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Posted on: November 28, 2018

City Offering Full Season of Holiday Happenings

The City of Greenville is offering a full lineup of holiday activities and events and transforming downtown into a festive destination for shopping and dining this season. Highlights include:

Night of Lights

Friday, November 30

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Main Street, from Court to Broad

This new event will feature the official Christmas tree lighting, food trucks and vendors, live holiday music and a special visit from Santa Claus. In addition, all plaza lights that have been festively decorated for the holiday season will turn on. Visitors are also invited to stop by United Community Bank Ice on Main for a special glow skate. All skaters will receive glow sticks and a voucher to return to the rink at a discounted rate.


Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 1

6 p.m.

Main Street, from Augusta to North

Furman University President Elizabeth Davis is the grand marshal for this year’s parade. Davis will lead over 80 musical marching units, elaborately decorated floats and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade is free to the public and spectators will find ample places to view the parade, with prime seating located from the Main Street Bridge south toward Falls Park.


Window Display Contest

Downtown merchants will transform Main Street into a holiday wonderland for all ages to enjoy. The public can vote for their favorite window display December 1 - 15 on the City’s Facebook page. Contest winners will be announced on December 19.


Holiday Entertainment

Local caroling groups will stroll along Main Street singing holiday favorites the weekends of December 8 and 15.


Fidelity Investments Moonlight Movies – Holiday Edition

Wednesday, December 12

6 p.m.

Falls Park

Enjoy a free classic movie under the stars. This year’s feature film is A Christmas Story. Moviegoers are invited to come early with lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy holiday trivia and grab a bite to eat from participating food vendors, Poppington’s Gourmet Popcorn, Mobile Meltdown and Coffee Underground.

Plaza Decorations

The City is partnering with downtown businesses to transform NOMA Square, ONE City Plaza, Graham Plaza and West End Plaza with unique holiday lights and decorations.

Parking Promotions 

The City is offering the following holiday parking promotions:

  • December 14, 15, 16 & 17 – Free parking at the Broad Street Garage, Richardson Street Garage and West Washington Street Deck.
  • December 21 & 22 – Free parking at the Broad Street Garage, Richardson Street Garage and West Washington Street Deck.
  • December 23, 24 & 25 – Free parking at all City parking facilities.
  • January 1 – Free parking at all City parking facilities.

A listing of City parking locations is available at For a complete entertainment schedule and listing of all special events, visit Follow the City events on social media and use the hashtag #whatsgoingonGVL to join in the conversation.

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