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Kids invited to Mingle with Kringle during special daytime visits to the Holiday Festival of Lights!
11/23/2016 11:10:21 AM

Spending time with Santa just got easier. This holiday season, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is offering a new opportunity for those interested in visiting with Santa during the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park in December.

Throughout the years, the Holiday Festival of Lights has grown in popularity, which can mean longer lines for meeting Santa on certain evenings. To minimize wait time, CCPRC will offer opportunities for daytime visitation with Santa during December weekends before Christmas, called “Mingle with Kringle.”

The Mingle with Kringle opportunity features an extended visit with Santa during the day at James Island County Park. It also includes a photo package deal, USB thumb drive with photos, and a courtesy pass to return to the Holiday Festival of Lights for a regular evening visit (one vehicle of up to 15 people), for a fee of $60. Mingle with Kringle is available via pre-registration only, and this opportunity is offered on Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11, and Dec. 17-18. Interested participants can sign up for their visit timeframe between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

“This opportunity to visit with Santa at an alternative timeframe allows families to save time waiting, so they can spend more time enjoying the festival and its many offerings,” said James Island County Park General Manager Randy Woodard. “We are very happy to offer this to the Charleston community and our many visitors.”

The 27th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights runs from Nov. 11, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017. More than four million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) at the agency’s James Island County Park. The highlight of the event is a three-mile driving tour through over 750 light displays featuring an estimated two million lights. In addition, event-goers can park the car to experience other activities like visits with Santa, unique gift shops, marshmallow roasting, carousel rides and more.

To make your reservation for Mingle with Kringle or to get more information about the Holiday Festival of Lights, call 843-795-4386 or visit

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