It’s the most wonderful time of the year for making memories and having fun with your family! Fortunately, if you and your kids want to get out and take part in holiday and Christmas activities, Greenville, NC has plenty to keep you busy. Here are some exciting events taking place in and around Greenville that your kids will love!
Stop by the Greenville Convention Center between November 27 and December 21 for the annual Festival of Trees. This free event is open daily between 8AM and 5PM and features over 100 beautifully decorated trees sponsored by individuals, area businesses and civic groups. Perfect for a dreary day, a walk through this winter wonderland will get the family into the holiday spirit.
Enjoy Breakfast with Santa on December 8th at the Greenville Museum of Art where the museum is transformed into a magical wonderland of lights and holiday decor for the morning. Featuring fun crafts for the kids, a delicious breakfast bar, (and a coffee bar for parents!) carolers, and pictures with Santa, this will be a great way to start the day before going shopping or heading to the Christmas parade! Learn more about it and buy tickets here.
Don’t miss the Greenville Christmas parade on December 8th at 5PM. Hosted by the Greenville Jaycees, this year’s parade theme is Elves on Evans. Not only will you and your family get to see around 150 parade entrants, including our local marching bands, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and festive floats sponsored by local businesses, you’ll also get the opportunity to see Santa and his elves!
The Polar Express is coming to Greenville on Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th! This fun event is perfect for kids of all ages and features a 20-minute train ride filled with carols, beautiful lights and decorations, and Santa’s helpers to get filled with holiday cheer! In addition to an incredible train ride, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies will be available along with craft activities, photos with Santa, and a special reading of the classic story, “The Polar Express.”
Don’t wait to register, the Jolly Trolley Polar Express is one of the most beloved events in Greenville! Get tickets and learn more about it here.
For children with special needs and sensory sensitivities, visiting Santa can be an overwhelming experience. Fortunately, Santa Cares invites people with special needs and their families for a private visit and photo session to meet Santa Claus.Sponsored by Autism Speaks, Santa Cares will be held from 10AM to 12PM on December 9th at the Greenwood Mall. Register for a free ticket here!
Step back in time at Christmas Past at the Village on December 6th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at Eastern Carolina Village & Farm Museum. See how early dwellers of Greenville spent the holidays as you and your family tour the historic village, watch blacksmithing and weaving demonstrations, interact with people in period costumes, and enjoy refreshments, carolers, and music. Blending holiday magic with a bit of education makes this a fun event for both kids and adults.
Join the City of Greenville and Uptown Greenville for our annual tree lighting event! This is an amazing opportunity to take part in an event that is both fun and raises money for a great cause. In addition to the tree lighting, visit holiday market from 5PM to 8PM and listen to live performances. You’ll also get the opportunity to enjoy crafts and activities, free refreshments and treats, and even horse-drawn carriage rides. And what holiday event would be complete without a reading of classic story, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Enjoy laughs, music, and good times at the Magnolia Arts Center as they put on a holiday production of Elf the Musical, Jr. This musical take on a modern holiday classic will be a fun experience for adults and children alike. There are several performances scheduled between December 6th through December 9th and December 13th through December 16th, so you have plenty of opportunities to get tickets and take the family to enjoy the antics and songs of Buddy the Elf.
At Children’s Campus of Greenville, we understand how important it is for children and parents alike to have a fun and memorable holiday season. If you know of additional events that would be a great addition for our Greenville, NC preschool students and their families, contact us! Have a safe and happy holiday!