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By Macey Lauren
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Hilton Head is getting into the spirit of the holiday season.
The officials public lighting ceremony of the Dove Street Festival of Lights was held Tuesday evening. Thousands of Christmas lights line the shops and restaurants at Shelter Cove Town Centre. The festival featured fun for the whole family, with the new ice skating pavilion, performances by the Hilton Head High School Marching Band and others, and even Santa himself. It's been a Hilton Head tradition for more than 20 years.
"Not only is it fun and uplifting for all the people that come, it's a community gathering where everyone benefits. The community benefits, the merchants benefit. It's a show for everyone to enjoy," said Paul Beckler, Co-Founder, Duke of Dove.
Organizers collected donations, toys, and canned food items to support local organizations.
"It’s just a great opportunity for people to come out and have fun, and do a little shopping, and also donate to some great causes. It’s a huge community thing, and I think that’s what we always wanted it to be," said Kristi Beckler, Co-Founder.
The Dove Street Festival of Lights will run through Dec. 31. It's open to the public every night from 6 to 10 p.m.
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