Holiday lights are a delightful sight during the holiday season, imbuing Charlotte and the surrounding area with Christmas cheer. Check out all the fantastic lights shows the family will enjoy in the Charlotte area in 2017.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Nov. 17-Dec. 30 @ 5 p.m.
6500 South New Hope Rd., Belmont, NC 28012
The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will be illuminated with over 600,000 sparkling lights, transforming it into a natural winter wonderland. Festive attractions will include model train displays, holiday shopping live music, and warming fires. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available on specified nights for a fee of $6/Adult, $4/Child (3-10). On nights when the carriage rides are not available the Garden Tram will be available and rides will be free with admission. Ticket prices will vary, so check the website for information.
Tanglewood Festival of Lights
Nov. 17-Jan. 1
4061 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons, NC 27012
Take the family for a drive through the Tanglewood Festival of lights to see the delightful holiday displays and over one million twinkling. They suggest seeing the attraction on Mondays-Wednesdays because the lines will shorter than during weekends. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Tanglewood during specified days. Admission is priced by the carload, $15 for a family car. See the website for information about tractor-pulled hayrides, horse-drawn carriage rides, and other information.
Nov. 19-Dec. 31
Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord, NC 28027
The entire family will enjoy the thrill of riding around the Speedway to see over three million twinkling lights over the 3.5-mile course. The experience will be enhanced by new music, Christmas Village, Bethlehem Village, and photos with Santa. There will be movies shown on specified nights so you can cozy up with the family and take in a holiday movie while sitting in your car. Admission will be priced by the carload and will vary depending upon the night of the week, so check the website for information.
A Kannapolis Christmas Celebration of Lights
Nov. 25-Dec. 30 @ 6 p.m.
Village Park, West C St., Kannapolis, NC 28081
A Kannapolis Christmas will be kicked off with an opening celebration that will be fun for the entire family. The Village Park will be illuminated nightly through the holiday season, so the family can take a walk through the park to see the lights. The Winterland Express Train will take the family on a ride to see the decorations for $2/person. Santa will be in his studio each night, so kids of all ages will be able to visit. The Singing Bears will perform every hour on the hour. Take the family to join in the holiday fun in Kannapolis.
Lights on the Neuse
Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 14-17, & 20-24
Boyette Family Farms, 1620 Loop Rd., Clayton, NC 27527
Experience old-fashioned family fun by taking the tractor-drawn hayride through the glittering holiday light show. Visit Christmas Barn where you can meet Santa, Rudolph and a winter wonderland. Tickets will be $9/person, Children ages 2 and under are free.
WinterFest at Carowinds
Nov 24-Dec. 30
300 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273
The popular theme park will be transformed into WinterFest, decorated with more than five million glittering lights, glowing displays, a 70-foot Christmas tree, strolling performers, and live entertainment. There will be up to 16 rides open for a fun night. Purchase tickets online to save money on admission.
Lights on the Square
Nov. 30 @ 5:30 p.m.
1 Bank of America Center, 100 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
The lights will be illuminated in Uptown Charlotte debuting on Nov. 30. Take the family to enjoy the family-friendly lighting event and the free entertainment. Santa will light the tree and then listen to Christmas wishes.
McAdenville Christmas Lights
Dec. 1-26 @ 5:30
McAdenville, NC 28101
McAdenville is a sparkling gem of a town that calls itself Christmas Town U.S.A. for its festive holiday decorations and charming community atmosphere. Take a drive to see the holiday lights, free and open to the public. If possible, go during a weekday, when there is less likely to be a line. They recommend arriving early, finding a place to park and walking through the town so you can enjoy the lights and decorations at a leisurely pace.
Country Christmas Train
Nov. 28-30, Dec. 4-6, 11-14, 18-23, & 26-27
Denton FarmPark, Denton, NC 27239while you travel. Visit the church and sing carols and explore the Gingerbread House, Service Station, Arts & Crafts exhibits, Doll Museum, and the General Store. Ticket prices vary.