CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN THE SOUTH!
ExploreSouthernHistory.com - Christmas Lights Displays in the South
A directory to some of the best and most beautiful Christmas & Holiday Lights and lighting displays in the South for
2013!  We will be adding numerous other locations over coming days, so be sure to check back regularly.
ALABAMA


Birmingham

Wells Fargo Zoolight Safari*
Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, Alabama
December 6-9,13-15, 18-23 & 26-31
Synchronized light shows, hayrides, train rides, ice skating rink and much more.
Hours:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost:  Zoo members admitted free, non-members $8 (All you can ride wrist band is $12)
More Information:
http://www.birminghamzoo.com


Dothan

(See Wicksburg!)


Gadsden

Let It Snow! A Winter Wonderland Exhibit*
Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
501 Broad Street
Gadsden, Alabama
November 16th - December 24th
The Chan Gallery is transformed into a snowy, winter wonderland where children can toss snowballs, ride a snow
slide, built a snowman and even make snow angels. In conjunction with the Festival of the Trees.
Hours:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost:  $6 for adults, $5 for children (members admitted free)
More Information:
http://www.culturalarts.org


Grand Bay

Christmas in Alabama (FINAL YEAR)*
(The Bradley Family’s Synchronized Christmas Display)
Strickland Road
Grand Bay, Alabama
Dates: Thanksgiving night - New Year's.
Huge synchronized residential Christmas lighting display just off Exit #4 between Mobile and the Mississippi line.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., nightly.
Cost:  Free
More Information:  
http://www.christmasalabama.com


Huntsville

Galaxy of  Lights*
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, Alabama
Thanksgiving – December 31st
Called North Alabama’s favorite holiday attraction, Galaxy of Lights is one of the top lighting events in the South.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost:  $20 per car
More Information:  
Huntsville Botanical Garden


Montgomery

Christmas Lights Festival*
Montgomery Zoo
2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery, Alabama
December 5th-8th, 12th-15th, 19th-31st.
An annual tradition in the Montgomery area, the zoo lights up with hundreds of thousands of lights and visitors can
walk the pathways, ride the train or even take the Zoofari Skylight to see the lights from above!
Hours:  5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost:  $12 for ages 3 and above (skylift ride is $4 extra)
More Information:  
http://www.montgomeryzoo.com


Theodore

Magic Christmas in Lights*
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Theodore, Alabama
November 29th – December 31st (Closed Christmas Day)
Beautiful lights adorn Bellingrath Gardens every holiday season. Visitors can stroll through lighting displays in the
65 acre gardens, visit the decorated Bellingrath Home, enjoy special performances, check out the gift shop and
even have their photos taken with Santa.
Hours:  5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission:  See Link Below
More Information:  
http://www.bellingrath.org/mcil.html


Wicksburg

Holiday Spectacular*
1768 Hubbard Road
Wicksburg, Alabama
December 1st - December 31st
Over 1,000,000 lights illuminate a spectacular walk-through family park with multiple scenes, Santa Claus, petting
zoo and a life-size Nativity scene.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Lights out at 10 p.m.)
Admission:  $7 per person (Children
3 and under admitted free)
More Information:  
http://www.holidayspectacularpark.com/


ARKANSAS


Statewide

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2013*
Statewide
One of the South’s finest listings of holiday lights and events.
For Information:
Arkansas Trail of Lights



Fayetteville

Lights of the Ozarks*
21 S. Block
Fayetteville, Arkansas
November 23rd – December 31st
Lighting spectacular on the downtown square, offering carriage rides, pony rides, camels, music and more.
Time:  Nightly
Admission:  
Free More Information:  
http://thelightsoftheozarks.com


Fort Smith

Lights at Creekmore Park*
Rogers Ave & South 31st St
Fort Smith, Arkansas
December 5th – 22nd, December 26th - 29th.
Beautiful lighting displays illuminate Creekmore Park in one of the finest Christmas displays in Arkansas.  Kids
and adults alike enjoy rides on the Holiday Express train.
Time:  Nightly
Admission:  Free


Greenwood

Trail of Lights*
Bell Park
Greenwood, Arkansas
Live animals, Christmas scenes, display of lights.
December 1st - December 31st
Time: Dusk to 9 p.m.
Admission: $3 per vehicle


