Sparkling Christmas Lights in Columbia and the Midlands

No matter your age, glimpsing magical Christmas lights and holiday inflatables is a highly anticipated tradition year after year. All you need is some cheer and those closest to you to create a joyful night! Check out our listings for where to view the best Christmas Lights in the Midlands this year!

With all the craziness of 2020, many event details are subject to change at any time. To get the most updated information on any of these showings, please visit the event provider’s website or Facebook. Even though not every event will require or specify mask usage, always bring a mask just in case!

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A Very Berry Christmas : Main Street Lights

November 20 – January 1, 2021

Main Street will be all aglow come November 20th, when the City of Newberry sparkles brightly with lighted trees, holiday scenes, and Newberry’s beloved Community Christmas Tree, which will be covered in thousands of colorful bulbs, strung with garland, and surrounded by large hand-painted boxed gifts! This year,  visit NewberryChristmas.com  at 6pm on Friday, November 20 for a special live broadcast of the 2020 tree lighting event. The show will feature holiday music performed by Newberry College’s elite music groups, a special message from Newberry’s Mayor, and the traditional countdown! When you head to Newberry this season to enjoy the lights, look for signage with their QR codes that will enhance your experience! Scan with your smartphone and watch videos of carolers singing, story-telling and more! Visit the website here.


Lights Before Christmas :: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

November 21 – December 30, 2020

Experience Columbia’s longest-running holiday tradition as the Zoo is lit up in nearly 1 million twinkling lights! Take part in all the jolly seasonal activities and merry surprises at Riverbanks Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas event, open select nights November 21 to December 30! Timed arrival tickets are required and must be purchased before the event.

$12 Adults and $10 Children ages 2–12, Children 2 and younger are free

*Depending on the current health status of our state, all dates and events are liable to change. For updated information please visit riverbanks.org*


Children’s Garden Christmas :: Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg

November 22, 2020 5PM -10PM

The Children’s Garden Christmas is a drive through light display that runs a one-half mile trail through the Edisto Memorial Gardens, featuring over 20 animated displays and still displays, along with over 100 lighted cherry trees! The Gardens are illuminated seven days a week for everyone to enjoy free of charge. From November 22, 2020 to January 1, 2021! 200 Riverside Dr SW, Orangeburg, SC 29115


Holiday Lights on the River

November 25 – December 31, 2020 6PM – 10PM

Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights, starting November 24 and lasting until December 31. Take a ride in your vehicle through the colorful lights and see more than 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Create lasting family memories this year at Holiday Lights on the River. More at ICRC.net.

6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC. (Saluda Shoals Park East)


11th Annual Hite Light Show

November 26 – January 1, 2021

Come out for the 11th Annual Hite Christmas Light Show, which spans from Thanksgiving till January 1, 2021! Presenting over 100 thousand bright lights for onlookers to take in, as well as some synchronized holiday and Gamecock-themed music. Every year, visitors are asked to donate money to the “Make-A-Wish Foundation,” which the Hite family show raises hundreds of dollars for yearly! Check out their Facebook for further updates. 200 Dupre Mill Rd, Lexington SC 29072

Sunday-Thursday: 6-10pm, Friday & Saturday: 6-11pm.



Christmas in Hopelands :: Hopelands Gardens, Aiken

The City of Aiken is the perfect place to begin a Holiday Tradition. Christmas in Aiken means exciting holiday packages, magical events, festive shopping + dining experiences, carriage rides and so much more! Photo: City of Aiken by Mark Hudson

December 1 – 27, 2020

From December 1 through the 27 (closed December 24 and 25), 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. No cost to enter the event! Find out more at AikenIsMagical.com

*The shuttle service will not be provided this year. Parking will be available on-site and at the Green Boundary Club. Also, no concerts will be playing for the 2020 season, and masks will be required for participants.*



Fantasy of Lights :: Swan Lake & Gardens, Sumter

December 1 – 31, 2020

Swan Lake & Gardens will come alive for the holiday season from December 1 to 31 with a display of twinkling imagery created by more than one million lights.  The floating Christmas tree has been an annual favorite for over 35 years and the enchanting garden atmosphere is just the thing to get visitors in the holiday spirit! Drive through or walk around 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 SumterSC.gov. 822 W Liberty Street Sumter, SC

Sunday – Thursday until 9PM
Friday & Saturday until 10PM

* Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Santa’s Village on Friday & Saturday nights at the Heath Pavilion will NOT take place this year (2020).

Night of 1,000 Lights in Aiken SC

December 3, 2020 at 6PM

Admire the bright luminaries lining the streets of downtown Aiken, as the beautifully decorated shops stay open late and offer holiday treats, drinks, and music for a festive evening out. Social distancing is encouraged and limited store capacity may be enforced at each store’s discretion.


Lights of Cayce

December 3 – 31, 2020

Beginning December 3 and continuing through the end of the year, visitors can drive through the Cayce City Hall complex and enjoy the magic of the Lights of Cayce which includes thousands of twinkling lights, holiday scenes and music of the season. Details at CayceSC.gov.


Carolina Lights

December 5 – 27, 2020

The SC State Fair is putting on its 2nd annual drive-thru lights display at the SC State Fairgrounds December 5 through the 27th! Mon-Thurs 6pm – 9pm | Sat & Sun 6pm – 10pm. $20 per vehicle. Visit their website here. Cash or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) accepted.

Sunday- Thursday 6-9pm & Friday-Saturday 6-10pm

Cars – $20, Mini Buses (9-24 passengers) – $35, Vehicles over 25 passengers – $70.


Elgin Lights :: Elgin

December 15 – 24, 2020 6PM -9pm

Each year, Paul and Sarah Towns captivate audiences with impressive holiday lights and creative touches during their wonderful community lights showing. Families are invited to this dazzling drive-through light display, featuring bigger, better, and more lights than previous years! Sarah and Paul are hoping to put on a special virtual tour through each of their buildings’ with a 360 camera to showcase amazing decorations within a spherical view! Open December 15 through 24.

For more information, please call 803-408-0131!

*Guests are not permitted to get out of their cars during this year’s show. Donations for Camp Kemo are welcome and will be collected by on-site volunteers.*

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