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‘Tis the Season!

Holiday displays light up the Lowcountry.

An iconic holiday movie scene occurs in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” when Clark Griswold finally succeeds in lighting the family Christmas lights, all 25,000 of them (not counting the Santa, eight tiny reindeer and the “Merry Christmas” sign). Once lit, the Griswold house is so bright that the lights blind the neighbors. The closest thing the Lowcountry has to that experience is the ’Tis the Season light display at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. The lights — all 30,000 of them — shine brightly from 5:30-9 nightly, through Dec. 30. In addition to the lights, many activities are planned, including visits from Santa, horse and carriage rides, a tiny skating rink, free movies in the park, a kids zone, live music and more.

We asked project manager Sarah Davis what it takes to put on such an elaborate holiday display. She said, for starters: