The Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park runs from Nov. 9 through Jan. 1, but preparations began in the summer. Park staff members set up 750 light displays with the help of 250 seasonal workers and employees from other county parks. The festival uses 2 million lightbulbs. “There are a lot of moving pieces,” said park General Manager Randy Woodard.
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Click arrows to advance slideshow. Volunteers Sandra and Robert Raines replace bulbs and wiring. “It’s a lot of fun,” Robert said, working alongside his wife of 58 years. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
Maintenance supervisors Josh McDaniel (left) and Eric Russo replace lightbulbs that will spotlight large-scale greeting cards made by Lowcountry students as part of a competition. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
Employees Christin Darling (from left), Lauren Keane, Woodard and Joey Crawford meet in the gift shop. “It’s like Christmas every day,” Crawford said of incoming shipments. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
Light show specialist Ron Willis has worked the festival for 15 years. Park employees build and repair light displays in-house, replacing about 200,000 lightbulbs in preparation. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
Operations manager Drew Hill and Woodard hang garland. Around 230,000 people each year come see the lights during the festival — about a third of the park’s annual guests. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
Area Manager Joel Thompson (from left), Assistant Director Eric Stewart and Woodard inspect the carousel. It takes about a day to reassemble, rewire and test the ride. (Photo/Liz Segrist)
Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.