A Very Berry Christmas Events

The City of Newberry is striving to provide a safe and fun environment for all to enjoy this holiday season! With COVID-19 prevention measures in mind, we are excited to offer locals and visitors of our holiday décor new opportunities to experience the joy of the season!  This year's décor will feature interactive hybrid-event videos accessible by QR codes placed across downtown to include holiday musical performances, story time with Mrs. Claus, and Santa's reply to his letters!

Held Annually the Friday before Thanksgiving

Main Street Lights: Community Christmas Tree Lighting
6:00 pm

November 20, 2020

Experience the Joy of the start to the holiday season with us. Click HERE at 6pm on Friday, November 20 for a special premiere video of the 2020 tree lighting event. The show will feature special holiday music performed by Newberry College's elite music groups, a special message from our Mayor, and the traditional countdown to light the town!

On Display December 4 - 23, 2020

A Very Berry Christmas: Gingerbread Competition

Application to enter the 2020 Gingerbread Competition is NOW OPEN! Click the Link above to download your application today!


Over $500 in cash prizes available to winners!

Competition entries can be seen on display in the Newberry Arts Center (1200 Main Street) December 4 - 23, 2020. 

Visit the City of Newberry, SC Government Facebook page to view past gingerbread entries!


Fridays in December before Christmas

Santa's Tour of Newberry

5:00 pm- 6:00pm
December 4, 11, and 18, 2020

Save the Date for Santa's Tour of Newberry!

On select Fridays in December Santa will tour Newberry's neighborhoods via Fire Truck! All tours end on Downtown's Main Street at 6pm! Follow the links below for route details:

December 4th Route*
*Please note- Santa will end his tour on FRIEND STREET 12/4, parallel to Main Street, due to Main Street Shop & Dine Night.

December 11th Route

December 18th Route

Fridays in December before Christmas

North Pole Nights

6:00 pm- 8:00 pm

December 4, 11, and 18, 2020
Community Hall & Memorial Park

Experience the wonders of the North Pole! Enjoy fluttering faux snow in Memorial Park, and be sure to scan the interactive QR coded video of the week with your smart phone or mobile device to see a special Christmas story from Mrs. Claus, courtesy of the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will also have a free Christmas craft baggie for you to pick up  and take home (limited to first 50). Before arrival, all children are invited to write letters to Santa, at home, to bring and place in the NEW letters to Santa mailbox! Santa will reply to 3 letters weekly!


Write your letter to Santa for the NEW letters to Santa mailbox! Santa will reply to 3 letters weekly! See if Santa replies to you in the Newberry Observer December 2, 9, 16, & 23! Santa will also read his responses during our Friday night weekly videos.

Can't wait to talk to Santa? Call WKDK and leave your message for him anytime during the season: 803-638-3262.


The Newberry Opera House is excited to offer photos with Santa! Click HERE to learn more.


Best in Show at the 2018 Official Gingerbread house Competition

Family poses in front of a tree, & Santa, safely distanced, peeking from behind.

Kids Entry at the 2018 Official Gingerbread house Competition

Best in Show at the 2017 Official Gingerbread house Competition


Held annually in December
FREE Showing of the Polar Express at the Ritz Theater

December 4 at 7:30 PM

The Newberry Community Players invite you to see the beloved Christmas Classic movie, The Polar Express, for FREE at the Ritz Theater. Enjoy a fun FREE night within the largest auditorium in Newberry! www.theritzonline.com

Throughout the Holiday Season

Twas' the Lights Before Christmas

The Newberry Chamber of Commerce is excited to offer a self-guided tour of Newberry's homes decorated to the gills with lights! Details on this lights competition and how you can join in on the fun at this link.

Held annually in November

Downtown Holiday Open House

November 9 - November 22

Downtown Newberry

The Newberry Downtown Development Association invites you to attend their Holiday Open House! Downtown shops and stores will be rolling out the welcome mat for you. Explore what downtown has to offer during the weeks of festivity. Shops will be open for you to find early Christmas gifts or just the thing you need for your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Come for shopping, dining, refreshments, sales, door prizes and fun! More information here.

Throughout the Holiday Season

Christmas Shows at the Newberry Opera House

The Newberry Opera House is set to host a variety of holiday and Christmas themed shows this season. For show information and ticket details visit www.newberryoperahouse.com.