Holiday Hop

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Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit of a small town celebration! The Travelers Rest Holiday Hop is a one day event filled with music, family fun, and festive folks brimming with good cheer. Bundle up the family and join us in Travelers Rest for an unforgettable holiday experience. Download a Holiday Hop Map, Book Adventure Form and Events Schedule HERE.

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting
Join us as we welcome the holiday season with a festive tree lighting ceremony including Santa and his Elf, the Grinch, Mrs. Claus and performances from Greenville Bagpipes and Drums group as well as the SC Repertory Theatre.
5:30 pm – Pipe Band performs
6 pm – Tree Lighting
6:10 – SC Repertory Theatre performs

Horse and Carriage Rides – 4 pm – 8 pm
Head to the lot across from Sunrift (next to Brown’s Feed and Seed) for an enchanted horse and buggy ride. $5 for adults and kids under 5 are free. Location can be found on the Holiday Hop Map.
Location – Corner of McElhaney and Main St, across from Sunrift

Free Pictures with Santa/Photo Op Area
Capture holiday memories in our winter wonderland photo-op location. Take photos in front of the holiday backdrop, have our professional photographer snap a photo with Santa and pose with a popular holiday character. Your free photo will be available to download online at your convenience. Time: Photos with Santa – 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
Photo Op Area Open throughout the event. Find the Photo Op area on Main Street next to Sushi Yama.

The Holiday Book Adventure
Did you ever open a storybook and want to step inside? Here’s your opportunity to take the family on a holiday themed adventure through a classic Christmas story! How it works:

  • Pages from a popular holiday book will be placed in shop windows throughout town
  • Find each page and read your way to the final destination
  • Use posters in shop windows to find your way
  • Make sure to get a stamp at each stop
  • Once you’ve completed the adventure turn in your Holiday Hop Map and Card at the final stop and be entered in a drawing to win one of five holiday gift baskets.

Children’s Arts & Crafts Stations
Enjoy making your very own holiday treats, ornaments and crafts at participating shops in town. Craft making projects will take place throughout the evening.
Craft Stations to Visit:
– Tree House Café & Studio – Make a gingerbread ornament
– Beyond the Threads – Craft a one-of-a-kind ornament
– As the Page Turns – Make a holiday bookmark (3 pm – 5 pm)
– TR Makers Co. – Make a bottlecap ornament
– Palmetto Proper Play Café and Gifts – Make an edible Christmas tree

Christmas Stories with Mrs. Claus
Bring the children and gather around Mrs. Claus as she reads classic holiday stories on the porch.
Time: 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 7  pm
Location: On the porch of the Spring Park Inn on Main next to the Gazebo.

Visit Your Favorite Holiday Characters 
Take photos and visit with the Grinch, Santa with his Elf, and Buddy the Elf at locations throughout town. Download the Holiday Hop Map for times and locations.

 Songs of the Season
Hear holiday songs sung by some of the most talented professional singers in the Upstate! The South Carolina Repertory Theater will be making appearances in town.

Clogging with Diane’s School of Dance
Keeping the art of clogging alive, join us as Diane’s School of Dance students demonstrate their clogging talents.
Time: 3:30 pm 
Location: In front of Palmetto Proper Play Cafe and Gifts

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