Find Spartanburg events and things to do, including concerts, art walks, sporting events and nightlife entertainment. Be sure to also check out our outdoors guide for the Upstate and a listing of museums and galleries.

Saturday, November 26, 2022
Bon Secours Festival of Trees
Nov 26 all-day
Hyatt Regency Greenville, Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace

The 37th annual Festival of Trees will bring the 2022 holiday season to life! Spectacularly decorated trees line the entranceway of three hotels in downtown Greenville, giving visitors and community members the chance to experience the magic of the holidays. View trees November 18 thru December 26 at Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Embassy Suites by Hilton – Riverplace, and Hyatt Regency Greenville.

All proceeds will support the purchase of a second mammography coach.

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s with FREE photos with Santa 
Nov 26 – Dec 24 all-day
Cabela's

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is proud to invite families to the beloved tradition of visiting Santa Claus this holiday season during the annual Santa’s Wonderland experience.

Visit your local store to be one of the more than two million kids and families to take a photo with Santa. Photo sessions will start on Sunday, November 6. Reservations are recommended. To learn more and make a reservation, visit www.cabelas.com/santa.

Small Business Saturday – a day of supporting local businesses
Nov 26 all-day
various locations

Small businesses are integral to Spartanburg County’s success, and we’re proud to join American Express in celebrating Small Business Saturday – a day of supporting local businesses. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday encourages everyone to #ShopSmall and visit local businesses after a couple of days of family and food.

Support Communities with Healthy Food!
Nov 26 all-day
online
It’s the Season of Giving w/ The Blood Connection + Feeding the Carolinas
Nov 26 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Blood Connection--Spartanburg

One in five people in the Carolinas don’t have enough food to eat.  As we enter the holiday season, November is historically one of the hardest months for food banks across the country.  Many North and South Carolinians are either looking for ways to help those in need or looking for help themselves. The Blood Connection (TBC), the non-profit community blood center serving these two states, is dedicating the month of November to addressing the issue of food insecurity in the region by offering blood donors a way to help those in need.

 

In the month of November, TBC will partner with Feeding the Carolinas – a network of food banks across North and South Carolina that works to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply – to promote blood donation and food donation.  Each year, Feeding the Carolinas estimates they supply food to more than 2.3 million Carolinians facing hunger.  Feeding the Carolinas also supports the Augusta, Georgia region, which TBC has recently begun operations in.

 

TBC needs around 1,000 blood donations per day to supply blood to more than 100 hospitals across the Carolinas, and TBC must ensure the shelves are stocked with life-saving blood products when hospital partners call. TBC has set a goal of raising $5,000 for food banks in November, with the hopes of helping neighboring non-profits stock their shelves, as well. Like the need for blood, the need for charitable food does not go away: people in this community will always need food – especially now with inflation at never-before-seen levels.  With one blood donation, a donor can save three lives and help a family in their own community have enough food on the table for Thanksgiving.

Throughout the month of November, blood donors will have the option to donate their TBC reward points in
the TBC Store to Feeding the Carolinas. At TBC centers, food collection boxes will also be placed out for
donors to give non-perishable food items. TBC is also looking for organizations to host blood drives
benefiting Feeding the Carolinas. Blood drive hosts have the option to donate $10 or $20 per blood donor to
Feeding the Carolinas. For more information about hosting a blood drive in November, go to
thebloodconnection.org/host.

Nutcracker: the Exhibition
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upstate History Museum

The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…

In the Christmas season of merry making, the ways of celebrating are as many and as varied as possible, but familiar traditions and stories connect all of us during this time, influencing our celebrations and holding a special place in our hearts. One such story and tradition is The Nutcracker.

Whether it’s a tradition to see the ballet or if you only know the songs from hearing them played on Christmas playlists, we are all familiar with the story of The Nutcracker. Or are we truly?

The Upcountry History Museum in partnership with Walt Disney Archives, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Charles M. Schulz Museum, artists James Ransome and Jan Brett, R. Michelson Galleries, and the Carolina Ballet Theatre will invite visitors to explore the history of the surprisingly dark story behind the ballet and its evolution into a holiday classic.

From its origins as a short story written by Prussian author, E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, to its premiere as a fairy tale ballet in two acts that opened a week before Christmas in 1892, The Nutcracker has become the most popular ballet to be performed around the world at Christmas time.

