Christmas Light Shows around the NC Western Piedmont

December 3, 2020

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.


Hope Shines Brightly Musical Christmas Light Show  
The Square in Downtown Lenoir (801 West Avenue NW)
November 22, 20200 through January 1, 2021
6-10pm nightly

JIRDC Christmas Light Display 
300 Enola Rd, Morganton
✨ 2020 Dates Coming Soon ✨
5:30-10pm nightly
FREE; donations accepted

Waldensian Trail of Faith Christmas Lights 
401 Church Street, Valdese 
November 24, 2020 through December 24, 2020
6-9pm nightly
FREE; donations accepted

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)
✨ 2020 Dates Coming Soon ✨
6-9pm nightly

Chester Family Light Show
1350 Saviour Lane, Granite Falls
Starting Nov. 23rd
6-9 nightly - tune radio to 93.9 FM

Lights on 13th Street 
319 W. 13th Street, Newton
Nov 20 - January,
5:30pm - 11pm
FREE (Video below)
NEW IN 2020 - Please consider leaving a donation for the Newton Police Department, the donation box is by the Candy Canes on the walkway. 👮‍♂️


Tweetsie Christmas 
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock
November 14, 2020 through December 31, 2020
5-10pm Friday & Saturday nights
$44 Adults, $38 kids, 2 & under free
Limited capacity, book early! 


Animated Christmas Light Show
512 Fran Ave, Lincolnton

Isenhour Lights 
411 E Dixon St, Lincolnton
Sun- Thurs. 5:30 - 10 PM
Fri.-Sat. 5:30 - 11 PM

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, 2020 
5:30pm - 10pm

Holidays at the Garden 
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont
November 27, 2020 through Jan 3, 2020 
Lights on 5pm-9pm nightly
$14.95 for adults, $7.95 children 2-12
Santa will not be at the Garden this year. 

Speedway Christmas 
Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord
November 21, 2020, through January 17, 2021
6-10 pm nightly (Closed Christmas Day).
Priced Per Car (10 people max)

11/21-12/20 (Closed December 8 & 9)
Monday-Wednesday: Car $20 | Van $40 | Bus $140
Thursday & Sunday: Car $25 | Van $50 | Bus $175
Friday & Saturday: Car $30 | Van $50 | Bus $175
2/21-12/24 (Closed Christmas Day)
Monday-Thursday: Car $25 per car | Van $50 | Bus $175
Saturday: Car $30 | Van $50 | Bus $175
Sunday: Car $25 | Van $50 | Bus $175
Monday-Sunday Car $20 | Van $40 | Bus $140
Add an Express Lane Pass for an additional $20


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 13, 2020 through January 1, 2021
6-11 pm nightly
$15 per family vehicle (cars, vans, and trucks)
Discount Nights and commercial/bus rates available
Cash only, the gift village will be closed for 2020. 

Christmas Wonderland of Lights 
Zootastic Park, 448 Pilch Road, Troutman
November 22, 2019 through January 4, 2020
Sun-Thur 6-9pm, Fri-Sat 6-10pm
$8 per person, 2 and under free


Forest City Christmas Lights 
Main Street, Forest City
December 4, 2020, through January 3, 2021
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
Drive-Through Daily until January 10, 2020
5:30 - 10:30 pm
$25 per vehicle 

Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings 
1 Lodge St, Asheville
November 6, 2020 through January 9, 2021
Tours are by reservation only, starting at 5:30pm nightly
$114 adults, $57 youth, kids under 9 free
Save when you buy your tickets online

Lake Julian Festival of Lights 
406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden
Drive-through now - December 23, 2020
5 - 8:30
$10 Personal Vehicles
Van, Coach & Bus rate and advance discount tickets available

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