Mount Pleasant Festival of Lights


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Are you aware that one of the biggest holiday light festivals in the Midwest is happening right at the heart of Iowa?

For ages, the Mount Pleasant Festival of Lights has been known as the most superb and excellent drive-through light show in Mount Pleasant, and yearly it is getting bigger and bigger yearly.

Mount Pleasant Festival of Lights
Festival highlights

About the Festival

Since the year 2013, guests and spectators to the Mount Pleasant Festival of Lights take pleasure in more than 100 lighted displays from tractors, gingerbread man, and candy canes, as well as Santa Claus. This fills a more than one-mile router within the compounds of the Midwest Old Threshers. Definitely, it will make those memories that will last for a lifetime this season.

Yearly, many light displays conquest the campground of the Midwest Old Threshers. Aside from this, thousands of families from all parts of Iowa and nearby states and cities, come to take a drive-through to witness such a breathtaking event.

The Midwest campground covers sixty acres, and during the event, you will find displays in each nook and cranny. It is really amazing how enormous this festival is despite its many years of display. Don’t miss this once-in-a-year event, popular among locals, the next time you visit the state.

Festival Dates 2021

The Mount Pleasant Festival of Lights will be happening on the 19th, 21th of November and on the 25th, 29th of the same month. December shows will be taking place on the 2nd, 6th as well as 31st. 2022 are not published yet, we will update it ASAP

Festival Where About

Mount Pleasant is a big suburban city in Charleston County, SC, in the United States. In Low County, it’s the 4th biggest municipality as well as the biggest town in SC and, for many years, was one of the fastest-growing areas, doubling population between the year 1990 and year 2022.

There ways to reach Mount Pleasant if you are coming from Charleston by foot, taxi, or bus: You can take a line 40 bus that will take you forty minutes to reach the place. Another option is to take a taxi that will take you 11 minutes to reach the destination. There are also car rental services in the area that you can take advantage of if you want to reach the destination as fast as you can.

Festival Hours

The Mount Pleasant Festival of Lights will start at exactly 5: 30 in the afternoon and will last until 9 in the evening.  It is advisable to visit the place early due to the many visitors that flocked the area during the evening.

How Much It Cost To Visit The Fest

The light display is open to traffic on specific dates in November as well as December, with the ticket being just $10 for a family vehicle.  While $25 for Limo and coach bus for only $30 while a motor coach is $30.


Daily high temps decrease by 5 degrees Fahrenheit from 65 degrees Fahrenheit to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, rarely dropping down to 47 degrees Fahrenheit or exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

We strongly advise you to wear a fleece tights and a very comfortable flannel shirt or put a t-shirt underneath, then put on your favorite cardigans and jeans. You can also wear a trendy wrap-style coat made of wool and a pair of practical winter boots to fight the cold. We also strongly advise using an infinity scarf, knit headband as well as warm gloves.

Where To Sleep Nearby The Festival

There are lots of hotels to sleep nearby the festival some of them are:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Mt Pleasant-Charleston

This is a brand new hotel that is situated at the base of the popular Cooper River Bridge and just three miles from Historic Charleston. Offering southern charm as well as hospitality to leisure and business travelers alike, this newly made modern property is considered the first LEED-certified hotel in SC that allows guests the chance to join in the green initiatives.

Located between the Historic Downtown Charleston and Isle of Palms, this hotel is within walking distance to the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and ideally located for exploring the attractions in Charleston.

Room Features

  • Free parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free breakfast
  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Hiking
  • Kids stay free
  • Pool
  • Boating

Cambria Hotel Mount Pleasant-Charleston

This is also an amazing hotel located in Mount Pleasant, which offers stylish as well as convenient accommodations for your trip to this place. It comes with many amenities such as Free WiFi and a bistro, a full-service bar, and Meeting space.

There is also a lounge, fitness center, as well as seasonal outdoor pool. Stylish rooms for the guests are integrated with amazing features such as a fridge, microwave, smart flatscreen TV, separate work area, and a whole lot more. The upscale hotel is not too far from dining, shopping as well as entertainment.

Also, it is located near Sullivan Island Public Beach and restaurants, Patriots Point Naval, Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation, Shem Creek Park, etc. Take pleasure in professional, friendly services at the contemporary hotel. Remember: You are able to earn rewards, which include gift cards and free nights with the Choice Privileges Rewards Program.

Room Features

  • Free parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar / lounge
  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Pool
  • Raquetball offsite
  • Kids stay free
  • Canoeing offsite

Shem Creek Inn

This is also one of the best hotels to stays near the festival venue. A dock hideaway where beer koozies and oyster roasts reign supreme, this hotel radiates a coastal SC lad back vibe. Situated in Mount Pleasant, only minutes from downtown, this hotel is the city’s backyard paradise, low-key but casual, good nature, and a whole lot more.

This hotel has so many things to offer, from ice-cold beers to paddle boarding, dolphin sightings, and fried seafood.

Room Features

  • Safe
  • Clothes rack
  • Air conditioning
  • Private balcony
  • Iron
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave

Crave Kitchen and Cocktails

Situated over the bridge, this restaurant is a very peaceful place to eat and unwind as well. They offer an American fusion menu; crave utilizes locally produce ingredients while paying attention to healthy nutrition, which makes them a place for gluten-free fanatics.

They change their menus weekly, well-made dinner choices and brunch menus are praised for their amazing mac and cheese.

Old Village Post House

This is an iconic place not just in Mount Pleasant but in the entire area. A part-inn and part tavern venue, this place has a colorful history. For a real, local experience, sit back on an amazing patio and take pleasure in the vibrancy of the city. 

This is a perfect restaurant to unwind and at the same time take pleasure in the wide choices of drinks and foods. The menu is concise, focusing on the quality of the food. Burger plats and seafood burger is the most ordered menu. You can also try the salted caramel as well as chocolate pie.

Coleman Public House

This is a perfect place that has managed to promote usual pub food to higher levels. This is also an upscale but casual dining place with a spotless name with regards to the taste and quality of the food they offer.

Serving a wide array of flatbreads, salads as well as burgers, you will not go wrong no matter what you order. However, if you are new to this place, you can try the California burger, cut French fries, or the mac n cheese. This is a must-visit place for beer fanatics. They have a collection of beer on tap. The place is very simple but has an arty design. They focus on offering the best food and making sure an amazing mood.

More Things to Do in the Area

Pitt Street Bridge

If you want to relax and unwind, then this is the best place to visit. The place is lined with palm trees that have a narrow green field by the water. There are benches that give you an opportunity to see the water. It is a perfect destination to see Carnival cruise ships as well as bug cargo ships.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

This is also a must-visit place in the welcoming place called Mount Pleasant. This has been the place where several planes are on display, such as the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, and the USS Clamagore. Many self-guided tours travel around its flight deck, crew quarters, combat center, etc.

Fort Sumter

This was the federal citadel acquired by the SC military which started the Civil War. Now it is part of the national historical part. This is situated at the gate to Charleston Harbor, and it’s just accessible by ship tour.

Boone Hall Plantation

This is a very popular plantation located in SC Lowcountry. The oak-lined gate to the plantation has been utilized in TV and movie for many years.

Arik Akunis
Arik Akunis

My name is Arik Akunis and I have been in the field of lighting for over the last 20 years, I started my journey in the world of lighting in the lighting niche for events where I first came across a festival of lights and immediately fell in love with it.

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