Arboretum Winter Lights
Stroll through spectacular lighted displays at the NC Arboretum and see the gardens in a completely new way. The Arboretum’s Winter Lights will enhance the natural beauty of the gardens as you celebrate the holidays. Advance tickets only — no tickets sold at the gate! Tickets sold exclusively through eTix.com. Tickets are date-specific and limited. Cost is $18 per adult and $16 for children (ages 5 to 11). Children age 4 and under are free.
Enjoy this drive-thru show with more than 50 animated light displays and thousands of colored lights from the comfort of your vehicle. December 5–23, 6–9 pm every night. Cost is $5 per car. Take Long Shoals Road for 1.1 miles to Overlook Road traffic light. Turn right on Overlook Road Extension. Travel .1 mile. Park entrance is on the left.
The 22nd Annual National Gingerbread House Competition has been judged and awards given, and the display will be set up throughout the Omni Grove Park Hotel and open for viewing from Sunday through Thursday through January 1st, excluding holidays. The gingerbread creations are spectacular and not to be missed. Parking fees to be donated to local charities.