The South might be the last place you’d expect to find a winter wonderland, but warm weather can’t stop Rock Hill, South Carolina, from transforming into a holiday haven.
The townspeople are so passionate about Santa season that for four days every year they change the name of their home to ChristmasVille. Nearly 300 hardworking “elves” pull out all the stops for the big man in red: horse drawn carriages, carolers, “Rockhettes,” and even an ice rink.
Christmas lovers near and far are invited to join in the holiday fun from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. This year marks the town’s 12th annual “Winter Wonderland” event, inspired by children’s illustrator Vernon Grant (the same whimsical mind that created the characters you see on Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats boxes!).
In addition to covering its streets with holiday lights and decorations, the town puts on over 70 events so attendees can write letters to the North Pole, decorate cookies, and compete in a gingerbread house contest. Plus, there’s a special “Jingle Bell March” where children can stroll the streets with Mr. Claus.
We think it’s safe to say Rock Hill has enough Christmas spirit to last a lifetime—or at least until next year when the town does it all over again.