Holiday Lights Shows Near the Triangle You Have to See in 2020

Holiday Lights Shows Near the Triangle You Have to See in 2020

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the sight of wonderful decorations. While COVID-19 may put a damper on some traditional indoor holiday activities, outdoor holiday lights shows all over the Triangle remain alive and well.

This year, many of the holiday lights shows in the Triangle are drive-through only to keep everyone safe. Here is a list of shows you have to see this winter.

Nights of Lights — Raleigh

Open Dec. 16-31 (except Dec. 25) from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 
$15/car. $30/vehicle that holds nine or more people.
Discount pricing on Dec. 28 and 29

Nights of Lights is one of the newest holiday lights shows in the Triangle.
Image courtesy of Dorothea Dix Park.

The Nights of Lights at Dix Park is one of the newest holiday lights shows in the Triangle. Located near downtown Raleigh, the attraction features a 1.3-mile route that twists and turns through the park. Visitors will encounter festive lights displays, illuminated trees and local art installations throughout their visit.

Nights of Lights is a drive-through event with one exception. On Dec. 15, visitors will be allowed to bike through the course between 5:30-6:30 p.m. Admission to the bike event is $4.

Address: Dix Park, 75 Hunt Drive, Raleigh

Drive-Through Christmas Village at Tobacco Farm Life Museum — Kenly

Open Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12
$10 per car

Over the first two weekends in December, The Tobacco Farm Life Museum, the Town of Kenly and the Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a drive-through Kenly Christmas.

The town’s Tobacco Farm Life Museum will be decked out with traditional porcelain decorations as a life-size Christmas Village. Visitors can drive through the museum grounds to enjoy the sights. Businesses and the streets of downtown Kenly will also be decorated for the holidays.

Address: 709 N Church St, Kenly

Lights on the Neuse — Clayton

Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-6, 10-13, 17-19, 20-24
$10 per person. Free for ages two and under.

Image courtesy of Lights on the Neuse.

Lights on the Neuse offers guests a chance to enjoy the show’s lights and attractions from a hayride. If you want to take the hayride, you’ll have to buy a timed ticket (those options have a tendency to sell out).

Santa will still be in attendance, but he’ll be keeping his distance. Don’t worry —he’ll still be close enough to hear all the Christmas wishes.

This lights show leans into some of the more religious themes of Christmas, making it a good choice for people who want to celebrate their faith with the holiday season.

Address: 1620 Loop Road, Clayton

Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms — Youngsville

Nov. 26 through Dec. 27
$20 per vehicle.

The Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms is one of the most popular holiday lights shows near the Triangle.
Image courtesy of Hill Ridge Farms.

The ever-popular Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms returns for 2020 as a drive-through attraction. Visitors can still enjoy the mile-long path that features over a million lights. However, this year they’ll have to do it from the warmth and safety of their own vehicles.

Advance tickets are not available. You will need to purchase them upon arrival.

Address: 703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville

Fieldstream Farm Lights — Raleigh

Nov. 21 through Dec. 31
Monday through Thursday: 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
$20 per car. More for vehicles that carry more than eight people.

Image courtesy of Fieldstream Farm Lights.

Open since 1996, Fieldstream Farm Lights is one of the more popular holiday lights shows in the Triangle. They were even ahead of the curve by opening their drive-through attraction last year.

Made with more than one million LED lights, there’s plenty to take in. However, the main attraction is the drive-through’s Tunnel of Lights. With over 200,000 LED lights by itself, the tunnel earns the Fieldstream’s website’s claim as “perhaps” one of the longest of its kind.

Address: 8008 Old Stage Road, Raleigh

Wherever you choose to catch your holiday lights shows this season, be sure to be safe. Maintain a safe social distance, wash your hands and mask up at all times.

Looking to pick up a Christmas tree from a locally-owned lot? How about some safe socially-distant holiday activities? Stay tuned to North Carolina News Daily for more holiday updates and information.