South Carolina has hundreds of festive Christmas light displays large and small, but this list includes some of our favorites. Scroll through and plan to take your family, friends or just yourself, to see the lights. If you know of other community, commercial or residential displays that you think should be added to our list, please let us know!
An asterisk (*) symbol means the location has been confirmed for 2017!
Anderson Christmas Lights *
Darwin Wright Park
3215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Anderson, SC 29621 (Across from Civic Center)
Thanksgiving Day – December 25, 2017
Drive through Christmas light display featuring a 7/10 mile drive through a variety of beautiful scenes made up of more
than 3,500,000 lights. Bus tour friendly with clearance up to 13 feet. Santa Village and photos with Santa add to the
Times: 5:30 – 11 p.m.
Cost: $10 for cars, $20 for buses
More Information: http://andersonchristmaslights.com/information.html
Charleston (James Island)
Holiday Festival of Lights *
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Three mile drive-through lights, Holliday train rides, Victorian Carousel, 50 ton sand sculpture, and more.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday); 5:30 – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Cost: $20 per vehicle (1-15 guests) (Friday – Sunday).
Receive a $5 discount per vehicle Monday – Thursday with the donation of a canned food item to
benefit local charity.
More Information: http://ccprc.com/1555/Hours-Admission
Holiday Lights on the River *
Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Road
Columbia, South Carolina
November 22 – December 31, 2017
More than 1,000,000 sparkling lights in over 400 themed, animated light displays along a two-mile loop through the park.
Nature comes to life along the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail’s boardwalk. Train rides and more.
Times: 6 – 10 p.m.
Admission: Cars $15 (plus $2 for train rides, $2 for Winter Wonder Ride and $1 for Hayrides).
NOTE: All Holiday Lights traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance located between Wendy’s and Aldi at
6071 St. Andrews Road
More Information: www.icrc.net/holiday-lights
Lights Before Christmas *
Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, South Carolina
November 18 – December 30, 2017 (Closed Nov. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 25)
Columbia’s longest running holiday event, with nearly 1,000,000 lights, animated images, visits with Santa, and
numerous other activities.
Hours: 5 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $11 Adults, $9 Children ages 3-12, Children under 2 get in free.
More Information: www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.shtml
Roper Mountain Holiday Lights *
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, South Carolina
The Roper Mountain Holiday Lights illuminate the Greenville night sky along a 1.5 mile trail! The well-established non-
profit light show and Winter Wonderland has raised over 2 million dollars for local charities and nonprofit organizations
since it started in 1992.
Hours: 6 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $10 for Car, Minivan or SUV (Monday-Thursday), $15 (Friday-Sunday).
Note: Cash or checks only.
More Information: http://ropermountainholidaylights.com/winter-wonderland/information/
Myrtle Beach (Simpsonville)
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ball Park
861 SE Main Street
Simpsonville SC 29681
November 18, 2017 – January 8, 2018
Spectacular Christmas light display. The lights dance to music and victors simply listen along on a
special radio station.
Times: Dusk until 10 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Cars or Family Vans)
More Information: www.shadrackchristmas.com
Celebrate the Season Holiday Driving Tour *
Santee Cooper’s headquarters and Old Santee Canal Park
1 Riverwood Drive
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
November 25 – December 30, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24-25)
Lighting displays powered with renewable energy, Holiday Fair and more.
Hours: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per car.
More Information: http://celebratetheseason.oldsanteecanalpark.org/Visit/index.aspx
Nights of a Thousand Candles *
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
December 1-3, 8-10, & 15-18, 2017
Brookgreen Gardens are illuminated with 5,500 candles and thousands of sparkling lights,
entertainment, cider and more.
Hours: 3 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $17 for adults, $10 for children (4-12). Kids 3 and under are admitted free.
More Information: www.brookgreen.org/NightsofaThousandCandles.html
Children’s Garden Christmas and Kid’s Walk (Not confirmed)
Edisto Memorial Gardens
U.S. Highway 301
Orangeburg, South Carolina
November 21 – January 1, 2018
Drive through lighting display at Edisto Memorial Gardens as well as a walk-through “Kid’s Walk” with interactive displays.
Hours: 6 – 10 p.m.
Fantasy of Lights *
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
822 W. Liberty Street
Sumter, South Carolina
December 1 – December 31, 2017
More than 1,000,000 lights and 150 lighted figures create one of the largest lighted displays in South Carolina at 150
acre Swan Lake Iris Gardens. Entertainment, Refreshments and more, all part of Sumter’s annual Poinsettia Festival.
Hours: 5 – 9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday.
More Information: www.sumtersc.gov/fantasy-of-lights.aspx
To see our full list of the best Christmas lights all over the South, click here: exploresouthernhistory.com/christmas