Runners and walkers preview the Festival of Lights

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- About 700 people got a sneak peak of this year's Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island Wednesday and Thursday nights.

It was all part of this year's annual Fun Run and Walk at James Island County Park.

During the two mile hike, folks got to see this year's light displays from a different view...going through the displays on foot instead of driving through in their cars.

"I really enjoy seeing the lights like this when you take the time to walk through it, said Jennifer Ayers-Millar. "It's just a really great event."

Over 800 people signed up for Thursday night and organizers said the cap was 1,200.

"It's a great chance to stop and take pictures and a great opportunity to combine fitness with the holidays," said Sarah Reynolds with Charleston County Parks.

On Friday night, the 24th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights will open to the rest of the public. The grand opening starts at 6:30 and will include a tree lighting plus live music.

"We'll have Santa later in November, he comes November 27," said Reynolds. "We also have a carousel, we have a portable climbing wall. There's marshmallow roasting. We have live music on select nights so there's really a lot more than just the driving tour."

And if you can't make it to the lights on Friday, don't worry. You will have plenty of time to check out the more than 750 light displays. The Holiday Festival of Lights runs through December 31. The park will be open every day, including Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Folks who come on weekdays have a chance to save on admission. If you bring in a non-perishable food item for the Lowcountry Food Bank Monday through Thursday, you will get $5 off admission to the park.

Besides the light displays, the park also has a large sand sculpture and a chance to do some holiday shopping in the gift shop.

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