Roper Mountain Holiday Lights
At the beginning of December, I wrote about 12 Family-Friendly Christmas Events around South Carolina, one of which was the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights in Greenville. Because of weather, crazy schedules, and our trip to Disney World (post coming soon!), we hadn’t been able to make it over there yet. Finally, last night we decided it was the best time to do it, and I’m so glad we did!
An annual tradition, the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights have been a part of Greenville’s Christmas festivities for 26 years. Sadly, this is the final year the lights will be put up, and I am so bummed! We loved it, and it would have become a new tradition for our family. At least we were able to enjoy it this year!
Located at the Roper Mountain Science Center, it cost $15 per car to enter. This included driving the 1.5 mile Christmas light displays loop and walking through Winter Wonderland where you can watch the laser light show, meet Santa, see more lights, and buy refreshments.
We started our visit by driving the loop. We let the kids out of their seats and rolled the windows down. It was a perfect 60 degrees outside, so no need to worry about getting cold!
The kids LOVED the lights! Little Miss squealed with delight whenever there was an elf, a gingerbread man, or a snowflake. Bubs brought a pen and paper and wrote down then checked off every display he saw.
My personal favorite was this adorable gingerbread man jumping on his trampoline!
After driving the loop, we parked and strolled through Winter Wonderland. There was a light tunnel, more displays and a laser light show set to some sweet Trans Siberian Orchestra music.
Santa was there, as well, but the line to meet him was over 3 hours wait time! We passed!
A refreshment truck was set up with hot chocolate and s’mores kits for roasting marshmallows over a fire-pit, but we were all too warm for any of that! It was a whole new experience for us, looking at Christmas lights in light jackets instead of being bundled in snow gear and freezing our fingers off! But I think we can get used to it…
When we were done in Winter Wonderland, the kids wanted to drive through the loop again, so we loaded back into the car and took another turn.
It was just as magical the second time!
So, if you are still looking for something fun and festive to do before Christmas, check out Roper Mountain Holiday Lights in Greenville. And, remember this is their last year, so don’t miss out!
Merry Christmas & Happy Exploring,