Where to See Holiday Lights in Raleigh-Durham

Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, NC decorated for Christmas

 Bill Dickinson (CC BY-NC 2.0) / Flickr

One of the best parts of the winter holiday season is the chance to see sparkling light displays, which bring a welcoming glow to the night at the darkest time of the year. During the holidays, the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina is bright with Christmas lights (and the occasional Hanukkah or Kwanzaa display). There are some great places in the Triangle to see holiday lights in 2019, from tower lightings to tractor rides through winter wonderlands.

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Lake Myra Christmas Lights

Christmas lights at Lake Myra

 Lake Myra

Lake Myra Christmas Lights is a spectacular 30-90 minute light show set to music, located in Wendell, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Raleigh-Durham. The display features more than 180,000 lights that are computer synchronized to "dance" in time to the music.

For 2019, the lights will be turned on daily from November 27 through December 31, weather permitting. The show is free, though donations are accepted.

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Lights on the Neuse

Take a 30-minute tractor-drawn hayride through a light display and winter wonderland complete with holiday music at the Lights on the Neuse on Boyette Family Farms in Clayton, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Raleigh-Durham. After the ride, take some time to visit with Santa or enjoy some candy or hot cocoa from Santa's Sweet Shoppe.

Lights on the Neuse is open evenings starting November 29, 2019. You can attend November 29 and 30 and all the weekends in December through the 24, along with a few days during the week from mid-December on. Check the schedule for specific days that the attraction is open.

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American Tobacco Tower Lighting

Light Up Durham on the American Tobacco Campus

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The 15th annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting celebration in Durham will take place on December 6, 2019, marking 15 years for this event. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance, and you'll be entertained for free by local bands, and dance and theater groups.

After the lighting, Oxente drummers and Paperhand Puppet Intervention will guide you from Blackwell Street to the CCB Plaza where festivities will continue.

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Lights on the Meadow

Open nightly from December 7-31 in 2019, Lights on the Meadow in Raleigh is a joy for visitors and locals. Look for beautiful light displays and beloved characters like Mickey Mouse, Frosty, Rudolph, and of course, Santa Claus.

If you tune into the radio station 88.3 FM, you can listen to the music synchronized to the lights.

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