By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor
With the turkey safely stowed away in stomachs for another year, thoughts turn to the next big festivity on the calendar. Christmas is less than a month away, and the islands are getting in the spirit next week with some holiday festivities.
Coming Friday December 6, help Sullivan’s Island light its Christmas tree outside the fire station at 2050 Middle Street. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., the lights turn on at dusk. Free food, live singing from the Wando High School Chorus, and the promise of a visit by “a special person,” should make this a wonderful event.
Next Saturday, December 7, head down to the Isle of Palms Front Beach for the 2nd Annual IOP Holiday Festival. From 2 – 7 p.m. there will be carnival rides, a ferris wheel, jump castles, climbing walls and, of course, the annual lighting of the tree, with the assistance of Santa Claus. This holiday extravaganza is also completely free.
The event began last year, when the IOP decided to revamp their annual lighting of the tree tradition.
“The lighting of the tree has been going on for over 13 years,” said Will McElheny of the IOP Recreation Department. This is the second year we’ve done a festival. It’s really big for us, and it’s free. Free rides, free live music from Connor Christian and South Gothic, as well as some local bands,” McElheny said.
Local restaurants will also be on hand selling their fare, and the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School Chorus will be performing. In addition, the IOP Exchange Club plans to serve up Laura Devita’s famous chili.
Be sure to make it in time for the lighting of the 22 foot Christmas tree at 5:15 p.m., and Santa will make his lap available from 4-6:30 p.m.