South Carolina November 14, 2016
13 Christmas Light Displays In South Carolina That Are Pure Magic
‘Tis the season – and we couldn’t be more delighted! The holidays in South Carolina are fun filled with an abundance of activities geared toward family togetherness. Whether you’re on a shopping adventure, dining out or just spending time with family, the holidays are a magical time of year.
Here’s an idea starter: gather eveyone up and head out to see the lights. Here are 13 Christmas light displays, both commercial and private, guaranteed to add spark to your holiday season.
1. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden - Columbia
(Nov. 19 - Dec. 30, 2016)
Columbia's largest Christmas lights display includes more than one million lights. Sip hot cocoa, eat s'mores and warm up next to the Jingle Bell Bonfire while you wait anxiously for a visit from Saint Nick.
Closed Nov. 24, Dec. 24, Dec 25
Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens is located at 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210.
2. Brookgreen Gardens - Murrells Inlet
(Dec. 1-3, 8-10, & 15-18, 2016)
5,500 hand-lit candles as well as twinkling holiday lights will adorn beautiful Brookgreen Gardens for this annual event. On top of that, there's a 70-foot evergreen that will be lit each evening at 5:45. Grap a cup of warm cider and enjoy this extraordinary opportunity to see this magnificent garden by candlelight.
Brookgreen Gardens is located at 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
3. James Island County Park - James Island
(Nov. 11 - Jan. 1, 2017)
The Holiday Festival of Lights is a drive through event featuring three miles of more than 70 installations, both still and animated. Board the "holiday train" for an upclose look at them. Visit Santa's Sweet Shoppe to cross some items off your holiday shopping list and take a holiday spin on the Christmas Carousel.
James Island County Park is located at 871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC 29412. Hours are Sunday - Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4. Hollywild Animal Park - Wellford
(Nov. 18 - Jan. 2, 2017)
A one-of-a-kind experience awaits at the annual Hollywild Lights Safari outside of Spartanburg. General admission gets you into Santa's village to see the big guy and visit with some of the zoo animals. Enjoy a big bonfire while you're there. For a small add-on cost you can also drive through the Enchanted Deer Forest and hand-feed gentle animals from the comfort of your own car.
Hollywild Animal Park is located at 2325 Hampton Rd, Wellford, SC 29385.
5. Edisto Memorial Gardens - Orangeburg
(See link for dates)
The Children's Garden Christmas and Kid's Walk is an event that's fun for the whole family. Drive through thousands of still and animated light displays and then park and stroll through the Children's Walk for a chance to see Santa. You can find Santa's schedule
Edisto Memorial Gardens is located at 200 Riverside Dr SW, Orangeburg, SC 29115. Hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m..
6. Shelter Cove Towne Center - Hilton Head
(Nov. 19 - Dec. 31, 2016)
The Dove Street Festival of Lights is a perfect way to stroke your love of everything Christmas, including more twinkling lights that you can begin to imagine, nightly entertainment, food and of course, shopping! Don't forget to check out the ice skating rink too. Park and enjoy this walk-thourgh holiday event for the whole family.
Shelter Cove Towne Center is located at 40 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. Hours are 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7. Candy Cane Wonderland - McColl
(See link for dates)
Located on a family farm in McColl, the Candy Cane Wonderland is a drive-through delight for children of all ages. Adorned with lots of twinkling lights and more fun inflatables than you can count, this Christmas lights display is a sure bet for a fun family outing.
Candy Cane Wonderland is located at 2107 Family Farm Road, McColl, SC 29570. Open nightly from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
More info including cancellations due to inclement weather.
8. Roper Mountain Holiday Lights - Greenville
(Through Dec. 30, 2016)
This family fun-filled event includes both a walking light tour though "Winter Wonderland" and a 1.5-mile drive-through display of the bright twinklies. Enjoy Candy Cane Lane, Santa's Sleigh and feast on holiday fare and beverages.
Roper Mountain Holiday Lights are located at 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC 29615. Hours are nightly from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9. Greenville Griswold - Greenville
(See link for dates)
UPDATE: Greenville Griswold has announced they are taking this year off afterall.
This private spectacular lights display is one you don't want to miss! Marvel at how one home owner could put up more than 200,000 lights and get this entire show synchronized to Christmas music.
Greenville Griswold is located at 11 Ridgewood Drive, Greenville, SC.
More info and dates, including cancellations due to inclement weather
10. Old Santee Canal Park - Moncks Corner
(Nov. 25 - Dec. 30, 2016)
The annual "Celebrate The Season" event at Santee Canal Park promises dozens of animated light displays in the drive through event that's fun for everyone in the family.
Old Santee Canal Park is located at 900 Stony Landing Rd, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. Hours are 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Closed Dec. 24 & 25 More info
11. Turner Family Christmas - Greer
(See link for dates)
UPDATE: The Turners have just announced they are taking this year off and will be back in 2017.
Nearly 300,000 lights go into this annual drive-through-only Christmas lights display that's synchronized to music. Santa makes surprise appearances for the little ones.
The Turner Family Christmas is located at 3932 N Highway 10, Greer, SC.
More info and dates, including cancellations due to inclement weather.
12. Anderson Lights of Hope - Anderson
(Nov. 24 - Dec. 25, 2016)
Marvel at three and a half million Christmas lights on display in this 2.4 mile loop. Plus, the little ones can get out and meet Santa.
Anderson Lights of Hope is located at 590 Woodcrest Dr, Anderson, SC 29625 (Anderson Recycling Center). Hours are Sun. - Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
13. Swan Lake/Iris Gardens - Sumter
(Dec. 1 - 31, 2016)
Drive or park and walk through the Fantasy of Lights at Sumter's Swan Lake/Iris Gardens. Stare in wonder at the amazing giant floating Christmas tree and spring into action as you see Santa's Express heading to the depot.
Swan Lake/Iris Gardens is located at 822 W Liberty St, Sumter, SC 29150. Hours are 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
These magical Christmas lights displays are sure to spead holiday cheer far and wide.
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