[image-1] James Island County Park’s Holiday Festival of Lights returns on Fri. Nov. 9, bringing with it the chance to check out a lot of cool lights (naturally), enjoy kid-friendly activities, and give back to humans and animals in need in the Lowcountry. While the festival takes place daily Nov. 9-Jan. 1, there are special discount evenings each weekday, Mon.-Thurs. starting Nov. 12.

Each year James Island County Park offers festival attendees the opportunity to bring a canned food item to the lights for a $5 discount on vehicle admission (typically $20/per vehicle with 1-15 guests). Donations support those in need this holiday season; at last year’s festival 13,751 pounds of food were donated to Lowcountry Food Bank, providing an estimated 11,459 to those in need.
[image-2] In addition to donations at the gate, the Holiday Festival of Lights is currently participating in a Lowcountry Food Bank food drive at Chick-fil-A restaurants. Today, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, guests who bring canned food items for donation to local Chick-fil-A restaurants will receive a coupon for $5 admission to the Holiday Festival of Lights, Mondays-Thursdays.

And in case you’ve never driven through the winter wonderland that is the Holiday Festival of Lights, just a friendly reminder that this annual event is more than just pretty lights. Guests can also enjoy marshmallow roasting, festival train rides, enchanted walking trail, a portable climbing wall, and gift shops.

There is entertainment at the festival on select evenings, too — be sure to check the full schedule online


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