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Monday through Thursday, bring a can and save at the Holiday Festival of Lights
12/12/2014 11:18:29 AM

With over two million shimmering lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is preparing to make spirits bright nightly now through Jan. 1 at James Island County Park. 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. Canned or non-perishable dog or cat food items are also being accepted for donation. 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 nights traditionally experience less traffic, so you’ll save on time as well.

Not only will donating save visitors money, but it will also help support those in need this holiday season. Last year at the festival was a jaw-dropping record-breaking year for donations to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Over 15,000 pounds of food were donated which equated to an estimated 12,648 meals. This year, in honor of the festival’s 25th anniversary, event organizers with the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission have set a goal of collecting 25,000 pounds of canned food items.

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 Roasting       

· Festival Train Rides                            

· Lakeside Lights Interactive Activity

· The Amazing Dancing Light Display

· Enchanted Walking Trail

· Old-Fashioned Carousel

· Unique Gift Shops and the Reindeer Workshop

· Santa’s Sweet Shoppe

· Special Family Events on select evenings, including photos with Santa, storytelling, live music and more!

Celebrating the 25th annual festival

Guests to this year’s festival may be the winner of the “Making Spirits Bright” nightly giveaway! One guest each evening of the festival will receive a special gift valued at $25 or more upon entering the festival.

Charleston County Parks will also give away a 5-night Carnival cruise from Travel Leaders of Charleston as part of this year’s celebration. No purchase is necessary to participate in the cruise sweepstakes; all entrants can enter to win at from now through Dec. 31.

The 25th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights kicked off Nov. 14 and will be open nightly through Jan. 1 at James Island County Park. The event is presented by Boeing 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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