The success of the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights comes from an integrated partnership between the Upstate community, sponsoring organizations, the Rotary Club of Greenville and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association.
It takes about 900 volunteers 7,000 hours to plan and execute the month-long event. Rotary and RMSCA board volunteers are responsible for coordinating and setting up the displays with the help of all the many wonderful volunteers starting in September.
Profits from the event are evenly divided between the Rotary Club of Greenville, which designates local charities to receive contributions, and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association, which uses to make improvements to the Science Center
Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is the Rotary Club of Greenville’s largest community service project. The club has more than 270 members representing professionals from Greenville’s business, not-for-profit, and corporate sectors. Founded in 1916, the Rotary Club of Greenville is the state’s oldest club and has been instrumental in advancing the city.
Over the years, the Rotary Club of Greenville helped build the area’s first YMCA, raise funds for local hospital construction and assist needy families through scholarships and donations.
The fund-raising arm of the Science Center, the Roper Mountain Science Association financially supports the Science Center, which is part of the Greenville County School System
The Roper Mountain Science Center blends astronomy and star-gazing with nature walks and trails as well as other interactive science exhibits.
Who We Help
Whether you are a sponsor or a patron of the event, rest assured that you are helping make our community a better place. Here are some of the educational programs, organizations and projects that have been or will be supported by the Roper Mountain Science Center Association or the Rotary Club of Greenville from the profits generated in 2015:
The Roper Mountain Science Center Association:
- Support for after-school programs offered by the Science Center
- Financial support for the educational Second Saturday events that are open to the public
- Funding for the care of the animals on the Living History Farm and in the science buildings that are used to complement instructional programs
The Rotary Club of Greenville:
- Rotary Service Above Self Scholarships (college scholarships for local students)
- Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (a youth development program)
- Read-to-Me and Money Smart programs (to improve literacy and numeracy in Greenville County)
- Adult literacy training and financial counselling through the Greenville Literacy Association
- Rotary Grants to local charities
- EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program in Greenville County Schools
- Greenville County School District Teacher of the Year Awards
These projects and programs build a better community for us and our children, and your support of Roper Mountain Holiday Lights helps make Greenville a brighter place.
Over the past 24 years, Holiday Lights has given back over $2,400,000 to the community.
- Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is the only non-profit Holiday Light show in Greenville!
- Volunteers begin setting the lights up in early September each year to get ready to open by Thanksgiving night.
- Nearly 7,000 volunteer man-hours go into setting, running and dismantling Roper Mountain Holiday Lights.
- A portion of the 4,080 square foot warehouse where the lights are stored during the off-season is transformed into Santa’s Workshop.
- There are 32 electrical meters throughout the site that are used to operate the lights.
- It takes one person an hour to turn the lights on each night all across Roper Mountain.
- The electricity bill for the 2014 Holiday Lights was $7,000!
- Since 1992, over $2,221,000 has been given back to local charities and non-profit organizations.
- Our tallest display is the 24 foot tall Trampoline Ginger Bread Man.
- Our longest display is Candy Cane Lane!
- The sleigh behind Santa in his Workshop is fully restored and is over 100 years old.
- The Buck Mickel Star has over 2,500 lights and stands 97.5 feet tall.
- Nearly 900 people volunteer time to help with the project every year.
- There are 72 separate lights displays (ground lighting not included).
- The 72 light displays require 63,792 bulbs!
- Over 20,000 vehicles pass through Holiday Lights every year!