The Festival of Lights at James Island County Park

Festival of Lights 2015

It’s a Charleston tradition to ring in the holiday season by visiting the Festival of Lights. From aquatic animals to dinosaurs and everything in between, there is sure to be a light display that sparks your interest.

Driving through the park is one way to view the thousands of lights, but guests can park and take a train ride to explore the area. For a long time, the train wasn’t wheelchair accessible. However, this is the first year there is a wheelchair-accessible train car.

The train car has a fold-out ramp allowing one person in a wheelchair to ride at a time. My chair was tied down using the same style of tie downs used in vehicles. The 10-minute tour through the trails of the park provides a fun way to see the lights.

Festival of Lights Train 2015

Rashad Bennett and I on the train.

I’m always excited when accessibility improvements are made. The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has done a nice job to  improve the accommodations for people with disabilities.

The Festival of Lights ends January 3, so be sure to check it out. For more information, visit


About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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