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Watch Free Holiday Movies at NCG Theaters (2022): Here’s How

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Free holiday movies? Yep, you heard that right. NCG Cinemas has brought back their FREE Holiday Family Film Fest. Your family can load up on holiday cheer for free with three different holiday family movies throughout December 2022, and it won’t cost you a dime! We love free family fun and we know our readers do, too! Happy, happy (free) Christmas family fun!

NCG Cinemas 2022 Holiday Film Fest Schedule

15 December days with free Christmas movies at NCG movie theater? If that doesn’t put a little jingle in your step this season, we’re not sure what will. See the following movies free at NCG Cinemas in December 2022!

  • ELF: December 2nd-4th, 2022 at 11 am
  • The Grinch (2018): December 9th – 11th at 11 am
  • The Polar Express: December 16th – 24th at 11 am

NCG Free Christmas movie calendar

  • December 2, 2022, see ELF free at 11 am
  • December 3, 2022, see ELF free at 11 am
  • December 4, 2022, see ELF free at 11 am
  • December 9, 2022, see The Grinch free at 11 am
  • December 10, 2022, see The Grinch free at 11 am
  • December 11, 2022, see The Grinch free at 11 am
  • December 16, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am
  • December 17, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am
  • December 18, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am
  • December 19, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am
  • December 20, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am
  • December 21, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am
  • December 22, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am
  • December 23, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am
  • December 24, 2022, see The Polar Express free at 11 am

Free Christmas Movies Near Me?

Is there an NCG Cinemas with free Christmas movies near me?

In the Upstate, we are lucky to have NCG Cinemas right in Spartanburg, SC. You’ll be able to see NCG’s free Christmas movies at the Spartanburg location on the designated days.

NCG Cinemas Spartanburg
1985 E Main Street, Spartanburg

Not in the South Carolina Upstate? To see if there is an NCG Cinemas near you, head to the NCG Cinemas locations website.

More Info Coming Soon

  • Will there be popcorn and snack deals for the holiday film fest?
  • Do I need tickets for the free movies at NCG Cinemas?

More details about the 2022 Holiday Family Film Fest will be coming soon. When NCG releases all the details we’ll be sure to update right here! For now, mark your calendars and plan to attend a free movie or two!

Free Indoor Activities for the Crazed, Upstate Parent

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Looking for free indoor things to do in Greenville? KAG contributor Taryn has some ideas for you! In this list she’s bringing you some indoor spaces that are totally free to visit, provide your crew with entertainment and even some chances to learn a little something new.


Jump Off Rock: Drive for the View, Stay for a Picnic & Hike in Hendersonville, NC

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Have you seen the panoramic views at the top of Echo Mountain from Jump Off Rock? Just a few minutes outside Hendersonville, NC in Laurel Park, NC is Jump Off Rock Park. You’ll drive straight to the top for some gorgeous views, and while you’re there you can do a little hiking or enjoy the grassy mountain top lawn for a picnic with a view. Admission is free and that’s not the only reason this park is so great for families. Here’s why we love Jump Off Rock.

This article includes:
What is Jump Off Rock?
Why Do They Call it Jump Off Rock?
Picnics at Jump Off Rock
Hiking Trails
Is Jump Off Rock a Good Place to Bring Kids?
How do I get to Jump Off Rock?


Where You Can Find Free School Supplies Near Greenville, SC

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Did you know there are a number of community events giving away free school supplies in Upstate, SC? Do you know of a family who needs help purchasing school supplies this year? A new school year is almost upon us. For most families a trip to the store for new supplies is imminent. A recent study revealed that most families of school-age children in the US spend between $500-700 on new school supplies. This amounts to a whopping estimated 80.7 billion dollars! That’s a lot of composition notebooks!

This article includes:
Free School Supplies Events in Greenville, SC
Free School Supplies Events in Spartanburg County
Free School Supplies Events in Anderson County


Hub City Railroad Museum: Take Your Tiny Train Lover To This Railside Museum in Spartanburg, SC

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If you have a train lover in your family we have all the info you’ll need to make the most of an afternoon at the Hub City Railroad Museum! Our review includes a brief history of the Hub City, some history and details about this free museum, and when to go.

