Looking for the biggest, best Christmas lights in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area for the 2017 Christmas season? Here are a few of the most spectacular displays. Some of these displays are professional operations, but many of them, often synchronized to Christmas music, are put on by regular people, at their own expense, and it takes an incredible amount of time and creativity. So visit and let them know you appreciate it. If the attraction is free, donations are generally appreciated.
Some of these attractions also feature additional activities like Santa visits, train rides or hayrides.
If a radio station is listed, tune your car radio to that station to listen to the coordinated music. Please be considerate of these folks’ neighbors. If a website or Facebook page is listed, make sure to visit and check out any changes in the hours, start dates, and any additional information that you need to know. Some families show videos and pictures of their works in progress as well.
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Lake Myra Christmas
10 S. Cypress St, Wendell, NC 27591
Wednesday, November 22 – Sunday, December 31
Sunday – Thursday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted
Lights on the Neuse
1620 Loop Road, Clayton, NC
Open every weekend and select weeknights beginning Friday, November 24.
Open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets for ages 3 and up are $9. Ages 2 and under are free.
Enjoy a tractor drawn hay ride through the lights. Cookie decorating kits are available at the Sugar Barn, and candy, hot chocolate, and more can be bought at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe. Santa will be there to chat and take pictures.
4546 Godwin Lake Road, Benson, NC 27504
Opens Friday, November 17
Admission is free, but train rides and a carousel are available for $2 each per person. Santa will be there daily until December 24th and pictures can be taken with him for $6. Concessions are available for purchase starting Thanksgiving night.
Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville, NC 27596
Thursday, November 23 – Sunday, December 31
Sunday – Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday is $10. Admission on Wednesdays is $8. Admission on Friday and Saturday is $12. Senior and group discount rates are available.
Enjoy a covered wagon ride through the lights as well as bonfires, a giant slide, an old fashioned toy and candy store, and concessions for purchase from the Chuckwagon Grill and Granny’s Snack Shack.
5725 Fixit Shop Road, Wake Forest, NC
Friday, November 24 – Saturday, January 6
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission is free but donations are accepted
After driving through the lights, feel free to stop and ride the free Santa train and visit the old-fashioned candy store. Santa will be visiting on Wednesdays and every weekend from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.
Country Christmas Train
4259 Handy Road, Denton, NC 27239
Open weekends and select weekdays beginning Friday, November 24 and ending Wednesday, December 27
Sunday – Thursday: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission for adults on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays is $13. On Saturdays adult admission is $15. Admission for children ages 5 -11 is $5 on all days. Children 4 and under are free.
Take a lighted walking tour through the park, and stop to hear carols and the Christmas story at the church. Visit the petting zoo and ride the Handy Dandy Movie and enjoy the lights. Santa will be available for pictures on select days. Food, souvenirs, and crafts will be available for purchase.
NC Chinese Lantern Festival
Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC
Friday, November 24 – Sunday, January 14
Tuesdays – Sundays: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed Mondays except for Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 3-17, and free for ages 2 and under. Discounts are available for senior citizens, college students with IDs, and members of the military on select days
Lights on Canoe Brook
3100 Canoe Brook Parkway, Raleigh, NC
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays
5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekends
Tune in to 97.3 FM to hear accompanying music
Johnson Family Christmas Light Show
101 Chestone Ct, Cary, NC
Lights come on at dusk, but show does not begin until 6 p.m. and ends around 10:30 p.m.
Runs every day until after New Year’s Day, and runs continuously on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Valley Creek Lights
213 Valley Creek Drive, Clayton, NC
Sunday – Thursday: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Magnum Family Christmas Lights
7510 Guess Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 31
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tune in to 90.3 FM to hear synchronized music