11 Holiday Light Festivals In South Carolina You Won’t Want To Miss This Year

Each year millions upon millions of Christmas lights go up around the Palmetto State. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest, best, and brightest Christmas lights in South Carolina so you can put them on your bucket list. You’re pretty amazing if you can find time to visit them all this year! Get ready, South Carolina: a big, ole dose of holiday cheer awaits!

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

Christmas light events make a great family outing. Most of these even have scheduled guest appearances by the big man himself – Santa! How many of these have you heard of? Have you been to any of them? We tried to include the best Christmas lights in South Carolina on this list, but if we missed any then please feel free to add them in the comments. That way, they’ll be on the record and everyone will know of them too.

Address: Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, USA
Address: Edisto Memorial Gardens, 200 Riverside Dr SW, Orangeburg, SC 29115, USA
Address: Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland, 3540 Line Dr, Kodak, TN 37764, USA
Address: Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Pl, Aiken, SC 29801, USA
Address: 150 Rose Valley Blvd, Anderson, SC 29625, USA
Address: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Address: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210, USA
Address: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212, USA
Address: Roper Mountain, Greenville, SC 29615, USA
Address: 1 Riverwood Drive Moncks Corner SC, Moncks Corner, SC 29461, USA
Address: Swan Lake Iris Gardens, 822 W Liberty St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA
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Christmas lights in South Carolina

November 15, 2021

What’s Christmas like in South Carolina?

Like most Southern states, South Carolina doesn’t often (if ever) experience a White Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking in the holiday spirit! Quite the contrary. Come November and December, you’ll see our big cities and small towns decked to the nines in twinkly lights and holiday displays. We have craft fairs and artisan markets all throughout the season. We have Christmas trains and holiday festivals. Christmas in South Carolina is, quite simply, the most wonderful time of the year!

Are there any Christmas towns in South Carolina?

We do! One incredible South Carolina town that dresses up for the holidays is Rock Hill, otherwise known as ChristmasVille. Each year come December, this magical holiday town changes its name in order to become one of the best winter villages around! Picture four days of wintertime enchantment, with live music and performances, food, drinks, ice skating, Christmas carols, and so much more. Here’s why we adore this South Carolina Christmas town

What are some fun holiday traditions in South Carolina?

We’re big fans of hopping aboard a Christmas train for a magical excursion through the beautiful South Carolina landscape. And happily, South Carolina has one of the best Christmas trains in the country! The Santa Express on the Rockton, Rion, & Western line offers a unique holiday adventure the whole family will love. Ride the historic rails in decorated train cars as you listen to Christmas stories and even receive a visit from Santa himself. Just make sure to reserve tickets early, this seasonal attraction sells out almost every year! There is nothing else quite like this holiday train ride in South Carolina — have you ever experienced it?

Address: Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, USA
Address: Edisto Memorial Gardens, 200 Riverside Dr SW, Orangeburg, SC 29115, USA
Address: Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland, 3540 Line Dr, Kodak, TN 37764, USA
Address: Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Pl, Aiken, SC 29801, USA
Address: 150 Rose Valley Blvd, Anderson, SC 29625, USA
Address: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Address: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210, USA
Address: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212, USA
Address: Roper Mountain, Greenville, SC 29615, USA
Address: 1 Riverwood Drive Moncks Corner SC, Moncks Corner, SC 29461, USA
Address: Swan Lake Iris Gardens, 822 W Liberty St, Sumter, SC 29150, USA