Here's where you can see holiday light displays in Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville this year

ByEmily Padula WTVD logo
Friday, December 18, 2020
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Here are some of the free and ticketed holiday light displays in our area this year. Many of the displays are drive-thru so you can enjoy while safely distanced during this 2020 holiday season.


Heindel Christmas Magic - Free

The Heindel family has been decorating for almost 50 years and every year, it's gotten bigger. The family starts decorating after Halloween. They appeared on ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight in 2017.

8501 Sleepy Creek Drive

Raleigh, NC 27613

Heindel Christmas Magic

Goldman Family Lights - Free

6331 Deerview Drive

Raleigh, NC 27606

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Happyland Christmas Lights - Free

The giant display was retired in 2016 after its appearance on Great Christmas Light Fight, but the home still has plenty of festive decorations.

5504 Huntingwood Drive

Raleigh, NC 27606

The Nelson's Christmas Show - Free

3909 Falmouth Drive

Raleigh, NC 27601

Lights on the Meadow - Free

9301 Hay Meadow Court

Raleigh, NC 27603

Tune to 88.3 FM to enjoy lights synced to music while remaining in your car


Winter Wonderland Walk at American Tobacco Campus - Free

Mangum Family Christmas Lights - Free

7510 Guess Road

Hillsborough, NC (Durham County)

Christmas Plugged at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church - Free

This synchronized light show runs nightly from dusk to midnight until Jan. 8.

4109 Guess Road

Durham, NC 27712


Holiday Lights in the Garden - Tickets range from $5 to $12

Enjoy lights, decorations s'mores and Santa Claus in Fayetteville.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

536 N. Eastern Boulevard

Fayetteville, NC 28301

Sweet Valley Ranch Festival of Lights - $7 per person/price increases with bigger groups (seniors, first responders and military get $5 discount)

2990 Sunnyside School Road

Cedar Creek, NC

1st Annual Hope Mills Twinkle Trail - Free

This trail has more than 100 trees and 12,000 lights until Jan. 4.

Hope Mills Municipal Park

Christmas Light Show at Lu Mil Vineyard - $10 per person/children under 5 are free

This drive-thru festival of lights features free Santa photos, wine tasting and a candy shop.

438 Sugg-Taylor Road

Elizabethtown, NC 28337

Drive-thru Christmas in the Park - Free

Take a leisurely drive through Arnette Park while taking in sights and sounds of the Christmas season.

2165 Wilmington Highway

Fayetteville, NC 28306


Johnson Family's Christmas Light Show - Free

There are over 10,000 LED bulbs throughout the display. The show begins at 6 p.m. and the music portion shuts off at 10:30 p.m. but runs later on weekends. The lights will run continuously on Christmas Eve and Day. The show runs until New Year's Day. There are 16 songs on loop.

101 Chestone Court

Cary, NC

Holiday lights display at 101 Chestone Court in Cary

Lake Myra Christmas Lights - Free

The Williams family started controlling their holiday lights with a computer in 2002 and joined the town of Wendell in 2012 to open the show together. Each show runs 25 minutes with a five minute intermission between. If you would like to stay in your car, you can tune into 103.3 FM to hear the music.

10 S. Cypress St.

Wendell, NC 27591

Lake Myra Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights on Holt Road - Free

For the last 10 years, the family behind the Christmas Lights on Holt Road in Apex turns their personal home into a winter wonderland for hundreds of people to enjoy.

1012 Holt Road

Apex, NC 27523

One Apex family is making sure the holiday season remains the most wonderful time of year.

Piper Lights - Free but donations accepted

This local, family-run Christmas light display will be offering a drive-thru experience this year.

5725 Fixit Shop Road

Wake Forest, NC 27587

Holland Road Lights - Free

This synchronized light display starts at dusk. Tune your radio to 90.9 FM to watch along.

409 Holland Road

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Houston Family Lights - Free

9021 New Century Road

Wake Forest, NC 27587

Bradshaw's Holiday Light Display - Free but donations accepted

This drive-thru experience is open seven days a week through Jan. 1.

1712 Horton Road

Knightdale, NC 27545

Lights on Cedar - Free

Open nightly until Dec. 31

206 W. Cedar Avenue

Wake Forest, NC 27587

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Hill Ridge Farm - $20/car

This drive-thru Festival of Lights is bigger than ever in 2020. The mile-long trail takes you through the farm while in the comfort of your car. You pay upon arrival. Reservations are not made ahead of time.

703 Tarboro Road

Youngsville, NC 27596

Holiday in the Hills - $30/car

This drive-thru experience is open until the New Year and features scenes from the Grinch's lair and North Pole.

1439 Henderson Tanyard Road

Pittsboro, NC 27312

Spiral of Light Ceremony - $20-30

This Winter Solstice ceremony has become a community tradition in Chapel Hill. It allows you to light a candle within a mandala of candles and renew hope for the world.

Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain

8519 Pickards Meadow Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27516