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{December 2, 2011}   Jingle Your Bells in Downtown Greenville

Tis the Season…when adults become kids again and kids do their very best to stay on Santa’s “Good” List. With the Christmas lights in the trees (that stay up all year) and Main Street all decked out in red and green, silver and gold – who can resist the festive lure of Downtown Greenville.  So, come all ye faithful to DTGVL and join the merrymaking!

Ask any Greenvillian which event heralds the start of the Holiday Season and most will say the Poinsettia Christmas Parade. For over 20 years, this family friendly event has been a cherished tradition here in Downtown Greenville. Starting at Augusta Street, a wonderful collection of bands, floats, dancers and marchers will parade down Main Street to Elford this Saturday December 3rd. Parade goers will want to show up well before the 6PM start time to get the best spot. Temps will drop to the 30’s once the sun sets, so dress warmly – blankets and hot chocolate are definitely recommended! For more information and a map of the parade route, visit: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_Events/ChristmasParade.aspx

Running a close second to the Parade for Greenville’s most beloved Holiday event is the St. Francis Festival of Trees. Every Thanksgiving, several Downtown hotels come alive with the Christmas spirit through a display of beautifully decorated trees.  This year, exhibits can be viewed at the Marriott Greenville, Courtyard Greenville Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites – RiverPlace and throughout Downtown Greenville. The trees will remain on display until December 31st.

This year, a little bit of Rockerfeller Center has been brought to Greenville. No, not The Rockettes – but an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of Downtown, modeled after the famous NYC rink.  Ice On Main invites you to bring your friends and family for a spin around this open-air rink – the only one of its kind in South Carolina! The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under – this includes the cost of skate rental and is good for one full day of skating.  Located at Village Green, in front of the Courtyard Marriott, Ice On Main is open from 11AM to 9PM and boasts plenty of places to purchase hot chocolate and other goodies, as well as spectator spots to watch the fun. For more information and a calendar of special events, visit: www.iceonmain.com.

What would the Holiday Season be without a performance of “The Nutcracker”? The Peace Center will be offering performances of this beloved ballet, not once but twice.  From Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4, The Carolina Ballet will be performing the holiday classic. Tickets for evening and matinee performances are available. Starting Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11, The International Ballet will put their own spin (or should I say “pirouette”) on the story of Clara and her adventure through the “Land of Sweets”.  For performance times, tickets and more information, visit: www.peacecenter.org.

Is theatre more your thing? From the traditional to the musical to the slightly irreverent, the many theatres of Downtown Greenville are only too happy to entertain you! Starting with the traditional, the Greenville Little Theatre will be performing  “A Christmas Carol” December 9 – 11 and again December 15 – 18. For more information, visit: www.greenvillelittletheatre.org. The South Carolina Children’s Theatre offers its own musical version of Scrooge’s tale with “Ebenezer – A Musical Christmas Carol”. Performances will take place at The Gunter Theatre- Peace Center,  December 2 – 11. For more information, visit: www.scchildrenstheatre.orgCentre Stage adds a little rock to  holiday musical theatre with “Rock N’ Roll Yule”.  Performances take place  Thursday through Saturday, December 1 – 17, with Sunday afternoon matinees and special Wednesday performances. For ticket and showtime information, visit: www.centrestage.org. Café & Then Some brings its own satirical twist to the Holiday Season with “Christmas Re-Gifted”. Dinner performances are every Wednesday through Saturday until the end of December. For more information, visit www.cafeats.com.

Many revelers can’t imagine the holidays without music and Downtown Greenville is happy to oblige! Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be offering their unique blend of rock and traditional  holiday tunes at the BILO Center for 2 shows on Saturday, December 3rd (visit www.bilocenter.com for tickets). The following day, the Greenville County Museum of Art (www.greenvillemuseum.org) invites you to join the Carolina Bronze Handbell Choir for “Holiday Music in the Galleries”. Want more? The Peace Center will play host to “Holiday at Peace” December 16 – 18. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will perform holiday favorites for 2 evening performances and a Sunday matinee.

There are so many Holiday Happenings going on in Downtown Greenville, even old Scrooge would kick up his heels. So gather up your friends and family and join us for some festive fun! You may even feel the urge to go “wassailing”. For a list of Holiday events in Downtown Greenville, visit: www.facebook.com/DowntownGreenvilleSC. Happy Holidays!

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