Dazzling Holiday Lights in the Carolinas

Family-friendly light displays in McAdenville, Asheville, and Murrells Inlet
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North Carolina Arboretum
The quilt garden at the NC Arboretum

Most Charlotteans know about McAdenville's annual holiday lights display, "Christmastown USA."

Located just 16 miles from Uptown Charlotte, McAdenville lights up on Thursday, December 1, 2016 with a ceremony at 4:30 pm in front of the Pharr Family YMCA. 

As I told Christine Sperrow on WBTV-Bounce this week, there are three more places I recommend to enjoy winter light shows in the Carolinas this year.


Asheville: Biltmore House 

In Asheville, the Biltmore Estate will be lit for Christmas. This year’s theme of “Hearth and Home” highlights the Biltmore House’s many fireplaces, accented with extravagant decorations.

Daytime Tours: Nov. 4, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017. Candlelight Evenings: Nov. 4, 2016–Jan. 7, 2017. Get your tickets in advance for a specific date and time.


Asheville: North Carolina Arboretum

The beautiful NC Arboretum's "Winter Lights" show includes several programs for guests. One great option for the kids is a trolley ride from Asheville and Hendersonville Friday and Saturday nights. The tour itself is on foot.

The show runs Nov. 18, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017 and is open nightly: 6 – 10 p.m. All Winter Lights tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be sold at the gate. This helps manage crowds so everyone can enjoy the evening.


Murrells Inlet: Brookgreen Gardens' Night of a Thousand Candles

Just south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles

I can't say enough about this experience, which includes plenty of live entertainment and great lowcountry food. Enjoy the walking tour and dance to the music if you like.

The event runs Dec. 1-3, 8-10, & 15-18. Again, to manage crowds, advance tickets  are required, and the number of tickets sold each night will be limited. You will need to select a specific date when you purchase tickets. 

The lights are also on for New Year's Eve's "Garden by Candlelight" Pre-Party Dec. 31.