Annual Events

The Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of events throughout the year, featuring networking opportunities, speaker engagements, and awards. These are some of our most popular signature events.

Annual Awards Banquet – January
The Annual Awards Celebration brings Travelers Rest business leaders together to celebrate the past success and future plans of the Travelers Rest business community. At this event we award the Business Person of the Year, and the Citizen of the Year.

Annual Appreciation Picnic for our Public Servants – September
City employees and family are guests for this special event, as we honor their dedication and commitment to our wonderful community. Don’t miss this opportunity to show your appreciation and be an integral part of the celebration!

Community Shred Event
This is our annual FREE shred event in partnership with the Travelers Rest Historical Society. Bring your paper to be shredded and responsibly disposed of. Participants donate non-perishable food items to benefit the Foothills Family Resources and North Greenville Crisis Ministry food banks.

Coat Drive – November
Every year we clean out those closets and donate our gently used (clean) coats, scarves, hats and gloves. Donations are distributed to the North Greenville Crisis Ministry and Foothills Family Resources.

Holiday Parade – December
Start the holiday season off right with Travelers Rest’s Annual Christmas Parade. This event is a community favorite, and a great chance for the season’s first sighting of Santa! Any community group or business may enter a float, performance group, or decorated vehicle. The parade will depart Main Street and Roe Road promptly and proceeds to the Bank of Travelers Rest Main office on Plaza Drive to meet with Santa and pass out awards. Spectators begin setting up chairs early in the day, so make sure to arrive early for a good view!

The Annual Christmas Parade falls on the second Saturday of December and begins at 11:00am. Check our event calendar for details on submitting an entry, sponsoring, and viewing.

Have you planned your entry in this year’s parade?  It’s only 8 weeks away!

Thanks to the SC Department of Commerce granting our exception request, in response to the Governor’s Executive regarding parades, we WILL BE allowed to have our parade for 2020!!
To show your appreciation, we ask that you PLEASE follow the COVID-19 regulations presented below.

The Travelers Rest Christmas Parade is officially open, and we hope you will join us December 12, 2020 as we celebrate “Christmas 2020.”  PLEASE NOTE PARADE WILL START AT 11:00 AGAIN THIS YEAR. We are hoping the additional hour will allow the sun time to shine and avoid possible cancellation due to dangerous weather conditions.  We are also working with SCDOT to have a sand/salt truck on standby to clear our parade route.

Please note there are changes in effect due to COVID-19 regulations.  Read carefully.

  1. There will be NO CANDY distribution allowed;
  2. Parade entrants are to have NO CONTACT with spectators;
  3. Parade entrants MUST REMAIN with their entry and social distance from other entries;
  4. There will be NO POST-PARADE RECEPTION at the Bank of TR;
  5. There will be NO PICTURES with Santa at the Bank of TR;
  6. Any participants exhibiting signs of COVID-19 are asked to stay home; and
  7. Spectators MUST REMAIN in their vehicles or practice social distancing during parade.

We will line up on Trailblazer Drive in the parking lot as assigned. Lineup will begin at 9:30 AM for the first 50 entries and continue through 10:45 AM. The Parade departs from Main Street promptly at 11:00 AM. We will have volunteers and signage to make this process as smooth as possible.  Please click HERE to download your Parade Information Packet. Registration will close Friday, December 4 at 5:00 PM to allow sufficient time for final staging. All entry forms must be submitted and paid by this date to participate.

We are so excited to celebrate with you again this year!!  As always, our primary goal is to have a SAFE and ENJOYABLE parade, so we ask that you PLEASE read over the Rules & Guidelines which were put in place for the protection of all involved. If you have a Facebook account, please click HERE and “Like” our page. We will continually update it with helpful tips and information. You may also email me at with any questions or concerns. Feel free to drop by my office at 6717-A State Park Road in Travelers Rest.

Note: Compu-Counting’s office is directly BEHIND State Farm Insurance. Use the entrance between State Farm Insurance and Trailside Church.  Feel free to call us at 864-834-5622 if you have trouble locating us.

Well folks, put on your thinking caps and get busy designing the best entry ever! I can hardly wait to see what you all come up with.  
Thank you for all your efforts to help make this parade a reality and make “Christmas 2020” the best celebration yet. 

TR Christmas Parade Committee
Merry Christmas