Celebrate The Holidays This Year in Anderson County, SC

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Looking for holiday events in Anderson, SC? You’ve found the right place! We have information on parades, ice skating, shopping, where to find Santa, and more are all waiting for you in this list of holiday events and things to do in Anderson, SC.

Anderson, SC Christmas Events and things to do, Christmas events in Anderson, SC

Holiday Fun In Anderson County

Drive Through The Anderson Lights Display

Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day | 5:30 – 10 PM
Anderson Lights includes 2.5 miles of light displays, a Christmas village, an opportunity to see Santa, and unique entertainment scheduled on select nights. $10 a car.

Shop From Local Vendors

  • Pendleton Christkindlmarkt
    Fridays and Saturdays December 1st-16th, 2023, 4:30 to 8:30 pm
    An outdoor market located in Pendleton’s Village Square. Hot spice wine, apple cider and beer available for purchase, vendors change weekly.
  • The Holly Jolly Holiday Fair
    November 17th – 19th, 2023
    This holiday fair includes lots of local vendors you already love, plus demonstrations, food trucks, live music, and visits with Santa! The tickets start at $8 per person, and there are VIP options available.

Go Ice Skating In Wren Park

Holiday Ice in Carolina Wren Park– Anderson
On select dates from December 1st 2023 – December 31st, 2023, Enjoy ice skating in the park! Admission is $5 per person ages 7 and older (skates included). Kids 6 and under skate free on the kiddie rink .

Free Fun To Have During The Holidays In Anderson

The holidays can stress our wallets, so free and cheap fun is always a welcome sight! We’ve found ways to celebrate the holiday season that won’t break the bank.

View The Trees at The Christmas Tree Festival

November 15th through November 18th, 2023
View the decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces available to purchase to benefit the Hospice of The Foothills. Admission to view the decorations is free.

Attend A Holiday Parade

There are plenty of places to sit along the parade routes, and it’s always a good idea to bring a bag to catch any candy thrown out to the kids from floats. Also, don’t forget that hot cocoa and a comfy chair and blanket to stay toasty depending on the weather!

  • City of Anderson Christmas Parade
    December 3, 2023 | Starts at 3 pm
    Line up on Main Street to see the Christmas parade. The parade route runs from Greenville Street starting at 3 PM and runs to Highland Avenue where it finishes at approximately 4:45 PM.
  • Clemson’s Magic of Christmas Parade
    December 5th, 2023 | Starts at 5 PM
    The City of Clemson’s Parade festivities begin at 5 pm, with the actual parade kicking off at 6 pm. The parade route runs from College Avenue to Strode Circle. 

Christmas Tree Lighting in Anderson

  • Anderson Christmas Tree Lighting, December 1st, 2023 at 6 pm, and cookie crawl

Christmas at the Library

Libraries are always a great source of free fun! While you’ll need an Anderson library card to check out books, you don’t need one to attend the fun, free events they have planned.

See Santa in Anderson

We asked the elves for Santa’s appearance schedule this season. Here’s a list of places where you find Santa this year in Anderson. Snap a photo, enjoy some cookies, and don’t forget to share your Christmas wish list!


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