North Carolina has hundreds of festive Christmas light displays large and small, but this list includes some of our favorites. Scroll through and plan to take your family, friends or just yourself, to see the lights. If you know of other community, commercial or residential displays that you think should be added to our list, please let us know!
An asterisk (*) symbol means the location has been confirmed for 2018!
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland (Canceled for 2017)
The Meadow Lights
4546 Godwin Lake Road
Benson, NC 27504
November 17- December
Christmas and old fashion candy, carrying over 300 varieties. View Christmas lights and displays over 30 acres. Enjoy a
train ride and an overall emphasis on the true meaning of Christmas.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission, Train tickets are $2, Carousel tickets are $2
More Information: www.meadowlights.com/
Island of Lights
1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
November 24 Christmas Lighting at the Lake at 7pm
December 1 Christmas Parade at 7pm
December 2 Christmas Flotilla at 6pm
December 9 Tour of Homes from 5pm to 9pm
December 31 New Years Eve Fireworks on Carolina Beach
The whole island turns into a Christmas wonderland for the season with several events planed.
More Information: www.pleasureislandnc.org/events-details.php?id=1516&month=November
Lights on the Neuse
Christmas Lights Extravaganza
1620 Loop Road
Clayton, North Carolina
November 24, 25 – December 24, 2018 (Select Nights, visit link below for calendar)
Hayride and walk through massive Christmas light display then explore 3D Christmas Barn. Lights on the Neuse features
over 1,000,000 lights. Reservations are necessary for a wheelchair accessible hayride.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (through December 23rd); 5 p.m. – 7p.m. (December 24th) Event closes after last hayride on
Christmas Eve, which departs at 7 p.m.
Cost: $9 for ages 3 and up. Kids 2 and under admitted free.
More Information: www.lightsontheneuse.com
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. South
Concord, NC 28027
November 19 – December 31, 2018
Enjoy more than 3,000,000 lights at this Speedway event. Many of the lights are synchronized to music you can drive
through. This attraction is open nightly and the Christmas Village is open Thursday-Sunday and all Christmas week
(Closed Christmas Day). Come watch movies and hang out with Santa in the Christmas village.
Cost: $30 for cars, $50 for vans, $175 for buses
More Information: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/
Seasons of Giving: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration
529 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28562
Saturday Dec. 9 & Saturday December 16, 2018
Tour the grounds of the palace stepping back in time with individuals in period attire, circus acts, fire eating, sword
swallowing, acrobatics, 18th-century magician, a thrilling balancing act, food, black powder fireworks, and more. Plan to
spend around 3 hours on site if you want to see everything.
Hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 adults, $15 youth
More Information: https://tryonpalace.org/seasons-giving-candlelight-christmas-celebration
Lake Myra Christmas
10 S. Cypress St.
Wendell, North Carolina 27591
November 22 – December 31, 2018
A light show set to music featuring over 180,000 lights. Created by the Williams family, it is an
Hours: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday – Saturday); 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday)
Cost: Free (Donations accepted)
More Information: www.facebook.com/Lake-Myra-Christmas-Lights-185339531491448/
Tanglewood Festival of Lights
Clemmons, North Carolina
(Ten minutes west of Winston-Salem off I-40)
November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Selected as a Top 20 event in the South, the festival features over 1,000,000 lights and numerous
other activities. NOTE: Saturday nights can have as a much as a FOUR HOUR WAIT Consider going Sunday-
Wednesday for easy access!
Hours: 6p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: $15 for family cars
More Information: www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/index.html
Click here to see our complete list of Christmas lights all over the South: www.exploresouthernhistory.com/christmas.