No, it’s not Thanksgiving that marks the beginning of the Christmas Season. It’s the first week of December when all the Christmas parades march through town, or in our case, towns. We are lucky to live in an area that celebrates this magical holiday so thoroughly that you can be glad it’s only once a year.
No wonder they call it the 12 Days of Christmas: The first 12 days in December mark Christmas parades all over the York County area. With the exception of on;y a few days (we all need a break), you can potentially go to a Christmas parade every single day. Rock Hill Reader’s Christmas gift to you: York County Area Christmas Parade Itinerary.
*Special thanks to Lisa from Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce*
December 1st: Fort Mill Lighting of the Tree 1-7pm
December 2nd: The City of Rock Hill Christmas Parade
The City of Rock Hill Christmas parade, “Light the Night”, is one of only a few lighted night time parades within the state.The parade will once again feature both homemade and commercial floats, local high school bands, mascots, businesses, walking units and of course Santa Claus, passing through the streets of Old Town during the ChristmasVille Festival. Parade route: Oakland Avenue to Main Street
December 3rd: Fort Mill Christmas Parade
December 4th: Clover Christmas Parade
3pm: The 46th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Main Street (Highway 321) starting at 3pm.
This year’s theme is There’s No Place Like Clover for Christmas.
December 6th: No Parades. Go Christmas Shopping.
December 7th: York Christmas Parade
4:30pm. South Congress Street, York, SC. Hosted by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, the York Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season with over 100 entries to enjoy.
December 8th: No Parade. Check out the Clover Choraliers at 8pm
The BEST way to obtain show tickets is via a Choral Booster Club Membership.
The Choraliers, an auditioned, 100+ member SATB choir, is 10-time first place State Champions of the South Carolina Choral Concert Festival, and has performed for SC State Administrators Conference, SC School Board Conference, the National Education Association SC Conference, and for the governor of South Carolina. The group has appeared at choral festivals in Atlanta, Orlando, Williamsburg, New York City, Washington,DC, on The Bahamas/Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and as a special guest with The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
December 9th: No Parade/Event
December 10th: Lancaster Christmas Parade
This year’s Theme is “Ugly Christmas Sweater”. Our Grand Marshal, Buford Varsity Ladies Softball State Champions, will lead the parade beginning on Main Street, at Springs Street, and continuing through historic downtown, then exiting onto Williams Street.
December 10th: Lake Wylie’s Christmas by the Lake
Head over to T-Bones on Lake Wylie for an evening of festivities. Along with the Lake Wylie Boat Parade, visitors can enjoy warming tents provided by area churches who will be serving treats and drinks. See the live nativity scene, enjoy live entertainment, and visit with the man of the hour, Santa Claus. The event is from 5-7:30pm.
December 11th: Waxhaw Christmas Parade
The Waxhaw Christmas Parade which is held downtown on the second Sunday of December (12/11/2016) at 3 p.m. features our local school marching bands, and entries and floats by hundreds of businesses and members of the community. Announcers cover the entire parade route to make sure that you hear all of the details surrounding the fun entries passing by.
After the parade, have a snack with Santa and don’t forget to check in with him one last time before Christmas.
December 12th: Lake Wylie Holiday Boat Parade
6:30 PM / Buster Boyd Bridge, Lake Wylie, SC 28278 / (803) 831- 2827
Family Friendly event at 4-7pm. Warming huts with hot cocoa and cider. There will also be a live nativity scene with Christmas music, and let’s not forget a visit from Santa! Then, boaters trim their vessels with lights and holiday décor and parade through the area around the Buster Boyd Bridge.