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Discounted admission to Holiday Festival of Lights Monday through Thursday with canned food donation - Nov. 13 - Jan. 3
11/12/2015 5:57:18 PM

James Island County Park’s Holiday Festival of Lights opens its gates on Nov. 13, featuring over 700 bright, beautiful light displays of all shapes and sizes.

What’s your best bet to get the most out of the festival? Come Monday through Thursday, and bring a canned food item!

For many years, the Holiday Festival of Lights has collected canned food items at the festival gate for donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Canned dog or cat food items are also being accepted for donation. On Monday through Thursday only, festival-goers who bring a non-perishable canned food item for donation will save $5 off their vehicle admission fee (of up to 15 passengers).

Not to mention, weeknights at the festival traditionally experience less traffic, so you’ll save on time as well.

Not only will donating save visitors money, but it will also help support those in need this holiday season. The 2013 festival was a record-breaking year for donations to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Over 15,000 pounds of food were donated that year, which equated to an estimated 12,648 meals. This year, Charleston County Parks hopes to break that record!

Remember, the Holiday Festival of Lights is more than just a driving tour! After viewing the lights, park the car and experience more exciting attractions, including:

· Marshmallow Roasting
· Festival Train Rides
· Lakeside Lights Interactive Activity
· The Amazing Dancing Light Display
· Enchanted Walking Trail
· Old-Fashioned Carousel
· The Climbing Wall
· Four unique gift shops, featuring the new Prancer’s Presents Toy Shop
· Santa’s Sweet Shoppe
· Santa’s Sleigh – unique group/family photo opportunity
· Special Family Events on select evenings, including photos with Santa, storytelling, live music and more!

A Sneak Peek of what else is NEW at this year’s Festival
What’s amazing about one of this year’s new light displays? It was inspired by a young local artist! The winner of last year’s kids’ Light Display Design Contest is seven-year-old Geneva, a student at Stiles Point Elementary School. Geneva noticed at last year’s festival that there was not a display of Charleston’s iconic pineapple fountain, so she submitted a drawing of her idea to the annual Light Display Design Contest. Don’t miss the display she inspired at this year’s festival!

The 26th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights kicks off Nov. 13 and will be open nightly through Jan. 3 at James Island County Park. The event is presented by Boeing and your Charleston County Parks. For more information, including special event dates, hours, admission fees, and more, visit or call 843-795-4386.


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