The beloved Holiday Festival of Lights returns to James Island County Park in November for its 29th year! Featuring an estimated two million shimmering lights, Charleston’s most popular holiday event opens for nightly admission on November 9th. More than four million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, and the three mile driving tour delivers more excitement every year. Hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at James Island County Park, the event will be open nightly starting at 5:30 pm.

The Holiday Festival of Lights is known for its three-mile driving tour, but there is much more to see and do! Visitors are encouraged to park the car and experience family attractions, shopping, dining and more. Some of the other celebrated attractions and activities include: In Winter Wonderland, see a meticulously crafted sculpture constructed with 50 tons of sand. Wander through festival shops for unique gifts, official 14-kt gold on brass collector series ornaments, toys, personalized items, decorations and stocking stuffers. Hop aboard the festival train for an intimate look at the festival, only seen on this enchanted ride. Explore Santa’s Village, where the man himself is available for photos on select dates, starting the day before Thanksgiving. Take a whirl on the traditional 18-animal carousel, make s ‘mores at the marshmallow roasting pits, and marvel at giant 4-by-8 foot holiday greeting card designs created by local students for the annual art competition. Enjoy entertainment on select nights, including live music, storytelling, visits with Mrs. Claus, carolers, outdoor movies and more.

The Festival is open every night, rain or shine, from November 9th – January 1st. Sunday-Thursday, hours are 5:30 pm – 10 pm, and Friday and Saturday hours are 5:30 pm-11 pm. For more information, call 843-795-4386 or visit