Families and friends can fill up their cars for a pleasure ride through colorful light displays and animated scenes during Holiday Lights on the River.

Beginning November 21 and running nightly through December 31, see colorful lights, dancing trees, and much more as Saluda Shoals Park is transformed for the holidays by more than a million sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River, the Midland’s largest Drive-Through Light Show attracts more than 92,000 visitors each year.

Guest will enter the lights at 6071 St. Andrews Road and exit the park at Bush River Road following a 2.5-mile route along a curved road featuring more than 1-million lights and 400 animated displays.

New displays this year include:

  • Tracey the Triceratops display, an animated dinosaur built by students at the CATE Center
  • A 30’ lighted Christmas tree
  • A giant season’s greetings display
  • Q new train car added to the signature Saluda Shoals Choo Choo light display

Many traditional favorites return to this year’s light show including the Dazzling Dancing Forest – a grove of dancing woodland trees synchronized to classical and whimsical music – and a musical laser light show on the Winter Walking Trail.

New activities this year include a maze located on the Environmental Center deck as well as a series of short holiday classic movies in the auditorium. The movies are free for the public to enjoy and a new movie will be featured each week.

Other activities include a hayride, train ride, tube slide, craft room, marshmallow roast, and professional photos with Santa, who visits December 14-23. Activities will not be offered Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, however, the light show will be open for drive-through guests. All activities include separate charges ranging from $1 to $10.

Opening to the public on November 21,Holiday Lights on the River will run every night through December 31 from 6 – 10 pm. Admission is $20 per car, $40 per 15-passenger van and $60 per bus. Holiday Lights on the River is brought to you by the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission in partnership with Lexington Medical Center and other community partners. Additional information is available by calling 803-772-3903 or online at www.icrc.net.

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