You Need to See the Christmas Lights on James Island

The James Island Christmas lights draw thousands of visitors each year. It is one of the Charleston area’s most anticipated holiday events, and for a good reason. From miles of light displays to kettle corn and DIY s’mores, there is something for everyone! After your trip to the Holiday Festival of Lights, take your time to enjoy the other winter activities that the Lowcountry offers. Download our free Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island Vacation Guides for recommendations on top restaurants, entertainment, historic sites, and more!

What You’ll Find When You See the James Island Christmas Lights

Dazzling Displays

Did you know that there are an estimated two million lights at the Holiday Festival of Lights at the James Island County Park? It is one of the many reasons that it attracts so many visitors each year from across the Palmetto State. Lights are beautifully displayed and offer great entertainment for the entire family. Not only will you see classic holiday designs, like Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer and even Santa Claus, you can also look forward to many unique displays as well. The Holiday Festival of Lights is always adding something new to its collection, making it a great place to visit year after year.

To see the light displays, you must enter the park via your vehicle. However, the first two opening nights of the festival traditionally mark the Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run & Walk. This is a family-friendly, two-mile run and walk that will allow you to see the lights on foot. It a great way to incorporate exercise into your trip!

Holiday Traditions

No trip to the Festival of Lights is complete without visiting the one and only, Santa Claus! You can see him and his elves at the Winter Wonderland nightly from Thanksgiving week to the day before Christmas Eve. You will find Santa waiting once your vehicle reaches the end of the Christmas light displays.