Visit for a holly jolly holiday in the Palmetto State.

By Southern Living
September 17, 2019
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If you're looking for a Southern town with an abundance of charm in which to celebrate the holidays with those you love most, let us point you towards a small South Carolina town that does Christmas right. Anderson, South Carolina, becomes Christmas central come December, and it puts out a schedule of holiday entertainment that rivals even the biggest of big city neighbors. From blinking lights to cheery parade floats, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate in this tradition-loving town.

First, be sure to check out the City of Anderson Christmas Parade. It's held every year on the first Sunday in December, and the whole town comes out to celebrate. The parade brings the community together for a route drifting down Main Street—from Greenville Street to River Street, with plenty of places to set up a chair in between.

The Anderson Christmas Lights are another one of the town's can't-miss holiday happenings. The festive light displays are strung over a 2.5-mile stretch and create immersive, eye-catching scenes with blinking, multi-colored bulbs. You can pack the whole family up in the car (with their winter scarves and travel mugs of warm cider, of course) and drive through the glowing winter wonderland for an experience you won't soon forget. (Tour buses are also welcome!)

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If shopping is more your style, you won't want to miss Anderson's Holly Jolly Holiday Fair, a shopping tradition that brings together hundreds of vendors to ensure everyone in town can find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. There you'll also find seasonal treats aplenty. (Candy apples and toffee, anyone?)

This town is a great Christmas destination, and it has plenty of fun for the whole family in store throughout every holiday season. Plan a trip for you and yours, and experience it for yourself this year.

Have you ever visited Anderson, South Carolina? Are you planning any trips over the holiday season?

This article originally appeared on Southern Living.

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