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! If you're staying on Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island between November and January, this is a must add to your things to do list.
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 in 2020
Dazzling Light 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.
- Open Nightly 5:30 - 10 pm
- November 13 - December 31, 2020
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.
Due to the uniqueness of 2020, the Holiday Festival of Lights has created a special experience for all to enjoy from their own vehicles with promises of magical surprises along the way! To see the James Island Christmas light displays, you must enter the park and remain in your vehicle, except for use of the restroom. Concessions are available for purchase from your vehicle.
Traditionally, the first two opening nights of the festival 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! However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the fun run and walk will pick back up in 2021.
Festival Traditions Will Resume in 2021
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.
Visits with Santa will not take place during the Holiday Festival of Lights this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, visits with Santa are available during the day at the James Island County Park by appointment only. Click here for more details.
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It goes without saying, everyone needs a break this year. If looking to get away, consider a beach trip to Kiawah Island or Seabrook Island during the Fall & Winter months. Temperatures are still mild, beaches are less crowded and proximity to downtown Charleston is just 30 minutes.
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