There’s no end to bright lights, parades and festivals this time of year. Whether you live in a large metropolis or small town, holiday spirit is in the air.
You can find Christmas cheer in your community or plan a day trip to enjoy a neighboring town’s festivities. Here are just a few of the events we’re proud to sponsor this year:
Holidays at the Garden – Charlotte, N.C.
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Charlotte sparkle and shine with a brilliant holiday light display. Designers integrate lights into the garden’s fountains and trees, creating a winter wonderland unlike any other. This season’s display features even more lights, a musically-orchestrated topiary display and new additions to the Department 56’s Dickens’ Village Series.
Enjoy the Mile of a Million Lights each day from 5 to 9 p.m., beginning Nov. 29, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020, with the exception of Christmas Day. Save money by purchasing tickets online in advance.
Celebrate the Season Light Show and Holiday Fair – Moncks Corner, S.C.
The Lowcountry lights the way for Santa’s sleigh with the annual Celebrate the Season light show and holiday fair. For one month, holiday displays lead through the Town of Moncks Corner, S.C.. A $5 per car donation supports charities in Berkeley County.
Powered with renewable energy from Santee Cooper’s Green Power program, the light displays are available Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
You can also shop local artisans, visit with Santa and enjoy holiday sweets at the holiday fair, held at the Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex. The free event is open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6–8, 13–15 and 20–22.
ChristmasVille – Rock Hill, S.C.
As Santa draws closer, ChristmasVille once again emerges from times past in Rock Hill. Families will enjoy more than 70 activities and events, from horse-drawn carriage rides to a gingerbread house contest to skating on a real ice skating rink.
ChristmasVille’s holiday village and outdoor art festival returns Dec. 5–8. General admission is free, with tickets available for select activities.
If you’re attending one of the region’s many Christmas parades, be on the lookout for our mascot, Stash the squirrel. He’ll be spreading Christmas cheer at parades in:
- Richmond Hill, GA., near Savannah, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.
- Murrells Inlet, SC, near Myrtle Beach, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.
- Stanley, NC, outside Charlotte, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
- Conway, SC, on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m.