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 1-23, 2021, operating nightly from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 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.

Tickets cost $10 for passenger vehicles, $25 for large vans, and $50 for motor coaches and buses. Tickets must be purchased online this year. Visit the official ticketing website to order yours.

Lake Julian Park is located at 406 Overlook Extension in Arden, just off of Long Shoals Road. Please check the event Facebook page for information on closings due to winter weather.

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

Page updated December 9, 2021.