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Holiday Festival of Lights 

When: Nov. 12-Jan. 2 2010
Phone: (843) 795-4FUN
www.holidayfestivaloflights.com
Halloween seems like it was just yesterday, but stores nationwide are making every day feel like it’s Dec. 23. Although we’re more than a month and a half away from Christmas, there is a Charleston standout that patrons have come to rely on to put them in the holiday spirit, even if we’re still enjoying leftover ghost-shaped treats. With more than two million gleaming and glistening lights, the James Island County Park creates a three-mile driving tour covered in illuminated displays year after year for their Holiday Festival of Lights. This season will feature more than 700 displays ranging from a re-creation of the Ravenel Bridge, Christmas characters, and a personal favorite, the Loch Ness monster that occupies the park’s big pond. Guests can stretch their legs outside the car at Santa’s Village, where you will find a meticulously handcrafted holiday sculpture that is constructed from a mammoth 50-tons worth of sand. Family and friends can also come together to roast marshmallows, build a gingerbread house, take a train ride, or take the kids over to the Winter Wonderland where a carousel awaits. Within the Festival, there are some special events to keep in mind. The Fun Run and Walk is Nov. 11, and opening night is Nov. 12 with a special tree lighting. Throughout the festival, there are family activity nights with free arts and crafts for the kids and movie nights showing holiday favorites like Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. —Dustin J. Pitts

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