The Premier Guide to Celebrating the Holidays: Greenville, SC

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Ready to celebrate the holidays in Greenville? There are so many things to do in Greenville this holiday season. It can be a little bit overwhelming! We love our readers, and want you to be able to enjoy the holidays with your family without that stress. So we’ve pulled our very best and most helpful holiday content. We put it all right here to help our readers find just what they want to enjoy in Greenville this holiday season.

The 2022 Holiday Season in Greenville

The holiday season in Greenville will not look the same this year. Many of our favorite events are back on the calendar, but they might be a little different. We’re working hard to make sure you know about everything that’s going in the Upstate this holiday season. Even though this year is different, we hope you’ll be able to get out and make some wonderful memories with your family.

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Your Guide to the Holidays in Greenville

We do our very best to keep all content current and up to date. But please confirm with venues before heading out, as changes and cancellations can happen. 


Over 25 Amazing Light Displays in Greenville

Ready for Christmas lights? From amazing residential displays to drive-through professional displays with Santa, treats, and activities, we’ve got the scoop for where to find Christmas lights in Greenville! Plus find our Greenville Christmas Light Driving Routes.

holiday lights across the Upstate, SC

Christmas Tree Farms near Greenville

Time to pull out those ornaments and get this year’s Christmas tree? Our readers told us about their favorite Christmas Tree Farms near Greenville. You may have to drive a bit, but we think you are sure to find that perfect tree at one of these farms.

Tom Sawyer Tree Farm


Places Where You Can Find Santa in Greenville

Ready to visit the big man in red? We’ve got a list of places you can find Santa Claus this year in Greenville. There are places that offer free photo opportunities, those with professional photo options, and plenty where you can hear that jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho!” or share a Christmas list. Check back often because we’ll keep updating this list as the elves send us Santa’s appearance schedule.

See Santa in Greenville and Spartanburg

Things to Do This Holiday Season in Greenville

Looking for something to do? The Greenville area has no shortage of holiday festivals, parades, shows, crafts, parties, storytime events, shopping fairs and so much more. We’ve gathered up some fantastic options and we’ll keep updating this list throughout the holiday season so you’ll always know what’s going on. Don’t forget to bookmark this list and check back often!

Holiday and Christmas Events

Free Things to Do for the Holidays in Greenville

Just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some holiday fun in Greenville. There are free craft events, story times, treats, and more all happening in the upstate. Here’s a list of free things to do for the holidays in Greenville.

Free Things to Do Greenville, SC at Christmas

Holiday Day Trips from Greenville

Trying to plan a little day trip getaway from Greenville? There are so many fun and festive places to visit during the holidays that are just a short car ride from Greenville. Escape the holiday hustle and bustle with a day trip to one of these amazing places!

Holiday Day trip guide

Gift Giving in Greenville

While we know there’s more to this season than finding that perfect gift, we also know many of our readers are looking for great gifts that will bring smiles to the faces of friends and family. Finding that perfect gift can be pretty overwhelming, so we’ve pulled out our best gift-giving ideas for Greenville and put them all in one place. You’ll find our Experience Gift Guide, Shopping Local in Greenville, plus great children’s book recommendations and so much more.

Ultimate Upstate Gift Guide

Upstate, SC Christmas Things to Do By Town

Greenville is surrounded by wonderful suburbs and towns that all dress up and put out an extra dose of charm for the holidays. Use the links below to find out about each town’s holiday schedule and programs.

Greer Christmas Tree Lighting

10+ Great Christmas Date Ideas in Greenville

Ready for a date night out in Greenville? The Christmas season is a beautiful time to sneak away on a date with your significant other sans kids if you can manage it. We’ve come up with some great ideas to make that special night even more memorable during this time of the year.


Make Christmas Dinner Easy!

Coming soon! Get Christmas dinner at these Greenville, SC area restaurants. Our list has restaurants with dine-in options, plus full catered meals you can order, and take-out options. We also have some places where you can pick up just a few sides, dessert, ham or turkey to add to your own home-cooked holiday meal.

Order a local charcuterie board in Greenville, SC. Cheese, fruit, cured meats, nuts, pickles and more! Bring a special treat to your holidays at home with a beautiful and delicious charcuterie board!


Holiday Getaways

Escape this holiday season for a holiday getaway. Here’s a list of some festive travel destinations with great family rentals for you to book.

Looking for a mountain escape? Try these winter-time mountain rentals with hot tubs, fireplaces, and more fabulous features for a relaxing and cozy escape.

Holiday getaways

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About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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