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Holiday Festival of Lights Grand Opening Celebration

When: Fri., Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m. 2011

For all the complaints people make about how the world insists on starting Christmas celebrations too early, this criticism should not be applied to twinkly lights, which can convert even the grinchiests of grinches. Get a sneak peek at James Island County Park’s yearly Holiday Festival of Lights at the Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run and Walk. It’s a non-competitive two-mile course decorated with more than 600 light displays. And then when you’re done, you get to enjoy all the other cool stuff at the fest, which doesn’t officially open until Nov. 11. The kickoff celebration that day will feature a tree-lighting ceremony, and the winners of the annual greeting card and gingerbread house competitions will be announced. What, would you rather stay home and watch Christmas commercials?

Susan Cohen

Price: $12/standard vehicle

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