Christmas Lights! in Columbia and the Midlands

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Holiday Lights on the River :: Saluda Shoals Park 
November 27 – December 31 (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas nights)

Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Take a ride in your vehicle through colorful lights and see more than 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Additionally, fun-filled family activities include riding the Saluda Shoals Park train, sliding on the Winter Wonder Ride Tube Slide, strolling the Wetland Trail and enjoying a laser light show, craft workshop, Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop, roasting marshmallows and photos and visiting with Santa (Santa is present from Dec. 14 – Dec. 23 only). More at

30th Annual Downtown Tree Lighting in Aiken SC
December 1 at 6pm

There will be music, refreshments, and a countdown to the lighting of the tree, as well as a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Held on Newberry Street in downtown Aiken. More at

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December 7 at 6pm

Experience luminaries lining the streets of downtown Aiken, as the beautifully decorated windows of the shops stay open late and offer holiday treats, drinks, and music for a festive evening out. December 7, 6:00 p.m.

Christmas in Hopelands :: Hopelands Gardens, Aiken hopelands
December 14 – December 23, 2019

This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lighted pathways and illuminated displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights in the peaceful setting of Hopelands Gardens are a must-see during the holiday season. The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, The Dollhouse, Rye Patch, and new this year, the Rye Patch Stables will be open and decorated for visitors to enjoy. There is no cost to enter the event or to utilize the shuttle service. All guests should use the shuttle service to the gardens available each night. Shuttles run continuously from Citizens Park, located at 1060 Banks Mill Road, from 5:45pm – 8:45 pm. More at

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A Very Berry Christmas :: Newberry
November 22 – January 1, 2020

Main Street is lined with banners and bells, lighted garland and bows, lighted holiday scenes,  and a Community Christmas Tree, covered in thousands of colorful bulbs, strung with garland, and surrounded by large hand-painted boxed gifts.  Attend on one of their North Pole Nights for faux snow, pics with Santa and stories with Mrs. Claus. (Fridays December 6, 13 and 20)

Lights Before Christmas :: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
November 23 – December 30

Experience Columbia’s longest-running holiday tradition, when the Zoo is sparkling brightly with nearly 1 million twinkling lights! Walk by countless lighted scenes, Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, huge trees with animated lights that tell stories, Jingle Bell Bonfire, visits with Santa each evening. More at

Children’s Garden Christmas :: Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg
November 24 – January 1, 2019

The Children’s Garden Christmas is a drive through light display that runs a one-half mile trail through the Edisto Memorial Gardens, featuring 28 animated displays, 20 still displays and 111 lighted cherry trees. The Kids Walk is an interactive walk through 19 animated displays and 10 still displays. Displays range in sizes from 6 feet tall to 20 feet tall. The Gardens are illuminated seven days a week for everyone to enjoy free of charge.

Lights of Cayce
December 1 – December 31

Beginning in December and continuing through the end of the year, visitors can take a ride through the Cayce City Hall complex and enjoy the magic of the Lights of Cayce that includes thousands of twinkling lights and music of the season. In addition to the Lights of Cayce, you are invited to our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00pm at Cayce City Hall. Join us for the Cayce Historical Museum’s Annual Christmas Traditions celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:00pm. Christmas in Cayce is sponsored by several local businesses so all events are free!  Details at

Christmas Light Boat Parade on Lake Murray
December 7, 2019

This holiday fun from years past returns to Lake Murray this December! Plan to participate in the 2019 Christmas Light Boat Parade on December 7th on Lake Murray. The boat parade will be viewable at the Lexington Park Site at the Lake Murray Dam. More here.

Carolina Lights
December 7 – 28, 2019

For the first time, a drive-thru lights display will take place at the SC State Fairgrounds. Mon-Thurs 6pm – 9pm | Sat & Sun 6pm – 10pm. $20 per vehicle. Visit their website here.

Harborside Lights
December 14, 2019 – 5pm – 8pm

Magical rides through twinkling lights!

Take in the beautiful sight of over 1600 luminaries and thousands of twinkling lights!
• Visit with Santa • Horse & carriage rides • Trolley rides • Pedal parlor rides • Live music • Food • Face painting • Balloon artists • Magician • Caroling • AND MORE!

Elgin Lights :: Elgin
December 15 – December 24, 2019

Each year Paul and Sarah add even more lights and creative touches to their displays.
Families are invited to get out of the car and walk around to enjoy the displays or take a hayride around the property. This year the hayride goes through the woods on a road that was specially created just for this event.“The lights outsi de are even better,” said Paul. “When you get to the end of the house there are 3000 lights that turn on to Christmas music. It looks and sounds great. We even made a miniature fair with rides.” For more information please call 803-408-0131..

Fantasy of Lights :: Swan Lake & Gardens, Sumter
December 1 – December 31, 2019

Swan Lake & Gardens come alive with a display of twinkling holiday imagery created by more than one million lights.  The floating Christmas tree has been is an annual favorite for over 35 years, along with Santa, angels and other characters of song and story.  Opening ceremony on Dec 1st at 6 p.m. Light display open nightly through December 31. Sunday-Thursday from dusk until 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday until 10 p.m. Drive-thru or park, walk and take photos!  The employees of the City of Sumter are behind the creativity and magnificent display now known as South Carolina’s largest FREE Christmas light display! More at

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