Holiday magic returns to the Lowcountry with the annual Holiday Festival of Lights

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Bring the family together to celebrate a Lowcountry holiday tradition at Charleston’s most beloved nighttime event - the Holiday Festival of Lights.

With over two million shimmering lights, this three-mile driving tour delivers more light displays each year, with over 700 shining displays this season. The light show is set to begin November 11th and will continue through January 1st at the James Island County Park.

This year’s event will kick off with a grand opening celebration on Friday, November 11th, featuring a tree lighting ceremony and the announcement of the winners of the greeting card and gingerbread house competitions. The opening ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. and activities are included with festival admission price.

Festival hours are 5:30 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30 – 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday.

Remember, the Holiday Festival of Lights is much more than just a driving tour! Park the car and experience exciting attractions custom-designed for holiday cheer. There are many celebrated attractions to see and do, including:

  • Marshmallow Roasts 
  • Festival Train Rides 
  • Lakeside Lights Interactive Activity 
  • Enchanted Forest Walking Trail 
  • Gingerbread Houses 
  • Build a Reindeer Workshop 
  • 50-Ton Sand Sculpture 
  • Giant Greeting Cards 
  • Carousel Rides 
  • Gift Shops 
  • Portable Climbing Wall 
  • Photos with Santa 
  • Santa’s Sweet Shoppe

For more information, call (843) 795-4386 or visit James Island County Park is located at 861 Riverland Drive on James Island.