Tis the season for cooler weather, town squares lit up with twinkle lights, town parades and more. Our communities know how to get you in the spirit with their seasonal events. Here’s a list of events you won’t want to miss.
Dickens Christmas Show & Festival– Myrtle Beach, SC, Nov. 8-11
This four-day event includes vendors in period costume, arts and crafts, Victorian Teas, tours and more.
Hilton Head Oyster Festival– Hilton Head Island, SC, Nov. 9-10
Cooler weather means the oysters are fresh and ready for shucking. Enjoy live entertainment, a kid zone, local artisans and lots of oysters.
Lights Before Christmas– Columbia, SC, Nov. 17-Dec. 30
Visit the zoo at night when it’s lit up with nearly one million twinkling lights, decorative images, a Christmas parade and more. Tickets go on sale for this popular event on Nov. 1.
Speedway Christmas– Concord, NC, Nov. 18-Dec. 31
The ninth year of Charlotte’s spectacular drive-through light show features more than 3 million lights over a 3.75-mile course.
Holidays in the Garden– Belmont, NC, Nov. 23-Jan.6
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is happy to host another year of Holidays in the Garden. Enjoy annual traditions including the towering orchid tree, live music, holiday shopping in The Garden Store, the Children’s Discovery Trail of activities, warm beverages, activities and more.
Christmasville– Rock Hill, SC, Nov. 29-Dec. 2
This year’s festival has a packed three-day schedule. Enjoy carriage rides, art festivals, ice skating, gingerbread house contest and more.
Commerce by Candlelight– Commerce, GA, Nov. 29
Downtown Commerce invites you to welcome the season with sleigh rides, craft vendors, a tree lighting, food trucks and more.
Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade– Greenville, SC, Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Usher in December by taking in one of the most popular events in Greenville.
Christmas Town USA – McAdenville, NC, Nov. 3-Dec. 26
The residents of McAdenville, NC take their holiday lights very seriously. Drive or walk the sidewalks to see the beautifully decorated homes, common areas and hear the holiday sounds coming from the local churches.
Fantasy of Lights– Sumter, SC, Dec. 1-31
During the month of December, more than one million lights will illuminate Swan Lake Iris Gardens.
Holly Hill Christmas Festival– Holly Hill, SC, Dec. 1
This festival includes parades, live entertainment, arts and crafts and fire pits to keep you warm.
Holiday Swing– Charleston, SC, Dec. 1
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will perform big band arrangements of holiday favorites and other songs from their current season.
Annual Christmas on the River Celebration– Savannah, GA, Dec. 7-9
Rousakis Plaza on River Street will be full of regional arts and crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers to check off of your list. Music and local entertainment will also take place on the Arbor Stage throughout the weekend.
Wreaths Across America– Beaufort, SC, Dec. 15
Join other volunteers for the annual wreath laying at the Beaufort National Cemetery. This event honors those who have served our country.
Enchanted Airlie– Wilmington, NC, weekends in December
Stroll through Airlie Gardens and get lost in the sights and sounds of the season. During your walk you’ll also experience local food and beverage vendors serving hot food and drink and more.
New Year’s Eve Family Frolic– Richmond, VA, Dec. 31
Celebrate 2019 with your family at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens with live music, a parade and more. If you attend the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic and are already in the garden, you can also attend Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, beginning at 5 p.m.