WRAL/Capitol Broadcasting, in partnership with the City of Raleigh, is bringing a new holiday attraction to the Triangle.
WRAL Nights of Lights is a drive-thru light show at Dorothea Dix Park.
The 1.3 mile route will wind through the park, with illuminated trees, festive light displays and local art installations, all with the towering oaks, rolling hills and open fields of Dix Park as the backdrop.
Some of the displays:
- Magical Christmas trees
- Holiday light tunnel
- Santa and elves
- Wintry fun scenes
- Snowflake Land
- Christmas Toy Factory
- Patriotic display
- Snow Family
- Railroad lights
Dates and Times
Nights of Lights will operate nightly from Wednesday, December 16th, through Thursday, December 31st, 2020, with the exception of Christmas Day.
- December 15th: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Bike Night)
- December 16th to 27th (except December 25th): 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- December 28th and 29th: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- December 30th: 5:30 pm. to 11 p.m.
- December 31st: 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
The show will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on most nights. On discount nights (see below) it ends at 10 p.m., and on December 31st it will be going on until 12:30 a.m.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will be available for 30-minute time slots, with limited tickets available for each block. You can arrive up to 10 minutes before your time slot.
Tickets are $15 per car or pickup truck, and $30 for vehicles with 9 or more passengers.
Tickets will be on sale starting Saturday, November 21st, 2020, at 11 a.m.
There’s a 10 foot vehicle height limit.
You can purchase tickets for WRAL Nights of Lights online or by calling 800-514-3849.
There will be discounts on Monday, December 28th, and Tuesday, December 29th.
On Discount Nights the price is just $10 per vehicle for cars and pick-up trucks and $25 per vehicle with 9 or more passengers.
Ride your bike through the Nights of Lights event during the special designated time for visitors on bicycles only. Tickets are $4 per person. Event route will be modified so bikes enter and exit at Hunt Drive park entrance.
Full bike route will be 2.6 miles. For safety, bike lights, masks and socially distant riding is required.
Bike Night is Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All bikes must exit by 6:30 p.m.
First Night Celebration
On Wednesday, December 30th, and Thursday, December 31st, there will be an extra dose of New Year’s Eve sparkle, from Artsplosure.
On December 30th and 31st, during the First Night festivities, tickets will be $20 for cars and pickup trucks, and $40 for vehicles with 9 or more passengers.
Express Lane Tickets
A limited number of express lane tickets will be available within every 30-minute time block for $30, except on the4 discount nights and the First Night Celebration.
Enter from 75 Hunt Drive, Raleigh. Have your tickets downloaded or printed out. You must remain in your vehicle the whole time. Restrooms will not be available. There will be no food or beverage sold. You can bring your own food and beverage, but no alcohol.
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More upcoming holiday eventsCheck out our huge list of holiday events in the Triangle, or look at a few of them here:
Friday, November 27, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Sunday, December 6, 2020