Tanglewood Festival of Lights – 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC
Admission: $15 for cars/minivans/trucks; $35 for commerical vans; $100 for buses /motorcoaches.
Dates: Nov. 15-Jan. 1, 2020, 6-11 p.m.; Dec. 31, 6-10 p.m.
To see one of the largest and most spectacular light shows in the Southeast, drive through Tanglewood’s rolling countryside, which is transformed into a winter wonderland. Be sure to stop at the Gift Village & to roast marshmallows at S’moresville., horse-drawn carriage rides, tractor-pulled hayrides, and visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus.
Chinese Lantern Festival – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary, NC
Admission: Any night tickets are $20; specific night tickets are $15 for ages 13 and older
Dates: Nov. 22-Jan. 12, 2020. Tues-Sun 6-10 p.m. Closed Mondays except Dec. 23 & 30.
Booth Amphitheatre is transformed into a dazzling walk-through display with larger-than-life lanterns. Enjoy holiday treats and beverages from venue stands.
Moonlight in the Garden – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC
Admission: Advance tickets are $10 for college students & members, $20 for nonmembers, $5 for children under age 12. Availability is limited.
Dates: Nov. 7–9 & Nov. 14-16. Two timed entries available each evening: 5:30-7:30 p.m. & 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the only opportunity to experience the JC Raulston Arboretum after dark. Bring your family and friends to stroll through the garden, listen to a live band, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, roast a marshmallow or two at the fire pits, and sip a cup of hot apple cider.
Christmas at Biltmore – One Lodge St., Asheville, NC
Admission: Daytime admission pricing: $69-$99; evening admission pricing: $74-$99; free for ages 9 and younger. Buy your ticket seven or more days in advance and save $10 on each admission. Purchase tickets online.
Dates: Nov. 1-Jan. 4, 2020
See the Biltmore Estate adorned in its holiday splendor during an evening visit. A lit towering Norway spruce decorates the grand front lawn. Enjoy the many decorated Christmas trees inside the Biltmore House. In addition, there are 135,000 LED and mini lights sparkling around the estate. Visit Antler Hill Village and Winery, included with admission, for an extraordinary display of holiday lights and wine tastings.
Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum – 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC
Admission: $18 for ages 12 and older; $12 for ages 5-11; free for ages 4 & younger. Members receive discount.
Dates: Nov. 22-Jan. 4, 6-10 p.m. nightly
Stroll through the arboretum gardens to enjoy this annual holiday light exhibition. More than 500,000 LED lights shine to light your way through a festive winter wonderland. Listen to favorite holiday tunes and sip warm beverages along the way. Winter Lights includes interactive games, a model train exhibit, free crafts, a nature-themed animatronic children’s program and more.