A light arrangement of a Christmas tree and toys.
Lake Julian Festival of Lights is once again brightening local holidays. The annual light show has become a local winter holiday staple, offering an inexpensive and accessible family-oriented experience.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights 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.

The 2019 light show will open with the popular Lights by the Lake Foot Tour on November 30 and December 1, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm each day. Admission for the walking tour is $5 per adult and tickets can be purchased online. Children under 16 are admitted free with a paying adult.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights will open to cars on December 3 and run through December 23, operating nightly from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for a thrilling visual experience. The drive circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling, animated, and stationary light displays. Visitors are invited to watch lights twinkle over the lake while listening to their favorite holiday music as the sounds transform the show into a magical holiday journey. The festival’s official radio sponsor has multiple holiday stations available to stream from the free iHeartRadio app.

Vehicle entry for Festival of Lights is $10 per passenger vehicle, $25 for large vans, and $50 for motor coaches and buses. Discounts are available for tickets purchased in advance. Visit lakejulianfestivaloflights.com for additional information.

Lake Julian Park is located at 406 Overlook Extension in Arden, just off of Long Shoals Road.

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