50+ Holiday Light Displays Near Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for the best places to see holiday lights near Greenville, SC, or Spartanburg, SC? This list includes all of the local mega-light displays, light displays large enough to drive to see, and even some local Christmas lights at homes that deck it out for Christmas Griswold style.

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This article includes:
Drive-thru Light Displays Near the Upstate
Lighting Displays and Ceremonies
Nearby Christmas Lights: Upstate Homes with Free Displays

Drive-Thru Holiday Lights Near Greenville and Spartanburg

Anderson Christmas Lights across from the Anderson Civic Center Thanksgiving, November 25 – December 25, 2021
It includes 3.5 million Christmas lights!

  • Cost TBA
  • Opens at 5:30 pm each evening
  • Special events are listed on the event calendar

Upstate Holiday Light Show at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway Open Thanksgiving through December 31, 2021 A drive-through synchronized light show of 32 million lights. Bring cash for concessions.  

  • Cars, SUVs, Trucks, and Minivans – $35
  • Passenger Vans (up to 20 people) – $75, Buses- $100
  • Fast passes are available starting at $65
  • Drive-thru petting zoo, included with admission
  • Opens 6 pm nightly

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland and Winterfest Village – This drive-thru light experience at the Tryon Equestrian International Center is a real family treat. There are also live shows on select nights. The show runs nightly November 24, 2021 – January 2, 2022 from 6-10 pm. The Winterfest Village is open from December 2-19, 2021 from 5-9 pm.

  • Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Weekdays: $30/cars, Weekends: $35/cars (additional costs for larger vehicles)
  • Winterfest Village: $10/children, $15/adults

The Magical Music Holiday Light Show at Seneca’s Norton-Thompson Park is a FREE event and fun for the whole family! November 19th through December 31st, 2021, you can drive through, walk, or bring a chair and just enjoy the light show. Be sure to tune your radio to 91.7 to enjoy accompanying holiday music!

Christmas Car Wash Light Show2021 Information TBA The Whatta Wash Car Wash in Greer is hosting a light show! For $20, you get a Sparkle Special wash and a light show. A portion of the proceeds will help buy toys and other items for PS I Love You Ministries. And if you bring a new toy, pack of diapers, or wipes to any location, your car gets free C4 Ceramic Glaze all month long.

Holiday Lights Trolley Tours with Main Street Trolley operate in Spartanburg, SC throughout the month of December. The exact dates and 2021 pricing information are TBA.

Lighting Displays and Ceremonies

2021 Festival of Trees – Come see the holiday trees on display during December 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, the Courtyard Marriott Greenville Downtown, Embassy Suites Downtown, and the Hampton Inn & Suites RiverPlace. FREE

City of Seneca Tree Lighting (November 19, 2021 at 5 pm) – Join the mayor for this fun-filled holiday tradition at Norton-Thompson Park. The Christmas Parade follows at 6 pm.

Holiday Hop: Travelers Rest, SC Tree Lighting and MORE (November 27th, 2021) Tree Lighting, Christmas kids craft station, stories with Mrs. Claus, Free professional photos with Santa (available for download after the event) all on Main Street in Travelers Rest, SC.

Simpsonville Tree Lighting Ceremony (December 2nd, 2021) – Sing-a-longs, free hot chocolate, cookies, and letters to Santa. Free.

Mauldin Tree Lighting (December 2, 2021 at 6 pm) – Enjoy beach-style holiday music and tree lighting at the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater behind the Mauldin Cultural Center.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Greer City Park (December 3, 2021, at 7:30 pm) This family-friendly event also includes a visit from Santa. Be sure to head over to Trade Street for dinner before or after for a special Holiday Dine on Trade!

Night of Lights: Greenville Christmas Tree Lighting (December 3, 2021)

Belton, SC Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade (December 4th, 2021 3:30-6 pm)

Dickens of a Christmas- (December 7th, 2021 from 6 to 9 pm) Tree lighting in Spartanburg, SC. The event also includes a Victorican style Christmas celebration throughout Downtown Spartanburg. Enjoy live music, vendors, horse and carriage rides, living window displays and more.

Nearby Christmas Lights: Check Out Free Holiday Light Displays

Our readers love the Kidding Around Christmas Driving Routes and we have updated it with 2021 private home displays!

Homes with light shows that include music (and sometimes even hot chocolate and Santa). Expect to wait in traffic to see them. If visiting these displays, park on the sides of the street, being sure to leave room for traffic and not block neighbors’ driveways.

Also, we recommend that you check the Facebook page of the light display before heading out. That’s typically where you can find current information on traffic rules, parking, and nights off.

Private Home Light Displays

This list includes displays that were submitted by readers, were not lit when we confirmed displays for our Holiday Light Tour, and ones that are included in the Holiday Light Tour. Their status has not been confirmed unless otherwise noted.

The Submission Form for the 2021 Holiday Lights List is Now Closed
If you see more while you are driving around the Upstate, be sure to share the info in the comments for folks to check out!

