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Kids invited to submit their idea for a New Light Display at the HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
12/4/2014 11:05:55 AM


Families throughout the Lowcountry make it an annual tradition to visit the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. With over 750 displays shining bright, the festival features lighted images of all shapes, sizes and themes. Now through Jan. 1, 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 5th 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 2015 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 2015. The contest ends upon the finale of the festival on Jan. 1, 2015, and all entries must be received or postmarked by Jan. 2, 2015. For all contest rules and guidelines, see the entry form at


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 his designs into a light structure based off his drawing.


Winning entries from the past four years’ contests were turned into displays featuring a Ferris wheel, the South Carolina state flag and a penguin sliding down an ice berg. In 2014, the Holiday Festival of Lights introduced its newest display created by a young mind – a cute seal pup, which was the idea of ten-year-old Sullivan’s Island Elementary School student Jenna.


The 25th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights opened Nov. 14 and will run nightly through Jan. 1, 2015.  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 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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