Folly Beach & James Island Festival of Lights

Mon, 11/24

Folly Beach

Folly Beach is located just south of Charleston and is referred to by locals as the “Edge of America”.  My Mom and I went there for a very nice oceanfront lunch at Blu and to check out the area before heading to the Festival of Lights on James Island.  The beach looked very nice, even though it was a windy and chilly day.  The town itself is quite small with little in the way of shopping and dining.  Probably a great place to rent a house, cook on your own, and get away from it all!  Unlike Sullivan’s Island there were ample places to park and access the beach.  I’ll make a note for that for any future visits where it’s warm enough to go to the beach!

Holiday Festival of Lights

This really was a treat – the James Island County Park is transformed into over 700 magical displays of holiday lights covering a variety of subjects from traditional Christmas and fairly tales to dinosaurs and outer space.  You drive your car through the park, and if you’re me, you wave people to go around you so you can snap some pics!  There was an area to get out and walk around and check out a cool 50 ton sand sculpture, an interactive Christmas tree where you can change the lights, a shopping area, Santa’s Village, etc.

The Holiday Festival of Lights has been recognized around the country and the world. It was featured as the only U.S. event in Moscow’s Festival of Festivals and Coastal Living recognized it as “One of the Top 10 Holiday Celebrations”.

For my Chicagoans, think of Zoo Lights on major steroids (and from the comfort of your car)!  Enjoy the pics and a few video clips below!





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