Christmas Lights

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Charleston’s Holiday Festival of Lights | Nov 10 – Jan 1

Featuring over 700 displays and 2 million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and beyond. From November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018 James Island County Park comes alive with illumination, and is a great place to capture the magic of the holiday season. More here.

Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm to 11pm

Main Street Lights | Nov 17 – Dec 31

Newberry claims to have more lights than any other downtown in South Carolina! Take a drive through downtown any evening this holiday season and be dazzled by the amazing light displays, especially around the old courthouse. An on the Friday before Thanksgiving, November 17th, 2017, they will have a community Christmas Tree Lighting mini-festival. More here.

Riverbanks Zoo: Lights Before Christmas | Nov 18 – Dec 30

The zoo will sparkle every night from 5pm – 9pm with nearly 1 million lights, countless decorative images, an animated story tree, animal characters, visits with Santa (on-site beginning at 6pm each night through Dec 23), holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire & more! Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for children ages 2 to 12 and went on sale November 1st, so get yours now. *Closed Nov. 23, Dec. 24, and Dec. 25th. More here.

Holiday Lights on the River | Nov 22 – Dec 31

saluda-shoals-mccHoliday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park is the largest drive-through lights show in the Midlands. This dazzling light show will be open from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM and will feature over 400 animated displays.  Look for our Merry Christmas Columbia light display this year!

Holiday Lights Activities Every Night! (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas)
Fun-filled family activities offered at Holiday Lights on the River include:

  • Hayride shuttle to the Wetland Walking trail
  • Saluda Shoals train
  • A laser light show along the wetland trail
  • Tube slide
  • Crafts
  • Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Visits and photos with Santa (Dec. 8– 23 only!)

Enjoy the  walking trail along the boardwalk (purchase hot chocolate, hot cider, or other concessions for your stroll) that hosts a laser light show, and of course don’t miss the opportunity to get a photo with Santa (fees apply) from December 8 – 23. Holiday Lights on the River

Holiday Lights will enter off St. Andrews Road!  All Holiday Lights traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance located between Wendy’s and Aldi at 6071 St. Andrews Road and exit onto Bush River Road.  There will be no Holiday Light entrance on Bush River Road.  

Holiday lights admission is $15 for cars, $25 for 15 passenger vans, and $40 for buses. For more information click here or call (803) 772-3903.

Anderson’s 23rd Annual Lights of Hope | Nov 23 – Dec 25

The Anderson Christmas Lights open on Thanksgiving night and run until December 25th. Come out and see the lights and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Village. More here.


Nights of a Thousand Candles | November 30, December 1-2; December 7-9; December 14-17

See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 – 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sound of holiday music, and celebrate the season with family and friends. The 85-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 100,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. More here.

26th Annual Roper Mountain Holiday Lights | Nov 23 – Dec 30

Plans are being made to create one last holiday spectacular, with every favorite display, family tradition and yes even the star on top of the mountain as this will be the final year of Roper Mountains Holiday Lights. Start your visit by parking the car and strolling through their magical Winter Wonderland. That’s where you will find lighted walking trails, Santa Claus, a balloon artist, concessions, and giant holiday greeting cards created by local area students. After you have visited Winter Wonderland, continue on the 1.5 mile drive through the large displays including Candy Cane Lane, Santa’s Sleigh, the Caterpillar, and many other family favorites. Holiday Lights is open Nightly from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Winter Wonderland is open Nightly from 6:00-9:00 p.m. More here.

Fantasy of Lights

Fantasy of Lights, Sumter SC | Dec 1 – 31

Be amazed when the sun goes down at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, as the gardens come Fantasy of Lights Sumter.jpgalive with breathtaking light displays symbolizing the holiday season. The floating Christmas tree has been an annual favorite for more than 35 years, along with Santa, angels and other characters of song and story. See some of your favorite cartoon characters such as Blues Clues, Barney, Bob the Builder, Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer and many, many more! Free nightly admission! More here!

The Lights Schedule:

Sundays-Thursdays the lights are on from 5 PM to 9 PM
Fridays & Saturdays the lights are on from 5 PM to 10 PM

Holiday Light Displays at Cayce City Hall | Nov 30 – Dec 31

Beginning November 30th and running through the end of the year, visitors can take a ride through the Cayce City Hall complex and enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights, dazzling holiday displays, and music of the season. Also, on November 30th enjoy the lighting of the Cayce Christmas tree. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 6pm at Cayce City Hall. More here.


Christmas in Hopelands | Dec 9-10, 14-23, 26

The 26th Annual Christmas in Hopelands is an enchanting walk-through exhibit that features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays. There is no admission charge. Over 100,000 twinkling lights are a must-see during the Christmas season. For more info call 803-642-7631 or visit the website here.

Elgin Lights | Dec 15 – 24

Paul and Sarah Towns invite everyone to come out to their farm to see this old-fashioned Christmas light display in Elgin, now in its 20th year! See hundreds of antique tractors including a 1909 working steam engine, miniature trains and memorabilia and forty thousand lights. Families are invited to get out of their cars and walk around and/or take a hayride through the woods. Working blacksmith. Take pictures on 1939 John Deere tractor and Christmas-themed photo props. Seven buildings – known as the “Elgin Smithsonian”! Free admission; donations appreciated with all proceeds given to Camp Kemo. The farm is located at 2433 Charlie Horse Circle in Elgin, SC. (803) 408-0131. More here.

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