Media Room

Light Display on Water

​Merry Magical Memories

Welcome to the Holiday Festival of Lights Media Room, an online source for news media.
The 30th Annual Holiday of Lights runs November 15 through December 31, 2019 at James Island County Park. For more information, please contact our Publicity Coordinator, Sarah Reynolds at 843-762-2172 or by email.

2019 Festival Press Releases 

Holiday Festival of Lights opens Nov. 15!
Nightly Special Events Calendar
Fun Run Nov. 13 and 14  SOLD OUT
Starlight Yoga under the glow of the lights on Nov. 20!
Work with us! Recruiting staff for the 2019 holiday season
Visiting Santa at the Holiday Festival of Lights - use our new virtual queue!
Bring a can and save Monday through Thursday
Winners from the 2019 Giant Greeting Card Competition

History and behind-the-scenes

of 25 years, from November 2014 (PDF)

Festival Fun Facts and Trivia

How many light bulbs are at the festival? How long does it take to create a light display? How many marshmallows are eaten at the event each year? Find out in our Fun Facts (PDF) sheet...


Recent Accolades

A “Top 20 Event in the Southeast,” Southeast Tourism Society, November 2013 and November 2018
“Third Best Holiday Festival in the US,” USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, 2015 (press release)
“Third Best Public Lights Display in the US,” USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, 2014
One of the “Top 10 Holiday Celebrations,” Coastal Living Magazine, 2012
One of the “Top 100 Events in North America,” American Bus Association, 2012

General Information

For general information about the Holiday Festival of Lights, please visit these links:
Holiday Festival of Lights main webpage
Fun Run webpage
Hours and Admission information