Hot Springs

Holiday Lights 2013*
Garvan Gardens
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, Arkansas
November 23rd – December 31st (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)
More than 4 million lights illuminate 17 acres into an amazing animated Christmas display. Free hot chocolate.  
One of the finest annual events in the South!
Time: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission:  Adults - $10, Children (ages 6-12) - $5, Under 5 – Free.
More Information:  
www.garvangardens.org


Little Rock

75th Annual Christmas at the Capitol*
Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
December 7th - December 31st
Time: Nightly, after dark.
Admission: Free


North Little Rock

Burns Park Holiday Lights*
Burns Park
400 W. Military Road
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Holiday lights in the park, special events through the month.
November 30th - December 30th (Closed Christmas Night)
Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: $5 per car, $10 per multi-passenger van.

Wild Winter Country*
6820 Crystal Hill Road
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Snow, s'mores fire pit, holiday lights and more.
November 22nd - December 31st
More Information:  
www.wildrivercountry.com


Paris

17th Annual Little City of Lights*
Courthouse Square (25 West Walnut)
Paris, Arkansas
Late November – January 4th
The courthouse and town square are illuminated nightly in one of the most beautiful small town lighting displays in
the South.
Time:  Nightly
Admission:  Free
More Information:  
http://www.parisaronline.com


Siloam Springs

Annual Light Up Siloam Springs*
Downtown Siloam Springs
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
December 7th until December 31st
Event begins with a Christams Parade on December 7th. Lights on nightly afterwards


Texarkana

Festival of Lights*
Downtown along Stateline Avenue
Texarkana, Arkansas
Thousands of Holiday Lights.
November 29th - January 2nd.
More Information:
http://mainstreettexarkana.org



FLORIDA

Chattahoochee

Lights & Christmas at Heritage Park*
U.S. 90 Downtown & Heritage Park
Chattahoochee, Florida
Lights - All through December
Christmas at Heritage Park  on December 14th, 1p.m. - 6 p.m.(Activities for kids, Christmas decorations, hot cocoa
& more, Santa Claus at 4 p.m., music and tree lighting at dark).                
Free


Coconut Creek

Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park*
Tradewinds Park
3600 W. Sample Rd
Coconut Creek, FL
November 22nd – January 4th
A spectacular drive-through event that features three miles of animated displays and illuminated trees. The envent
is now in its 17th year.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.
Cost:  $14 per car ($10 per car Monday – Wednesday); $35 per bus holding 15 people or more.
More Information:  
http://www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com/index.html


Dunellon

Santa Over the Rainbow*
Rainbow Springs State Park
U.S. 41
Dunellon, Florida
December 13 - 15; 20 – 22; 26 - 27
Friends of Rainbow Springs present a wonderland of lights at the headsprings area of Rainbow Springs State Park.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:  $1 (after gates reopen at 6 p.m.)
More Information:  
http://www.floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings/events.cfm?viewevent=8383#8383


Fort Lauderdale

Hyatt Extreme Christmas*
11201 NW 14th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
November 28th – December 28th
One of the most amazing residential Christmas lighting displays in the world.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
More Information:  
http://hyattextremechristmas.wordpress.com


Homosassa Springs

Celebration of Lights*
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
U.S. 19
Homosassa Springs, Florida
December 19th – December 24th; December 26th
Transportation provided from US 19 Visitor Center
Spectacular synchronized light and sound display in the Garden of the Springs, special events, music and more.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. through December 24th
Cost:  Suggestion Donation of $3 for Adults and $1 for Children.
More Information:  
http://www.floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/events.cfm?viewevent=8219#8219


Land O’Lakes

Land O’Lights*
Lake Padget Estates East subdivision
(Go North on Collier Parkway then turn right on Hale Road)
Land O’Lakes, Florida
November 30th – January 4th.
Time:  Nightly
Cost:  Free
One of the biggest residential, computerized lighting displays you will ever see.
More Information:
http://www.landolights.com


Macclenny

Festival of Lights*
Heritage Park
102 South Lowder Street
Macclenny, Florida (Just east of Jacksonville off I-10)
December 1 (?) through December 31st
Beautiful walk through displays of lights in the historic village at Heritage Park. A very nice event.
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:  Free
More Information:  Call 904-259-7275.


Pensacola

Pensacola Lights*
Offices of Brown, Thornton, Pacenta & Company, CPAs
Tarragona Street and Chase Street (near 56 Chase Street, Downtown)
Pensacola, Florida
Dates:  Now through New Year's Day
This magnificent light show started as a residential project but grew to the point it was moved to downtown
Pensacola this year!  Choreographed to music that can be heard on FM 103.3.
Hours:  4:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:  Free.
More Information:  
http://www.pensacolalights.com


St. Petersburg

Oakdale Christmas House*
2719 Oakdale Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
Friday day after Thanksgiving  – January 3rd
One of the nation’s top residential light displays, the Oakdale Christmas House features an amazing array of lights,
18 train model railroad and more, all covering roughly one-half acre.
Time:  6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost:  Free
More Information:  
http://www.christmasdisplay.org/


Sneads

Three Rivers State Park Christmas Light Show*
Three Rivers State Park
Sneads, Florida
December 6-8, 13-15
Spectacular lighting display, hot cocoa & more.
Time:  6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Central)
Admission:  Free (but donations accepted to fund annual display)
More Information:  
http://www.floridastateparks.org/threerivers/default.cfm


Tallahassee

25th Annual Camellia Christmas*
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Tallahassee, Florida
December 6th
Candlelight walks through the gardens, holiday music & more.
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission:  Free (but donations accepted)
More Information:  
http://www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens/default.cfm


White Springs

Festival of Lights
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida
December 6th – January 3rd (Closed Christmas Night)
Four million lights nightly, plus carriage and wagon rides, craft square, gift shop, music and more. Named a Top 20
event in the Southeast.
Time:  Nightly until 9 p.m.
Admission:  $3 per person (3 and under admitted free).
More Information:  
http://www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster/default.cfm



GEORGIA


Atlanta

Garden Lights*
Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Next to Piedmont Park)
1345 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia
November 16th – January 4th
Nearly 1,000,000 lights woven into the beautiful setting of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m., nightly (closed December 24th and December 31st).
Cost:  Varies by Night.  See link below for more information.
NOTE:  The number of tickets sold nightly is limited. Reservations are recommended!
More Information & Reservations:
 http://atlantabotanicalgarden.org/events-classes/events/garden-lights


Augusta

(See Lights of the South under Grovetown below).


Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights*
Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, Georgia
November 22nd – December 30th
Featuring eight million lights and 15 dazzling scenes, Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights is one of the 10 best
lighting displays in the nation.  There are trolley rides, activities, entertainment and more.
Time:  Opens nightly at 6 p.m.
Admission:  Varies according to date. See link below for specifics.
More Information:  
http://www.callawaygardens.com/events/calendar/fantasy-lights


Cartersville

Pettit Creek Christmas Light Display*
Pettit Creek Farms
337 Cassville Road
Cartersville, Georgia
Thanksgiving – December 30th
Over one mile of Christmas lights that can be viewed from your own car or by hayride.   Live reindeer!
Hours:  Lights come on nightly at 6 p.m.
Cost:  $15 to view by car; Hayride is $12 per person (Kids under 2 admitted free)
More Information:
 http://www.pettitcreekfarms.com/


Columbus

The Ludy’s Christmas Light Spectacular*
5784 Ironstone Drive
Columbus, Georgia
Thanksgiving through New Year's
Over 100,000 lights in place for 2012 in this remarkable residential display. The lights are all sequenced to music
that you can hear on FM 90.1 as you pass. Donations benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m., weekdays; 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., weeknights.
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted for Make A Wish)
More Information:
 http://www.ludychristmas.com


Grovetown

Lights of the South*
633 Louisville Road
Grovetown, Georgia
Located off I-20, Exit 183 (Appling/Harlem Exit)
November 20th through December 30th
Over 5 million lights displayed in a 100 acre forest, storybook characters come to life, Santa Claus, world's largest
American flag made with Christmas lights, train, more. Wheelchair accessible.
Hours: 6 p,m, - 10 p.m., 7 days per week.
Cost: $8.95 each for Adults, $5.95 each for Kids (ages 4-17), Free for 3 and under.
More Information:
http://www.lightsofthesouth.com



