A Perfect Travelers Rest Saturday Pairing: The TR 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 14.

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 14.

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.

Take the time to pop into Verb Beauty Studio before or after (or during) the parade for some free hot cocoa and candy canes.  (They’ll also be providing goodie bags and treats – as well as a raffle for some fabulous Jane Iredale make up.)

With local marching bands and young baton twirlers and floats representing this year’s theme – “A Small Town 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.

And you can find it on down the trail.



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 4:30 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 stir fry from The Noodle Lady or a delicious pastry from Fancy Fox Bake Shop.  Shoot, it’s practically a holiday – try both!


Photo by Kelli McAbee
Photo by Kelli McAbee


The vendor list for the Very Merry Local Christmas Market is extensive 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 great art and ornaments and we know you’ll find something for everyone on your list.  (We won’t tell anyone if you open your gift early.)  Seriously – there’s way too many vendors (over 70) to list here!  Think chocolate and soaps, beef and local mushrooms, handmade ornaments and pottery, jewelry and folk instruments, olive oil and kettle corn, apples and coffee, t-shirts and candles.  The assortment goes on and on.

One of our personal favorite items to give as gifts are the beautiful wooden state cut outs by the husband and wife team at Local Stature.  Farmers will be there too with local produce and vegetables – folks like the team at Golden Forest Farm.  You can discover the charming art of talented Karen Schipper and purchase darling pouches, necklaces and fiber art by local artist Joanna Bursch.



Bring the entire family and spend the day in Travelers Rest. Even the jolly guy himself will be there for the fun.  Santa will make his appearance from 1:30 to 5 at the market.



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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