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Giving Back: Holiday Festival of Lights Benefits Lowcountry Food Bank
11/27/2013 10:20:43 AM


JAMES ISLAND – With over two million shimmering lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is shining brightly at James Island County Park every night until Dec. 31. This three-mile driving tour features over 750 displays and so much more. What’s your best bet to get the most out of the festival this year? Come Monday through Thursday, and bring a canned food item!

For many years, the Holiday Festival of Lights has collected non-perishable canned food items at the festival gate for donation to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Last year was a record-breaking year for donations. Over 8,200 pounds of food were donated, which equated to an estimated 6,800 meals. This year, event organizers with the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission have set a goal of collecting 10,000 pounds of canned food items. Canned or non-perishable dog or cat food items are also being accepted for donation.

Not only is donating a great cause for those in need in the Lowcountry during the holidays, bringing a canned food item on select nights can help visitors to the festival save on admission. On Monday through Thursday, 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, these days traditionally experience less traffic, so you’ll save on time as well.

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 Roasts
· Festival Train Rides
· Lakeside Lights Interactive Activity
· The Amazing Dancing Light Display
· Enchanted Forest Walking Trail
· Gingerbread Houses
· 50-Ton Sand Sculpture
· Giant Greeting Cards
· Carousel Rides
· Gift Shops
· Portable Climbing Wall
· Photos with Santa (Nov. 27 – Dec. 23)
· Special Events Nights 
The 24th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights runs Nov. 8- Dec. 31, 2013. Admission fees per vehicle of up to 15 people are $15, or $10 on Monday through Thursday with a donation of a canned food item. For more information, including hours and schedules, call 843-795-4386 or visit This event is brought to you by Boeing and Your Charleston County Parks.

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