South Carolina November 22, 2016
The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through South Carolina That’s Nothing Short Of Magical
The holiday season is the perfect time
(actually, it’s the ONLY time) to hop in the car and take a Christmas-themed road trip through South Carolina. From Christmas shopping to a festival of lights that USA Today named among the 10 Best Holiday Light Shows In America, this Christmas-themed road trip promises to kick off your holiday season with flair.
This trip should fill an entire day with Christmasy activities. All in, the drive time is 4.5 hours and the trip is around 250 miles.
Here's a link
to the Google Map to get you started.
1. Visit downtown Greenville to lace up your skates for Ice On Main.
Located in front of the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Greenville, Ice on Main is a perfect way to kick off your holiday season. If you're the only one in your party that doesn't skate, you can hold everyone's stuff or stroll down Main Street for some holiday shopping. Hours of operation and costs can be found
. Now let's check out the things you'll be doing on this road trip.
2. We're headed East and this is a great opportunity to stop to refuel.
Whiteford's Giant Burger is an iconic restaurant in Laurens, SC. They've been around since 1957. Have a giant burger and a shake and move on down the highway.
3. Take a ride on the Santa train at the South Carolina Railroad Museum (requires advance ticket purchase).
Three Saturdays in December, the South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro is offering 3 rides per day with Santa. Board the Santa Express for an hour long ride with St. Nick, plus a special treat and Christmas stories. Santa train rides are offered on Dec. 3, 10 and 17th at 10 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m. You'll need to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee a seat. More information
4. Swing through the Capital City to see the state's official Christmas tree.
The lighting ceremony for the tree is set for Dec. 1 at 8:00 p.m. But you'll be driving by during the daylight hours so you'll see all the grandeur of the tree's size and beauty.
5. Make a quick stop at Santa's Closet in Columbia.
Bring a list and utilize this opportunity to pick up some new indoor and outdoor holiday decorations for the home. Make it quick...there are more places to see and things to do on this pilgrimage to see the lights. Santa's Closet is located at 1404 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, SC 29169.
6. Head East toward the Atlantic and make one more shopping stop at a place where you could find a gift for eveyone on your list.
While you're in shopping mode, stop by Wonder Works in Charleston where you're guaranteed to feel like a kid again. And then hit the road to (really) see the lights.
7. Now, head back to your car and get ready for the grand finale.
Coastal Living magazine named the Festival of Lights at James Island County Park among the "Top 10 Holiday Celebrations." After you drive through the gates you'll see why! More than 70 animated and still displays with more than two million lights make up this festival of lights that USA Today called "One Of The 10 Best Holiday Light Shows In America."
This event is more than just a drive-though light show. After you've seen the lights, be sure to park the car and enjoy Santa's Sweet Shoppe and browse the holiday gift shop. Then hop aboard the Lights Train for another tour and take ride on the Victorian carousel.
Fun for the whole family, the Festival of Lights is the perfect end to a perfect Christmas road trip in South Carolina!
One note, except for the restaurants and the two stores, the attractions on this road trip do charge admission. You'll find links within each description that will provide more information.
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