Greenville Events & Things to Do

Explore theatres, galleries, concerts, nightlife, things to do , and more in the Greenville, SC and Upstate areas.

Nov 26 – Dec 31 all-day


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Churches, businesses and organizations in the area are joining the Town of Williamston to place lighted displays in Williamston’s Christmas Park this holiday season. Opening night ceremonies and lighting of the park will be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 2016 at 6 p.m., at the Amphitheater Stage in Mineral Spring Park.

Santa Claus will also be arriving on the town’s antique 1936 Fire Engine and visiting with children in the Scout Hut.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be given out by local churches and groups each Saturday night also to help visitors keep warm while strolling through the park or watching special entertainment.

The lighting of the park will include the opening of Deck the Halls in Williamston’s Municpal Center. The annual event has become a holiday tradition for the town and features beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the main hallways of the Municipal Center. It will be open to the public for viewing following the lighting of the park and during regular business hours through the holidays.

Hours for viewing trees will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the holiday season.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Dec 5 @ 5:30 pm

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

By reservation only. Pricing varies by date.

Candlelight, firelight, and live music bring holiday warmth to the extravagant holiday décor of Biltmore House, creating an evening to remember. Evening guests can also take advantage of Antler Hill Village & Winery to enjoy free wine tastings. Advance reservations are required for evening visits.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

Anderson Christmas Gift Light Festival
Dec 5 @ 5:45 pm




Opens Thanksgiving Day

Closed Christmas Day (December 25th).

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there nightly 5:45 pm until 15 minutes before Park closes for the night.

SANTA will not be here on Nov. 24, Dec 24 and Dec 25.

Anderson Christmas Lights is Tour Bus Friendly! 

Clearance of 14 feet.

The price for entry is TBD per vehicle for as much time as you want in the park, until you leave.

We are located at 3215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621. Across from Civic Center

Five Finger Death Punch Shinedown
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm
Roper Mtn Holiday Lights
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm


Holiday Lights is open Nightly from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Winter Wonderland is open Nightly from 6:00-9:00 p.m.


  • Car, Minivan or SUV
    Mon-Thu $10
    Fri-Sun $15



Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Dusk – 10PM* Every Night, Including Holidays! Even in the rain! (* = or later on weekends)

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are very popular nights to visit the lights show.

Because of this, long lines should be expected and wait times can be long.

Please visit us Mondays – Thursdays to avoid extended wait times. Thank you!

Rates, Paid Upon Admission

Cars or Family Vans: $20
Activity Van or Mini Bus: $40
Limo: $40
Tour/School Bus: $80

Tickets are purchased on-site from the comfort of your own vehicle. We accept cash and credit cards!

WNC Agricultural Fairgrounds

Upstate Holiday Light Show
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm

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Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Winter Lights
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm


November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Open Nightly: 6 – 10 p.m.

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Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition atWinter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Open nightly November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m., Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit placed throughout the Arboretum’s nationally-known gardens. Walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy uniquely-lit displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Roast delicious s’mores by the fire or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. Additional food and beverage items are available for purchase and the Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Café will also offer a special holiday buffet every weekend (reservations are recommended). All Winter Lights tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be sold at the gate.

Alexander Elementary School Chorus
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm

ROPER MOUNTAIN  2016 Holiday Lights Events 

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The Alexander Elementary School Chorus, led by Choral Instructor Michael Parrish, will perform “A Holiday Tradition” on the outdoor Amphitheater stage at 6:30 pm.

402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC

Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm

Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour

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Hop on board the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley for a fun and festive celebration of the season featuring

  • the lights and sights of the holidays
  • stories of local holiday traditions and
  • singing of classic carols and songs of Christmas.

Highlighted neighborhoods and points of interest include:

  • Historic Biltmore Village
  • Downtown Asheville
  • Montford Historic District
  • The Grove Park Inn and Grove Park Historic District
  • Pack Square
  • Grove Arcade
Twilight Tales
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm

Twilight Tales is the first Monday of each month at the Greenville Main Library, 7 pm.

Kids love this event, because you get to wear your pajamas (what kid doesn’t love wearing pajamas out and about?).

No reservation needed for this free event!

Dec 6 @ 9:00 am

Indigo Curtain
Kate Roberts; Seattle, WA

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The Thompson Art Gallery features a variety of exhibitions throughout the academic year. In addition to both solo and group shows, we also highlight our seniors’ work with a Senior Thesis Exhibition at the end of the school year.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed some holidays.

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration

Included with estate admission.

Experience the holidays wreathed with the wonder of Biltmore. Our celebration presents Christmas on a grand scale with more than 40 trees decorated by our talented staff, accented with miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights. Festive menus in our restaurants and holiday wine tastings make for a memorable visit.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

Craft Holiday Market
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am

Craft Holiday Market

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Shop and meet the artists and fine craft makers.

You will be able to choose from a great selection of handcrafted gift items created by local Upstate artists, perfect for friends, family, or even yourself.

The Holiday Market will be open from November 18 through December 21,

Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

212 Butler Street, Clemson, SC 29631

Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm

Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings

Summit Wine Club

Wine Tastings Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm

Winery Tours 2 pm Daily

2695 Sugarloaf Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792

Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm

Table Rock State Park Presents: Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours

Several prominent families of Colonial and Antebellum South Carolina lived at Hampton Plantation, including Rutledges, Horrys and Pinckneys. Today, the mansion stands as a testament to the wealth and power of these families as well as the craftsmanship of the builders.

Tours include a study of the architecture and evolution of the house, as seen in the open walls and unfurnished rooms, as well as personal insight into the people that called Hampton home.

(Un)Common Space(s)
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

Spartanburg Art Museum Presents:

(Un)Common Space(s)

(Un)Common Space(s)

(Un)common Space(s) is a group exhibition that broadly examines the relationship between natural, constructed and decaying space.  As the health and well-being of our planet continues to decline, viewers are challenged to consider such themes as the loss of natural resources, the lack of interaction between humanity and nature, and the decay of urban landscapes. The works on view range from dynamic urban landscape paintings on non-traditional surfaces, to documentary photography, to incorporating detritus from abandoned rural sites in mixed- media and encaustic works. These materials and techniques contribute to the visual conversation that balances between permanence and impermanence.

A Gardener’s Place Seminars – Winter
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm

A Gardener’s Place Seminars – Winter

Included with estate admission.

Please join us in A Gardener’s Place Gift Shop, located beneath the Conservatory, for daily free demonstrations featuring gardening and floral topics.

1:00 p.m. –  Wonderful Winter Wreaths
A beginner? No problem. Basic design tips will give you confidence. Whether you’re a traditionalist or more contemporary be inspired with new ideas and techniques. Personalize your wreath using natural elements, such as twigs, cones, and moss.

2:00 p.m. –  Terrific Tabletop Topiaries
How about something different instead of the usual centerpiece? Learn different styles and techniques and use faux berries, greenery, natural materials and your imagination!

Please note, these are demonstrations and are not participatory.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

Dec 6 @ 2:00 pm


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United Community Bank Ice on Main is an open-air ice skating rink located in the heart of downtown Greenville. Join us from November through January every year, as we celebrate the holiday season with one of America’s favorite winter traditions – ice skating!

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Monday–Thursday 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM–9:00 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE 11:00 AM–12:30 AM
NEW YEAR’S DAY 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
LAST DAY – Monday, January 16 11:00 AM-9:00 PM