Moncks Corner -- Old Santee Canal Park is decking its halls in a whole new way this holiday season.
The park is opening "Celebrate the Season," a one-mile drive-through light display, intended not only to help visitors celebrate the holidays but also as a fundraiser for local charities.
"It's just another opportunity for something to do during the holidays," said park director Troy Diel, who has been planning the show since January.
Diel said it is not competition for Charleston County Park and Recreation's Holiday Festival of Lights, which is about an hour's drive from Moncks Corner.
"We're nowhere near James Island in experience either," Diel said. "They have 22 years putting on a light show. Would I like to be there one day? Of course. This is just year one of what we hope will be many more to come."
Diel said the park held a one-day holiday market last year and expected about 500 visitors. Instead, 3,000 people came.
"That was when we decided to expand it," he said. "The response from the community has been 100 percent excitement."
Diel said park officials and employees from Santee Cooper, which owns the park, studied the infrastructure to determine the placement of the 50 displays, some of which are 35 feet tall.
The event is not intended as a money-maker. Instead, gate admission will be donated to Trident United Way's Berkeley initiatives and the Berkeley County Museum, which is on the grounds of the park.
Read more in Wednesday's editions of The Post and Courier.
If you go:
What: "Celebrate the Season"Where: Old Santee Canal Park, 900 Stony Landing Road, Moncks CornerWhen: Nov. 25-Dec. 31, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are 6-9 p.m. weekdays and 5-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.Admission: $5/vehicle, up to 15-passenger vehicles. Call for group rates.Details: Vehicles will enter the show through Santee Cooper's entrance and then go through the back gate of the park, ending near the park gate house. Visitors can drive through as many times as they'd like in one night. Holiday festivals will be held on the weekends.more information: www.oldsanteecanalpark.org/ celebratetheseason or 899-5200.
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