Holiday Festival of Lights opens Nov. 10 at James Island County Park

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The beloved Holiday Festival of Lights returns to James Island County Park in November for its 28th year! Featuring an estimated two million shimmering lights, Charleston’s most popular holiday event opens for nightly admission Nov. 10, 2017.

More than four million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at James Island County Park. The event has received many awards and mentions in publications throughout the country, and the three-mile driving tour delivers more excitement every year. The event will be open nightly starting at 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2018.

The Holiday Festival of Lights is known for its three-mile driving tour, but there is much more to see and do! Visitors are encouraged to park the car and experience family attractions, shopping, dining and more. Some of the other celebrated attractions and activities include:

·       Marshmallow Roasting

·       Festival Train Rides

·       Interactive Lakeside Lights

·       The Amazing Dancing Light Display

·       Enchanted Walking Trail

·       Old-Fashioned Carousel

·       Portable Climbing Wall

·       Santa’s Sweet Shoppe

·       Concessions including hamburgers, kettle corn, hot chocolate and more

·       Four Gift Shops, featuring the children’s toy emporium Prancer’s Presents

·       Daytime photo opportunities to “Mingle with Kringle” (register in advance)

·       Entertainment on select evenings, including the Footlight Players performing an excerpt from “Annie”

In Winter Wonderland, see a meticulously crafted sculpture constructed with 50 tons of sand. Wander through festival shops for unique gifts, official 14-kt gold on brass collector series ornaments, toys, personalized items, decorations and stocking stuffers. Hop aboard the festival train for an intimate look at the festival, only seen on this enchanted ride.

Explore Santa’s Village, where the man himself is available for photos on select dates, starting the day before Thanksgiving. Take a whirl on the traditional 18-animal carousel, make s’mores at the marshmallow roasting pits, and marvel at giant 4-by-8 holiday greeting card designs created by local students for the annual art competition. Enjoy entertainment on select nights, including live music, storytelling, visits with Mrs. Claus, carolers, outdoor movies and more.

What’s every family’s best bet for savings at the Holiday Festival of Lights? Join us on our evenings benefitting the Lowcountry Food Bank – every Monday through Thursday! Bring a canned food item (dog and cat food also accepted) on these nights to receive discounted admission.

For more information on the Holiday Festival of Lights, including event hours and fees, call 843-795-4386 or visit CharlestonCountyParks.com. This event is presented by The Boeing Company and your Charleston County Parks.

James Island County Park is located at 871 Riverland Drive. The mission of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services. The large park system features over 11,000 acres of property and includes four land parks, a skate park, three beach parks, three dog parks, two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, 19 boat landings, a climbing wall, a challenge course, a historic plantation site, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground, a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities. The park system also offers a wide variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs, volunteer opportunities, and more. For more information, download the Charleston County Parks mobile app, call 843-795-4386, or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com.

James Island Bugle, 2017. James Island, South Carolina.

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