Shore Acres Holiday Lights

The lights are up and ready for the Thanksgiving evening opening of the annual Shore Acres Holiday Light display. The gardens will be open and the lights on starting Thanksgiving evening through Dec. 31. Admission is $5.00 per vehicle or the appropriate annual pass.

By Lou Sennick

CHARLESTON — You can tell the holidays have arrived when Shore Acres twinkles.

Last year, there were more than 48,000 visitors to the annual Holiday Light show at Shore Acres State Park.

Starting in 1987, the Friends of Shore Acres started putting up a few strings of lights in the park to celebrate Christmas. According to the park's website, they now have more than 300,000 lights, holiday trees decorated by local groups, lighted sculptures and a few light animations.

The Gardener's House is decorated with Christmas themes in all the rooms. It is also where volunteers pass out cups of hot cider and cookies.

Shore Acres is open to the public each night through Dec. 31. Hours are 4-9:30 p.m., with a $5 admission charge per vehicle or the appropriate annual pass. There is nightly entertainment offered by area singers and musicians. 

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