Media Room

Light Display on Water
Welcome to the Holiday Festival of Lights Media Room, an online source for news media. The 27th Annual Holiday of Lights runs November 11, 2016 through January 1, 2017 at James Island County Park. The 2017 event will open Nov. 10, 2017. For more information, please contact our Publicity Coordinator, Sarah Reynolds at 843-762-2172 or by email.

2016 Festival Press Releases

Winner announced for the Kids' Light Display Design Contest
Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk
2016 Festival Press Release with calendar of events
Nightly Events Calendar
Skip the line to Mingle with Kringle this year!
Support the Lowcountry Food Bank and save on Holiday Festival of Lights  - Monday through Thursday
Winners announced for Giant Greeting Card Competition opening night

2015 Festival Press Releases 

Festival wins Third Best Holiday Festival in the US! (PDF)

History and behind-the-scenes

of 25 years, from November 2014 (PDF)

Festival Fun Facts

How many light bulbs are at the festival? How long does it take to create a light display? How many tons of sand are in the sand sculpture? Find out in our Fun Facts (PDF) sheet...


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Recent Accolades

“Third Best Holiday Festival in the US,” USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, 2015 
“Third Best Public Lights Display in the US,” USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, 2014
A “Top 20 Event in the Southeast,” Southeast Tourism Society, November 2013
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