Nutcracker: The Exhibition, a 1,200 square foot exhibition, organized by the Upcountry History Museum, will explore the kaleidoscope of artistic re-imaginings of The Nutcracker, from the 1820’s to the present. The immersive experience will take visitors on a journey from The Nutcracker’s beginnings as a short story, to its artistic interpretations in literature, ballet, theater, and film. Original illustrations, drawings, film and ballet costumes, props, and ephemera will examine multiple perspectives of one of literature’s greatest paradoxes that continues to inspire imagination, creativity, and discussion.

Rich with visual interpretation, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey through the cultural, technological, and societal shifts that have compelled artists, filmmakers, and fans to return to tale of The Nutcracker time and time again.

Small Business Saturday
Nov 26 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fiction Addiction

Small Business Saturday

We’re proud to be a small business, and we are proud to support our community. When you shop at local small businesses, you help our community grow. Together, let’s help strengthen our community by continuing to support the Shop Small initiative all year.

Finish up your holiday shopping with us, and receive a free gift with every purchase. We can’t wait to see you there!

Greenville Christmas Market at Grand Bohemian Lodge
Nov 26 @ 1:00 pm
Grand Bohemian Lodge

Join Grand Bohemian Lodge Greenville for a new holiday tradition – The Greenville Christmas Market.
Family
The Greenville Christmas Market will sparkle with charm Friday, November 25, 2022 through Sunday, January 1, 2023 at Grand Bohemian Lodge next to the Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy in beautiful downtown Greenville.

The Greenville Christmas Market blends European and Southern holiday traditions at their spectacular lodge overlooking the Reedy River.

Daily festivities occur throughout the holiday season and feature 12+ Christmas booths with local retailers, artisans, food & beverage, and more. Additionally join them on special night for events like a tree lighting ceremony, live music, Santa Claus and more.

CHRISTMAS MARKET ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

11/25

1pm – 4pm | Songband Upstate
4pm – 5pm | Rivertree singers
6pm – 6:45pm | Greenville Youth Chorale

11/26

1pm – 3pm | Patrick Hudson
5pm – 7pm | Soul Intent

11/27

1pm – 4pm | Minivan Mark Band

12/01

5pm – 8pm | Minivan Mark Band duo

12/02

5pm – 8pm | Jimbo Chapman

12/03

1pm – 3pm | Trey Francis
4pm – 7pm | Sterling and the All Stars

12/04

1pm – 4pm | Minivan Mark Band duo

12/08

5pm – 8pm | Trey Stephens

12/09

5pm – 8pm | Minivan Mark Band duo

12/10

1pm – 3pm | Sterling and the All Stars
5pm – 7pm | Patrick Hudson-Piano

12/11

1pm – 4pm | Jimbo Chapman

12/15

5pm – 8pm | Soulution Band

12/16

5pm – 8pm | Jimbo Chapman

12/17

1pm – 3pm | Soul Intent
4pm – 7pm | Minivan Mark Band duo

12/18

1pm – 4pm | Minivan Mark Band

1pm – 4pm | Trey Stephens
5pm – 8pm | Minivan Mark Band

12/19

1pm – 4pm | Trey Stephens
5pm – 8pm | Minivan Mark Band

12/20

1pm – 4pm | Kelly Jo
5pm – 8pm | Soulution Band

12/21

1pm – 4pm | Soulution Band
5pm – 8pm | Jimbo Chapman

12/22

1pm – 4pm | Soulution Band
5pm – 8pm | Trey Stephens

12/23

1pm – 4pm | Sound Committee

12/24

1pm – 4pm | Kelly Jo
5pm – 8pm | Minivan Mark Band duo

12/26

1pm – 4pm | Minivan Mark Band duo
5pm – 8pm | Sound Committee

12/27

1pm – 4pm | Kelly Jo
5pm – 8pm | Minivan Mark Band

12/28

1pm – 4pm | Trey Francis
5pm – 8pm | Sterling and the All Stars

12/29

1pm – 4pm | Trey Stephens
5pm – 8pm | Minivan Mark Band

12/30

12/31

1pm – 4pm | Soul Intent
5pm – 8pm | Minivan Mark Band

01/01

1pm – 4pm | Soulution Band

Greer Library Folded Book Christmas Trees/Haz un Arbolito de Navidad de un libro
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Greer Library

Adults: Learn how to make a folded book Christmas tree from recycled books. Aprenda a hacer un arbolito de Navidad doblando las páginas de un libro. Call 864-877-8722 or email [email protected] to register.

