Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Something to look at: Spectacular visions of lights at Orangeburg’s Edisto Memorial Gardens

Posted 12/6/2013 2:48:00 PM

One of the best drive-through displays of Christmas lights can be found along a quiet patch of the Edisto River in Orangeburg.

Each year, Edisto Memorial Gardens shines with more than a million lights that are strung up in elaborate designs such as Noah’s Ark, mischievous elves goofing off on the job, and toys from Santa’s workshop. On warmer evenings, visitors can get out of their cars to see the lights from a more personal vantage point by ambling through the Children’s Garden Christmas and Kids’ Walk

This year brings a new feature to the display called “Going Home,” which was inspired by the image of cars traveling down the road with Christmas trees tied to the top. In this display, a father is transporting a tree to its new “home,” but instead of a typical fir, the object on top of the car is a Palmetto, South Carolina’s state tree.

To enjoy this special South Carolina Christmas tradition, drive through the gardens during opening hours, after the sun sets. It you’d rather see the sights on foot, The Children’s Garden Christmas and Kids’ Walk will be on display from 6 to 10 p.m. The display will be up through Jan. 1. For more information about Edisto Memorial Gardens, please visit the garden website.