Holiday lights at Lake Julian Festival of Lights.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights will once again brighten local holidays this December. The annual light show has become a local winter holiday staple, offering an inexpensive and accessible family-oriented experience.

The Festival of Lights will be open December 2-23, 2022, operating nightly from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with special walk-through nights Dec. 2-3. The drive circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling, animated, and stationary light displays. Visitors are invited to watch the lights twinkle over the lake and to turn on Rewind 100.3, the local station playing holiday hits from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

This annual event thrives from its connection to the community; 20% of proceeds are donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics, while the remaining income is reinvested to enhance the festival for the following year.

Walk-through tickets for Dec. 2-3 are $5 and kids under 16 get in free.

Drive-through tickets cost $10 for passenger vehicles, $25 for large vans, and $50 for motor coaches and buses. Visit the official ticketing website to order your tickets today.

Lake Julian Park is located at 406 Overlook Extension in Arden, just off of Long Shoals Road. Make sure to stay up to date with all the latest information by signing up for alerts and notifications from Buncombe County. Text bcalert to 99411.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights is presented by Buncombe County Recreation Services.

Page updated December 1, 2022.