Magical Things to Do: Simpsonville, SC Christmas Events

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Wondering about Simpsonville Christmas events and holiday happenings? You’ve come to the right place. KAG contributor Kristina Hernandez has all the information about holiday activities, shopping, events, and celebrations during the holiday season in Simpsonville, South Carolina!

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: Simpsonville Christmas Events

Simpsonville Tree Lighting

You won’t want to miss the Simpsonville Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 7, 2023 from 6:30 pm at City Hall. This event features the lighting of a 22.5-foot Christmas tree, a sing-along with Christmas melodies, hot chocolate and cookies, and a letter to Santa station!

Breakfast With Santa

This event sells out fast, so get your tickets for a delicious Breakfast with Santa on December 2nd, 2023 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. You must purchase tickets directly from the Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center. Ages 2 and under are free, ages 3 – 12 are $5, and ages 13 and older are $10 per person.

Simpsonville Christmas Parade

The Annual Simpsonville Christmas Parade is a huge event in town. It happens this year on Sunday, December 3rd, 2023 at 3 pm. This year’s theme is “Christmas Through the Decades”!

Christmas Lights in Simpsonville for 2023

Nights of Lights at Heritage Park:

Take a walk through one of the best Heritage Park Christmas events, Nights of Lights at Heritage Park, from November 20th, 2023 – December 31st, 2023. There will be ice skating, a petting zoo, animal rides, carnival rides, and photos with Santa! You can visit Sunday – Thursday from 5 pm – 10 pm. Friday and Saturday hours are 5 pm – 11 pm. If you bring canned goods on Monday – Tuesday, you can gain free admission. Senior citizens, military members first responders, and teachers can can free admission on certain dates. Ages 5 and under are free, and tickets start at $8 – $12 per person.

Residential Christmas Lights to Check Out

  • Christmas on Kwikaway (6 Kwikaway Court, Simpsonville) 2023 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


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Simpsonville Downtown Shopping

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

Christmas in Simpsonville, South Carolina

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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