Big or small, elegantly lit floats or highly decorated tractors, it is said the heart of a town can be seen at its Christmas parade.
For your chance to get into the holiday spirit and see Santa Claus, attend one of the following parades in York, Chester and Lancaster counties:
Wednesday, Dec. 3
York – Begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs along Congress Street through the center of town. Entry fee is $15 (with proceeds donated to P.A.T.H.). Rain date is Dec. 10. Line-up begins at 3:30 p.m. Registration: 803-684-2590 or greateryorkchamber.com.
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Friday, Dec. 5
Chester – Begins at 5 p.m. in downtown Chester. The theme is “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” The parade is sponsored by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce. No entry fee. Registration: 803-581-4142.
Rock Hill – Begins at 6:30 p.m. on Oakland Avenue at Winthrop University. Due to downtown construction, the parade route will be determined at a later date. This year’s theme is “Light the Night.” Lighting is required for all floats. Entry fees are $25 for non-commercial and $75 for commercial or business. Registration: 803-329-5645 or cityofrockhill.com.
Saturday, Dec. 6
Fort Mill – Begins at 11 a.m. at Unity Cemetery and ends at Walter Elisha Park. Entry fee is $55 after Nov. 17. Line-up begins at 9:20 a.m. Registration: 803-547-2116 or fortmillsc.org.
Hickory Grove – Begins at 3 p.m. near the old Oxford plant and travels down Wylie Avenue to the VFW building. The parade is sponsored by the Hickory Grove Fire Department. Line-up begins at 2 p.m. No entry fee. Registration: 803-925-2626.
Sunday, Dec. 7
Clover – Begins at 3 p.m. at Main Street and ends near Ultra Avenue. This year’s theme is “A Rockin’ Christmas.” Entry fee is $30. Registration: 803-222-3312 or cloverchamber.org.
Tirzah – Begins at 3 p.m. on Tirzah Road between S.C. 5 and S.C. 161 in York. Parking available at Tirzah Presbyterian Church. Line-up begins at 2 p.m. No entry fee. Registration: 803-366-6682.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Richburg – Begins at 11 a.m. at Old Richburg Road, travels up Main Street and ends near the fire station. Line up no later than 10:30 a.m. No entry fee. Registration: Richburg Fire Department, 803-789-3636.
Van Wyck – Begins at noon near the post office and finishes at the community center. The parade is sponsored by the Van Wyck Community Development Club. No entry fee. Line-up begins at 11 a.m. Registration: Pat Oglesby, 803-285-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Lawn – Begins at 2 p.m. where U.S. 21 South starts, travels down Main Street and ends at Municipal Drive. Rain date is 3 p.m. Dec. 14. No entry fee. Information: 803-872-4724.
Lancaster – Begins at 6 p.m. and runs from Main Street at Springs Street through downtown to Williams Street. This year’s theme is “Red Roses and Candy Canes.” Lights are required. Entry fee is $10 per individual or nonprofit entry, $25 for businesses. Registration: 803-286-1145, 803-246-9266 or lancastercitysc.com.
Lake Wylie – The 26th annual “Lights on the Lake” Holiday Boat Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at Buster Boyd Access Area and T-Bones on the Lake. Line-up begins at 6 p.m. Entry fees are $20 before Dec. 11, and $25 same-day. Registration: 803-831-2827.
Saturday, Dec. 20
Lowrys – Begins at 1 p.m. at the Community Center, goes into Lowrys and ends at the Community Center. Line-up begins at 11 a.m. Entrants must have a farm theme, horse-drawn vehicle or tractor. No pre-registration or entry fee. Information: 803-377-4892.