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S.C. State Fair debuts Carolina Lights holiday light show

Nov 25, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C.  –  The South Carolina State Fair will usher in the holiday season with its first drive-through light show, Carolina Lights, Dec. 7-28, at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.

The drive-through light experience will feature more than 100 individual LED light displays along a mile-plus stretch in the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park in the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.

“The holidays are such a special time in our state, and we wanted to offer residents another way to celebrate the season with family and friends,” said South Carolina State Fair manager, Nancy Smith. “We believe this experience will provide an ideal complement to the many outstanding seasonal displays in our area.”

The light display is being debuted as part of the South Carolina State Fair’s 150th anniversary and will feature the Twelve Days of Christmas, a dancing field of Christmas trees, a 25-foot-tall Frosty with dancing arches and presents, and much more.

The lights will run 6-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6-10 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. Admission is $20 for cars, $35 for mini-buses (9-24 passengers) and $70 for vehicles with 25 or more passengers. Payment will be made at the gate, and cash, Visa and MasterCard will be accepted. Patrons should enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard. For more information, visit

Carolina Lights is being presented by North Pole Productions, based in Branson, Missouri. The company has been developing holiday parks designed for community enjoyment since 2001 and utilizes holiday lighting displays to turn community parks or fairgrounds into enchanting and magical wonderlands of lights.

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Carolina Lights media preview show: Members of the media are invited to preview the light show 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Kathy Allen, director of marketing, at by Thursday, Dec. 5.

About the South Carolina State Fair

The South Carolina State Fair, a self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was organized in 1869 and is dedicated to preserving and promoting South Carolina’s agricultural roots while supporting statewide education.  The South Carolina State Fair has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships since 1997.  The State Agricultural and Mechanical Society of South Carolina brand has always been associated with highlighting the best of our state.

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