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Behind-the-Scenes of a Holiday Lights Display

See what it takes to put up a massive holiday lights display.

James Island County Park in Charleston, South Carolina is home to one of the best Christmas light displays you’ll find in the South.

The Holiday Festival of Lights spreads Christmas cheer across a 3-mile route featuring around 750 displays illuminated by more than 2 million individual light bulbs. The Christmas lights alone run the electric bill up $1,000 a night, according to Sarah Reynolds, Public Information Officer for Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC).

And would you believe they are making every light display themselves? It all happens inside “Santa’s Workshop.”

The Southern Weekend joined David Chappell, Director of Capital Projects for CCPRC, for a behind-the-scenes look inside the shop. Check out the video to see what it takes to get old and new light displays ready for the holiday season.

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