Hampton

Gift of Lights*
Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Tara Place
Hampton, Georgia
November 22nd – January 4th
More than 1,000,000 lights and hundreds of individual light displays, stretching for 1.5 miles.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday
Cost:  $15 (Monday – Thursday); $20 (Friday – Sunday and Holidays)
More Information:  
http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/


Lake Lanier Islands (Buford)

Magical Nights of Lights*
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, Georgia
November 15th – December 31st
Miles of lights, ice skating, Christmas Village and a wide variety of other activities.
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $60 for cars; $90 for passenger vans; $250 for buses. (Hotel guests pay $10)
More Information:   
http://www.lakelanierislands.com/magical-nights-of-lights/mnol-attractions



Marietta

Lights of Life*
Life University
Barclay Circle off Highway 41/Cobb Parkway
Marietta, Georgia
November 28th – December 31st
Hundreds of thousands of lights in one of the most beautiful displays in the Atlanta area. Also features pony rides,
train rides, petting zoo and more on weekends and a concession stand seven days a week.
Hours:  Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $5 per car, $20 per van/bus (Monday – Thursday); $10 per car, $20 per van/bus (Friday – Sunday and Nov. 28-
Dec. 1 & Dec. 20-25)
More Information:  
http://www.life.edu/index.php/info/info-visit-life/info-lightsoflife


St. Marys

Christmas Lights in Historic St. Marys
Osborne Street & the Riverfront
St. Marys, Georgia
All through December
Downtown St. Marys and the Riverfront are ablaze with thousands of Christmas lights in celebration of the season.
Numerous special events are planned.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free (Some events require admission)


St. Marys Christmas*
(Chapman Family Lighting Display)
208 East Dillingham Street
St. Marys, Georgia
All through December
Huge residential lighting display with more than 55,000 synchronized lights.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted for Camden House)
More Information:  
http://stmaryschristmas.com/


Savannah

Peabody Light Show (No Information for 2013)
182 Mills Drive
Savannah, Georgia
NOTE:  I have not been able to verify information for 2013.
This residential light show has nearly 200,000 lights and is one of the brightest spots in Savannah.  Donations
benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
Time:  Lights begin each night at 6 p.m. (I have not been able to verify a starting date)
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted for Make A Wish)


Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Christmas*
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia
Select Dates from now through New Year’s
More than 2,000,000 lights, named one of the Top Ten places in America to visit with Santa!
Time & Admission:  Follow the link below for details.
More Information:  
http://festivals.stonemountainpark.com/mini-section/default.aspx?id=42


The Rock

A Country Christmas in Lights*
The Rock Ranch
5020 Barnesville Highway
The Rock, Georgia
December 6th – December 31st
Over one mile of Christmas lights for families to enjoy driving through.
Hours:  6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays).
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted to help defray costs)
More Information:  
http://therockranch.com/rockranchchristmas.html


KENTUCKY

Lexington

Southern Lights*
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky
November 22nd – December 31st
Dazzling drive-through light display featuring over 1,000,000 lights.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $15 for personal vehicles (Sunday – Thursday); $20 for personal vehicles (Friday & Saturday)
More Information:  
http://kyhorsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=619&Itemid=377


LED Christmas Lights (No information yet for 2013)
Lexington Fire Station #20
3001 Arrowhead Drive
Lexington, Kentucky
(No information yet for 2013)
Free Drive-by lights at Lexington Fire Station #20
Hours:  (No information yet for 2013)
Cost:  Free


Louisville

Lights Under Louisville*
Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Avenue
Lousville, Kentucky
November 15th – January 1st
Massive underground light show featuring 2,000,000 lights, entertainment and more!
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Monday – Friday); 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday)
Cost:  $25 for car, truck, SUV or Minivan; $35 for van; $50 for limo; $60 for Church bus; $100 for school bus size.
More Information:  
http://www.louisvillemegacavern.com/lights-under-louisville.html


LOUISIANA


Natchitoches

Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights*
Historic District & Riverbank
Natchitoches, Louisiana
November 23rd – January 6th
Over 300,000 Christmas lights and more than 100 riverbank set pieces are on display in beautiful Natchitoches.
Numerous special events are also planned, including a Tour of Homes, Snow Fest and more.
Times:  Nightly at
Dusk More Information:
http://www.christmasfestival.com/


