Holiday Cheer Is Here

It’s December and there is plenty to do here in the Upstate to celebrate the holidays.  This time of the year is the perfect opportunity to have a fun with friends and family. The Upstate has many different opportunities to enjoy the holiday, but the best are some of the most classic.

christmas tree by fire

Go see the lights of amazingly decorated houses in our area, put up you’re your own Christmas tree or even go cut down your very own Christmas tree. An all-time favorite is to attend a local Christmas parade where Santa is riding in a one-horse open sleigh these all ways allow us to connect with loved ones and create memories.

For anyone looking for something like that, here are a few ideas that will make it easier to find what you are looking for.  All you have to do is show up and be ready to have some fun.

CHRISTMAS PARADES

One of the most traditional of all traditions is the Christmas parade. Over the next four days, there are no fewer than 10 parades in nearby cities and towns starting this weekend. Each will feature community organizations, civic groups and businesses on floats as well as plenty of fun for the kids and, of course, Santa rounding things out.

Here is a list of when you can enjoy each parade this weekend.

SATURDAY

10 a.m., Central Christmas Parade, downtown

10 a.m., Easley Christmas Parade, parking lot behind Easley First Baptist Church

10:30 a.m., Six Mile Christmas Parade, downtown

3 p.m., West Pelzer Christmas Parade, downtown

3:30 p.m. (parade), nightfall (lights), Belton Christmas Parade and Christmas Lights, downtown

5 p.m., Walhalla Christmas Parade, Main Street, downtown

SUNDAY

3 p.m. (parade), 6 p.m. (holiday walk and tree lighting), Anderson Christmas Parade, holiday walk and tree lighting, downtown

3 p.m., Liberty Christm

as Parade, Liberty football stadium

3 p.m., Pendleton Christmas Parade, downtown

4 p.m., Salem Christmas Parade, downtown

LIGHTS OF HOPE

There are hundreds of homes that, every year, create amazing spectacles and produce astounding light displays But the Lights of Hope is definitely a destination you do not want to miss. The annual display of spectacular lights at Darwin Wright Park that lights the night each and every evening between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Every year, Darwin Wright Park opens to cars, buses and any other vehicle that can drive through from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Lights of Hope offer festive holiday music and Santa himself among millions of lights and more than 100 different displays. There is also a North Pole where children and parents can enjoy hot beverages and visit with Santa. f

The proceeds from the event specifically go to benefit local charities in Anderson County. Area organizations and civic groups also receive some of the proceeds.

Tickets are $8 per car, $10 per van and $20 for a bus. For more information, call 864.940.9371

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