COVID-19 Museum Opening Update
According to the website, After a year of being closed, the Hub City Railroad Museum is open again. Come by on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm and check out our recently added display about the Pullman Company. We also have a new order of tee-shirts that have just arrived. There are some restrictions in place due to the virus. We will request that you wear a mask and we will be limiting the number of visitors at one time. We will be periodically sanitizing the museum, especially frequently touched items. Your understanding is appreciated. The caboose is still undergoing a major renovation, but there has be significant progress made. Stop by and peek in to see how the construction is going.”


30+ Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for kids eat free options in Greenville, SC? Finding meals that your kid will enjoy is made easy at these local restaurants that offer meal deals throughout the week. Grab your calendar and add these restaurants to your meal plan routine for a cheap and stress-free dining experience with the family!

Kids Eat Free in Greenville, SC
Quick Links to Find Kids Eat Free Offers For The Day You Need!

Visit Spartanburg Spring Fling!

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Spartanburg’s annual Spring Fling runs April 22-24, 2022 in the streets of downtown Spartanburg. If you are new in town or have not been to Spring Fling, plan to visit this special outdoor festival with your family. Most local families agree this is an event they look forward to all year.


Food Banks & Groups that Feed the Hungry in Spartanburg

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Do you sometimes wonder if there is anything you personally can do to help those in need right in Spartanburg? Or maybe you know some kids who would benefit from a free breakfast and lunch program in Spartanburg over the summer? We’ve put together this list of local organizations helping out in Spartanburg – organizations that need your help too!

Did you know that Spartanburg county has the highest occurrence of food insecurity in the entire state?

Whether your family includes some of the over 40,000 people in Spartanburg who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or your family would like to find out easy (and fun) ways to help, we’ve got the info you’ll need. You’ll also find information on free breakfast and lunch programs for kids this summer in Spartanburg!

Did you know your food stamp benefits get doubled at the Hub-City Farmers Market? Read one local mom’s review of the market.


Everything You Need to Know about Movies in the Park

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Summer in Spartanburg means free movies and we’ve got all the details!  Movies in the Park shows family-friendly movies for free in Barnet Park each month during the summer.

Please note that information for Movies in the Park at Barnet Park has not been updated for 2022. 

Drumroll, please, for this year’s Movies in the Park lineup!

June 16 – Despicable Me 3

July 21 – Peter Rabbit

August 18 – Paddington 2

As evening sets and the sun goes down, families are invited to join in the fun each month of the summer. This event is sponsored by Hub City Church and many other local businesses. Even though it is hosted by a local church, this event is just a movie and giveaways – no sermon included.

Hub City Church shows these movies free of charge in downtown Spartanburg simply because they love the city and want to make it “a better place to live and play.” They hope everyone in Spartanburg will attend.

Movies in the Park Spartanburg

What to bring

While you do not need to bring any money, you probably want to bring something for your family to sit on to watch the film. My family brings a large blanket. Since these movies are shown in Barnet Park, please remember that no smoking or pets are allowed according to park rules.

This year popcorn and soft drinks will not be provided, so you should plan to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Where is it located?

Conveniently located in Barnet Park, parking is easy to find in the parking garages near the area. We tend to park in the St. John Street Parking Garage by Chapman Cultural Center.

When the movies show

The movies will start once it is dark enough to see them on the screen, so the times change over the summer. In addition, the weather plays its role. For more information about specific times for the films, please contact 864-576-4111 that week. My family tends to head to the park around 7:30 pm for these films.

The best way to stay informed and up to date with Movies in the Park is to follow their Facebook page. Fans are encouraged to follow along and share their posts to get the information out into our community.

Gather up your friends and family and head to the movies – for free! In addition to watching a great show, you will have a great time celebrating our community.

Read our complete list of Outdoor Movies in Spartanburg this summer.

Does your family love Movies in the Park as much as mine does?

If you only get books at Spartanburg County Library, you are missing out!

