While I am sad to see this year’s warm fall weather leave us, I am looking forward to all the fun this winter has to offer. One of the reasons Greenville makes so many Top Ten lists (to visit, retire, live…) is that there is always something to do, and this year is no exception. While this is no means a complete list, here are a few of our favorites:
Ice on Main has opened through January (as weather permits). If you never learned how to skate – no problem! They have walkers (or, would you call them “skaters”?) to hold you up and start you off on the right, um… blade? The number of skaters allowed on the ice at one time is limited, so reservations are recommended.
Once you’ve had enough of the ice, there is still plenty to do while wandering Main Street. From December 9th – December 19th, downtown retailers are busy transforming Main Street into a Holiday Wonderland with a holiday window display contest. Vote for your favorite on the City’s Facebook page.
Just need to socially distance by yourselves in your own car? Kidding Around Greenville has put together a fabulous list and driving route of local Christmas light shows and displays, both professional and incredible home displays. Check out this article, (the driving route is towards the end of the article!), tune your radio to 98.9 FM for the great Christmas music, grab a peppermint hot chocolate, and take a magical tour!
Need a chance to warm up after strolling Main Street? Through January 30th, The Upcountry History Museum is hosting White Christmas – The Exhibition, a 2000 square foot exhibit featuring articles from the highest grossing film of 1954, White Christmas, as well as other memorabilia from Irving Berlin. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10AM – 5PM
Looking for a little entertainment with a light dinner? The Peace Center has done a fantastic job transforming Genevieve’s to bring back live music to Greenville’s downtown, all while keeping you COVID safe, with limited seating, touchless payment, and masks required while moving about. Enjoy live music while nibbling on small bites from their fabulous menu. Because of limited seating, reservations are recommended. Upcoming December shows include:
A few honorable mentions:
December 11th: The Growler Haus in the West Greenville Village Christmas Cookie and Beer tasting. Whether or not your finish that off with dinner from their menu (I suggest the Box Car!), is up to you. Personally, I find any occasion that requires dessert first a winner in my book!
December 18: If you are looking for the anti-Claus Christmas party you need to check out Carolina Bauernhaus & Winery for Krampus Nacht. A little bit of Christmas and a little bit of Halloween are what make up Krampus, the devil that follows along with St. Nick punishing the kids who didn’t make the nice list! This year’s festivities will include stilt walkers, fire dancing, grotesque gingerbread men cookies, along with new seasonal beers on tap!
December 1 – 30: The 35th Annual Festival of Trees is back! Spectacularly decorated trees line the entranceway of the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, the Embassy Suites by Hilton – Riverplace, and the Hyatt Regency.