Roper Mountain Holiday Lights has been a Greenville tradition for more than two decades, delighting young and old alike. But when the lights go out at the science center this holiday season, it will be for the final time.
Holiday Lights began 26 years ago as a partnership between the Rotary Club of Greenville and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association, but it has become increasingly difficult to find enough volunteers to put the event on, said Elizabeth Lyons, who has served as sponsorship manager for the event.
“It has run its cycle,” she said.
Holiday Lights is held at the Roper Mountain Science Center from Thanksgiving night to the end of the year.
Lyons said the event had a successful 2014, but was down considerably in 2015 and 2016.
It takes about 700 volunteer hours to put the lights up, another 370 hours to man the event and then another 300 volunteers two months to take down.
The proceeds from Holiday Lights are split 50/50 between the Roper Mountain Science Center and the Rotary Club of Greenville, which distributes the money to various charities.
Holiday Lights has given more than $2.4 million to the community since its inception.