Why You Need to Go to the James Island County Park Festival of Lights

There are certain traditions that we all look forward to during the holiday season, and attending the James Island County Park Festival of Lights is one of them. Even though our winter weather is usually mild in the Lowcountry, you’ll feel the holiday spirit in the air when you attend an event like this. Millions of twinkling lights create displays for you to walk and drive through– it’s the perfect way to celebrate the season. Keep reading for all the details on the annual Holiday Festival of Lights!

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What Is the James Island County Park Festival of Lights?

Christmas lights have always been a tradition around the holiday season, but you probably haven’t seen them like this before. Every winter, the James Island County Park transforms into a winter wonderland. Start with the three-mile ride through the light displays, then head to the walking portion for even more lights and festivities. In all, you’ll see more than two million twinkling lights on these displays, and they captivate visitors of all ages! 

It’s More Than Lights

After you’ve enjoyed the driving portion of the festival, it’s time to park and walk around. Warm up in front of one of the fire pits, and make sure you purchase a stick with marshmallows so you can roast them! Then, get a cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm as you explore the rest of the festival. You can shop at Santa’s Attic, see local art, ride the festival train, and even tell Santa your wish list. Check out all the things you can do at Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland!

When Is the James Island County Park Festival of Lights?

The festival starts on Friday, November 12 and ends on Friday, December 31. It’s open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The lights are on rain or shine, but we recommend checking the weather so you can also enjoy the walking portion!

Admission

Admission to the festival is charged per car and depends on the night. Be sure to check their website to know if you plan on attending a “regular night” or a “peak night.” Tickets for larger vehicles carrying more than 15 people cannot be bought in advance. The pricing is as follows:

  • Standard vehicles with 1 to 15 guests: $15 in advance or $20 at the gate on “regular nights,” and $25 in advance or $30 at the gate on “peak nights.”
  • Larger vehicles with 16 to 30 guests: $50 at the gate.
  • Larger vehicles with more than 30 guests: $150 at the gate.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Folly Beach Christmas Parade

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Well, as much as it can in South Carolina! Just because we have pleasant weather year-round doesn’t mean that we don’t have plenty of holiday spirit. The Folly Beach Christmas Parade is known for bringing holiday cheer to the island! Below, you’ll find everything you need to know before you attend the festive event.

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About the Folly Beach Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town! Every year, locals and visitors gather along the sides of Center Street for the Folly Beach Christmas Parade. Attendees get to see floats and colorful holiday displays pass by. This parade is family-friendly– children love getting candy and treats handed to them from the floats! If you can’t get enough of the fun from this traditional Christmas parade, you can also check out the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade!

*Editor’s Note: We recommend checking the event’s page for the most up-to-date COVID-19 precautions and procedures.

When Is the Folly Beach Christmas Parade?

The Folly Beach Christmas Parade takes place every year on the second Saturday in December. This year’s parade will take place Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Where Is the Folly Beach Christmas Parade?

The parade begins on Second Street and West Ashley Avenue before continuing down Center Street.

After the Parade

After the parade is over, make sure you head to Folly River Park to continue the festivities! Finish your holiday shopping at the Arts & Crafts Show. Local artisans and crafters offer a variety of handcrafted items for you to browse. It’s the perfect place to get a unique gift you won’t be able to find anywhere else! 

After you’ve done your shopping, warm up by the fire and roast a marshmallow or two. Then, go meet Santa Claus and the mayor of Folly Beach! Mrs. Claus might even be there, too. 

Consider Heading to the James Island County Park Festival of Lights

The festivities don’t stop at the Folly Beach Christmas Parade! There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the holidays, and one of the best is located on the island neighboring Folly Beach. The James Island County Park Festival of Lights is a must-see during the holiday season. Colorful, themed displays are created from millions of tiny lights. There’s a driving portion and walking portion, and both are magical! Then, you can walk through Santa’s Village and Winter Wonderland to shop, eat, roast marshmallows, and meet Santa Claus. We recommend grabbing a hot chocolate and exploring!

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This Is Why You Need to Attend the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

The holidays only come once a year, and the Lowcountry is ready for them! No matter which area you choose your Charleston Coast Vacations rental to be in, there will be countless festivities you can attend. One of them is the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade. It’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit, and it’s fun for all ages!

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Everything You Need to Know About the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade’s name speaks for itself. It is just that– a holiday parade in Mount Pleasant filled with twinkling lights, local groups and organizations, and gorgeous floats. The entire family will love lining up to enjoy the Christmas activity! Take some hot chocolates with you or opt to get a little something from one of the restaurants lining the street to keep you warm, then sit back and relax as you get into the spirit of the holiday season. If you can’t get enough of the fun from this traditional Christmas parade, you can also check out the Folly Beach Christmas Parade!

*Editor’s Note: We recommend checking the event’s page for the most up-to-date COVID-19 precautions and procedures.

Where Is the Parade?

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade spans about 1.2 miles down Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. It starts at Live Oak Drive traveling south and ending at the intersection of WestColeman and Patriots Point Road. You may sit along the road or get a spot on the bleachers that have been set up for the parade! The road closes for the parade, so you’ll have more than enough room to set up along the side. 

