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9 Magical Places to See Christmas Lights

Find lights in your region.

Western      Central      Eastern


 

Western

 

Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore — Asheville

See Biltmore at its most enchanting as you stroll past glowing luminaries, flickering candles and fireplaces, and thousands of glittering Christmas lights.

1 Lodge Street
(800) 411-3812
biltmore.com/christmas


Chetola Resort’s Festival of Lights — Blowing Rock

From dusk to midnight, the grounds of Chetola Resort are illuminated by 30,000 lights. Tour the joyful displays in a car or on foot for free.

185 Chetola Lake Drive
(800) 243-8652
chetola.com/events/festival-of-lights


Lights & Luminaries — Dillsboro

The first two weekends in December are a magical time for downtown Dillsboro, where more than 2,500 luminaries light up the streets.

Front Street
facebook.com/dillsboroluminaries

 

Central

 

Sunset Hills — Greensboro

Take a nighttime drive through this historic neighborhood and look up: Balls of light in all sizes and colors are strung up high in nearly every tree.

Rolling Road


Christmas Town, USA — McAdenville

Every December, residents of McAdenville string up thousands of twinkling lights, transforming their village into Christmas Town USA — and cars line up for miles to catch a glimpse.

mcadenville-christmastown.com


Charlotte Motor Speedway — Concord

Charlotte Motor Speedway turns into the slow lane at Christmastime, when even NASCAR drivers downshift to take in the sights. The four-mile track is decked in four million lights and includes a fully synchronized light show.

5555 Concord Parkway South
(800) 455-3267
charlottemotorspeedway.com/events/speedway-christmas

 

Eastern

 

Lu Mil Vineyard Festival of Lights — Elizabethtown

Once the Thanksgiving table is cleared, Lu Mil Vineyard starts its light show with a stacked country buffet, visits with Santa, and an old-fashioned candy shop.

438 Suggs-Taylor Road
(910) 866-5819
lumilvineyard.com


Enchanted Airlie — Wilmington

Take in the gorgeous display of art and flowers on the grounds while listening to live music at Airlie Gardens, which is draped in more than a million lights.

300 Airlie Road
(910) 798-7700
airliegardens.org/enchanted-airlie


Elizabethan Gardens — Manteo

Nutcrackers stand guard in front of pathways, while giant stars and bundles of lights hang over visitors as they stroll through these enchanted gardens.

1411 National Park Drive
(252) 473-3234
elizabethangardens.org/winterlights

This story was published on Nov 22, 2021

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