Media Room

Light Display on Water

​Let Your Heart Be Light

Welcome to the Holiday Festival of Lights Media Room, an online source for news media.
The 31st Annual Holiday of Lights runs November 13 through December 31, 2020 at James Island County Park. To ensure the safety of guests and staff, this year's event will be a driving tour only. For more information, please contact our Publicity Coordinator, Sarah Reynolds at 843-762-2172 or by email.

2020 Festival Press Releases 

Holiday Festival of Lights opens Nov. 13!
Starlight Yoga and a preview of the Holiday Festival of Lights Nov. 9 & 10 (SOLD OUT)
Visiting Santa and the festival Gift Shop
2020 Festival Giant Greeting Card Competition Winners

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