Christmas Light Shows and Displays around the NC Western Piedmont

December 1, 2023

Are you planning to take the family to see the Christmas lights? Below is a list of some of the best holiday light displays in and around our area, organized by region. If you know of any others worth a family drive or look-see, email me at We'll keep this list up through the end of the year for reference when you're looking for fun family entertainment this holiday season.

A lot of light shows have been converted into a drive-through experience, although others may still have you park and walk. Always follow state guidelines regarding in-person events, and it's always a good idea to double-check with the venue before heading out. Wet weather will affect some of these displays.


Light Up Lenoir Christmas Light Show  
The Square in Downtown Lenoir (801 West Avenue NW)
Continues through January 1, 2024
6-10pm nightly

JIRDC Christmas Light Display 
300 Enola Rd, Morganton
Continues through Dec. 31st, 2023
5:30-10pm nightly
FREE; donations accepted

Waldensian Trail of Faith Christmas Lights 
401 Church Street, Valdese 
Starting November 21st, continues through December 24, 2023
6-9 PM nightly
Donation of $1+ per vehicle
$1 Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider in the Visitor's Center

Lake Vista Lane 
corner of Rink Dam Rd, Taylorsville
Private residence with thousands of lights and displays
even plays their own Christmas music
dates unknown, worth a drive-by!

Lew's Lights 
22 Five Oaks Ln, Hickory (Bethlehem)
Beginning Dec. 10th, 6-9pm nightly

Chester Family Light Show
1350 Saviour Lane, Granite Falls
Nov. 21st 2023 - New Years Eve
6-9 nightly - tune radio to 93.9 FM

Lights on 13th Street 
319 W. 13th Street, Newton
Thanksgiving - New Years
5:30pm - 11pm
FREE (Video below)
Please consider leaving a donation for the ECCCM


Tweetsie Christmas 
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock
Select Evenings in Nov. and Dec. 2023
$60 Adults, $40 kids, 2 & under free

Chetola Resort Festival of Lights
185 Chetola Lake Drive, Blowing Rock
Nov. 24, 2023 - Jan 28, 2024
Enjoy a sparkling display of lights each winter season! The “Festival of Lights” is free and open to the public, and you are invited to enjoy thousands of dazzling illuminations throughout the resort. As you drive or stroll around Chetola Lake, view glittering ice skaters, “Rudolph” reeling in a big fish, strolling carolers, and many more captivating holiday scenes. The displays illuminate at dusk each evening.


Animated Christmas Light Show
512 Fran Ave, Lincolnton

Isenhour Lights 
411 E Dixon St, Lincolnton

480 Abby Park Ln, Lincolnton
Private residence with lights, displays and music
dates unknown, worth a drive-by!


Christmas Town USA 
off I-85 exit 22, McAdenville 
December 1 through December 26, 2023
5:30pm - 10pm

Holidays at the Garden 
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont
November 24, 2023 through Dec. 23, 2023
Lights on 5pm-9pm nightly
$25 for adults, $15 children 2-12

Speedway Christmas 
Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord
November 17, 2023, through January 7, 2024
6-10 pm nightly (Closed Christmas Eve).
$35 Priced Per Car (15 people max)


Tanglewood Festival of Lights 
4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons
(Take I-40 East to Exit 180 (NC-801-Tanglewood/Bermuda Run) and follow the Tanglewood Park signs).
November 11, 2023, through January 1, 2024
6-11 pm nightly
$20 per family vehicle (cars, vans, and trucks)
Discount Nights and commercial/bus rates are available

Christmas Wonderland of Lights 
Zootastic Park, 448 Pilch Road, Troutman
November 18, 2023 through January 1, 2024
Sun-Thur 6-9 pm, Fri-Sat 6-10 pm
$17 Adults, $15 Children 2-11, 2 and under free


Forest City Christmas Lights 
Main Street, Forest City
Nov. 24, 2023 through January 1, 2024
5 - 11:30 pm nightly
FREE, small charge for hayride and ice skating

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum 
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville
Walk Through Daily Nov. 17th - December 31, 2023
5:30 - 10:30 pm
Price depends on the date: Click Here

Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings 
1 Lodge St, Asheville
November 3rd through January 6th, 2023
Tours are by reservation only, starting at 5:30pm nightly
Self Guided Tours start at $120
Save when you buy your tickets online

Lake Julian Festival of Lights 
406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden
Dec 4 through December 23, 2022
Walk or Drive through, 6 -9 PM Nightly
Personal Vehicles $10, bus pricing is also available.

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