From November 13th through the end of the year, the beloved Holiday Festival of Lights returns to James Island County Park for its 31st year, dazzling those seeking an evening of wonder.


From the comfort of your car, listening to holiday classics, slowly wind along the curvy three-mile route. You’ll pass more than 750 displays twinkling with an estimated two million lights. These cheerful scenes, many of them animated, cover the gamut of Christmas-related themes and beyond. Charleston landmarks, Santa playing golf, mischievous woodland creatures, sprinting gingerbread men, rocket ships, a dragon in the lake — it’s all here in sparkling technicolor.
The Festival of Lights annual event, view at night time


The Holiday Festival of Lights has received national attention from The Travel Channel, The Wall Street Journal, Discovery Channel, Coastal Living, and Southern Living. It opens at 5:30 p.m. nightly and closes at 10 p.m. every day. Snacks and drinks are available from drive-up concessions, or bring your own. This event is very popular, so plan accordingly!

The entry to the annual Festival of Lights

Address: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412 (approximately a half hour from Kiawah).