Holiday happenings launch with Rock Hill parade Nov. 30

November 23, 2012 

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Rock Hill parade

Rock Hill Christmas Parade, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30, begins on Oakland Avenue at Winthrop University and ends downtown.


Fort Mill parade

Fort Mill Christmas Parade, 11 a.m. Dec. 1, downtown Fort Mill. Entry applications are available at 803-547-2273

Garden tour

Horticultural Highlight Walks, 1 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Led by garden staff, learn about new developments and installations, note favorite plants and share behind-the-scenes details. Each walk is a unique experience. Walks are free with garden admission. 704-829-1252;

Make a wreath

Holiday Wreath, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by garden staff, learn the basics of wreath-making, and create your own unique wreath with a rich mix of fresh greenery and ribbon embellishments. Cost: $22 for members, $28 for non-members, plus $25 materials fee. 704-829-1252;

Photos of lights

Photographing Lights, 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Katherine Leonard, KL Creative, learn how to capture the holiday spirit through the lens of your camera. Cost: $50 for members, $60 for non-members. 704-829-1252;

Gingerbread contest

Tega Cay’s first Gingerbread House contest, Dec. 1, lower level of the Glennon Community Center. Entries can be simple or detailed, and will be judged on use of candy, creativity and overall appearance. Completed entries must be delivered between 4:30-5:30 p.m. and will be judged during the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The contest is open to the public. Winners will be announced after the tree lighting. 803-230-2403;

Make cards

Papercrafting: Holiday Cards, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Suzanne Patz, learn basic skills involved in paper crafting to create an ornament, gift bags and Christmas cards. Cost: $18 for members, $22 for non-members, plus $5 materials fee. 704-829-1252;


Clover parade

42nd annual Clover Christmas Parade “125 Christmases in Clover,” 3 p.m. Dec. 2. It begins at Main Street and ends near Ultra Avenue.

Tirzah parade

Ninth annual Tirzah Christmas Parade, 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Tirzah Road, York, between S.C. 5 and S.C. 161. 803-366-3824


Bright lights

Holidays at the Garden, through Dec. 31, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Lights on at 5 p.m. nightly. The Four Seasons Lawn will showcase a 30-foot-tall Norway spruce. Admission: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60 and older, and $6 for children 4-12.


Canning class

Holiday Canning 101 Class Adult-Youth Partnership, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 4, 120 N. Congress St., York. Class fee: $20.; registered 4-H members receive a discount. Use a water bath canner to prepare apple preserves and learn to use a jam maker to make holiday jam. Maximum limit for class: 6 partnerships. Minimum age for youth participant is 9. 803-684-9919, ext. 113.

York parade

York Christmas Parade, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Starts at California and South Congress streets and ends at North Congress, Blackburn and Kings Mountain streets.

Tree planting

Anniversary tree planting, 4 p.m. Dec. 7, New Centre Park, Clover. In observance of Arbor Day, the town will be planting a special tree at its new park.

Love Lights

Animal Adoption League’s annual Love Lights Luminarias, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8, in front of the Lakeview Acres Neighborhood on Celanese Road, Rock Hill. Light a luminaria in honor or in memory of a special person or pet for a donation of $4 per luminaria. Upon request an acknowledgement card will be sent for an additional $1 per luminaria. Rain date is Dec. 9. 803-985-3865;

Tour of homes

30th annual York Holiday Tour of Historic Homes and Buildings, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 9, presented by The Yorkville Historical Society. Six historic homes and two local businesses will be decorated for the holidays and open for viewing. Tickets: $10, available at the chamber, 23 E. Liberty St.; or homes on the days of the tour. 803-230-4811

Holiday photos

Holiday Photography, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont.Learn how to improve the quality of photos taken at night. Cost: $50 for garden members, $60 for non-members. 704-829-1252;

Orchestra concert

The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra’s “A Baroque Musicale,” 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. Features wintry favorites from the 17th and 18th centuries. Tickets: $5 at the door and in advance from the Greater York Chamber of Commerce and The Men’s Shop. 803-684-9022.

Candlelit tour

Candlelight tour, 3-8 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, Historic Brattonsville. Experience a Southern-style Christmas. Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for youths ages 4 to 17.

Support group

Lake Wylie Breast Cancer Support Group meets for a Christmas party, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, at the home of Sue McCauley. Reservations required by Dec. 4. 803-831-1305

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