see over the crowd unless you are in the front.”

Pete says, “Get there early with foldable chairs and blankets if cold.”

While we do our best to offer accurate information, please check with these venues and organizations before visitingPlease help keep Kidding Around Greenville free by not copying and reproducing this list without permission.

Full list of Christmas Parades Around Greenville

Christmas parades organized by date.

november 2022

sat05nov5:00 pmSanta's Welcoming Parade5:00 pm Price::Free

sun27nov2:00 pmsun9:00 pmWinter Wonderland in Williamston Parade and Opening CeremoniesDowntown Williamston2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Price::Free

mon28nov6:30 pmMagic of Christmas: Christmas Parade6:30 pm Price::Free

december 2022

thu01dec6:00 pmLandrum Christmas Parade 20226:00 pm Price::Free (unwrapped children's toy accepted for donation)

fri02dec6:00 pmfri9:00 pmChristmas in Gaffney6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Price::Free

fri02dec6:30 pmfri7:30 pmChristmas Parade in Central, SC6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Price::Free

fri02dec6:30 pmWestminster Christmas Parade6:30 pm Price::Free

fri02dec7:00 pmPickens Christmas Parade7:00 pm Price::Free

sat03dec9:45 amCarolina Carillon: Holiday Parade9:45 am Price::Free

sat03dec10:00 amsat2:00 pmTown of Duncan Christmas Parade 202210:00 am - 2:00 pm Price::Free

sat03dec10:00 amBoiling Springs Christmas Parade10:00 am Price::FREE

sat03dec11:00 amsat12:00 pmHonea Path Christmas ParadeHONEA PATH11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free

sat03dec11:00 amPiedmont Village Christmas Parade 202211:00 am Price::Free

sat03dec11:30 amA Very Merry Christmas Parade in Powdersville11:30 am Price::Free

sat03dec2:00 pmA December to Remember Christmas Parade Mauldin2:00 pm Price::Free admission

sat03dec3:30 pmsat6:00 pmBelton Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting 2022Downtown Belton, SC3:30 pm - 6:00 pm Price::Free

sat03dec4:00 pmsat7:00 pmTown of Pine Ridge Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Price::Free

sat03dec5:00 pmLaurens Christmas Parade5:00 pm Price::Free

sat03dec5:00 pmWalhalla Christmas Parade 20225:00 pm Price::Free

sat03dec5:00 pmCity of Lyman Christmas Parade5:00 pm Price::Free

sat03dec6:00 pmsat7:00 pmHolly Jolly Christmas Parade 2022Downtown Liberty6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Price::free

sat03dec6:00 pmGreenville Poinsettia Christmas ParadeThe City Of Greenville 6:00 pm Price::FREE

sun04dec2:30 pmGreer Christmas ParadeThe City of Greer 2:30 pm Price::Free

sun04dec3:00 pmsun4:45 pmAnderson Christmas Parade 2022Downtown Anderson, SC3:00 pm - 4:45 pm Price::Free

sun04dec3:00 pmSimpsonville Christmas Parade3:00 pm Event Organized BySimpsonville Area Chamber of CommercePrice::Free

sun04dec3:00 pmCampobello's Christmas Parade3:00 pm Price::Free

sun04dec3:00 pmSnowball Parade3:00 pm Price::Free

sun04dec4:00 pmsun5:00 pmSalem Christmas ParadeSALEM4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Price::Free

tue06dec5:00 pmtue7:00 pmClemson Christmas Parade 20225:00 pm - 7:00 pm Price::FREE

wed07dec5:30 pmwed6:30 pmFountain Inn Christmas Parade 2022Downtown Fountain Inn5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Price::Free

sat10dec10:00 am2022 Christmas Parade: Town of Gaston10:00 am Price::Free

sat10dec10:30 amsat4:00 pmTravelers Rest Christmas Parade & Merry Market10:30 am - 4:00 pm Price::Free

sat10dec11:00 amsat12:00 pmAbbeville Christmas ParadeABBEVILLE 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Freee

sat10dec1:00 pmsat2:00 pmFair Play Christmas ParadeFAIR PLAY1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Price::Free

sat10dec2:00 pmsat4:00 pmTown of Reidville Christmas Parade and Christmas Festival2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free

sat10dec4:00 pmsat6:00 pmDeck the Hulls Christmas Boat Parade4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Price::Free but register

sat10dec6:00 pmsat6:30 pmLake Keowee Christmas Boat Parade6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Price::Free event; Small parking fee

sat10dec6:00 pmsat7:00 pmGreater Easley Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade of Lights 2022Downtown Easley6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Price::Free

sat10dec6:30 pmsat9:30 pmPelion's Christmas Parade of Lights6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Price::Free

sun11dec2:00 pmsun5:00 pmBlythewood Christmas Parade2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Price::Free

sun11dec3:00 pmsun5:00 pmWoodruff 2022 Christmas Parade3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Price::Free

sun11dec3:00 pmSlater-Marietta Christmas Parade3:00 pm Price::Free

tue13dec6:30 pmtue8:30 pmSpartanburg Christmas Parade 2022Downtown Spartanburg Christmas Parade6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Price::FREE

Want to know what’s going on in Greenville over Christmas? Just check our Ultimate Holiday Guide where we are keeping track of Santa, holiday storytimes and more!

About the Author
India Menon is a native New Orleanian married to a South Indian immigrant. They have lived in Greenville since 2011. A former educational researcher, she is now a stay-at-home parent to two children and helps organize a local Meetup group for stay-at-home moms. Fueled by coffee and good humor, she enjoys playing outdoors, cooking, eating, reading, and plenty of Pinterest fails.

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Diana
6 years ago

TR theme is TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.

Teresa Patterson
5 years ago

I didn’t know where else to post this where the City of Greenville might see it, but I wanted to let them know what a total disappoint this year’s Poinsettia parade was. We’ve gone every year for the past 6 years and it is an annual tradition that may be ending based solely on this year’s parade. The biggest disappointment being there was no Santa this year. People all around us were incredulous. One little girl was asking if Santa wasn’t in the parade because he was sick. A parent said with all of these children here, how can you… Read more »

Natasha
5 years ago

I went to the poinsettia parade the 1st year I moved here and haven’t been back. It’s been 4 yrs. I prefer going to the Travelers rest, Greer and Easley parades. They are small but more involved than the Greenville parade. My kids love the performances and the fact that they give you candy. Thank God I didn’t waste my time going to the poinsettia parade. Sorry you had such a horrible time.