Disney on Ice
Nov 26 @ 3:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

 

The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!  This monumental ice-skating spectacular returns to Bon Secours Wellness Arena from November 23-27.  

 

Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana.  The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all.  Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory, Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime.

 

The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set.  With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata,” Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate is the ultimate Disney fan experience.  Families will join the fun in an exciting opening number that salutes Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as the original hosts of Disney On Ice in an unforgettable experience in your hometown!

Travelers Rest Holiday Hop
Nov 26 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
City of Travelers Rest

Come to Downtown Travelers Rest to enjoy the 2nd annual, Holiday Hop – an evening of festive family fun! The event includes the biggest snowball fight in the Upstate, kids’  Christmas craft stations, a fun book adventure, horse-drawn carriage rides, stories with Mrs. Claus, a bagpipe performance, roaming holiday characters to take photos with, and FREE professional photos with Santa (available for download after the event) all on Main Street in Travelers Rest, SC.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Nov 26 @ 3:59 pm – 4:59 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is back in 2022! The 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

Weather

We encourage guests to plan ahead and stay apprised of the latest weather developments. Cancellations of a POLAR EXPRESS departure because of inclement weather are very rare. If you’re staying in the Gatlinburg/Sevierville, Tennessee area, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Service announces road closures and openings on Twitter, or call (865) 436-1200 extension 631 for a recorded message. In such case Highway 441 is closed through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Interstate 40 typically remains open. Use 45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, North Carolina 28713 as your destination to find an alternate route.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Nov 26 @ 5:30 pm
Biltmore Estate

Biltmore House glows with candlelight and firelight during this nighttime tour, changing the daytime visit’s mood and experience. Candlelight Christmas Evenings in Biltmore House allows guests to step back in time with an experience reminiscent of the Vanderbilt’s first Christmas spent in Biltmore House in 1895. Musicians stationed throughout the house perform seasonal favorites. Setting the scene is a 55-foot Norway spruce encircled by illuminated evergreens and shrubs sparkling in the center of the front lawn.

The North Carolina Arboretum Winter Lights
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winter Lights is a spectacular open-air walk-through light show made from over one million lights! Located at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina, this year’s event features favorites like the famously tall 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden, along with enchanting new details designed to delight and surprise.

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This year’s show features over a million lights and mixes enchanting new displays with old favorites like the 50ft tree and Quilt Garden. Winter Lights is a walk-through light show with countless opportunities for photos. Use our hashtag #NCWinterLights22 to share the magic!

View the photo gallery here

   Live performances

Live performances are scheduled nightly at the Education Center, near Bent Creek Bistro. View the music schedule here.

  Rocky Cove Railroad*

During Winter Lights, our beloved g-scale model train offers nightly service to the North Pole. All aboard!

  Storytime at Woodland Cove

Visit the Education Center for a whimsical window display that follows a young bear’s journey to discover new habitats. This is an educational exhibit that will delight the whole family.

  Gift Shops

Still have a bit of shopping to do for the holidays? our Connections Gallery Gift Shop in the Baker Visitor Center and Winter Lights Shop in the Education Center are open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily, and from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. nightly, during Winter Lights.

  S’mores and Firepits*

If the winter nights turn a bit chilly, cozy up to the fire pits and heaters throughout the gardens.

S’mores kits are available for purchase at the Bent Creek Bistro, where there’s an especially large fire pit for all your marshmallow-roasting needs!

 Wishing Trees

A favorite Winter Lights tradition, the Wishing Trees return this year in a new location! Look for them near Rocky Cove Railroad, and make sure to leave a wish for the coming year.

  Eat and Drink**

Looking for something to warm you up while you stroll? Cocoa, beer, and wine are available at both the Cocoa Shack and Bent Creek Bistro.

View the menu for Bent Creek Bistro

Bent Creek Bistro Hours: Full menu: 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Snacks: 9:30-10:00 p.m.

