If you’re wondering where to see Christmas lights in Charleston this year, then look no further. Whether you’re looking to grab a cup of hot chocolate and walk through the neighborhoods or willing to spend a little money for the more spectacular Christmas light displays, take a look at our list of places to go that will really get you in the Christmas spirit!
29th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights
Chosen by the readers of USA TODAY, the Holiday Festival of Lights is number 3 on the 10 Best Public Light Displays. This festival features over 750 displays and two million lights!
Located at the James Island County Park, the Holiday Festival of Lights is open to the public from November 9 to January 1.
If you’re looking for more than just a driving tour, you can park the car and experience exciting attractions and interactive holiday fun!
Where: James Island Country Park, 871 Riverland Drive Charleston, SC 29412
When: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30- 10:00 p.m. | Friday and Saturday: 5:30-11:00 p.m.
Admission is based on group sizes: 1-15 guests: $20 per car | 16-30 guests: $40 per car | 31+ guests: $100 per car
Celebrate the Season (Moncks Corner)
If you don’t mind the drive, this is a great light display tour that has a lot to give back to its community. Celebrate the Season’s Holiday Lights Driving Tour uses 100 percent Green Power from Santee Cooper and only uses energy-efficient LED lights. The proceeds of $5 per car will benefit charities serving Berkeley County. This tour is open 7 days a week (closed on Dec. 24 & Dec. 25).
When: November 23—December 30, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 900 Stony Landing Rd, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Original Holiday Pub Tour (for the grown-ups!)
If you’re looking for a holiday tour for a group of adult friends, take the Annual Holiday Pub Crawl through downtown Charleston. Experience over 100 years of history while you enjoy festive decorations, Colonial light displays, and (of course) some great beer.
When: November 24 – January 10, 2018 | 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm
Where: Departs from Tommy Condon’s at 160 Church Street
23rd Annual Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting (Mount Pleasant)
With more than 100 colorfully lit floats, this light display shines bright starting at the intersection of Coleman Boulevard and Pelzer Drive in Mount Pleasant. The festivities will begin with the tree lighting and fireworks display.
When: December 9, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.
Simmons Ave. (Summerville)
Simmons Ave. in Summerville is a popular spot to see some great lights. If you’re looking to stroll through the neighborhoods and see a bunch of lights with your family, this is the best light display in the Summerville area.
Ashborough and Ashborough East (Summerville)
If you want to experience something a little more “old school”, this neighborhood lights their driveways with candles. This is a truly magical light display, and you can enjoy it free from the warmth of your car.