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Saluda Shoals park overcomes flood to continue holiday tradition

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The dinosaur at Saluda Shoals now. The dinosaur at Saluda Shoals now.
The dinosaur at Saluda Shoals park during the flood. The dinosaur at Saluda Shoals park during the flood.

By: Amber Stanton

The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission has hosted the Holiday Lights at the River at Saluda Shoals Park since 2002. The tradition could have been been stopped by the disastrous flood in October. The Saluda river flooded the park and Saluda Shoals was forced to close for two weeks to clean up.

Park director Mark Smyers says that light displays are put out starting after labor day and that while some displays were damaged, none were lost.

"Surprisingly enough when the water receded, we fared a lot better than what we anticipated," Smyers said.

The park was cleaned up and even more displays were added. Now the displays boast over 2,000,000 lights. Smyers said he is thankful for all the park rangers, maintenance crew, and volunteers who helped clean up the park.

Elizabeth, a first time Holiday Lights at the River attendee, says the lights looked really good.

"They were amazing," she said.

There are two miles of lights to drive through at Holiday Lights on the River, as well as other activities including:

  • Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail
  • Laser Light Show
  • Santa (December 11 to 23)
  • Winter Wonder Ride
  • Santa's Claus'et Gift Shop

Holiday Lights on the River is open every night through December 31st from 6 to 10 P.M., excluding Christmas eve and Christmas day.

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