Holiday Lights in the Midlands

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Nothing says holiday season is here quite like dazzling displays of lights, trees and decorations. Here is where you can go take a look at some great displays in 2019.

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo. Explore the zoo with nearly one million twinkling lights and 350 handcrafted images. Take a photo with Santa, roast marshmallows at a bonfire and enjoy some evening snow. Runs nightly from 5-9 PM from November 30th through December 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas). Tickets can be purchased in advance at

Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park. Experience the holiday magic with more than a million sparkling lights and 400 animated light displays. Family-fun activities nightly from 6-10 PM beginning November 21st through December 31st except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Activities include a tube slide, train rides, laser light show, crafts, marshmallow roast and even visits with Santa. Additional details can be found here.

Holiday Parade of Lights at Cayce Municipal Complex. Night time parade begins in front of the Cayce Municipal Complex on December 14th at 5:30PM. Get there early for this anticipated holiday event!

Festival of Trees at the South Carolina State Museum. Get in to the holiday spirit with a silent auction, decorated trees, wreaths, menorahs and more! Celebrating 30 years, this fabulous fundraising event is held to benefit Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. Auction preview on November 22nd, Santa & Me on the 23rd and open to the public on the 24th.

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