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Cougar Night Lights opens to the public Wednesday night, making its 2020 debut with half-hour programs starting at 5:30 p.m. and running until 9 p.m. that will be repeated nightly through Jan. 1 at the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard.

The show was designed, produced and created by CofC alumnus John Reynolds, a multi-Emmy Award-winning lighting designer who has done work for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Super Bowl and the Olympics.

“With the College, the hanging lights kind of represent the hanging moss, and the lights on the columns really capture that Southern Gothic feel,” Reynolds told the City Paper. “Then, you add pop music, and it’s great. Everybody loves it.”

Cougar Night Lights is free and open to the public, so drop by the college’s Cistern Yard at the corner of George and St. Philip streets to ring in the holiday season beneath the illuminated, historic facade of the college.

“It’s such a beautiful campus,” Reynolds said. “I graduated from the college, and it’s kind of a special place in my heart. It’s exciting to be around there.”

Those attending must adhere to CofC’s social distancing and face mask requirements while on campus.

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