Where to See Holiday Lights Around Charleston

You are here

30 Nov 2021
Related Items: 
Vacation Must Do's

There's nothing better to get in the holiday spirit than riding around and seeing all of the beautiful holiday light displays! This week we're giving you a rundown of where to go around Charleston to see light displays, tree lightings, and more.


32nd Annual Holiday Festival of Lights

  • When?
    • NOW-December 31, 2021
  • Where?
    • James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr.
  • What is it?
    • A 3-mile holiday light experience with over 750 light displays. There's a driving tour, walking trail, carousel, and more!
  • How much does it cost? 
    • Regular Nights: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate
    • Peak Nights: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate

2021 Festival of Trees*

  • When?
    • NOW-January 4, 2022
  • Where?
    • Charleston Visitors Center, 375 Meeting St. 
  • What is it?
    • ​25 themed and decorated trees and 16 wreaths, all decorated in honor of someone who battled cancer
  • How much does it cost?
    • This is a free event! 

*Masks Required for Entry

Aquarium Aglow

  • When?
    • NOW-January 2, 2022, 5:30-9:30 PM
  • Where?
    • South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf
  • What is it?
    • An immersive holiday light display throughout the entire aquarium, with entertainment nightly as well as food and beverages for purchase
  • How much does it cost?
    • $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 3-12

Holiday Lights Driving Tour

  • When?
    • NOW-December 30, 2021
  • Where?
    • Santee Cooper Headquarters, 1 Riverwood Dr.
  • What is it?
    • Powered by Berkeley County Electric, this light display honors the local Lowcountry communities
  • How much does it cost?
    • $5 per vehicle, proceeds benefit charities serving Berkeley County

Cougar Night Lights

  • When?
    • December 2, 2021-January 1, 2022
  • Where?
    • Cistern Yard, Downtown Charleston
  • What is it?
    • A light show that occurs every 30 minutes, starting at 5:30 PM and ending at 9 PM nightly
  • How much does it cost?
    • Free!

Marion Square Tree Lighting

  • When?
    • December 2, 2021, 5-6 PM
  • Where?
    • Marion Square, Downtown Charleston
  • What is it?
    • Musical interludes lead up to Mayor Tecklenburg lighting up the tree in Marion Square as a part of Illumination Charleston
  • How much does it cost?
    • Free!

Holiday Parade of Boats

  • When?
    • December 11, 2021
  • Where?
    • Charleston Harbor
  • What is it?
    • Lighted and festive boats proceed through the Cooper River, around the Charleston Harbor, and into the Ashley River
  • How much is it?
    • Free!

26th Annual Christmas Light Parade

  • When?
    • December 12, 2021
  • Where?
    • Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant
  • What is it?
    • Lit floats and community groups march up West Coleman Blvd. There will be a fireworks show as well.