Bring canned food donation and save on Monday through Thursday at the Holiday Festival of Lights

James Island County Park’s Holiday Festival of Lights features over 700 bright, beautiful light displays of all shapes and sizes, open nightly through Jan. 1. What’s every family’s best bet for savings at the Holiday Festival of Lights? Come on a Monday through Thursday evening, and bring a canned food item!

For most of its years of operation, 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 accepted for donation. On Monday through Thursday, festival-goers who bring a 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 it’s also one of the best evenings to visit.

Donations will help support those in need this holiday season. At last year’s festival, 14,681 pounds of food were donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank. This equated to an estimated 12,234 meals provided to those in need during the holidays.

Remember, the Holiday Festival of Lights is more than just a driving tour! After driving through the two million twinkling lights, visitors are encouraged park the car to experience additional exciting attractions, including:

     ·       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”

The 28th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights opened Nov. 10 and is open nightly through Jan. 1 at James Island County Park. The event is presented by The Boeing Company 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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