Every year, Spartanburg has a Christmas celebration called A Dickens of a Christmas. A lot of people dress up in Victorian outfits, sing and dance and put on plays and magic shows in the downtown storefronts. (By the way: I would be totally OK with top hats and canes coming back into style. Those are cool.)
And it’s not just singing. There are string groups, handbell choruses, and brass bands playing all kinds of Christmas music.
There’s all kinds of food too, from the Marble Slab to Thai dinners to coffee to hot chocolate.
The celebration ends in the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the BB&T building, to the sound of "O Christmas Tree." And I’ve got to tell you, it’s great to see Spartanburg all dressed up for Christmas.
This year was a particularly good one for the celebration. Turnout was excellent, and there were a lot of interesting performers and attractions all over the downtown area, even more than usual.
My only disappointment of the evening:
I pushed this button, but I did not receive my promised chorus. The South Carolina elementary school system has failed me.
Overall, though, I’d call the event a big success for everyone involved. If you missed it tonight, I hope you can come and enjoy next year’s event. It’s really a lot of fun.