Charleston, SC / Holiday Festival of Lights
We were able to score 25 sites at James Island County Park during the Holiday Festival of Lights. We have four nights, starting Sunday, November 25 (the Sunday following Thanksgiving) through Wednesday, November 28 with departure on Thursday.
For those not familier with either the campground or the festival, James Island County Park has a premier campground with 125 sites, most with full hookups. Sites are very level, and many are secluded by trees, although not all of ours will be secluded. The campground has free wi-fi but no cable.
The park itself is about one square mile, beautifully landscaped, and includes forested areas, marshes, and open meadows. All of the areas support native wildlife. There are six miles of paved hiking / biking trails, almost all level.
The Holiday Festival of Lights is a spectacular event that includes over a hundred unique figures, built in the park by park staff, and ranging up to 60 feet tall and nearly 200 feet long. The three-mile display is illuminated by over 3 million Christmas lights. We'll be right in the middle of the action. Although there can be traffic issues in the evening (although not too bad midweek) the beauty of the setting more than compensates, IMHO.
Cindy and I had the pleasure of volunteering to help set up and operate the festival in three different years, for about 3 to 4 months each time. We've made great friends there, and it's become one of our favorite events.
As mentioned, we were able to secure 25 sites, and are currently negotiating pricing on tours of historic Charleston, Fort Sumter, and Magnolia Plantation, as well as several group meals.
We'll be posting information on the FROG website soon, including a registration form, as soon as we can firm up the pricing and schedule. In the meantime, I wanted to give FR Forum members a "heads up."