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Carolina Lights, Drive-Through Light Show

Friday, December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The South Carolina State Fair presents the return of Carolina Lights to Columbia, S.C. from Dec. 8-24 (closed on Mondays). Now in its fifth year, the holiday drive-through light experience will feature more than 100 individual LED light displays meticulously synchronized to holiday music, spanning a nearly two-mile journey inside the fairgrounds. Guests will be captivated by an array of enchanting scenes such as dinosaurs, gingerbread soccer, Santa Claus, Elf on the Shelf, tunnel of lights, the 12-days of Christmas, plus many more surprises. The S.C. State Fair’s popular chocolate chip cookies, milk and Pepsi products will be available for purchase. New this year, dog treats will also be available for purchase. While driving through the light show, guests can tune their radio to 88.9 FM to listen to music that synchronizes with the light displays.

Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 10pm

Discount car passes are available at SCStateFair.org/Carolina-Lights now through Dec. 7, 2023. See below and attached for more information. 

Here are some exciting new options at this year’s Carolina Lights:
  • New this year, dog treats will be available for purchase, along with the popular chocolate chip cookies, milk and Pepsi products. 
  • Military Day will be held on Wednesday, December 13. Active and retired military will be able to purchase a car pass for 50% off at the gate. 
  • Tuesday, December 19 is First Responder Day at Carolina Lights, where first responders can purchase a car pass for 50% off at the gate.