Festival of Lights adds new displays, extends nights this year
A Christmas tradition started last year, will be bigger and run longer this holiday season. The 2nd Annual Florence Festival of Lights has been expanded to nine nights this year during the weekends of Dec. 4-6, Dec. 11-13, and Dec. 18-20. The festival provides the opportunity to drive thru Hoffmeyer Place to view the colorful Christmas-themed light displays and an invitation to visit Santa’s Village. Hoffmeyer Place is located at 2441 Hoffmeyer Road. Admission fee is $10 per vehicle up to eight passengers. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m.
Around 150 displays along the streets will light up the night. They include Santa’s workshop, a tropical themed area, Disney characters and one street devoted to a manager display. In addition to the many holiday displays, kids may visit Santa’s Village and speak to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Children may pose for photos with him and at the Christmas-themed cutouts. They may also write a note to Santa and drop it in his mailbox. Kids will also enjoy the balloon artist making a variety of balloon animals.
Santa’s Village will offer hot chocolate, hot apple cider and popcorn, along with other refreshments, for a small fee. There will also be live performances spread out over the nine evenings. The schedule is:
- Dec. 5 - KFA Dance and Gymnastics at 6 p.m., 7 p.m .and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 12 – The King’s Academy Middle School Chorus at 6:30 p.m. and the High School Chorus at 7:30 p.m.
- Dec. 13 – KFA Dance and Gymnastics 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
- Dec. 18 – Florence Masterworks Choir
- Dec. 19 – KFA Dance and Gymnastics at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
This event is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, South Carolina Chapter. Admission is cash or check only. All proceeds will go fight Cystic Fibrosis. Local organizers are Rex and Jane Huggins. “After a successful first year with over 10,000 attendees and $70,000 raised to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, we are thrilled to expand our event this year,” commented Alicia Parsons, executive director S.C. Chapter of CVA. Cystic Fibrosis (CF), is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.
An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) have CF, according to the CF Foundation website. A nonprofit, donor-supported organization, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF. The foundation funds lifesaving research and works to provide access to quality, specialized care and effective treatments for people with CF.
Nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of foundation support. Through its efforts, the life expectancy of a child with CF has doubled in the last 30 years, and research to find a cure is more promising than ever before. For more information on CF, visit their website at http://www.cff.org/ or call the S.C. Chapter office at 843-388-5968. You can find out more about this event by visiting Florence Festival of Lights on Facebook.