A tiny town in South Carolina becomes the ultimate Christmas winter wonderland for four days in November and December. The city of Rock Hill, S.C. is transformed into ChristmasVille, a storybook community that's "filled with music and merriment and festive folks brimming with good cheer."
Each year during the holiday festival, residents hold over 70 events, including historic tours and horse-drawn carriage rides to Santa activities, Dickens carolers and an ice skating rink. If you love art, music, theater and dance, there are countless more activities you can enjoy. You can even watch as 20 tons of real snow fall from the sky!
ChristmasVille in Rock Hill
It takes a lot of work to pull off a holiday village this big. Almost 300 people come out to help decorate the town and get everything ready for the event. But all the hard work is more than worth it. ChristmasVille draws somewhere around 75,000 people and $2.6 million in revenue for the town during the holiday season.
This year's festivities kick off on Dec. 5, but many fun activities lead up to the big day. You can check out the full list of events before and during the festival here.
The magic of the festival revolves around the work of Vernon Grant. Many of the drawings and magical art included in ChristmasVille are his creations. However, he is most well-known for being the creator of the Kellogg's Snap! Crackle! and Pop! characters. He's also behind many of the whimsical magazine covers for Collier's and Ladies Home Journal.
You can find out more information about ChristmasVille here.