No Peeking!

We'll be sharing recipes, gifts and traditions unique to Charleston each day from December 1st through Christmas right here. Check back on December 1st, 2024 to reveal day one!

Be the first to see.
Back to the site
Christmas in Charleston

Experience the spirit of
Christmas in Charleston


November 10, 2023 - December 31, 2023


James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, SC 29412

(843) 406-6990

Holiday Festival of Lights

In November, the Holiday Festival of Lights returns for another year of magic at James Island County Park! This vibrant light show is one of Charleston’s most cherished holiday events, featuring an estimated two million dazzling lights.

The Annual Holiday Festival of Lights is open every evening, rain or shine, from Nov. 10– Dec. 31, 2023. The festival is open at 5:30 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. nightly.

Millions have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which is hosted by the Charleston County Parks at James Island County Park. The holiday hotspot has earned many awards and mentions throughout the country.

Families are invited to warm their hearts as they cruise along the three-mile display of glimmering lights through the park. The festival features over 750 light displays, including the newly refurbished and rebuilt Cooper River Bridge display. In addition to the driving tour, guests can park the car and explore family attractions, shopping, dining and more. Highlights include:

-Climbing Wall
-Giant Holiday Greeting Cards
-Festival Express Train Rides
-Gift Shops
-Holiday Sand Sculpture

Enjoy a meal and festival fun foods straight from Claus’s kitchen!
- Blitzen's Burgers: Burgers, fries and drinks
- Donner's Delights: Funnel cakes, hot chocolate, s'mores kits, beignets and more
- North Poultry: Chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries and drinks
- Commet's Kettlecorn

Visit Winter Wonderland, home of the area’s largest holiday sand sculpture, formed from over 50 tons of sand. Roam through festival shops for merry gifts, official 14-kt gold on brass collector series ornaments, toys, personalized items, decorations and stocking stuffers. Take a ride on the train for an up-close view of the festival, and to see even more light displays.

Make a trip to Santa’s Village, where old St. Nick is waiting to take photos, starting Nov. 21 through Dec. 23 6pm-closing. Take a spin on the old-fashioned carousel, toast s’mores at the marshmallow roasting pits and marvel at the outstanding 4-by-8 holiday greeting card designs created by local students for the annual holiday art competition. On Dec. 31, the festival will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a fireworks display.

For more information on the Holiday Festival of Lights, including event hours and admission fees, call 843-795-4386 or visit This event is co-presented by The Boeing Company, REV Federal Credit Union, your Charleston County Parks and many supporting sponsors!

View Our

Advent Calendar