Holiday Festival of Lights

The Holiday Festival of Lights is a favorite event of the year in Charleston, South Carolina. This annual event takes place over the course of the holiday season, usually from the middle of November through the beginning of January. During these weeks, James Island County Park is lit up with over two million lights to provide a festive three-mile driving tour. If you're planning a trip to Charleston or any of the surrounding beaches at the end of the year, the Holiday Festival of Lights will be sure to brighten up your holiday celebration.

charleston holiday festival of lightsThe 2011 Holiday Festival of Lights

In 2011, the Holiday Festival of Lights will take place from November 10 through January 1 , 2012. During these weeks, tradition will return to James Island County Park as a spectacle of lights takes over the green space. There are several ways to enjoy the light show. You can drive your own car through the three-mile itinerary (for a cost of $10 per car) or you can grab a seat on the 54-passenger train that runs along the same route. To ride the train, the cost is $3 per person, and children under the age of two can ride for free.

Beyond the Light Show

While over two million lights are definitely the star or the Holiday Festival of Lights, there are also other activities that make this festival appealing to families. More holiday entertainment includes marshmallow roasts, gift shops, a climbing wall, and carousel rides. If you're looking for traditional Christmas entertainment, be sure to get your kids' photo taken with Santa and to visit Santa's Sweet Shoppe .

If you're planning a trip to Charleston at the beginning of the holiday season, you might be in town for the Grand Opening and Tree Lighting Ceremony in mid-November. Many travelers plan a trip to Charleston to celebrate Thanksgiving. After your turkey dinner, you can check out the spectacle of lights in James Island County Park .

Family Entertainment in Charleston

Many travelers think of Charleston, with its architecture tours and museums, as a destination for adults. Yet events like the Holiday Festival of Lights show that Charleston is actually a great destination for families. When you choose a vacation rental in Charleston, you will have the option of staying in for a night of family fun or heading out to see what the city has to offer. During the Holiday Festival of Lights, more entertainment for kids includes an enchanted forest walking trail, musical concerts, gingerbread houses, and holiday sand sculpture.

Charleston and South Carolina are also known for sunny skies and warm temperatures. If you're worried that your kids will miss the traditional festive atmosphere of the holidays by not being at home, think again. Events such as this one will bring all the holiday spirit to your kids while they're away from home. If you're looking for a way to start your holiday season with a bang this year, check out all that this fantastic Charleston festival has to offer.

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