A Girlfriend Getaway for the Holidays

Bring your friends to jingle and mingle in Greenwood this holiday season. Check off your Christmas list, enter the Holiday Hunt for treasure, and make great memories with friends.

  • Publication date November 16, 2021
  • Categories Shopping
It’s always a good time for a girlfriend getaway. But there’s no better time—and place—than the holidays in Greenwood, SC.
Jingle & Mingle in Greenwood

Shopping, sipping, spas and scavenger hunts. Musical comedy and Santa on parade. Magical lights and holiday treats. It all adds up to the perfect way to spend a weekend with friends—and check off your Christmas list at the same time on this girlfriend getaway. 

Gather your road trip crew and make Greenwood your holiday headquarters. We’re decking the halls—and trees and streets and buildings all over Greenwood—to get ready for a big, beautiful, festive celebration. 

Stroll, Shop, and Savor the Holiday

Be sure to bring your Christmas list—nothing says girlfriend getaway like a shopping excursion. And while you’re shopping for others, be sure to get in on the Holiday Hunt, a unique selfie scavenger hunt with a chance to win one of two prize baskets, each valued at $500 or more. Just download the Holiday Hunt list of items to find, take a selfie with any item you find, and post it to social media. Each posting with the appropriate hashtags (by Dec. 16) is another entry into the giveaway.

Start shopping in charming Uptown, a walkable wonderland of charming Christmas displays and one-of-a-kind boutiques like Fig, Thayers, and David Lindsay. Find fabulous style for your feet at Blossom, or head-to-toe trends at Sugar.

Greenwood’s shops are the perfect place to start when you’re looking for a unique gift or something for the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. Take in the beautiful home furnishings and accessories at the new Bonhomie, and find unique Southern spirited gifts at M&M Jewelry.

Main & Maxwell is the home of countless handmade pieces of art by more than 60 area artists. You’ll find everything from paintings and pottery to jewelry and unique Christmas ornaments; you may even find time for a DIY class. 

Holiday open houses, special sales and holiday gatherings are planned for the shops of Uptown and throughout the county. 

Visit the Uptown Market on Dec. 4 to find unique holiday gifts, baked goods and handmade items. The annual Uptown Sip & Shop happens on Dec. 16, when stores stay open late for holiday shopping. There are special sales, holiday treats for snacking and cocktails for sipping! You can even help your personal Santa out by creating a wish list at your favorite shops.

Outside of Uptown, there’s even more shopping: Rainbo Antiques has been a go-to spot for antiques and home goods for 60 years. The Alcoves offer everything from a cafe and spa to fun finds at more than 30 shops, all for a good cause. Tilley’s Vintage Market in Hodges has vintage treasures and farmhouse trends. The Uptown Shoppers Market is 12,000 square feet of shopping fun, with everything from jewelry to sport memorabilia.

Get an outdoor vibe at idyllic Emerald Farm, with herb gardens and shops. Or find the perfect plants and garden accessories at magical Wyatt Farms. While you’re there, explore the pottery and paintings by artists in the on-site studio.

Treat Yourself

Take a break from shopping and sightseeing for a relaxing facial, mani-pedi or massage. The Spa on Maxwell has a full range of spa services including light therapy, medical aesthetics, massage and body treatments. Also Uptown, Allure Salon and Spa provides hair, skin and nail care and day spa services. 
Outside of Uptown, you can find relaxation, skin and facial treatments, massage, waxing and other health services at the Purple Door Wellness Spa. Another spot for makeup, skin and nail care and massages is Merle Norman Cosmetics of Greenwood | Facebook. You can even schedule a group session.

The Art of the Holidays

If you want to indulge your artistic side, Greenwood has some creative options. As you  shop for handmade gifts and art, be sure to visit the Local Look at The Arts Center of Greenwood. The free exhibit features the work of four regional guilds and runs through Jan. 8. 

Buddy the Elf will make you laugh—and remind you why the holidays mean so much— when you see Elf the Musical at the Greenwood Community Theatre. Other musical treats this season include the Colton Dixon concert to kick off the Connie Maxwell celebration, and live music at several Uptown restaurants.

Eat, Drink and Stay a While

With all the holiday magic of Greenwood, you’ll want to stay a while and sample the great food and hometown feeling. Greenwood may be a small town, but it delivers big flavors at its many locally owned restaurants, with flavors from down home to around the globe. 

Try a wine tasting at Flynn’s on Maxwell, and be sure to check their Facebook page for special events and live music. South Bend Winery offers a variety of traditional and flavored fruit wines, and there are music and events throughout the year. Check out the craft beers and good food at Good Times Brewing and Mill House Pizza, where there’s always something going on, from live music and trivia nights to yoga classes. On Dec. 5, join in with the crowd for Hymns and Hops, a Christmas singalong. 

Live music, Southern flavors and international cuisine are great ways to end your evenings in Greenwood. 

If Uptown is your thing, the Inn on the Square is the place to be. The recently renovated historic boutique hotel has everything to make your stay perfect: full-service restaurant with classic Southern flavors, a casual lounge and bar, fitness center and beautifully comfortable rooms.

Several historic homes offer accommodations, including the antique-filled Marshall House of 1895, with porches, gardens, pergolas and Adirondack chairs for relaxing. The Headley Downs Manor is an 1899 Queen Anne mansion with an acre of gardens containing many original plantings. Believed to be the first house in Greenwood with electric lights, the home has modern amenities with an Old Charleston feel. 

For those who want to get closer to nature on their Greenwood trip, Misty Meadows offers 40 acres and a fishing pond, all close to town. Or take your group for a getaway on beautiful Lake Greenwood in a new Waterloo home with a private dock where you can watch the wildlife along the waterfront.

 Capture Every Sparkling Moment

Uptown Greenwood is transformed for the holidays into an enchanted village of lights, trees and Christmas characters. Tour the lights by car or or take a stroll through the charming streets of Uptown, shopping as you go.

The first weekend of December kicks off the season in style. Santa appears on Uptown’s Main Street Dec. 3-5, culminating in the big parade on Dec. 5. Other parades are on tap Dec. 4 in the town of Ninety Six and Dec. 12 in the town of Troy.

Take a drive through the campus of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home throughout the month of December to see each cottage and campus building shining brightly with images of Christmas. December 2-4, experience a living nativity scene, hot chocolate, and special musical performances during this special weekend.

A girlfriend getaway this holiday season is the perfect way to explore Greenwood’s charm. You may never want to leave. 

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