Unwrapping the Magic: 12 Enchanting Dates for Christmas in Easley, SC, and Beyond

The holiday season has arrived, and Easley, SC, along with the surrounding Upstate region, is transforming into a winter wonderland filled with festive cheer. From enchanting markets to carriage rides, scavenger hunts, and Christmas lights, the "12 Dates of Christmas" promise a magical experience for all. ‘Tis the season to unwrap the joy and discover the delightful events that await in Easley and the Upstate.

1 - Old Post Christmas Market - Friday, Dec 1, 2023, 1-6 pm:

The holiday festivities kick off with the Old Post Christmas Market, a charming event featuring local crafts, artisanal goods, and holiday treats. Join the community in celebrating the spirit of the season on December 1 from 1 pm to 6 pm.

2 - Downtown Easley Carriage Rides - All Month:

Throughout December, Downtown Easley offers enchanting carriage rides for only $5 per person. Secure your tickets online here and embark on a magical journey through festively decorated streets.

3 - Pictures with Santa - Saturday, Dec 2, 2023 at Old Post Coffee Shop, 10-2, and Downtown Gazebo, 6-8 pm every Friday and Saturday until Christmas:

It's never too late to capture the magic of the season with a photo with Santa. Head to Old Post Coffee Shop on Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 2 pm for professional pictures courtesy of Our Father’s Houses,  or snap your own pictures at the Gazebo every Friday and Saturday night from 6 pm to 8 pm for a festive Santa memory.

4 - Christmas at the Farm - Arran Farms, Dec 2-3, 2023, 12-5 pm:

Experience the charm of Christmas at Arran Farms on December 2 and 3 from 12 pm to 5 pm. Purchase tickets here for a day filled with games, hot chocolate, and festive fun for the whole family. Purchase your own pre-cut tree while you’re here, pretending to be part of a Hallmark Movie.

5 - Downtown Easley Christmas Train Scavenger Hunt - All Month:

Embark on a festive adventure with the Downtown Easley Christmas Train Scavenger Hunt. Use the map here to explore the town and discover 19 Christmas Train ornaments in storefront windows along Main and Pendleton Streets. Once you have found all the Christmas Trains, complete the online form to place your name in a prize drawing!

6 - Seneca South Cove Boat Parade - Dec 9, 2023, 5:30 pm:

Take a short drive to Seneca and witness the magical South Cove Boat Parade on December 9 at 5:30 pm. Whether viewing from your boat or parked within the park or campground, this event promises a unique and dazzling display on the water.

7 - Live Nativity at Pickens View Wesleyan Church - Dec 15-17, 2023, 6-9 pm:

Experience the true meaning of Christmas at the Pickens View Wesleyan Church's Live Nativity from December 15 to 17, 6 pm to 9 pm. Immerse yourself in the story of the season surrounded by the beauty of the Upstate. Live animals include a real camel, and a petting zoo. Completely free event.

8 - Greenville Christmas Market - Grand Bohemian Lodge:

Extend your festive adventures to Greenville's Christmas Market at the Grand Bohemian Lodge, open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout December. Explore unique crafts and indulge in the holiday spirit at https://www.greenvillechristmasmarket.com/.

9 - Seneca Walkthrough Lights - Every Evening in Norton Thompson Park:

Take a stroll through the dazzling lights at Norton Thompson Park in Seneca every evening from 5:30 pm to 10 pm. Enjoy the festive atmosphere, and don't forget to check out the food vendors on-site. Lights will remain on through December 31, 2023.

10 - Greenville Gingerbread Exhibit - Starting Dec 5 at Springhill Suites:

Marvel at the creativity of the Greenville Gingerbread Exhibit, starting December 5 at Springhill Suites downtown. The exhibit is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm, showcasing intricate gingerbread creations that capture the holiday spirit. More details here.

11 - Ice Skating in Downtown Greenville - Ice on Main:

Indulge in a winter tradition by going ice skating in downtown Greenville at Ice on Main. Open daily (except Christmas), you can purchase tickets in advance online for a delightful skating experience.

12 - Get Out of Town - Asheville and Beyond:

For a longer date experience, venture to Asheville and witness the Biltmore Estate adorned for Christmas. Experience the Winter Lights display at the NC Arboretum or take a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoying the last of the autumn leaves and, perhaps, a dusting of snow.

With the "12 Dates of Christmas," Easley, SC, and the Upstate region invite you to embrace the magic of the season. Whether it's local events, festive markets, or venturing a bit further, these enchanting experiences promise to create cherished memories and make your holiday season truly special. So, bundle up, gather your loved ones, and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in Easley and the Upstate.

BONUS - Easley Christmas “Parade of Lights” along Main St Easley, Saturday Dec 9, 2023 at 3 pm!

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