Sat, Jan 30 | Woodlands Nature Reserve


The forest of The Woodlands Nature Reserve comes to life for a celebration of light: Illuminated. After hearing feedback from our first week, we are changing the format a bit. No longer a "drive-through" experience, guests will park and then explore tens of acres of beautifully lit areas on foot.
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

Jan 30, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Woodlands Nature Reserve, 4279 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA

About the Event

The Woodlands Nature Reserve is the perfect spot to enjoy a spectacular natural landscape. Illuminated features mesmerizing laser projections over Observation Lake, dynamic & colorful light displays among majestic oaks and longleaf pine trees. Park and explore to experience the magic of the forest at night.

There will be a bunch of fire pits to stay warm. Enjoy live music. Hot chocolate, popcorn, and s'mores for purchase make the night complete. Outdoor activities are spread out and Covid-safe, and masks are recommended when exiting your vehicle.

Illuminated is included with any overnight stay, or available for $15/vehicle in advance or $20/vehicle at the gate.

Overnight options include staying in a cozy and stylish Zun tent cabin, the comfort of Casita Annie, or pitching your own tent at a primitive campsite. All sites include lake views and a day pass to enj oy the trails and lakes on Sunday.

Join us as we celebrate life and light!


Please email or call 843-400-3003 ext. 2 with any specific inquiries not mentioned below.

Is Illuminated family friendly?

Yes! Bring the whole family!

What is the price?

$15/vehicle in advance and $20/vehicle at the door.

How many people in a vehicle?

Up to 8 people.

How does this event work?

Illuminated is an outdoor event to observe and explore the forest and lake path at night.We uplight the trees and natural surroundings to further enhance the beauty, and to allow guests to stroll the property at night. This is an opportunity to enjoy a campfire with friends, listen to live music and enjoy good food in a safe friendly outdoors atmosphere. This is NOT a light or laser show and is NOT intended to replicate the Festival of Lights or similar Christmas light displays.

Can I exit my car?

Yes! This is  a drive-up event and the lights are enjoyed by foot. There will be an opportunity to park and hang out by the camp fire, purchase treats at our concessions booth, and walk around.

What shall I bring:

  • Camping chairs to relax in front of the fire (Dispersed picnic tables are provided)
  • Warm clothing to best enjoy the outdoors experience
  • Comfortable shoes since the experience is all outdoors and walking options are available
  • Headlamp, flashlight or lantern if you choose, for better light in more far-flung areas

What is the speed limit?

Speed limit throughout the property is 5mph.

Is camping included?

Illuminated is included with an overnight stay. Please contact Guest Services at info@woodlandsnaturereserve or (843) 400-3003 ext. 2 to upgrade your Illuminated ticket to include camping. We will apply your vehicle pass ($10) towards your stay.

What time is the event?

Gates will open at 6pm and the last guests will be admitted at 9pm. The event will conclude shortly after that time.

What is the refund policy?

Illuminated is a rain or shine event. All sales are final.

What kind of bathrooms are available at Illuminated?

There will be portable bathroom facilities with sinks for hand washing.

Will there be food and drinks available?

There will be foodtrucks each night and a concessions booth offering popcorn, hot cocoa, and other treats.

What is NOT ALLOWED at Illuminated at Woodlands Nature Reserve?

  • Illegal drugs
  • Glass in any form
  • Weapons of any type including guns, knives, shovels, hammers
  • Fireworks
  • Laser pointers
  • Drones

What IS ALLOWED at Illuminated at Woodlands Nature Reserve?

  • Coolers with your own beverages, chairs, blankets are welcome
  • Food
  • Empty containers such as Camelbacks or reusable water bottles
  • Wheel Chairs
  • Walking Canes
  • Baby Strollers
  • Bicycles
  • Paddleboards
  • Kayaks

Where is the entrance to Illuminated at The Woodlands Nature Reserve?

The entrance for Illuminated is the main entrance at The Woodlands Nature Reserve, 20-minutes west from downtown Charleston on Highway 61.


Is this event at Middleton Place?

No, Middleton Place is across the road from the Woodlands Nature Reserve.

Can I bring my service dog or pet?

Yes, well behaved dogs on lease are welcome. Please clean up after your pup.



Woodlands Nature Reserve is the ideal location for an unforgettable outdoor experience, where you will feel worlds away despite being conveniently located near the city. The venue is a short 20 minute drive west on Highway 61 (Ashley River Road) from all the modern conveniences of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, consistently ranked one of the world's top destinations.

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