35+ (2023) Captivating Christmas Parades, 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.

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 (Canceled due to weather) – Starts at Mauldin High School and ends at the Mauldin Cultural Center.

Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade (Postponed to December 9, 2023 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. Happening rain or shine.

Christmas Parade in Greer (December 3, 2023 at 2:30 pm) – The 2023 Greer Christmas Parade, benefits Greer Relief and 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.

City of Anderson Christmas Parade (December 3, 2023 at 3 pm ) – Line up on Main Street to see the Christmas parade.

Christmas Parade in Simpsonville ( Canceled) 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 is “Christmas through the Decades.”

Clemson’s Magic of Christmas Parade (December 5, 2023 at 6 pm)

Fountain Inn Christmas Parade on Main Street in Fountain Inn (December 6, 2023 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm)

Travelers Rest Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 10 am)

Powdersville Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 11:30 am)

Slater Marietta Christmas Parade (Cancelled)

Denver Downs Christmas Parade (December 17th at 3 pm)

Christmas Parades Near Spartanburg, SC

Gaffney Christmas Parade (December 1, 2023 at 6 pm) Celebrate “A Superpowered Christmas” with the parade, which is then followed by a festival with a laser show and family fun. In the past they have had inflatables, rides, vendors, meet and greet with Santa, train ride, and more. Will go on rain or shine.

Clinton Christmas Parade (Postponed to December 16, 2023 at 9 am) This year’s theme is “A Tacky Clinton Christmas!” Wear your tackiest sweater or goofiest elf ears as we kick off the holiday season.

Honea Path Christmas Parade ( Postponed to December 9, 2023 at 11 am) Horses welcome at this parade!

Boiling Springs Christmas Parade (Cancelled due to weather) One of Spartanburg’s most popular parades is the one that takes place in Boiling Springs.

Cowpens Christmas Parade (Cancelled due to weather)

Williamston Christmas Parade (Postponed to December 9, 2023, Noon) Starts at town hall.

Belton Christmas Parade (Postponed to December 3, 2023 at 3:30 pm)

Duncan Christmas Parade (Rescheduled to December 16, 2023 at 4 pm) “Toyland Christmas Parade and Festival” Route will start at Byrnes High School. Christmas music, hot chocolate and more following the parade at Stoneledge Park.

Laurens Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 5 pm) The parade route will be up Main Street. Santa Clause is scheduled to make his appearance.

Greenwood Christmas Parade (December 3, 2023 at 2:30 pm)

Campobello Christmas Parade (December 3, 2023 at 3 pm) After the parade, have your picture taken with Santa.

Landrum Christmas Parade: Light Up Landrum Parade and Stroll (December 7, 2023 at 6 pm)

Pacolet Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 10 am)

Lyman Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 5 pm) – Parade will start and end at Lyman Town Hall, and there will be free carriage rides after the parade, live music, and refreshments.

Reidville Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 3 – 5 pm)

Inman Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 5:30 pm)

Woodruff Christmas Parade (Canceled)

Chesnee Christmas Parade (December 10th, 2023)

Spartanburg Christmas Parade (December 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm) This popular family favorite is back with more lights, more lights, and even more joy!

Other Christmas Parades: Western North Carolina & the Upstate

Asheville Holiday Parade (November 18, 2023 at 11 am) – The parade features more than 100 entries including bands, dance and cheer squads, youth sports, nonprofits and businesses. Free photos with Santa after the parade at the Restoration Hoteal from 2 pm until 4 pm.

The City of Seneca Christmas Parade (November 27, 2023 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.

Pickens Christmas Parade (Postponed to December 8, 2023 at 7 pm followed by fireworks)

Annual Christmas Parade in Cashiers, NC (December 2, 2023 at 3 pm)

Highlands Christmas Parade in Highlands, NC (December 2, 2023 at 10:30 am- rain or shine)

Christmas Parade in Laurens, SC (December 2, 2023 at 5 pm)

Hendersonville, NC Christmas Parade along Main Street in Hendersonville (December 2, 2023 at 6 pm) Will go on rain or shine.

Downtown Brevard Christmas Parade (December 2, 2023 at 11 am) Parade begins at Brevard High School and goes through quaint downtown Brevard.

Dacusville Christmas Parade (December 9, 2023 at 2 pm)

Tryon Christmas Parade (December 6, 2023 at 5 pm)

Easley Christmas Parade of Lights (December 9, 2023 at 6 pm)

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.

Christmas Parades On Our Calendar

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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!

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7 years ago


Teresa Patterson
6 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 »

6 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.