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Light show returns to fairgrounds for 3rd year

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Carolina Lights will return to the South Carolina Fairgrounds this weekend. (Photo/Amanda Cooper)

Carolina Lights, the annual drive-through holiday light show on the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, has returned for its third year this weekend.  

The light show, featuring more than 100 individual LED light displays synced to holiday music along a stretch of more than a mile, will run until Dec. 26.  

“We are delighted to bring back our downtown drive-through light show,” Nancy Smith, South Carolina State Fair manager, said in a news release. “In the comfort and safety of a vehicle, patrons can brighten their holidays by enjoying dazzling lights and perhaps some cookies and milk!”  

Displays will include the Twelve Days of Christmas, a nativity scene, Santa Claus and dinosaurs. An addition this year will be baked cookies and milk for sale, along with Pepsi products.    

The lights will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The display will be closed Christmas Day.  

Admission is $20 for cars, $35 for vehicles with nine to 24 passengers, and $70 for vehicles with 25 or more passengers. Guests should enter at Gate 6 on George Rogers Boulevard, and will be able to drive through the show a second time on the same night by obtaining a return pass at the exit gate. Visitors will not be allowed to exit their vehicles. 

Discount car passes, with savings of $5, are available online at through Friday.

Five Points Festivus is also returning this weekend, after a nine-year hiatus.  

The festival will kick off on Friday with the Airing of Grievances bar crawl, which will begin at 6 p.m. with participants picking up a map of bars and grievance papers at the fountain. After the consumption of a libation and the accumulation of some sponsor swag, grievances will be collected from a box at each location and read aloud at Publico at 10 p.m. The top three grievances will win prizes, including gift cards from Five Points merchants.  

To participate in Five Points Festivus, email 

On Saturday, local merchants will be giving away gift cards to raffle entrants who visit various participating businesses. 

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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