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 on December 1, 2020 at 6 PM (There is no public opening ceremony this year; however, we invite you to join us online at https://www.youtube.com/cityofsumter at 5:45 PM for our virtual opening ceremony).
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
* Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Santa's Village on Friday & Saturday nights at the Heath Pavilion will NOT take place this year (2020).