Last night, we went to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. The festival has been going on for 24 years and this year began November 8th and ends December 31st.
Note: If you plan to camp at the park during this time, be sure to make reservations well in advance. I wasn't aware of the festival and attempted to make reservations last week for this week and it did not work out.
There are over 700 light displays visible from the comfort of your vehicle as you drive through the winding park roads. There is also a place to park and walk around. We saw a sand sculpture, gingerbread houses, and some light displays that you can't see from the road including a one that blinks to music - my favorite. There is a carousel, train, and climbing wall that require the purchase of tickets. Several large gas fire places are available to warm up and roast marshmallows - $2 marshmallow kits are available at the concession or bring your own. Other concessions are also available. We avoided the Santa Gift shop and Sweet Shop, but they make a nice addition.
Admission is $15 per car (15 passengers or less) seven days a week. Monday through Thursday, if you donate a nonperishable food item, the entry fee is $5 off.
My kids loved it and it put us all in the holiday spirit.