Dickens of a Christmas 2013 Spartanburg SC
Dickens of a Christmas 2013, an Upstate South Carolina tradition that sets off the start of the Christmas season, will be on Tuesday, December 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. The event is traditionally held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
All of the activities, most of which are free of charge, are centered along Main Street. Starting with horse-drawn carriage rides around Richardson Park, there is a progression of family activities — from living windows and chestnuts roasted over an open fire, to strolling carolers singing old standbys, food vendors and Santa Claus in Morgan Square. A new attraction this year will be a live nativity scene in E. Lewis Miller Park (across from Carolina Cash.)
The highlight of the evening is always the lighting of Spartanburg’s official Christmas tree at 7:30 p.m. The tree lighting event is hosted by longtime local talk-radio personality Bill Drake, with entertainment provided by The Spartanburg Community Band.
Other attractions include:
• A Lionel steam locomotive model train donated by the Hub City Railroad Museum.
• Ice skating on Morgan Square will be open.
• Letters to Santa, sponsored by Upstate Parent Magazine, will be inside Carolina Cash. Children can come in and write to Santa (with the help of a few elves). There is a real mailbox to drop letters in, and Santa will write back via the U.S. Postal Service.
2011 Dickens of a Christmas Promo – Note: Note date in video is from 2011