About Us

Imagine a place filled with snowflakes, toys, reindeer and even old St. Nick himself.  

It’s not the North Pole; it’s “The Anderson Christmas Lights”  

Anderson Lights of Hope presents, the 25th annual light show that has been illuminating Anderson, South Carolina during the holidays with its drive thru display of over a million multi-colored lights.

The Anderson Christmas Lights is a family-tradition that has become a regional attraction during the holiday season. Many of our visitors are weekly repeat visitors, and the arrangement of the lights changes every year.

It is no easy task to illuminate 45 acres, or light over 2.4 miles of roadway but Santa’s small army of dedicated volunteers turn the park into a fantasy of lights every year. This event is for everyone of every age. The park hosted over 51,000 cars of visitors in 2017 and hopes to continue to increase that number.

                                       Visit the Event Calendar page for more info.

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If you have a charitable heart and a loving spirit then you have everything we need from volunteers at the Anderson Christmas Lights.  


Portions of the front gate proceeds are donated to local area charities, that will help make it possible for hundreds of children and adults in the Anderson community to receive life-changing services.

Helping our charities…  Miss Evie Clair visited Cancer Association of Anderson


Anderson Lights of Hope started out over two decades ago as a drive through Christmas light show as a fundraiser for Easter Seals of South Carolina. The purpose of the light show was to help spread Christmas cheer through the upstate while giving back to Easter Seals. In 2003, Easter Seals announced the closure of the Anderson office. With this the Christmas lights were going to be sold.  Co-Founders Dennis Lavold and Ben Phillips agreed together not to let Lights of Hope end in Anderson.

As Anderson Lights of Hope grew as a non-profit organization, so did our programs, and events. Anderson Lights of Hope now hosts a number of events, including the Anderson Christmas Lights, the Upstate Holiday Show: part of the Christmas Lights, the Upstate Regional Drill Championships, and more all to help raise awareness for local charities in Anderson County. Our goal is to help better the community, one step at a time.


 2015 brought new change to the light festival after the agreement with the city ending the lease of Darwin Wright Park. The city of Anderson’s new plans for Darwin Wright Park made it unusable for the light show. Following this the county offered Whitehall Park on a 25 year lease for Lights of Hope to host the light show. Whitehall park is 45 acres with 2.5 miles of driving suited to view our light displays. Since upgrading to a larger park Anderson Lights of Hope decided to rebrand the light show bringing you Anderson Christmas Lights for the first time in 2015!

In 2017 the Veteran’s Stage was added to the Santa Village to allow more entertainment for the visitors. This place will be home to Spring and Fall USO style concerts in the coming years. New displays will be arriving during the season and put up so each week something new will be added.

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