Christmas parades across the Upstate
Marching bands, dancing elves and of course, Jolly Old St. Nick, will be on hand as Christmas parades make their way down Main Streets across the Upstate over the next couple of weeks. Here’s a listing of what’s in store throughout the area:
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
Simpsonville Christmas Parade
Kick off the season on the first day of December with the annual Simpsonville Christmas Parade presented by Shaun & Shari Realty. This event is a community favorite, and a great chance for the season’s first sighting of Santa. The parade will take place in downtown Simpsonville from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Fountain Inn Christmas Parade
Presented by the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce, the Fountain Inn Christmas Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. on Depot Street in downtown Fountain Inn.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
Laurens Christmas Parade
The Laurens Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. and makes its way down historic West Main Street and around the Square. The year’s theme is “Christmas Traditions”.
Mauldin Christmas Parade
The City of Mauldin’s annual Christmas parade begins at 2 p.m. at Mauldin High School and ends at the Mauldin Cultural Center.
Poinsettia Christmas Parade, Greenville SC
For more than 75 years, the Poinsettia Christmas Parade has signaled the start of the Christmas season in Greenville. This family-friendly holiday tradition featuring floats and performances is a great way to kick-off the holidays. The parade will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with the route stretching along Main Street from Augusta to North streets.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
The City of Anderson Christmas Parade
This annual event in the Electric City takes place in downtown Anderson from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Greer Christmas Parade
The Greer Christmas Parade, “Classic Christmas Stories,” will feature a lineup of businesses, clubs, organizations, churches, schools, dignitaries and marching bands. As always, Santa Claus will be the featured guest. Hosted by Greer Relief & Resources Agency, the parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at 603 W. Poinsett Street. Parade watchers are encouraged to tag and tweet their favorite Christmas Parade photos for a chance to win a special Christmas treat from Greer Relief using these hashtags: #2019GreerChristmasParade #hereingreer #BestFloat #BestNonFloat.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
Spartanburg Christmas Parade
Presented by the Spartanburg Jaycees, the Spartanburg Christmas Parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Spartanburg.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
Presented by the Pickens Azalea Committee, the Pickens Azalea Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. on Main Street in Pickens.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
Easley Christmas Parade
Sponsored by Hendrick Honda Easley, Easley’s annual Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Medical Center Easley and stretches along Main Street. The parade will be immediately followed by the city’s annual tree lighting celebration in Old Market Square featuring caroling and an official visit from Santa. In the event of inclement weather, the rescheduled parade date is Saturday, December 21 at 6 p.m.
Landrum Christmas Parade & Stroll
Landrum’s annual Christmas Parade & Troll kicks off at 2 p.m. and includes lights, shopping. Music, food and Santa.
Piedmont Christmas Parade
Hosted by Bonnes Amies Club of Piedmont, a non-profit organization created to improve the community through friendship and hard work, the Piedmont Christmas Parade will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in downtown Piedmont.
Travelers Rest Christmas Parade
The annual Christmas parade in Travelers Rest will depart Main Street and Roe Road at 11 a.m. The procession will include dignitaries, floats, antique vehicles, motorcycles, race cars, pageant winners, dance teams, animals and Santa Claus.