When Is the Parade?

This year’s parade marks its 26th year and is scheduled for Sunday, December 12, 2021. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8:00 p.m., but you are welcome to show up early! All roads are closed at 5:00 p.m. to allow people to get ready for the fun.

How Long Does It Last?

The parade lasts for about two and a half hours. You’ll want to make sure you’re there a little early, so you can tailgate with the crowd and watch the fireworks that mark the start of the parade.

What Should I Bring?

Don’t worry about packing a ton for the parade, but make sure you are prepared. Here are our recommendations: 

  • Folding chairs – If you don’t want to be on the bleachers, folding chairs are a little more comfortable! You are able to set these up along the parade route.
  • Blankets and extra layers – As the sun starts to go down, it gets a little chilly. Take a blanket or two, a scarf, and maybe even some mittens depending on the weather.
  • Drinks and snacks – Tailgating the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade is a tradition in our area! We recommend coming a little early, setting up, and getting to know your neighbors. Warm apple cider, hot chocolate, or coffee will keep you toasty during the parade. Or, you are welcome to get food and drinks at any of the restaurants located on the parade route.

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Don’t Miss These 11 Events in Charleston, SC

Because of its mild weather year-round, the Lowcountry always has something going on! Between Downtown Charleston and the surrounding cities and towns, you’re bound to visit during a fun festival or attraction. We’ve rounded up all th best events in Charleston, SC that you won’t want to miss!

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11 Events in Charleston, SC You’ll Come Back For Every Year

1. Flip Flop Drop

You probably know about the ball drop in Time Square to mark the New Year. Well in true coastal fashion, Folly Beach drops a giant pair of lighted flip flops to celebrate the start of the year. For the Folly Beach Flip Flop Drop, the town shuts down Center Street and turns its main strip into a festival space. The giant flip flops are hoisted up at 9:30 p.m. and drop at midnight with a fireworks display following. During the time in between, there is a DJ, live music, and family-friendly activities to enjoy. Many of the bars and restaurants on Folly stay open later than usual, so you can continue with your celebrations.

2. Taste of Folly

Every year in January, Folly Beach turns into a foodie’s haven for Taste of Folly. The annual event is set up festival style with food vendors serving up some of the best food in the Lowcountry. There are tons of traditions that festival-goers look forward to every year. The chili cookoff and hotdog eating contest are fan favorites, and the kids will love the carnival games. Grab a drink and a bite to eat, then make yourself comfortable by the stage to listen to live music. This is definitely one of the most anticipated events in Charleston, SC!

3. Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Oyster season in South Carolina is six months long, so there are tons of oyster roasts and events across the state between the months of September and April. One of our favorites is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival hosted by Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. The seven hours event is full of oyster shucking, live music, contest, and more fresh seafood! The festival benefits The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.

4. Spoleto

For 17 days, the theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces of Downtown Charleston are brought to life with incredible performances for Spoleto Festival USA. The international event celebrates performing arts by both renowned and upcoming artists in dance, opera, theater, and music. The music selections include choral, symphonic, chamber, and jazz.

5. Charleston Riverdogs

The Charleston Riverdogs is a Minor League Baseball team based in the Lowcountry. Their season runs from April until September giving you plenty of time to enjoy a game during the spring and summer months. The games are fun for the whole family with drink special for the adults and a bouncy castle and face paint for the kids. The Riverdogs have made quite a name for themselves too after they became the 2021 Low-A East Champions!

6. 4th of July Dinner Cruise

There is so much fun to be had during the summer in Charleston including the 4th of July Dinner Cruise. Cruise around the Charleston Harbor on Independence Day abord the Spirit of Carolina. The entire event is three hours long and features a four course meal, cash bar, and expansive views of the fireworks from Patriots Point.

7. Party at the Point

Party at the Point is a Happy Hour concert series takes place Friday evenings during the summer. The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina hosts the family-friendly event on its beachfront. It’s a great time to enjoy Charleston’s beauty, some live music, and delicious eats and drinks!

8. Charleston Turkey Trot

The Charleston Turkey Trot, also known as the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K, has been a Lowcountry tradition for more than 100 years! The event is a 5K run on Thanksgiving Day through Downtown Charleston.
Because of its long history, this is easily one of the most beloved events in Charleston, SC. Run the race in the morning and don’t feel guilt when you eat you Thanksgiving feast!

9. Folly Beach Christmas Parade

The Folly Beach Christmas Parade is your classic small town Christmas parade but with some coastal flair. Every year, locals and visitors gather along the sides of Center Street to see floats and colorful holiday displays pass by. Your kids will love getting candy and treats handed to them from the floats!

10. Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade

The Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade is another classic parade but it takes place in the evening, typically 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It runs along Coleman Boulevard for a little over a mile. You’re sure to have a night filled with twinkling lights, waving local leaders, and gorgeous floats.

11. Charleston Reindeer Run

The Charleston Reindeer Run is a 5K race for the enitre family! The events features a Holiday costume contest with four categories: adult individual, child individual, group, and dog. The route takes you through historic Charleston, and even if you don’t want to run, the race is still a site to see!

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