Fantasy of Lights Opening Ceremony

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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.

The Opening Night Celebration will begin on the lawn beside the Visitors Center at 6 PM. Light display will be open nightly December 1-31. Lights are on nightly... Sunday - Thursday until 9 PM, Friday & Saturday until 10 PM.

Also, Santa's Village is open:

  • Saturday, December 1, 6-8 PM
  • Friday, December 7, 6-8 PM
  • Saturday, December 8, 6-8 PM
  • Friday, December 14, 6-8 PM
  • Saturday, December 15, 6-8 PM


Santa's Village is located at the Heath Pavilion, kids can write letters to Santa and take pictures with Santa using your own camera (participation in both are free), while sipping hot cocoa and enjoying the music and entertainment for the night.

For more information call the Sumter Convention & Visitors Bureau at (803) 436-2640 or visit our facebook event page.

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