This article includes:
Greenville, SC Static Christmas Light Displays
Synchronized Light Shows in Greenville
Spartanburg, SC Static Christmas Light Displays
Synchronized Christmas Light Shows in Spartanburg

Greenville Static Light Displays

Simpsonville holiday light display
Display on Sandy Springs Road | PiedmontMore Info Can Be Found On Our Holiday Tour Location Article
Kidding Around Discovered this cool display while confirming submitted displays! Fun Fact, the waving snowman, and candy cane machine lights are from the former Roper Mountain Science Center Holiday Light Display!
This display is on PRIVATE property behind a security gate, and access to the property is not part of the holiday light display.
Display on Montclair Road | Greer – Confirmed
Greer Commision Of Public Works Competition Location
Display On St. James Place | Greer – Confirmed
Greer Commision Of Public Works Competition Location
Display on Crestview Circle | Greer – Confirmed
Greer Commision Of Public Works Competition Location
Display on Sheffield Road | Greer – Confirmed
Greer Commision Of Public Works Competition Location
Display on Milky Way – Confirmed
Greer Commision Of Public Works Competition Location
Display on Fairview Road, Greer – Confirmed
Greer Commision Of Public Works Competition Location

Greenville Synchronized Light Displays

Display in Greer (Gated Community) Enjoy This Video on the Kidding Around YouTube
Greer Commision Of Public Works Competition Location

Spartanburg Static Light Displays

Spartanburg Synchronized Light Displays

Anderson County Light Displays

Some popular light displays are paused in 2021 for various reasons and are not listed for this reason.

Free Light Displays at Businesses

We have listed opening dates when available and most will not open until Thanksgiving or the following week

Christmas Light Displays That Are Worth The Drive

Speedway Christmas Lights – The annual drive-thru Christmas lights at the Charlotte Motor Speedway is super popular. More than 4 million lights over 3.75 miles adorn this display, which runs from Friday, November 19, 2021, to Sunday, January 16, 2022. They are closed on Christmas Day.

  • Tickets for cars are $30-$40, and $140-$170 for buses. Fast passes available for $70 per car (including ticket).

Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC (Thursday, November 25th, 2021 to Friday, December 31st, 2021) Over a million lights on the 2-mile loop of the park. Includes a laser light show, hayrides, tube slide, Santa, and more.

  • Admission is $25 a family car.
Holiday Lights on the River, Columbia, SC
Holiday Lights on the River, Columbia, SC

Winter Lights – This popular light show at the NC Arboretum in Asheville is converting the walk-through garden lights to a one-mile drive-thru experience. The show runs from November 19, 2021 – January 1, 2022 nightly from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

Garden Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden (November 13, 2021 – January 15, 2022) This massive light display includes colored orbs, model trains, and a glittery rain forest.

  • Admission ranges $25-$60 Adults & $22-$57 children (3-12)

Smoky Mountain Event Center in Waynesville, NC – This brand new light display is drive thru and has lots of great twinkling lights for your family to enjoy. Tickets are $20/car and you need to choose a time for your reservation. Bonus: book a holiday tour of the alpaca farm and Santa visit at Winchester Creek farm, also in Waynesville.

Christmas Town, USA in McAdenville, NC (December 1 – 26, 2021) This nearby town decks out completely for Christmas. You can either park and walk around the town or drive through (the 1.3 miles takes approximately 30-40 minutes to drive through). The lights are on nightly from 5:30 – 10 pm.
Read our review of Christmas Town, USA here.

World of Illuminations is taking place at two different Atlanta area locations this year, the Six Flags White Water park in Marietta (November 12th, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022), and the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton (November 17th, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022). This light display boasts over two million lights synchronized to music and has been named to the Forbes magazine list of Best LIght Displays in the US.

  • Rockin’ Christmas (Marietta, Georgia at Six Flags White Water)
    $45 Weekdays
    $55 Weekend (Friday -Sunday & holidays)
  • Arctic Adventure (Hampton, Georgia at Atlanta Motor Speedway)
    $45 Weekdays | $65 Dasher Pass Weekday
    $55 Weekend (Friday -Sunday & holidays) | $75 Dasher Pass Weekend

Read our review of World Of Illuminations Candy Rush here

Holiday Light Show at Oconee State Park December 9, 2021 – January 8, 2022, 6-9 pm nightly Take a spin through the campground to enjoy light displays provided by the local community and businesses. Included with park admission.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland – This drive-thru light experience at the Tryon Equestrian International Center is a real family treat. There are also live shows on select nights. The show runs nightly November 24, 2021 – January 2, 2022, from 6-10 pm.

  • 2021 Prices Coming soon! Weekdays 2020: $30/cars, $50/vans, $100/bus
  • 2021 Prices Coming soon! Weekends 2020: $35/cars, $50/fast pass
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Want to know what’s going on in Greenville over Christmas? Just check our Ultimate Holiday Guide where we are keeping track of Santa, holiday storytimes, and more

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About the Author
Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Greenville an amazing place to live. You can contact her directly at [email protected]

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