Looking for the biggest, best Christmas lights in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area for the 2019 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.
Important: 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. When the plans are changed, for weather or other reasons, we are usually not notified here.
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 27th to Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
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
Santa will be there Saturdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Bring your camera)
Lights on the Meadow
9301 Hay Meadow Court
Open from December 7th to December 31st. Monday to Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Look at the sign at the beginning of the display to see what radio station to tune to.
Lights on the Neuse
1620 Loop Road, Clayton, NC
Open every weekend and select weeknights from Friday, November 29th to December 24th, 2019 (follow above link for specific days)
Open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. most nights, and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. two Sundays. Open 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Eve
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, but not on Christmas Eve. There’s an extra charge ($6 per group) to sit with Santa for a picture.
Goldman Family Lights
6331 Deerview Drive, Raleigh
Opens Sunday, December 1st, 2019
Runs Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m, and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Check Facebook page (above) for updates, especially due to weather.
Listen to WGFL 90.9 to hear music synchronized to the lights.
4546 Godwin Lake Road, Benson, NC 27504
Opens Friday, November 22nd, 2019, and will be open every day through the Christmas season. Sun to Thur: 5 p.m.to 10 p.m. Fri and Sat: 5 p.m to 11 p.m.
Admission is free, but train rides and a carousel are available for $3 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 28th to December 29th, 2019
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: $10, includes hayride. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $12, includes hayride.
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. Details on Facebook page.
5725 Fixit Shop Road, Wake Forest, NC
Friday, November 29th, 2019, to Friday, January 3rd, 2020
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 29th, and ending Friday, December 27th, 2019 (follow above link for exact dates)
Sunday – Thursday: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission for adults is $15. Children age 5-11: $5. Children 4 and under: 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 Railroad 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 22nd, 2019, to January 12th, 2020
Tuesdays – Sundays: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed Mondays except for Monday, December 23rd and Monday, December 30th
Tickets range from $10 to $20. Follow above link for details and to purchase.
Johnson Family Christmas Light Show
101 Chestone Ct, Cary, NC
Follow above link for updates on schedule.
Magnum Family Christmas Lights
7510 Guess Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 to Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 pm. See Facebook page for specific schedule
Tune in to 90.3 FM to hear synchronized music
Broken Plow Farm’s Lights of Christmas
Check back soon for schedule details
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Broken Plow Farm, 1851 Avents Ferry Road, Sanford
$9 (2018 price; check back soon for 2019 prices) includes a hayride to see the Christmas displays around the farm, the light show, and a visit with Santa (between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) Bring your camera! There’s also a play area and an animal barn.