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The local library is a great source for books for all ages and reading levels. Whether you want a quiet place to sit and read or bring home one or a handful of books, one of the Spartanburg County Library locations more than likely has something that will spark your interest.

Books only scratch the surface of what Spartanburg County Libraries have to offer. From crafts, fitness classes, games, clubs, how-to classes, guest author events, story time, and free movie times, there seems to be an endless number of activities offered to the public; and best of all, most of these activities are free!

More than just books

With an abundance of things to do for kids of all ages, it makes it easy to find an option for keeping your children busy after school and during school breaks. Various story times are offered and targeted toward children of specific ages, from infants, preschoolers, elementary school aged, and tweens. This is something parents can do at home, of course, but changing the atmosphere and being around other children can make story time a whole lot more fun!  Scheduled crafting time allows children to get creative by making slime, painting, making their own Harry Pottery wand, crafting with beads, and seasonal crafts, such as pumpkin painting, to name a few. Best of all, the library supplies the materials they need for their craft, and they get to bring their masterpiece home. Movies for tweens to allow children to just relax and hang out, video game tournaments for the gaming enthusiasts, and outdoor game times to have fun while getting some fresh air add to the variety of activities that are offered.

A Home School Program is offered, and usually takes place during the hours that school is in session. Parents can bring their home schooled children to a scheduled educational workshop. Whether it is a craft or a science experiment, the library can help add more fun into their learning curriculum.

Most of the children’s areas in the libraries offer a variety of educational toys and puzzles to keep the children entertained, and allow parents to enjoy some quiet time. The Headquarters library, located in downtown Spartanburg, also offers a playground in a fenced in area, which is easily accessed from the children’s book area. Benches and tables are available for parents while their children play, or can be used as a place to enjoy a book with your child when the weather is nice.

Their Lego Club allows children to get creative and build using the plethora of Legos they have. Best of all, the kids don’t have to clean them up when finished (and parents don’t need to worry about stepping on one that was left out…ouch!). The Chess Club is offered to learn how to play chess, or, you can find an opponent and challenge your chess skills.

Adults also have access to multiple events/activities with the Spartanburg County Libraries. Various fitness classes are offered, such as yoga, Zumba, and gentle exercise, allowing you to stay healthy without a gym membership. How-to classes are available to keep your skills sharp, such as Job Interviewing 101 and classes on basic home repairs you can do yourself. Authors occasionally visit the library, giving you the opportunity to hear directly from them about their book, and even have your book signed.

All events and activities offered by the Spartanburg County Libraries are posted on their calendar located on their website. Simply click on the event you are interested in to read a brief description about it. Most activities are free; however, very few do require a small fee to participate. If there is a fee, it will be listed on the description of the event on the calendar. Some crafting activities have a limited number of spaces available, due to supplies and seating, and may require advanced sign up to participate. This information will also be listed on the activity description on their calendar. As the Spartanburg County Library has multiple locations, you can filter the events by location on the website, or view all at once. Activities and events vary by location.

Did you know the library has 3-d printers and more for patrons to use? Learn more about the Spark Space: Maker Space at the headquarters library, with KAS’s Melanie. She’s taught floral design and cake decorating classes their and can’t wait to tell you all of the exciting stuff that it offers patrons.

Visit a location near you

Cyrill-Westside Library
525 Oak Grove Road
Spartanburg, SC 29301

Inman Library
50 Mill Street
Inman, SC 29349

Landrum Library
111 East Asbury Drive
Landrum, SC 29356

Headquarters Library
151 S. Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Boiling Springs Library
871 Double Bridge Rd.
Boiling Springs, SC 29316

Chesnee Library
100 Pickens Avenue
Chesnee, SC 29323

Cowpens Library
181 School Street
Cowpens, SC 29330

Pacolet Library
390 West Main Street
Pacolet, SC 29372
864. 474.0421

Woodruff Library
270 East Hayne Street
Woodruff, SC 29388

Middle Tyger Library
170 Grace Road
Lyman, SC 29365

What’s your family’s favorite thing about the Spartanburg County Library?