A Perfect Saturday Pairing: The Christmas Parade & A Very Merry Local Christmas Market

by Lacey Eibert Keigley


We’re not making this up – there’s magic in the air in Travelers Rest on the weekend of December 9.

It’s quite literally the best Saturday in TR.

If you love small town (and if you’re reading this, it’s a good bet that you do) and if you love local and if you love charm – then you’ll love December 9.

The first order of the day is to pick up some hot cocoa and a treat.  (Last year we saw some people downing pork rinds at 10 am – if that’s your speed, go for it, but we’re more of the hot cocoa paired with a cinnamon roll or a scone kind of people. We’ll happily toast to your pork rinds though.)  Find your seat early along the main streets of TR because the annual TR Christmas Parade is popular here and the sidewalks fill up fast.

With local marching bands and young baton twirlers and floats representing this year’s theme – “The Carols of Christmas” – you’re sure to find plenty to smile at and someone to wave to and we guarantee that you’ll see at least one of the following (and probably all three): a neighbor, a boat being pulled down Main Street and a grown man in a costume.



When the parade hullabaloo ends and you’ve casually discussed all of the floats with your friends and your children have sorted through their candy stashes, it’s the perfect opportunity to stroll through the shops and enjoy some Christmas shopping, to grab lunch or to meander along on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

The afternoon holds more excitement to round out the magical hometown day.

Over at Trailblazer Park, the Very Merry Local Christmas Market put together through the Travelers Rest Farmers Market will be set up and ready for you.  From 1 to 5 you and your pals can walk from vendor to vendor, from food truck to food truck.  You can spread a quilt on the lawn and enjoy your pizza from Coastal Crust or your BBQ from John at Hungry Drover or try one of the famous dumplings at Mary’s Dumplings.  Shoot, it’s practically a holiday – try all three!



The vendor list for the Very Merry Local Christmas Market is extensive (you can read the entire list here) and you are sure to find the perfect gift for Uncle John (maybe a t-shirt from Swamp Rabbit Tees) and that salt lamp you’ve been wanting from iViva for your own stocking.  You can stock up on those great TR pint glasses and ornaments from Pint + Pile.  (We won’t tell anyone if you open your gift early.)  Seriously – there’s way too many vendors (over 70) to list here – be sure to look at the big list.  (Think chocolate and Benji Bars, beef and local mushrooms, handmade soaps and pottery, jewelry and folk instruments, local tea and kettle corn, apples and coffee, t-shirts and candles.  The assortment goes on and on.)



This special Saturday has long been high on our list of favorite days to spend in Travelers Rest.  After you’ve enjoyed your Saturday – let us know if it’s one of your favorites too.

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