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James Island Holiday Festival of Lights 2020

A dazzling holiday destination near Charleston

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

The Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park has been a favorite Charleston Christmas tradition for over 30 years. The light show with two million twinkling lights is open from mid-November through December. A 3-mile (5-kilometre) drive-through display will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. After enjoying the lights, visitors can explore other attractions that the park has to offer: marshmallow roasting, a walking trail, an old-fashioned Victorian carousel, and a climbing wall. Try delicious foods at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe and explore holiday shopping, gifts, and toys at Four Gift Shops.

Holiday Festival of Lights drive-through 2020
Holiday Festival of Lights drive-through
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Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island is more than just a Christmas display. It hosts the area’s largest holiday sand sculpture, created from 50 tons of sand. Kids will love to take a ride on the train for an up-close view of the light displays. Festival Express has scheduled rides that sell out quickly. Don't miss huge Christmas greeting cards created by local students that are on display in Winter Wonderland. The Dancing Trees is another attraction synchronized to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Carol Of The Bells," and Mannheim Steamroller's "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah." The Enchanted Walking Trail will take visitors through dripping lights, rowdy woodpeckers, and colourful fairies buzzing through the illuminated trees.

Holiday Festival of Lights reflections 2020
Holiday Festival of Lights reflections
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Flamingo installations of Holiday Festival of Lights 2020
Flamingo installations of Holiday Festival of Lights
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Holiday Festival of Lights family spirit
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Holiday Festival of Lights tree illuminations 2020
Holiday Festival of Lights tree illuminations
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Holiday Festival of Lights water reflections
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