 

*The Rocky Cove Railroad and the fire pits cannot run in certain weather conditions, and may be closed without notice.

**Alcohol purchased on-site may only be consumed in the event area and is not permitted in the parking lot or on the trails. Outside alcohol is prohibited at all times, on all parts of the property. This includes the parking lot and trails.

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas
Nov 26 @ 8:00 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse
A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.
                Nov. 25 - Dec. 22

The WNC tradition continues! This show has become a Playhouse favorite with a brand new show every year. Join the merriment of sleigh bells and mistletoe, miracles and Santa Claus, and so much more. Showcasing a cast of Flat Rock favorites, the Flat Rock Playhouse Chorus, and Pat’s School of Dance, this holiday revue promises to leave you feeling merry and bright!

That’s the Spirit: Mainstage Holiday Special
Nov 26 @ 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Alchemy Comedy Theater at Coffee Underground

That's the Spirit: Mainstage Holiday Special

Mainstage productions are a unique mix of all our favorite types of comedy. The first half of this holiday special consists of scripted sketches and improv comedy games. The second half is a fully improvised holiday Event all inspired by an audience suggestion. This show has a limited run only for the holidays so don’t miss it!

The Alchemy Comedy Theater is back and running shows every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 7:30 and 9pm. Downtown Greenville has street parking available as well as several nearby parking garages.

 

Sunday, November 27, 2022
Bon Secours Festival of Trees
Nov 27 all-day
Hyatt Regency Greenville, Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace

The 37th annual Festival of Trees will bring the 2022 holiday season to life! Spectacularly decorated trees line the entranceway of three hotels in downtown Greenville, giving visitors and community members the chance to experience the magic of the holidays. View trees November 18 thru December 26 at Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Embassy Suites by Hilton – Riverplace, and Hyatt Regency Greenville.

All proceeds will support the purchase of a second mammography coach.

Support Communities with Healthy Food!
Nov 27 all-day
online
It’s the Season of Giving w/ The Blood Connection + Feeding the Carolinas
Nov 27 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Blood Connection--Spartanburg

One in five people in the Carolinas don’t have enough food to eat.  As we enter the holiday season, November is historically one of the hardest months for food banks across the country.  Many North and South Carolinians are either looking for ways to help those in need or looking for help themselves. The Blood Connection (TBC), the non-profit community blood center serving these two states, is dedicating the month of November to addressing the issue of food insecurity in the region by offering blood donors a way to help those in need.

 

In the month of November, TBC will partner with Feeding the Carolinas – a network of food banks across North and South Carolina that works to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply – to promote blood donation and food donation.  Each year, Feeding the Carolinas estimates they supply food to more than 2.3 million Carolinians facing hunger.  Feeding the Carolinas also supports the Augusta, Georgia region, which TBC has recently begun operations in.

 

TBC needs around 1,000 blood donations per day to supply blood to more than 100 hospitals across the Carolinas, and TBC must ensure the shelves are stocked with life-saving blood products when hospital partners call. TBC has set a goal of raising $5,000 for food banks in November, with the hopes of helping neighboring non-profits stock their shelves, as well. Like the need for blood, the need for charitable food does not go away: people in this community will always need food – especially now with inflation at never-before-seen levels.  With one blood donation, a donor can save three lives and help a family in their own community have enough food on the table for Thanksgiving.

Throughout the month of November, blood donors will have the option to donate their TBC reward points in
the TBC Store to Feeding the Carolinas. At TBC centers, food collection boxes will also be placed out for
donors to give non-perishable food items. TBC is also looking for organizations to host blood drives
benefiting Feeding the Carolinas. Blood drive hosts have the option to donate $10 or $20 per blood donor to
Feeding the Carolinas. For more information about hosting a blood drive in November, go to
thebloodconnection.org/host.

Disney on Ice
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

 

The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!  This monumental ice-skating spectacular returns to Bon Secours Wellness Arena from November 23-27.  

 

Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana.  The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all.  Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory, Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime.

 

The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set.  With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata,” Disney On Ice Let’s Celebrate is the ultimate Disney fan experience.  Families will join the fun in an exciting opening number that salutes Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as the original hosts of Disney On Ice in an unforgettable experience in your hometown!