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25th Annual Holiday Lights Safari Benefit

  • Saturday, November 14  – Saturday, January 2, 2016

 (including holidays)

  • Admissions open nightly 6-9 PM including holidays with extended hours on the weekends in December

(exact schedule below)

  • $6 per person admission for Drive-Thru Lights includes Walk-Thru Santa’s Village
  • Optional drive-thru Enchanted Deer Forest for an additional $10 per car, includes animal food

The Holiday Lights Safari Benefit is an award-winning event and the most exciting seasonal attraction in the Upstate of South Carolina!  It runs nightly from November 14, 2015 - January 2, 2016 (including all holidays). You drive your own vehicle through nearly 100 acres magically decorated with millions of twinkling lights, dazzling holiday themes, light sculptures, a life-sized Nativity, plus HERDS OF LIVE ANIMALS and much more. 

Drive-Thru Lights $6 per person, includes access to Santa’s Village*

Take a break from the bustle of the season and get back to relaxed fun with family and friends as you drive through millions of twinkling lights in displays of all shapes and sizes.  After your drive, park and take time to stroll around Santa’s Village, meeting and petting many animals – from camels, bison, and impressive draft horses, to goats, alpacas,  antelope, deer and zebras, in barns and petting areas.  Warm your hands over the bonfires while sipping hot cocoa or roasting a marshmallow, remembering holidays past or visit Mrs. Claus’ attic for a panoramic view of all the lights.

Optional Enchanted Deer Forest Experience – additional charge of $10 per car, includes animal food

If you’d like, you can extend your drive-thru experience to include time in the Enchanted Deer Forest. Drive into the open expanse of the Deer Forest where herds of free roaming animals wander, some coming to nibble snacks right from your hand!  Have you ever had a zebra stick its head in your lap looking for a snack? It just might happen when you head into the Deer Forest!

Additional Information

Inclement weather

Traffic Notes

Time to Plan


Parties and Groups

Specific Schedule for admissions* 
Please note:  Only the admission gate will close at the end time listed here.  If you arrive at admissions near 9 PM, the gates may close but the event stays open for you to enjoy the Holiday Lights Safari experience.

November 14th – December 3rd  6:00pm – 9:00pm
December 4th (Friday): 6:00pm – 10:00pm
December 5th (Saturday): 6:00pm – 10:00pm
December 6th – 10th (Sunday – Thursday): 6:00pm – 9:00pm
December 11th (Friday): 6:00pm – 10:00pm
December 12th (Saturday): 6:00pm – 11:00pm
December 13th-17th (Sunday – Thursday): 6:00pm – 9:00pm
December 18th – 23rd   (Friday - Saturday)- 6:00 PM – 11:00 pm 
December 24th – January 3rd: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Allow at least an hour once you enter the Park.  If you wish to enjoy all three areas, we suggest you plan for a 2-3 hour visit, but of course you can stay as long as you wish!
If you have questions about our annual Holiday Lights Safari Benefit, please feel free to call our Park Office at (864)472-2038.  The office is open Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 4PM.  If you leave a phone message over the weekend, it will not be received until Monday but will be responded to at that time.  Thank you! 



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