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Roper Mountain Holiday Lights

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is a holiday tradition in the Upstate. For over 20 years, Roper Mountain Holiday Lights has opened every evening from Thanksgiving through December 30. In addition to the 1.5 mile drive through displays with approximately one million lights, visitors may park their cars and stroll through Winter Wonderland where they will find Santa Claus, a gift shop, and concessions. On selected evenings, school groups perform, and local mascots, such as Cocky and the Tiger, roam Winter Wonderland to greet visitors. It takes about 900 volunteers and 7,000 person-hours to plan and execute this month-long event.

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is managed by Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, Inc., a non-profit corporation led by a Board of Directors composed of six members from the Roper Mountain Science Center Association and the six members from the Rotary Club of Greenville. The President of Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is appointed by the Board of Directors and is charged with management of day-to-day operations.

Proceeds from Roper Mountain Holiday Lights are shared by the Roper Mountain Science Center Association and Rotary Charities, Inc. Roper Mountain Science Center uses their funds to support science education programs and facilities, including the Hooper Planetarium, Daniel Observatory, and other science education initiatives. The Rotary Club of Greenville uses funds for programs such as Rotary Read to Me, character education, scholarships, and grants for non-profits organizations. Since 1992, Holiday Lights has raised $2,066,000 million for science education and community service programs in Greenville.

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