Christmas Lights in Columbia and the Midlands 2021

This page will be updated for the 2022 Christmas Season on November 1, 2022.

Main Street Lights Newberry

Friday Nov 19 – Saturday Jan 1, 2022

Main Street will be all aglow when the City of Newberry sparkles brightly with lighted trees, holiday scenes, and Newberry’s beloved Community Christmas Tree. Details here.

Lights Before Christmas – Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Select Evenings Saturday Nov 20 – Thursday Dec 30, 2021

Experience Columbia’s longest-running holiday tradition as the Zoo is lit up in nearly 1 million twinkling lights! 5pm – 9pm. More here.

Children’s Garden Christmas Walk Orangeburg

Monday Nov 22 – Saturday Jan 1, 2022

A drive-thru light display that runs a one-half mile trail through the Edisto Memorial Gardens, with over 20 animated displays and still displays, along with over 100 lighted cherry trees! More here.

Holiday Lights on the River

Wednesday November 24 – Friday December 31, 2021

Experience the magic as Saluda Shoals Park comes alive in millions of sparkling lights and colorful, animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! Holiday Lights activities (included with admission): tube slide, hayride, train ride, laser light show and a holiday movie. Santa’s Claus’et Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping. Concession, beer and wine will be available for purchase. 6pm – 10pm. More at

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

Lisznyai Christmas House

Thursday Nov 25 – Saturday Jan 1, 2021

Located in Spring Valley Subdivision at 725 Formby Drive, Columbia, SC 29223. 5:30pm – 10:30pm each evening. Donations received go to Make-A-Wish Foundation. More on Facebook.

33rd Annual Downtown Tree Lighting Aiken

Friday December 3, 2021

Join us Friday, December 3, at 6:00 pm as we celebrate the holidays with a special evening for the 33rd Annual Downtown Tree lighting on Newberry Street in downtown Aiken. We will kick off the holiday season with a live musical performance and a countdown to the lighting of the singing Christmas tree. Refreshments will be available and parents, be sure to grab a take-home craft kit for your children and visit Santa on stage for a photo opportunity. More here.

Christmas in Hopelands – Hopelands Gardens, Aiken

Saturday Dec 11 – Wednesday Dec 23, 2021

The 30th Annual Christmas in Hopelands is a walk-through exhibit featuring over two miles of illuminated displays. Join us in Aiken, SC December 11-23 from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. All guests should use the shuttle service that runs continuously from Citizens Park, 1060 Banks Mill Road, from 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. Add this free event to your holiday bucket list now! Details here.

Fantasy of Lights – Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter

Wednesday Dec 1 – Friday Dec 31, 2021

Our annual drive-through will be lighting up the night December 1 – 31, 2021 t Swan Lake Iris Gardens! Cozy up with your favorite seasonal tunes and visit South Carolina’s largest free holiday light display full of dazzling lights and your favorite characters! More here.

Night of 1,000 Lights in Aiken SC

Thursday Dec 2, 2021

Come downtown to experience luminaries lining the streets of downtown Aiken, as shops stay open late and offer holiday treats, drinks, and music for a festive evening out. This is a free event. More here.

Cayce Christmas Drive-Thru

Thursday Dec 2 – Friday Dec 31, 2021

Beginning December 2 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. More info here.

Carolina Lights

Saturday Dec 4 – Sunday Dec 26, 2021

Columbia’s downtown drive-through lights show – located at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. Closed Christmas Day. Details here.

Annual Elgin Lights

December 14 – 24, 2021 6PM -9pm

Paul and Sarah Towns captivate audiences with impressive holiday lights and creative touches during this dazzling drive-through light display, with more lights! 803-408-0131 or Facebook.

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