All over North Carolina, there are plenty of magical Christmas light moments to experience.

Christmas is a great time to gather your family up for a quick road trip. The kids are out of school, and you have days off, so why not head out on an epic family adventure? Or, a quick day trip for starters? Whether you’re a local looking for some festive fun or planning a visit to North Carolina, you won’t want to miss these enchanting Christmas lights attractions in our great state.

They’re guaranteed to ignite joy and fill you with the holiday spirit! From dazzling light shows to whimsical displays, each destination offers a unique and magical experience. So grab your loved ones, bundle up in cozy attire, and get ready for a mesmerizing journey through these spectacular showcases of lights. Happy holidays from my personal fav: the beautiful state of North Carolina!

One of the most popular is certainly the world-recognized McAdenville transformation. USA Today even recognizes it as one of the best in the country:

“McAdenville is nicknamed “Christmas Town USA” for good reason. Each winter, this small town in North Carolina transforms into a festive, twinkling wonderland, dotted with thousands of lights, dramatic displays, and a spirited Main Street. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Christmas Town USA every December to drive or walk by breathtaking holiday displays — a tradition that dates back to the ’50s.”

So take a journey with us around North Carolina for the most enchanting Christmas lights displays.


  • McAdenville Christmas Town USA

    Every year, the small town of McAdenville transforms itself into a Christmas wonderland with gorgeous lights, stunning displays, and a festive atmosphere. It’s definitely worth a visit!

    McAdenville Chirstmastown


  • Lights on the Neuse

    This one-mile long Christmas hayride takes you through a beautiful Christmas forest filled with thousands of lights. It’s a magical experience that shouldn’t be missed.

    Boyette Family Farms, INC Events

    Bring your family and celebrate Christmas at Lights on the Neuse. This down home Christmas Lights farm is located on Boyette Family Farms convenient to Clayton, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Smithfield, Dunn, and Benson, NC. A Family Christmas Hayride at Lights on the Neuse. Bring yo...



  • Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum

    Over half a million twinkling lights await you at the NC Arboretum. The displays feature unique themes and an enchanting winter wonderland for all to enjoy.

    Winter Lights - The North Carolina Arboretum

    Join Us for Winter Lights November 18 - December 31, 2022! Winter Lights is a spectacular open-air walk-through light show made from over one million lights!

  • Hill Ridge Farms Festival of Lights

    This family-friendly event offers a hayride through a beautiful farm adorned with over a million lights. The festival also includes bonfires and marshmallow roasting.

  • Lake Myra Christmas Lights

    This residential light display in Wendell is one of the most famous in the state. It features over 400,000 lights synchronized to music.

    Final night: 25th Anniversary Lake Myra Christmas Lights in Downtown Wendell - Triangle on the Cheap

    One of the largest and most spectacular Christmas light displays in North Carolina is at 10 S. Cypress St, Wendell. Lake Myra Christmas Lights features almost a quarter of a million lights that dance in a synchronized show, with special effects, to holiday music. There's also a 50-foot decorated Christmas tree!

  • Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway

    With more than 4 million lights in a drive-thru light park, this is one of the most spectacular Christmas light displays in North Carolina.


    Tickets, schedules & news for NASCAR, NHRA and World of Outlaws races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track

  • Enchanted Airlie

    Airlie Gardens in Wilmington offers a captivating walking tour through festive light displays, floral creations, and holiday sounds.

  • Christmas at Biltmore

    The Biltmore Estate in Asheville goes all out for the holidays, with dozens of Christmas trees, thousands of ornaments, and an array of festive lights.

    Christmas at Biltmore

    Select from daytime and evening experiences while Biltmore House and the entire estate are beautifully bedecked for Christmas.

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