CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It’s only one week from Christmas and many are getting in the spirit.
The holidays seem to really come to life when city streets and parks light up with decorations. We asked several local cities what they pay for line items like light displays and parades.
The City of Charleston specifically has a “holiday magic budget!”
This year, that figure is $95,589.
So far they’ve spent about $20,000 of that including “a new costume for Mrs. Claus and some items for Santa.”
Tree decorations downtown and electrical bills for all those lights are also on the budget. Events like the tree lighting and Chanukah in the Square have a line items, too. The setup for such event entails costs such as tents, chairs and sound systems.
The City of North Charleston budgeted $28,000 for its festival, parade and light displays.
Its parade ended up being canceled for weather this year. The city says they were able to reschedule most of the music groups and activities.
In Summerville, the town said it doesn’t pay anything additional for the holidays. They said the parade is funded by the nonprofit Summerville DREAM to promote downtown.
Mt. Pleasant reports spending between $25,000 and $50,000 annually on decorations, installations, and hardware.
The final cost depends on how many decorations need to be replaced.
Last year, holiday costs totaled $40,512 in Mt. Pleasant.
Much of the parade is covered by grant money through the Accommodations Tax.