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Kids invited to submit ideas for new Light Displays at the Holiday Festival of Lights
11/30/2015 3:53:37 PM



Kids throughout the Lowcountry and beyond are invited to tell Charleston County Parks what they would like to see in lights! With over 750 displays shining bright, the Holiday Festival of Lights features lighted images of all shapes, sizes and themes at James Island County Park. Now through Jan. 3, kids ages 12 and under are invited to present their ideas for a new light display to the creators of the Holiday Festival of Lights through the 6th Annual Light Display Design Contest!


One original submission will be selected as the winner, and that child’s design will be considered as inspiration for a new light display at the 2016 Holiday Festival of Lights. The grand prize winner will receive a Super Splash Pass that provides season-long admission into Whirlin’ Waters, Splash Zone, and Splash Island waterparks for summer 2016. The contest ends upon the finale of the festival on Jan. 3, 2016, and all entries must be received or postmarked by Jan. 4, 2016. For all contest rules and guidelines, see the entry form at (direct link:


Light Show Supervisor Rich Raab has designed displays at the Holiday Festival of Lights on site at James Island County Park since 1990. Current designs range from holiday themes to dinosaurs, trains, space ships, aquatic themes, Charleston iconic imagery and hundreds more. Raab creates each design first on paper then develops them into a light structure based off his drawing.


Winning entries from past years’ contests that were turned into displays are a Ferris wheel, the South Carolina state flag, a penguin sliding down an ice berg, and a seal pup. In 2015, the Holiday Festival of Lights introduced its newest display created by a young mind – a life-sized model of the pineapple fountain located in downtown Charleston’s Waterfront Park. The fountain display was the idea of seven-year-old Stiles Point Elementary School student Geneva (pictured).


The 26th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights opened Nov. 13 and will run nightly through Jan. 3, 2016.  The festival features a three-mile driving tour through over 750 light displays, plus areas where visitors can get out of the car and enjoy gift shops, marshmallow roasting, walking trails, school art displays, an old-fashioned carousel, a festival train, special event nights, and much more.


For more information on the Holiday Festival of Lights, including event hours and fees, call 843-795-4386 or visit


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