South Carolina knows how to celebrate the holidays, but one city in particular rolls out the red carpet for Christmas. The entire town of Rock Hill
decks the halls and puts out the welcome mat for the town’s ChristmasVille
celebration, going on now through Sunday.
For the seventh year in a row, “Old Town” Rock Hill
is transformed into a holiday village and outdoor art festival. More than 70 different events are planned for the four-day festival, which celebrates the Christmas season while showcasing artwork by Vernon Grant, Rock Hill native and creator of the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Snap! Crackle! Pop! characters.
Take horse-drawn carriage rides and historic tours of the town, listen to the sounds of the season with strolling Dickens carolers and purchase local art at the market. You also can take in a bit of local theater, dance and musical performances. There’s a gingerbread house contest, a cookie crawl, and entertainment on two different stages and at many of the area restaurants.
Highlights include the 23rd Annual Winthrop University Holiday Pottery Sale at Winthrop University, a special celebration of the season at the Main Street Children’s Museum, a miniature dollhouse display, a Victorian Tea and the Rock Hill Christmas Parade from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, which begins at Winthrop University on Oakland Avenue and ends on Main Street. With more than 80 entries this year, it’s going to be a grand celebration.
The holiday cheer continues on into the weekend with a pancake breakfast, a Reindeer Romp 5K run, carousel and Ferris Wheel rides, ice skating, miniature golf, train rides and a winter carnival with inflatables and games for children. There’s also a live Nativity and on Sunday, a grand finale with fireworks.
ChristmasVille is free to the public, but some events have admission fees or required reservations. For specific times, admission fees, and more information, visit the ChristmasVille website