Things to do During the Holidays in Simpsonville, SC

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Wondering about holiday things to do in Simpsonville this season? You’ve come to the right place. KAG contributor Kristina Hernandez has all the information about holiday activities, shopping, events and celebrations this season in Simpsonville.

Things to do in Simpsonville

Just outside Greenville about 20 minutes away is the town of Simpsonville, with a vibrant downtown that runs alongside railroad tracks with small businesses that are frequented by locals and visitors alike. The Ice Cream Station is a favorite year-round to satisfy the sweet tooth. A Slice of Brooklyn makes even the most homesick New Yorker happy. And Carolina Olive Oil and The Exchange Co. serve unique and local goods.

But when Christmas comes, Simpsonville becomes just a bit more magical. If you’re looking to enjoy the town because you happen to live there or are just looking to expand your horizons beyond Greenville, this is the place to go.  Here are all the great things to do when spending the holidays in Simpsonville.

Holiday Fun for the Family in Simpsonville

Simpsonville Tree Lighting

You won’t want to miss the Simpsonville Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2022 from 6 pm at City Hall. This event is featuring a children’s choir singing carols, reading the nativity story, hot cocoa and cookies, and lighting a 22-foot tree with a 5-foot nativity star.

Simpsonville Christmas Parade

The Annual Simpsonville Christmas Parade is a huge event in town. It happens this year on Sunday, December 4th, 2022 at 3 pm. This year’s theme is “Sounds of the Season!”

Christmas at Heritage Park

If your kid loves trains, Christmas at Heritage Park is where they need to go. The celebration happens the first three weekends of December – December 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18, 2022 – from 5:30-8:30 pm and features train rides on the Heritage Park Railways. Hot chocolate will be available and Santa will be there for photos. Train rides are $5/person, free for kids ages 2 and under. Cash only.

Christmas Lights in Simpsonville for 2022

  • Christmas on Kwikaway (6 Kwikaway Court, Simpsonville) 2022 lights plan to be opening Thanksgiving night at 6 pm.
  • Both Gilder Creek and Hollington subdivisions in Simpsonville have been known for great Christmas light displays if you want to drive around with some popcorn and check out the lights.

Christmas and Holiday Events in Simpsonville, SC

november 2022

sat12nov10:00 am6:00 pmHoliday Jingle Fest & Classic Car Cruise In10:00 am - 6:00 pm *Location Details In Event DescriptionPrice::$10 wristband for games and activities

fri18nov9:00 am2:00 pmSafe Harbor Santa Claus Meet and GreetSanta Charity Mini-Sessions9:00 am - 2:00 pm Scandi Tiny CoffeePrice::$99

sat19nov9:00 am2:00 pmSafe Harbor Santa Claus Meet and GreetSanta Charity Mini-Sessions9:00 am - 2:00 pm Scandi Tiny CoffeePrice::$99

sat26nov10:00 am3:00 pmThe Grand Marvy Market10:00 am - 3:00 pm The Spinning JennyPrice::Not specified

sat26nov1:00 pm3:00 pmSanta's Paint Shop at Barnett Gallery1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Barnett GalleryPrice::$20-$50

december 2022

fri02dec5:00 pmChristmas Tree Lighting: City of Greer5:00 pm Greer City ParkPrice::Free

sat03dec8:00 amBreakfast With Santa8:00 am Cannon CentrePrice::$40/table for Greer residents; $48/table for non-residents

sat03dec10:00 am2:00 pmGreer Christmas Festival10:00 am - 2:00 pm Greer Farmers MarketPrice::Free admission; options to purchase from vendors

sun04dec10:00 am2:00 pmGreer Christmas Festival10:00 am - 2:00 pm Greer Farmers MarketPrice::Free admission; options to purchase from vendors

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

tue06dec10:00 am11:00 amMy First Drive-In Movie: Christmas Edition @ Greer Branch10:00 am - 11:00 am Greer (Jean M. Smith) LibraryPrice::Free

tue06dec12:00 pm8:00 pmGingerbread House Competition Opening Day12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Center for the ArtsPrice::Free

wed07dec10:00 am11:00 amMy First Drive-In Movie: Christmas Edition @ Pelham Road Branch10:00 am - 11:00 am Pelham Road (F. W. Symmes) LibraryPrice::Free

fri09dec9:00 am3:00 pmGingerbread House Competition9:00 am - 3:00 pm Center for the ArtsPrice::Free

sat10dec10:00 am2:00 pmGingerbread House Competition10:00 am - 2:00 pm Center for the ArtsPrice::Free

sat10dec3:00 pm5:00 pmOld-fashioned Radio PlayA Christmas Carol & Other Tales of the Season3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Riverside High SchoolPrice::$5

wed14dec10:00 am10:45 amThe Polar Express Party @ Greer Branch10:00 am - 10:45 am Greer (Jean M. Smith) LibraryPrice::Free

thu15dec6:00 pm9:30 pmHarry Potter-Inspired "Yule Ball" for Homeschoolers6:00 pm - 9:30 pm The Red Dutch BarnPrice::$20- Homeschool student only event

fri16dec9:00 am3:00 pmGingerbread House Competition9:00 am - 3:00 pm Center for the ArtsPrice::Free

sat17dec10:00 amBrunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus10:00 am Cartwright Food HallPrice::$15 ages 2 to 10; $25 ages 11 and up

sat17dec6:30 pmCookies with Santa: Plate 1086:30 pm Plate 108Price::$45/person

Simpsonville Downtown Shopping

Don’t forget to stroll downtown for some Christmas gift shopping or just to enjoy some window shopping.

Christmas in Simpsonville

What’s your favorite thing to do during the holidays in Simpsonville?

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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