Poinsettia Christmas Parade cancelled

Social distancing concerns
Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade 2018 in downtown Greenville.
Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade 2018 in downtown Greenville. Photo credit SABRINA SCHAEFFER

Released by the City of Greenville.
The City of Greenville has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Poinsettia Christmas Parade. The health and safety of Greenville residents and visitors is our top priority. Given the number of people this popular event attracts each year, it would be impossible for us to ensure attendees maintain the recommended social distance.

As our merchants rely heavily on visitors during the holiday season, the Department of Events and Cultural Affairs is working on alternative plans that offer a safe and festive experience all season long.

Previously announced holiday activities include:

United Community Bank Ice on Main – Opening ceremony on November 13; season expanded through January 31. Modifications will be made to limit capacity with date-specific, timed entries at the ice rink and enhanced health and safety guidelines.
TD Essential Market – Holiday Edition – November 28, December 5 and December 12. Holiday Edition market hours will adjust to 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The TD Essential Market will continue in a modified format and offer fresh and local essential grocery items while still maintaining health and safety guidelines. Market vendors will feature seasonal produce, specialty items (honey, fresh pressed juices, pasta/salsa), along with festive handmade crafts, holiday baskets and more.

A full schedule of planned holiday activities including window decorating contests and holiday lights will be announced at the end of November.