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Anderson Lights of Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to helping better the Anderson community by hosting a number of programs & events, including the Applied Knowledge Works, Christmas Gift Light Festival, Hot Rods & Sparks, Upstate Regional Drill Championship, Hope Models, & ALOH Productions. Our goal is to help better individuals, families, and the community, one step at a time!
Anderson Lights of Hope started out over two decades ago as a drive through Christmas light show. The purpose of the light show was to help spread Christmas cheer through the upstate while giving back to local charities throughout the community. In 2005 Dennis Lavold and Ben Phillips agreed together not to let Lights of Hope end in Anderson when the managing agency decided to close. As Anderson Lights of Hope grew as a non-profit organization, so did our programs, and events. Anderson Lights of Hope now hosts a number of events, including the Christmas Gift Light Festival, the Upstate Holiday Show, the Upstate Regional Drill Championships, and more all to help raise awareness for local charities in Anderson County. Our goal is to help better the community, one step at a time. 2015 brought new change to the light festival after the agreement with the city ended the lease of Darwin Wright Park. The city of Anderson’s new plans for Darwin Wright Park made it unusable for the light show. Following this the county offered Whitehall Park on a 25 year lease for Lights of Hope to host the light show. Whitehall park is 45 acres with 2.5 miles of driving suited to view our light displays. Since upgrading to a larger park Anderson Lights of Hope decided to rebrand the light show bringing you The Christmas Gift Light Festival for the first time in 2015!