November 09, 2013 One of the Lowcountry’s most beloved holiday traditions, the 24th annual Holiday Festival of Lights offers viewers the chance to see more than 2 million lights along a 3-mile loop. The festival, which opened Friday, features hundreds of light-up displays, ranging from a prehistoric cluster of dinosaurs (complete with an erupting volcano) to traditional holiday fare, such as cartwheel-turning gingerbread men and Santa practicing his golf swing. There’s also plenty of Charleston imagery, including St. Michael’s Church, the Morris Island Lighthouse and the 30-foot-tall juxtaposition of the new and old Cooper River bridges. But the fun doesn’t end there. Also available to folks who want to get out of their car and stretch their legs is the Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Village. While there, roast marshmallows, stroll through the Enchanted Forest Walking Trail, enjoy the card display and more. The Festival of Lights runs through Dec. 31. Go to www.holidayfestivaloflights.com for more information.