New Orleans

Celebration in the Oaks*
New Orleans City Park
New Orleans, Louisiana
Wonderful lighting display that offers Christmas with a Louisiana touch. Home to the famed Cajun Night Before
Christmas display and many other life-sized displays including a tree with more than 46,000 lights.
November 29th – January 4th (Closed 12/24 and 12/31)
Times:  Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.;  Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $8 per person (children under three admitted free).  Rides are $17 for unlimited, Train Tickets are $4
More Information:  
http://celebrationintheoaks.com/cito10/
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MISSISSIPPI

Biloxi

Christmas at Beauvoir*
2244 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, Mississippi
150 oak trees in lights, evening tours of the historic home of President Jefferson Davis, special events, hot cocoa,
phtoos with Father Klaus, Model Train Exhibit, Train Rides, Live Entertainment and more.
Now - January 5th.
Times:  
See Schedule
Cost: $20 for adults, $12 for Seniors (65+) Military, Law Enforcement or Fire Department (with ID), and Students 5-
18. Kids under 4 are free.  Train rides are $3 per person.
More Information:
http://www.beauvoir.org/events/Christmas_at_Beauvoir.html


Southaven

Southern Lights at Central Park*
Enter off Tchulahoma
Southaven, Mississippi
November 28th – December 31st (Closed Christmas Day)
More than 500,000 lights in scenes that illuminate to Christmas music.
Times:  Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $10 per car; $15 for vans and hayrides; $25 for buses; $5 for motorcycles.



MISSOURI

Branson

An Old Time Christmas*
Silver Dollar City
399 Silver Dollar City Parkway
Branson, Missouri
November 3rd – December 30th
Massive Christmas celebration featuring 4,000,000 lights, 5-story Christmas tree, productions of “It’s a Wonderful
Life!,” “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol,” and much more.
Hours:  
http://bransonsilverdollarcity.com/dates-hours/
Cost:  http://www.bransonsilverdollarcity.com/tickets/default.aspx?track=SDCFESTINT
More Information:  http://festivals.bransonsilverdollarcity.com/mini-section/default.aspx?id=55



NORTH CAROLINA


Asheville

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland*
First year ever in Asheville!
Western NC Agricultural Center (Fairgrounds)
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, NC (Fletcher is near Asheville)
Dates:  November 23rd - January 1st
Hours: Dusk - 10 p.m., nightly.
Price:  Cars & Family Vans, $20
More Information:
http://shadrackchristmas.com/asheville

Clayton

Lights on the Neuse*
Christmas Light Park
1620 Loop Road
Clayton, North Carolina
November 29 – December 24th  (Select Nights, visit link below for calendar)
Hayride and walk through massive Christmas light display then explore 3D Christmas Barn. Lights on the Neuse
features over 1,000,000 lights.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (through December 23rd); 5 p.m. – 7p.m. (December 24th) Event closes after last hayride
on Christmas Eve, which departs at 7 p.m.
Cost:  $10 for Adults, $7 for kids ages 3-11.
More Information:  
http://www.lightsontheneuse.com


Wendell

Lake Myra Christmas*
6601 – 6605 Lake Myra Road
Wendell, North Carolina
November 19th – December 31st
A light show set to music featuring over 180,000 lights. Created by the Williams family, it is an outstanding display.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday – Saturday); 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday)
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted)
More Information:  
http://lakemyrachristmas.com


Winston Salem

Tanglewood Festival of Lights*
Tanglewood Park
Clemmons, North Carolina
(Ten minutes west of Winston-Salem off I-40)
November 23rd – January 1st
Selected as a Top 20 event in the South, the festival features over 1,000,000 lights and numerous other activities.
Hours:  6p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $15 for family cars (Friday – Sunday and all Holidays); $10 for family cars (Monday – Thursday, excluding
Holidays)
More Information:  
http://www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/index.html



