Fantasy of Lights

South Carolina's largest FREE Christmas light display!

Holiday cheer arrives in Sumter with the opening of the annual Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights. For the entire month of December, the gardens come alive with a display of twinkling holiday imagery created by more than one million lights. The Pilot Club's floating Christmas tree is an annual favorite, along with Santa's Village*, angels and characters of song and story.

Drive-through gates will open to the public immediately following the opening ceremony on December 1, which begins at 6 PM. 

The light display will be open nightly December 1-31.

  • Sunday - Thursday until 9 PM
  • Friday & Saturday until 10 PM

Admission is free!

This event is designed to be a drive-through, but visitors are allowed to park to take pictures with the lights. Access into the walking trails is closed after dusk. Lights are all along the main parking lot area to Swan Lake Iris Gardens, along Liberty Street and along Garden Street (enter at Liberty Street and exit onto Oakland Avenue).

Swan Lake Iris Gardens
822 W. Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150

For more info, call the Visitors Center at 803-426-2640 for check out our Facebook Event Page here.

*Santa's Village will not be open during the 2021 season.


Click here to check out our 2020 Youtube Video Tour of Fantasy of Lights!


Cars and Christmas Lights

Fantasy of Lights

Santa Made Out of Lights

Santa with Kids

Kids Doing Crafts

Santa Hugging Kid