No matter what region of South Carolina you visit in the next six weeks, you can find a holiday lights show to raise your spirits.
Columbia has two of the best – Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo (starts Friday) and Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park (starts Nov. 26).
If you’re visiting friends or relatives in other parts of the state in the next few weeks, here are a few of the other top shows:
Aiken: Christmas in Hopelands transforms a formal gardens with more than 100,000 lights. Dec. 12-15, 18-23, 26-27. Best info is on Christmas in Hopelands’ Facebook page.
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Anderson: Lights of Hope is a charity event that has the vehicles lining up each year to ride through the illuminated Darwin Wright Park. Nov. 27-Dec. 26. www.andersonlightsofhope.org.
Greenville: Roper Mountain Holiday Lights features walk-through and drive-through displays. Nov. 27-Dec. 30. www.ropermountainholidaylights.com
Inman: The Hollywild Animal Park puts on a drive-through show to benefit the park, and you get to see the animals, too. Through Jan. 3. www.hollywild.com.
James Island: Charleston County Parks and Recreation is celebrating the 25th year of the Holiday Festival of Lights, a huge drive-through lights show. Through Jan. 1. www.ccprc.com
Murrells Inlet: Nights of a Thousand Candles takes over Brookgreen Gardens at night. Lots of lights and 5,500 sparkling candles. Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20. www.brookgreen.org.
Orangeburg: Lights displays make the drive through Edisto Memorial Gardens a holiday tradition. There’s also a children’s walk area. It’s free. Nov. 24-Jan. 1. www.orangeburg.sc.us.
Sumter: The Fantasy of Lights event in Swan Lake Iris Gardens is part of the community’s Poinsettia Festival. Dec. 1-31.
Find more events on our calendar at events.thestate.com