OKLAHOMA


Broken Arrow

RHEMA Christmas Lights Display*
Rhema Bible Church
1025 West Kenosha Street
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
November Nov. 22-24, Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-24.
More than 2,000,000 lights that celebrate Christmas. Carriage rides and more.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  Free, but donations accepted. Carriage rides are $10 for adults and $5 for kids (Family Pack Carriage Ride
is $25).
More Information:  
http://www.rhemabiblechurch.com/index.php?
option=com_content&view=article&id=173&Itemid=192


Muskogee

Garden of Lights*
Honor Heights Park
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Thanksgiving – January 1st
Remarkable lighting display covering beautiful Honor Heights Park.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday – Saturday)
Cost:  Free, but donations appreciated.
More Information:  
http://www.cityofmuskogee.com/images/uploads/dept_012/GofLOKAD.jpg


SOUTH CAROLINA


Anderson

Anderson Lights of Hope*
Darwin Wright Park
Just off I-85 at Exit 21/Liberty Highway
Anderson, South Carolina
Thanksgiving Day – Christmas Day
Drive through Christmas light display featuring a 7/10 mile drive through a variety of beautiful scenes made up of
more than 3,500,000 lights.
Times:  Sunday – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $8 for cars, minivans, SUV’s; $10 for 15+ Church vans, $20 for bus (Commercial coach).
More Information:
 http://www.andersonlightsofhope.org/Anderson_Lights_of_Hope/Lights_of_Hope.html


Charleston (James Island)

Holiday Festival of Lights*
James Island County Park
971 Riverland Drive
November 8th – December 31st
Three mile drive-through lights, Santa’s Village and more.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5:30 – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Cost:  $15 per vehicle (1-15 guests) (Sunday – Thursday).
Receive a $5 discount per vehicle Sunday – Thursday with the donation of a canned food item to benefit local
charity.
More Information:  
http://ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1546



Columbia


Holiday Lights on the River*
Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Road
Columbia, South Carolina
November 27 - December 31st
More than 1,000,000 sparkling lights in over 400 themed, animated light displays along a two-mile loop through the
park. Nature comes to life along the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail's boardwalk. Train rides and more.
Times: 6 - 9 10 p.m.
Admission: Cars $15 (plus $2 for train rides, $2 for Witner WOnder Ride and $1 for Hayrides).
More Information:
http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights


Lights Before Christmas*
Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, South Carolina
November 22nd – December 30th (Closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24, Dec. 25)
Columbia’s longest running holiday event, with nearly 1,000,000 lights, animated images, nightly visits with Santa
and numerous other activities.
Times:  5 – 9 p.m.
Admission:  $10 Adults, $8 Children ages 3-12 (Save $2 by ordering in advance via the link below)
More Information:
 http://www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.shtml


Greenville

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights*
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, South Carolina
Thanksgiving - December 30th
Now in its 22nd year, the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights illuminate the Greenville night sky with 72 different light
displays! The only non-profit light show in Greenville, the display has raised over $1,936,000 for local charities and
nonprofit organizations since 1992.
Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $10 for Car, Minivan or SUV (Monday-Thursday), $15 (Friday-Sunday).  Cash or checks only.
More Information:
http://ropermountainlights.com


Moncks Corner

Celebrate the Season's Holiday Driving Tour*
Santee Cooper's headquarters and Old Santee Canal Park
1 Riverwood Drive
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
November 29th - December 30th
Lighting displays powered with renewable energy, Holiday Fair and more.
Times:  Monday-Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-9:30 p.m.
Price: $5 per car.
More Information:
http://celebratetheseason.oldsanteecanalpark.org/Visit/index.aspx


Murrells Inlet

Nights of a Thousand Candles*
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21
Brookgreen Gardens are illuminated with 5,500 candles and thousands of sparkling lights, entertainment, cider
and more.
Times: 3 - 10 p.m.
Price: $16 for adults, $8 for children (4-12). Kids 3 and under are admitted free.
More Information:
http://www.brookgreen.org/NightsofaThousandCandles.html


Myrtle Beach

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland*
Myrtle Beach Pelican’s Ball Park
1251 21st Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
November 8th – January 5th
Spectacular Christmas light display. The lights dance to music and victors simply listen along on a special radio
station.
Times:  Dusk until 10 p.m.
Cost:  $25.50 (Cars or Family Vans)
More Information:  
http://www.shadrackchristmas.com


