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Whether you’re visiting for the first time or have spent years in the Greenville area, The Local 5 Newsletter is your one stop destination to find out what you don’t want to miss this weekend in the Upstate.

Every Thursday, we will highlight our ‘top 5 musts’ that will include everything from restaurants, activities, parks, concerts and festivals that are all right here in beautiful Greenville, SC.


For more than 75 years, the Poinsettia Christmas Parade has been the highlight of Greenville’s holiday events. Families look forward to gathering along Main Street for a spectacular show of floats, dancers, marching bands, and more. It kicks off the holiday season in style. Be sure to arrive at least an hour early in order to reserve your spot for the free 6 o’clock parade. Visitors with children are encouraged to bring a bag to collect candy, and be sure to bring a warm coat to this unforgettable Christmas event in the heart of downtown Greenville! NOTE: This event was scheduled for Dec. 2nd, but was postponed due to weather conditions.


Two time GRAMMY award winner, Lauren Daigle, is coming to town for The Kaleidoscope Tour this weekend. She will be performing many of her greatest hits, such as “You Say,” “Rescue,” “Look Up Child,” and “Thank God I Do,” as well as a few never before heard songs from her newest album. As the first female artist to reach the Top 10 Billboard’s of both Pop and Christian Albums, she is a trailblazer who has a message to share with the world. Tickets start at 53$ at the Bons Secours Arena; it is sure to be a rocking good time.


“Maybe Christmas… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” Join the Grinch at the UpCountry History Museum in Greenville this weekend for A Very Grinchy Family Fun Day. Enjoy games, crafts, a museum scavenger hunt, and a group story time with fruit and juice. All special activities are included with General Admission tickets. Tickets for adults are $12; child tickets are $9. Don’t be a grinch; celebrate in style!


Greenville’s Gingerbread Exhibit has the power to make one wish that they could live in the extravagantly built gingerbread homes. Designed by businesses, professionals, and amateurs, this year’s exhibit has even more categories and gingerbread than last year. Visitors can vote for their favorite exhibit to win "People's Choice Award." Held in the Residence Inn and Suites, this event is in the perfect location for a winter stroll through downtown Greenville.


Christmas is coming, and the time to shop is now! Welcome to Kringle Holiday Village, a scenic pop up market in Flour Field that showcases more than 30 local vendors. Enjoy family fun visiting Santa, creating arts and craft projects, and jumping on holiday inflatables. Tickets start at $12; all proceeds go directly to Rotary Charities.


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