This post is from 2014. For the most recent post on holiday lights with over 50 displays listed click here.
It’s Christmas time! There are many fun things to do this time of year in and around the Lake Norman and Charlotte area. Our family so enjoys riding around and seeing all of the great decorations and lights this time of year. I wanted to share with you some of our favorites in the area so that you can take your family and enjoy them too. If you find other great light displays, please share them with us too!
BTW – if you are looking to buy a house so you can decorate with lots of lights- contact us!
Located in downtown Mooresville, NC the James Family Christmas show is a computer controlled show with music and lights. This is an annual show with over 75,000 lights. The sound is transmitted over a radio station which you can tune into at the show. This is a great show loved by the locals and is definitely worth seeing.
Zootastic Park of Lake Norman always has a great display, is easy to get to and a great show! 448 Pilch Rd., Troutman, NC 28166
2.5 million lights, dancing light show, picture opportunity with Santa (and a tiger cub if you choose), petting zoo, pony rides, tiger feedings, s’mores and great memories! It takes about an hour to drive through the lights on busy nights. $6.00 per person
More than 3 million lights in 800 displays, located in the infield and the unique opportunity to drive the race track. A Christmas Village (Thursday – Sunday nights) gives visitors the opportunity to see the recreated Bethlehem Village, take photos with Santa, marshmallow roasting and a petting zoo. On Friday and Saturday nights a Christmas themed movie will play on the world’s largest HDTV for your enjoyment during the show. Cost is $20 per car or minivan (up to 8 people).
The whole town of McAdenville puts on a a huge display of Christmas lights every year and has for many, many years. The town of McAdenville and it’s Christmas display have been featured in many national publications and television shows dating back to 1980. McAdenville is known as “Christmas Town U.S.A.” and is located between Charlotte and Gastonia off of I-85. Drive your car through or get out and walk the route. In addition to the show, the annual Yule Log Ceremony and Parade takes place on Dec. 14th. McAdenville’s lights are on Monday – Friday from 5:30 – 9:30 and on Saturday & Sunday from 5:30 – 11:00. This is a free event to the public.
Christmas at The Library – Billy Graham Library, 4330 Westmont Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217
December 1st to December 23rd the Billy Graham library offers free admission to see a live nativity, caroling, Christmas story time for kids, and their Journey of Faith Tour. You can also Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride ($7 adults $3 kids under 12) through the beautiful light displays. You can even have Christmas dinner Thursday – Saturday evenings. ($18.95 adult, $8.95 children). Christmas at the Library is named as a Top 20 even by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Tanglewood Festival of Lights – 4201 Manor House Cir, Clemmons, NC 28012
Next to McAdenville, this one is probably my favorite light display in our general area. It’s a little bit of a drive (just outside of Winston-Salem) but WOW, it’s well worth it! Located at Tanglewood Park, this is one of the largest and most spectacular shows in the Southeast! It is a 4 mile route with about a hundred displays. On average 250,000 visitors attend this event each year. Tanglewood’s Fesitval of Lights is a Top 20 event in the Southeast and a top 100 event in North America. In addition to all the great light displays, you can have a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, stop by the Holiday Gift Village and enjoy concessions. 6:00 – 11:00 nightly through January 1, 2015. Cars, minivans are $15 Special Throwback nights are only $5 if you wear Santa hats.