York in step with parade of area holiday events; ChristmasVille starts today

December 4, 2013 

ChristmasVille – Rock Hill’s annual four-day homage to all things Christmas that starts today – will transform downtown into a magical winter village that includes an ice skating rink, a lighted parade, live entertainment, shopping and 20 tons of real snow.

The festival – known for its old-timey feel, with strolling Dickens carolers and horse-drawn carriage rides – celebrates Christmas while showcasing the whimsical work of the late artist Vernon Grant, a Rock Hill native and creator of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies “Snap! Crackle! Pop!”

Here’s what’s on the schedule for today:

Gingerbread House Contest and Display, Center for the Arts, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Vernon Grant Exhibit and Outdoor Festival, Center for the Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Vernon Grant Santa Images/People’s Choice, Center for the Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Name the Gnome Contest, Center for the Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Gnome Tree, Center for the Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Main Street Children’s Museum, 133 E. Main St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Wee Can Do It” Kids Crafts, 206 E. Main St., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Elves in the Shelves, York County Library, 138 E. Black St., 4-6 p.m.

Telephone Calls to Santa, Comporium Telephone Museum, 117 Elk Ave., 5-8 p.m.

Public Reception for the Vernon Grant Exhibit, Center for the Arts, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Deck the Hall Holiday Concert, Old Town Amphitheater at City Hall, 6-7 p.m.

York County High School Art Reception, Center for the Arts, 6-7:30 p.m.

ChristmasVille Merchandise, Children’s Museum, 6-8 p.m.

The Lighting of the Village Opening Ceremonies, Main Street at Elk Avenue, 7-7:45 p.m.

Sippin’ Cider with Gnome Helpers, 206 E. Main St., 7-9 p.m.

VIP Sponsor Party, Center for the Arts, 8 p.m.

A Broadway Christmas Carol, CPC, 249 E. Main St., 8 p.m.

Parades, and more parades

Wednesday’s York Christmas Parade is among many in York, Chester and Lancaster counties this holiday season. If you missed it, here are other opportunities to catch some Christmas spirit:


Chester – Begins at 4 p.m. in downtown Chester.

Rock Hill – Begins at 6:30 p.m. on Oakland Avenue at Winthrop University and ends downtown on Main Street.


Fort Mill – Begins at 11 a.m. at Unity Cemetery.

Van Wyck – Begins at noon near the post office and finishes at the community center.

Hickory Grove – Begins at 3 p.m. near the old Oxford plant and travels down Wylie Avenue to the VFW building.


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.

Dec. 14

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. 15.

Richburg – Begins at 11 a.m. at Old Richburg Road, travels up Main Street and ends near the fire station.

Lancaster – Begins at 6 p.m. and runs from Main Street at Springs Street through downtown to Williams Street.

Lake Wylie – The “Lights on the Lake” Holiday Boat Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at Buster Boyd Access Area and T-Bones on the Lake.

Dec. 21

Lowrys – Begins at 1 p.m. at the Community Center, goes into Lowrys and returns to the Community Center.

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