Best Christmas Light Displays in Western N.C.

Feeling all jolly? With Christmas being around the corner, you don’t want to miss these amazing light displays across the N.C. Piedmont region. Some of these breathtaking displays are the best in the state. Since it’s the beginning of November, many of these festive events are still in preparations for the season. With plenty of time to plan and prepare your Grinch-type siblings for this adventure, schedule a weekend trip with your family and spend the evening admiring the fairy lights and cherishing the moment. Eggnog and hot chocolate might be included!

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Christmas Town USA – McAdenville

November 30 – December 26

Drive-thru or walk

Free admission

https://www.mcadenville-christmastown.com

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Celebration of Lights & Winterland Express – Kannapolis

November 25 – December 30

The Winterland Express: 6 – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 6 – 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Features Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express, Model Train Displays, and Walks Through the Park.

Drive-thru or walk

Free admission for viewing of the lights. Train and carousel: $2.00 per ride.

http://www.kannapolisnc.gov/Government-Departments/Parks-Recreation/Kannapolis-Christmas/Celebration-of-Lights-Winterland-Express

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Holidays at The Garden – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont

November 23 – January 6, 2019

Walk

Paid admission: $12.95 – $16.95. Children under 2 are admitted free.

https://www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/public-garden-events/holidays-at-the-garden

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Speedway Christmas – Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord

November 18 – December 31

Drive-thru and walk

Features Speedway Christmas and Christmas Village.

Paid admission for Speedway Christmas: $30 – $140

Paid admission for Christmas Village: $25 – $175

https://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/events/speedway-christmas

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Forest City Christmas – Forest City

November 22 – January 2, 2019

Drive-thru or walk

Free admission

https://www.townofforestcity.com/forest-city-christmas

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WinterFest – Carowinds, Charlotte

November 18 – December 31

Walk

Paid admission: $26 – $299 + $16 Parking Pass

https://www.carowinds.com/play/winterfest

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Christmas At Biltmore – Biltmore Estate, Asheville

November 3 – January 6, 2019

Walk

Paid admission: $55 – $85. Children 9 and younger are admitted free.

https://www.biltmore.com/events/christmas-at-biltmore-daytime-celebration-1

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The North Carolina Arboretum – Asheville

November 16 – December 31

Walk

Paid admission: $10 – $18. Children 4 and younger are admitted free.

https://www.ncarboretum.org/exhibits-events/winter-lights

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Tanglewood Festival of Lights – Clemmons

November 16 – January 1, 2019

Features Festival of Lights and S’moresville.

Drive-thru or walk

Paid admission: $5 – $100

http://www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/?utm_source=www.visitnc.com&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=downstream-referral

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Old Salem – Winston-Salem

November 17 – December 29

Walk

Features Salem Saturdays at Christmas, Salem Night: Softly the Night is Sleeping, Christmas by Candlelight Guided Tours: A Baking We Go!, and Winter Fair 2018.

Paid admission: $16 – $35. Children 3 and younger are admitted free.

http://www.oldsalem.org/calendar-programs/holidays

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Chetola Resort’s Festival of Lights – Blowing Rock

November 23 – January 27, 2019

Drive-thru or walk

Free admission

https://blowingrock.com/festival-of-lights-at-chetola-resort

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Country Christmas Train – Denton

November 23 – December 27

Walk

Features Handy Dandy Railroad, Reid Plantation, Santa’s cabin, Gingerbread House, General Store, Doll Museum and all the Arts & Crafts exhibits.

Paid admission: $5 – $15. Children 4 and younger are admitted free.

https://dentonfarmpark.com/country-christmas-train

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The Polar Express Train Ride – Bryson City

November 9 – December 31

Ride

Paid admission: $10 – $79. Children 23 months old and younger are admitted free in coach class.

https://www.gsmr.com/events/polar-express#.W-Cz3flKiUk

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Lowes Foods Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting – Hickory

November 16

Free admission

http://www.hickorync.gov/content/lowes-foods-christmas-parade-and-tree-lighting

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Waldensian Trail of Faith – Valdese

November 20

Drive-thru or walk

Free admission

https://www.facebook.com/WaldensianTrailofFaith

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Christmas Events – Historic Latta Plantation, Huntersville

Victorian Christmas: November 23 to November 24

Paid admission: $9 – $10. Members and children 5 and younger are admitted free.

Christmas Tours by Candlelight: December 1 and December 8

Paid admission: $15

A Homeschool Christmas: December 6

Paid admission: $6. Members and children 4 and younger are admitted free.

Old Fashioned Christmas Tea: December 8 – December 9

Paid admission: $30 per pair.

https://www.lattaplantation.org/events

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Walk Thru Bethlehem – Mooresville

December 7 – December 8

Free admission

http://www.walkthrubethlehem.org

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Christmas at the Henry River Mill Village – Hickory

December 8

Paid admission: $5

https://www.facebook.com/henryrivermillvillage

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