Orangeburg

Children's Garden Christmas and Kid's Walk*
Edisto Memorial Gardens
U.S. Highway 301
Orangeburg, South Carolina
November 21st - January 1st
Drive through lighting display at Edisto Memorial Gardens as well as a walk-through "Kid's Walk" with interactive
displays.
Times:  5 - 10 p.m. (walk-through area open 5 - 9 p.m.)
Price:  FREE
More Information:  
http://orangeburg.sc.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=109


Sumter

Fantasy of Lights*
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
822 W. Liberty Street
Sumter, South Carolina
December 1st - December 31st
More than 1,000,000 lights and 150 lighted figures create one of the largest lighted displays in South Carolina at
150 acre Swan Lake Iris Gardens.  Entertainment, Refreshments and more, all part of Sumter's annual Poinsettia
Festival.
Times: Dusk - 9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, Dusk - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday.
Cost: FREE
More Information:
 http://www.sumtersc.gov/fantasy-of-lights.aspx



TENNESSEE

Bristol

Speedway in Lights*
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Dragway Entrance on Highway 394
Bristol, Tennessee
November 165h – January 4th
Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA is reported to be the largest lighting display in the South.
Time:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.
Admission:  $12 for cars (Sunday – Thursday), $15 for cars (Friday & Saturday)
More Information:  
Speedway in Lights


Chattanooga

Enchanted Garden of Lights*
Rock City Gardens
1400 Patten Road
Lookout Mountain, Georgia
November 22nd - January 4th
Award-winning, light extravaganza featuring more than 30 holiday scenes, nightly entertainment and more.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:         $21. 95 (Adults, Thursday – Saturday); $12.95 (Children 3-12, Thursday – Saturday)
$19.95 (Adults, Sunday – Wednesday); $11.95 (Children, 3-12, Sunday – Wednesday)
More Information:
 http://www.seerockcity.com/pages/Enchanted-Garden-of-Lights/


Clarksville

Christmas on the Cumberland*
Along the Riverwalk in McGregor Park
640 N Riverside Drive (US 41-A)
Clarksville, Tennessee
November 26th – January 4th
Display of over 1,000,000 Christmas lights along the Cumberland River in historic Clarksville, the display stretches
along the RiverWalk for 7/10s of a mile!
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Cost:  Free
More Information:  
http://www.cityofclarksville.com/index.aspx?page=332


Gatlinburg

Trolley Ride of Lights*
City of Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center
Traffic Light #5
88 River Road (Beside Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies)
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
November 13 - January 25
Trolley rides through downtown and along Highway 321 to allow visitors to enjoy the hundreds of thousands of
lights.
Times:  6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Cost:  $5 per person
More Information & Reservations:
 http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=13


Memphis

Christmas at Graceland*
3765 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, Tennessee
November 2nd – January 8th
Graceland, the famed home of Elvis Presley, is lit up for the holidays with a special emphasis on blue lights.
The lights can be seen from the street for free, nightly.
More Information:  
Christmas at Graceland


Downtown Memphis*
Memphis, Tennessee
Key areas of downtown are lit in blue for the season.


Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard*
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee
November 29th – December 30th (Closed December 24 & 25)
Lights, a giant light bright, concessions including hot cocoa and cider, s’mores and roasted marshmallows.
Hours:  Friday  & Saturday, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.), November 29 – December 15
Daily, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.), December 17 – 30.
Cost:  $10 (MBG members $7), children under 2 admitted free.
More Information:  
Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard


Starry Nights*
Shelby Farms Park
500 North Pine Lake Drive
Memphis, Tennessee
November 29th – December 27th  (Closed December 2nd)
(Enter through Walnut Grove Road/Farm Road)
More than 1,500,000 LED lights illuminate drive-through displays at Shelby Farms Park. Horse-drawn carriages
and hayrides as well as a Mistletoe Village with refreshments, shopping and more.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Cost:  $20 per car (Tuesday – Sunday); $5 per person or $20 per family (Monday)
More Information:  
http://www.starrynightsmemphis.com


SunTrust Zoo Lights*
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
November 22nd – December 30th (Select Nights, See link below for calendar)
Spectacular holiday light displays, outdoor ice skating rink, animals of the night, singing Christmas trees and more
at Memphis Zoo.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Select Nights, See link below for calendar)
Cost:  $8 ($6 for members)
More Information:  
http://www.memphiszoo.org/zoolights


Pigeon Forge

23rd Annual Winterfest*
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Now –  January
Thousands of lights throughout Pigeon Forge.


Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights*
Trolley Station at Patriot Park
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Now – December 31st
Board the Pigeon Forge trolley for an unforgettable Tour of Lights.
Time:  Call (865) 453-6444 for departure times.
Cost:  $5 per person
More Information:  Call 865-453-6444 for reservations


Sevierville

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland*
Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium
3540 Line Drive
Kodak, Tennessee (near Sevierville)
November 8th – January 5th
Magnificent Christmas lighting display. Santa’s village with free petting zoo, camel and pony rides, train and more.
Times:  Dusk until 10 p.m.
Cost:  $20 (Cars or Family Vans)
More Information:  
http://www.shadrackchristmas.com


Music, Lights and Magic*
Downtown
Sevierville, Tennessee
Now through Dec. 31st
Thousands of lights illuminate downtown Sevierville, Tennessee.


West Memphis

Worthington Park Lights*
Worthington Park
109 S. Worthington
West Memphis, Arkansas
Late November – January 1st
Beautifully lighted park area.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free



TEXAS


Austin

37th Street Lights*
37th Street (not far from Guadalupe and UT Campus)
Austin, Texas
Residents light up their entire block with one of the most beautiful Christmas light displays in Texas.
Times:  Nightly beginning at dark.
Cost:  Free


Austin Trail of Lights*
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas
December 8th – December 22rd
The Austin Trail of Lights opens one week earlier this year!  The popular and historic event features millions of
lights, entertainment and more.
Hours:  Nightly
More Information:  
http://austintrailoflights.org


Galveston

Festival of Lights*
Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas
Now - December 7th (Thursday-Saturday)
Nightly - December 12th-January 4th
One of the largest holiday celebrations on the Texas coast, more than 1,000,000 lights and the Galveston area’s
only outdoor ice skating rink.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $6.95 per person (Ice Slide $6 for 2 slides, Train ride $3)
More Information:  
http://moodygardens.com/seasonal_fun/festival_of_lights/


Spring

Schultz Holiday Lights*
19827 Rose Dawn Lane
Spring, Texas
Dates: Thanksgiving Weekend - December 28th
Magnificent residential lighting display that ranks as one of the brightest in Texas.
Hours: Nightly, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Ends at 9:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday)
Cost:  Free (Donations Accepted for Labs Etc. Rescue & Northwest Assistance Ministries)
More Information:
http://schultzholidaylights.com/


Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail*
Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, Kerrville, Llano, Marble Falls,
Wimberley
Late November – December 31st
Large number of events and lighting displays in multiple communities across the Texas Hill Country.
More Information:
 http://www.tex-fest.com/regional/index.htm



VIRGINIA


Multiple Cities

100 Miles of Lights*
Richmond, Virginia to Virginia Beach, Virginia
A trail of lights that features key displays in seven cities (Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton,
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.
More Information:  
www.100milesoflights.com/



Centreville

Bull Run Festival of Lights*
Route 29 (Lee Highway) off I-66
Centreville, Virginia
November 20th – January 5th
Massive lighting displays, carnival and other activities.
Times & cost::  
Hours & Rates for 2013


Newport News

2012 Celebration in Lights*
Newport News Park
Intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. & Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, Virginia
Thanksgiving – January 1st
More than 800,000 lights along a two-mile drive.  Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event.
Times:  5:30 – 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 per car, $60 per bus.
More Information:
 http://www.nngov.com/parks-and-recreation/celebrationinlights


Virginia Beach

McDonald’s Holiday at the Beach*
On the Boardwalk between 2nd and 34th Streets
Virginia Beach, Virginia
November 22nd – January 1st
Times:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday), 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Admission:  $12 per car after (Monday – Thursday), $15 per car Friday – Sunday and Holidays)
CASH ONLY.
More Information:  
http://www.beachstreetusa.com/events/McDonaldsHolidayLights
An asterisk (*) symbol means location has been confirmed for 2013!
Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
Courtesy of Callaway Gardens
Three Rivers State Park
Sneads, Florida