With the holiday season quickly approaching, Hartsville residents can begin making plans to attend the many Hartsville for the Holidays traditions again this year. The city’s Special Events Department has worked diligently to create a plan to safely continue the events that Hartsville residents have grown to love and expect each holiday season. The events may look slightly different than in year’s past, but the city is proud to offer events that the entire family can enjoy safely. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced throughout the events and attendees will be required to wear masks if entering the inside of businesses or standing in lines outside.

On November 19th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., the city will kick off the holiday season with the Downtown Holiday Open House and Centennial Tree Lighting. This celebration will be headlined with the Tree Lighting by Mayor Mel Pennington near Centennial Park at 6 p.m. This event will be live streamed and guests are invited to tune in via Facebook Live. Following the tree lighting, shoppers can kick-start the shopping season by checking out some of the Main Street Hartsville businesses that will be open until 9 p.m. Terence Lonon and the Untouchables will take the stage at the intersection of Fifth Street and Carolina Avenue and provide entertainment for the night. Santa will land his sleigh for pictures with Santa Claus in front of the Mantissa Hotel located at 130 East Carolina Avenue from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. It will be easy to get into the holiday spirit as snow flurries are expected for this wonderful event.

Downtown Holiday Open House Extended Shopping Hours will continue on Thursdays nights in December from December 3rd-17th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. During this event, Main Street Hartsville business will stay open late for shoppers to enjoy extend shopping hours during the busy holiday season.

The Hartsville Museum will be festively decorated again this year for their Santa’s Workshop exhibit open December 1st – January 9th. This exhibit will give guests a peek inside of jolly St. Nick’s workshop. Admission is free. The Hartsville Museum is located at 222 North Fifth Street and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The annual Hartsville Christmas Parade will be held downtown on Saturday, December 12th at 3:00 p.m. This community parade will feature Hartsville’s first responders, local businesses, dance troops, and more. Before jolly Santa Claus makes his parade appearance, he will greet guests at the Hartsville Museum for free photo opportunities from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Parade applications are due by November 20thand can be found at hartsvillefortheholidays.com.


Schedule of Events

November 19, 2020 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Holiday Open House and Centennial Tree Lighting Tree Lighting in Centennial Park 6 p.m.

Downtown Businesses Open Late,

Santa Claus, live entertainment, and a chance of snow


December 1 – January 9, 2020 M-F 10 am. – 5 p.m.


Santa’s Workshop Exhibit Museum will be decorated for Christmas and features the Santa’s Workshop exhibit


December 3, 2020 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Downtown Holiday Open House Extended Shopping Hours


Downtown businesses open for late night shopping until 9 p.m.


December 10, 2020 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Downtown Holiday Open House Extended Shopping Hours


Downtown businesses open for late night shopping until 9 p.m.


December 12, 2020 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hartsville Farmers Market


Vendors will be on East Carolina Avenue with wholesome, homegrown and handmade unique items, gifts, plus activities for the kids!


December 12, 2020 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa at the Hartsville Museum


Santa will be at the Hartsville Museum for a free photo opportunity. Bring your own camera.


December 12, 2020 3 p.m. Annual Hartsville Christmas Parade Applications Due: November 20th

Applications and Route Map may be found at www.hartsvillefortheholidays.com


December 17, 2020 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Downtown Holiday Open House Extended Shopping Hours Downtown businesses open for late night shopping until 9 p.m.







































Additional event information, applications, and guidelines may be found at hartsvillefortheholidays.com.

Thank you to our sponsors, Neptune Island Waterpark, Henderson Ace Hardware, Driggers Law Firm, and Main Street Hartsville.