Holiday Lights

The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show!

From November 23rd through December 31st, Saluda Shoals Park will come alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park!

Enjoy the Dazzling Dancing Forest with its dancing, lighted trees synchronized to classical and whimsical holiday music. See the three dimensional Victorian Village, Old Man Winter, the holiday classic Twelve Days of Christmas and so much more, all in sparkling lights.

Take a stroll along the boardwalk through the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail and watch nature come to life in sparkling lights. Take a hayride to the boardwalk for $1 per person or walk along the new trail to the Wetland and enjoy a laser light show and the Deck the Doors Holiday door display along the way. Holiday Lights admission applies. (To submit a door for the display, please complete the Deck the Doors application.)

Winter Wonder Ride

Get ready for the slide of your life on the Winter Wonder Ride at Holiday Lights on the River.  Zip through a series of lighted arches and experience downhill tubing without the snow on this 125 foot, exciting, fun-packed family ride. Tubes are provided. The Winter Wonder Ride is suitable for children and adults 42" and taller. If you are under the age of (4) you must be accompanied by your parents or guardian. Fee: $2 per slide with Holiday Lights admission or $10 for and all you can slide pass
The Winter Wonder Ride is open nightly (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 6-10 p.m.

Holiday Lights Activities - Now every night during Holiday Lights!

Enjoy  fun-filled evenings of family activities every night of Holiday Lights on the River. Take a ride on the Red-Nose Express Hayride to the Wetland Walking Trail or ride the Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo through the lights. There will be concessions, crafts to make & take home, roasting marshmallows and Santa's Claus'et Gift Shop (except Thanksgiving and Christmas).  Nominal fees ($1-$5) for concessions and activities apply.

Visits and Photos with Santa

Santa will be visiting Holiday Lights December 16th to December 23rd. A professional photographer will be available for photos with Santa. Photography fees and Holiday Lights admission apply.  

Holiday Lights on the River is a magical experience you won't want to miss!

From Interstate 20-Exit at Bush River Road. Turn west on Bush River and continue to the traffic light at St. Andrews Road. Turn left onto St. Andrews Road, then left again at the third traffic light to continue on Bush River Road. The Park entrance will be 1.5 miles on your left.
From Interstate 26-Exit at Piney Grove and turn west. Proceed 2 miles to St. Andrews Road. Turn right onto St. Andrews, then left at the first traffic light onto Bush River Road. The Park entrance is 1.5 miles on your left.
Contact Us
Call 803-772-3903 for additional Holiday Lights information!

Holiday Lights Partners

Dates, Times and Location

Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC

  • Holiday Lights on the River - November 23-December 31, 2016, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail - open nightly from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Laser Light Show - open nightly from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Santa - December 16-23 only! 6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Winter Wonder Ride - Open nightly (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 6-10 p.m.
  • Santa's Claus'et Gift Shop - Open nightly (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 6-10 p.m.

Holiday Lights Admission
Cars: $15; 15-Passenger Vans: $25; Buses: $40  
Activity Fees
Train Ride: $2.00 per person
Winter Wonder Ride: $2.00 per person; $10 for all you can slide wristband
Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail Hayride: $1 per person
S'mores: $2.00
3 marshmallows on a stick: $1.00
Soft Drinks: $1.00
Hot Chocolate: $1.00
Hot Cider: $1.00
Bottled Water: $1.00
Popcorn: $1.00

Get a Photo taken with Santa Dec.16-23

Santa Photo