Charleston(opens in a new tab) comes alive during the holidays, and enchanting activities for all ages abound. Here are just a few of the festive holiday celebrations to enjoy right now. Holiday Festival of Lights James Island County Park, November 10, 2011–January 1, 2012 With over 2 million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights(opens in a new tab) is a must-see event. Set up as a 3-mile driving tour or a fun-filled train ride, the Festival of Lights also offers several activities besides twinkling lights, such as marshmallow roasts, gift shops, carousel rides, life-size greeting cards, and a tree lighting. The driving tour is $12 per car, and the train ride is $3 per person. Children under 2 are admitted free. Charleston Christmas Sleigh Ride 2011 Charleston Harbor, December 1–31, 2011 Every night in December excluding Christmas, Thriller Charleston(opens in a new tab) hosts sleigh rides by boat to look at the Christmas lights and decorations. You’ll depart from Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant and see the sights in Charleston, James Island, and Mt. Pleasant. As you drink hot cocoa, you’ll hear charming stories of Charleston’s Christmas customs. You keep your travel mug and rain poncho. Sleigh rides are $45 for adults and $35 for children ages 5–12. Children under 5 are admitted free, but do not receive the hot chocolate or rain poncho.

What’s your favorite Charleston holiday tradition?