Whether you are a visitor or have lived here all your life, you will enjoy the Christmas Light displays in Greenville and the Upstate. There are over 25 events to choose from! We have created a guide for some of the most popular events to help you navigate all these great choices. At prices are current at time of post and may change.
2018 Festival of Trees
Enjoy the best downtown in the south during the holidays! Beautifully lit and decorated trees are on display beginning December 1st – 28th, 2018 at 3 locations; Hyatt Regency Downtown, the Courtyard Greenville Downtown, and the Hampton Inn & Suites RiverPlace. FREE!
Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Find tree lighting ceremonies at a community near you. Generally occurs between November 30th and first week of December. Dates and times are for 2018.
Dickens of a Christmas Nov. 27, 6-9 p.m. in downtown Spartanburg. The event is a Victorian-style holiday extravaganza that also includes the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at Denny’s Plaza.
The Nutcracker: A Union County Christmas Event Nov. 30, 4-9 p.m. in downtown Union. The event will feature the Union County Christmas Parade, starting at 6 p.m., followed by pictures with Santa at Main Street Junction and a tree lighting on the courthouse lawn. Other activities include main stage performances, carriage rides and a downtown open house.
The Boiling Springs Christmas Parade Dec. 1, 10 a.m. and will run from Blalock Road to Double Bridge Road. The parade is sponsored Boiling Springs Community Park, and there will be a toy drive and food drive with donations being collected via golf carts going up and down the parade route. Rain date is Dec. 8.
The Inman Christmas Parade Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. in downtown Inman, followed by Light Up Inman at 6:30 p.m. Activities for the latter event include a tree-lighting ceremony, carriage rides, train rides, a bouncy gym, dance performances and photo opportunities with Santa and Disney characters. There will also be a snowball drop, in which prizes will be offered. Rain date for the parade is Dec. 8.
The Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade Dec. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will run along Main Street from Augusta to North streets in downtown Greenville. The parade, which has been held annually for more than 75 years, attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy holiday floats, marching bands and more.
The Chesnee Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CADA Park. The event will include Christmas carol singing, refreshments and a visit from Santa.
The Christmas in Greer Tree Lighting Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. at Greer City Park. The event usually feature holiday craft stations, inflatables and Greer Relief S’mores along with performance on the amphitheater stage from 5-7:15 p.m. and the arrival of Santa at 7:15 p.m.
Drive-Through Holiday Lights
Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this unique holiday experience! First, you will drive through millions of sparkling Holiday Lights winding inside a 100 acre animal park. I highly recommend that you pay up for the Enchanted Deer Forest! Meander at will in your car around sheep, giant cows, steer, dear, goats, yaks, camels, zebra, and oxen! These gentle animals will come to visit you and your family. You can pet and feed them. Next see Santa and his many animals in the barns at Santa's Village. There is a huge bonfire and several smaller fire pits to warm your hands or roast marshmallows. Visit Mrs. Claus' attic for an incredible panoramic view of the lights. Snap that selfie with a zebra, camel, or one of many animals waiting to meet you. Finish your evening off with a drive through the peaceful nativity area and more lights displays before heading home.
Usually open from mid-November – early January, during Hours: 6 pm – 9 pm with extended hours during December weekends.
- $6 per person General admission at the time of this post
- $8 to get a picture with Santa at the time of this post
- $10 per car additional fee to go through the Enchanted Deer Forest at the time of this post
Upstate Holiday Light Show - Greenville Pickens Speedway
Greenville Pickens Speedway adds sparkle to the holidays every season with the area’s largest Christmas light show.
Drive through a nighttime Christmas wonderland. Drive your car around the Greenville-Pickens Speedway track to see millions of multi-colored lights illuminate the sky while synced to your favorite Christmas music on 104.3 as you drive through. Being the best Christmas light show around, you will definitely not want to miss seeing the spectacular view as the lights shine throughout the night.
Usually Opens around November 22nd-December 31st
- Cars, SUVs, Trucks, and Minivans – $20 at the time of this post
- Passenger Vans - $45 at the time of this post
- Busses - $75 at the time of this post
- Santa Land (included in admission - $5 for photos) at the time of this post
- Petting zoo, included with admission at the time of this post
- Ice skating, Friday-Sunday, $5 (includes skates) at the time of this post
- Pony corral, Friday-Sunday, $5 at the time of this post
- Snacks available- cash only
Anderson Christmas Lights - across from the Anderson Civic Center. For 25 years Anderson has been glittering Christmas cheer along 2.5 miles of Martin Luther King Blvd in Anderson, SC. 3.5 million Christmas lights and a Santa village. Santa will be there!
Thanksgiving – Christmas Day, 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm daily
- $10 per family car or truck at the time of this post
- Santa’s Village opens at 5:45 pm
- ATM on site
- Special events are listed on the event calendar
Neighborhood Light Displays
One of my favorite holiday traditions is to take my children to see neighborhood lights. I remember going every year with my family. Greenville, Greer and Easley have amazing neighborhood lights sure to create many wowable memories for your family! These are the recommended places I know- please let us know of more neighborhoods to list!
Look on Facebook pages or neighborhood websites for dates and times.
- Westchester Road
- Botany Woods