Christmas in the City Meets Red Rose Holiday Tour on Dec. 5, 2015, in Lancaster, SC

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The Red Rose City ushers in the holiday season with a flurry of fun in historic downtown Lancaster, SC, on Dec. 5, 2015, from 9am – 9pm.

An old-fashioned trolley will transport holiday revelers to stops throughout the Cultural Arts District including Santa’s Workshop, Winter Block Party, Artisans Holiday Market, Historic Springs House, L & C Railway Museum, Native American Studies Center, and local businesses hosting Holiday Open Houses. Santa visits and letter drop-off, Gingerbread House Exhibit, balloon sculpting, ornament making, face painting, and a winter wonderland carousel will delight the little ones, while older children and teens enjoy the game truck.  Favorite characters lead activities, mingle, and pose for photos including Gingerbread Man, Santa’s Elves, Winnie the Pooh, Elsa, and Grinch, and Lancaster’s very own Rosie Rabbit.

Stories with Mrs. Claus, candy canes, cookies, and wassail punch is being hosted by Blackmon Insurance Group.  Visitors will find a Food Truck Food Court, where live on-stage performances feature music and dance troupes, including Fierce Dance Academy, Indian Land Middle & High School Dance Team, Ebony Expressionz, and Plair Band. The lovable Train Hobo will entertain with tales from the rails and gifts to the little ones.

Historic Springs House will be open with “Between the Springmaid Sheets” exhibit, refreshments, gift gallery, live music, and a jewelry trunk show. The indoor Artisans Holiday Market returns, where visitors will find unique treasures by artists and craftsmen from throughout the Carolinas. Discover pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodcarvings, handcrafted toys, baskets, textile-art fashions and accessories, sculpture, and more at this art collector’s paradise.

Native American Studies Center will host its annual Native American Arts and Crafts Show and Sale with artists selling traditional arts and crafts and demonstrating techniques. The thirteenth annual Holiday Open House at Backstreet Studio features new work and old favorites by renowned artist Bob Doster, holiday refreshments, exhibit by hundreds of artists, and prize drawing for a Doster original.

Downtown businesses rolling out the red carpet for those with a passion for shopping, providing holiday treats, discounts, gift certificates, and prize drawings include: Purple Rooster, Ray’s Flowers, At Home by Casey, Back to Balance Massage Therapy Studio, and Tumble-N-Roll. Just outside of downtown, visitors will enjoy Kenaki Karate and the annual Piedmont Folk Art.

Christmas in the City and Red Rose Holiday Tour promotion are projects of See Lancaster, SC and sponsored by the City of Lancaster.  The Red Rose Holiday Tour is a promotion of holiday happenings throughout Lancaster County in the month of December.

Contact Cherry Doster, Marketing & Development Manager, at 803/289-1492 or by e-mail at (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com) for complete details.

Christmas in the City includes an annual tree lighting, Christmas parade, Snack with Santa, and an impressive array of activities the first Saturday of December. For information, contact Joe Timmons, Events & Promotions Manager at 803/289-1498 or e-mail to (jtimmons@lancastercitysc.com). Visit (www.lancastercitysc.com) for information on these and other great events taking place in the Red Rose City of Lancaster, SC.

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