by Kayla Meadows

    The city of Mauldin and the Mauldin Cultural Center are celebrating the Christmas season with a holiday market and the annual Christmas parade.

    The Holiday Market will be held at the Mauldin Cultural Center (101 East Butler Road, Mauldin, SC) on December 6th from 5:00–8:00 p.m. And did I mention that it was a free event? The Mauldin Holiday Market will bring together quality local vendors offering up holiday gifts, arts, crafts, and edible goods. There will also be food trucks, from Smoke and Sweets and Mobile Meltdown.

    On December 7, the Mauldin Cultural Center will be having a Christmas parade. The parade will start at 2:00 p.m., and this is also a free event. You can go and celebrate the best time of the year with the entire community. The parade will begin at Mauldin High School and it will end at the Cultural Center. There will be floats from churches, businesses, scout troops, organizations, and many more. There will also be music by the Mauldin High School Marching Band. They will be leading the one and only Santa down the parade route. And this whole event is presented by Mauldin Chamber of Commerce.

    About the Mauldin Cultural Center

    Here are some more interesting facts about Mauldin Cultural Center. The Mauldin Cultural Center was built to develop a cultural system that brings joy to the Mauldin community and allows the community to have a place to meet other citizens in their community. And it gives all citizens and visitors the chance to experience and be a part of an artistic and cultural activities, and allows families and friends to bond together and get out rather than just sitting in front of a TV or playing video games. The Mauldin Cultural Center is for everyone to come and have a good time together.

    In 2003, the City of Mauldin began the process of purchasing the 14 acre property as the first step toward creating a City Center. The City built the Mauldin Sports Center as the first phase. After they made the first step toward creating a City Center and making Mauldin Sports Center, they later turned the old school building into what is now the Mauldin Cultural Center. Mauldin Cultural Center also offers a wide variety of educational programming in all areas of the arts and culture and offers a variety of other cultural and arts events.

    At the Mauldin Cultural Center, everyone gets to create and host their own programming if they would like, from festivals and concerts to theater and comedy. The Mauldin Cultural Council is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2004.

    You can learn more about the programs and events at the Mauldin Cultural Center here.