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Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk Scheduled for Two Nights in November



Runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to traverse through hundreds of light displays to kick off the holiday season. This year’s Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk takes place on Wednesday, November 13th and Thursday, November 14th at James Island County Park.

This unique event offers participants an extraordinary opportunity to see the lights on foot before the popular festival opens to the general public and vehicular traffic. This two-mile, non-competitive run/walk is offered on two evenings before the festival’s opening. Registration is now open at

Much of the Holiday Festival of Lights is normally seen from a vehicle, so the Fun Run and Walk offers a leisurely opportunity to explore the displays up close. Participants will get a preview of the festival’s 700+ illuminated displays during the run/walk. Then, families can enjoy all of the holidy amenities that the festival offers, including gift shops, marshmallow roasting, train and carousel rides, and much more.

Advance registration is required for the Fun Run and Walk, and this event often sells out in advance. Interested participants are encouraged to register now before it sells out. Register by phone at 843-795-4386 or online at by November 13th. Race fees are $12. Ages 2 and under are free, but will still need a ticket to gain entry into the park. This is a wheelchair and stroller-friendly course. Socialized dogs on short, non-retractable leashes are welcome. Retractable leashes, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters are not permitted.

All participants must be pre-registered and have an admission ticket to enter the park. There will be no on-site ticket sales. James Island County Park will close to incoming traffic at 6:30 pm; therefore, participants are encouraged to arrive early. Flashlights are recommended for optimal visibility. The park will reopen to outgoing traffic at approximately 8:30 pm.

For more information on the Fun Run and Walk, call (843) 795-4386 or visit The Holiday Festival of Lights opens to the general public on November 15th and will be open nightly through Dec. 31, 2019, at James Island County Park. For more information on the festival, visit

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