Winter Lights at the N.C. Arboretum

A winter lights exhibit at the NC Arboretum.
NC Arboretum

Western North Carolina is shining brighter this holiday season as the North Carolina Arboretum celebrates the sixth anniversary of its Winter Lights holiday light show.

On display nightly through Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Winter Lights is an outdoor walking tour of the Arboretum’s nationally known gardens dressed in more than half-a-million holiday lights. Designed with an artistic aesthetic, this family-friendly event includes beautifully lit displays and glowing landscapes that emphasize the beauty of Western North Carolina during the winter season.

Considered Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition, Winter Lights is the Arboretum’s largest fundraising event of the year, and proceeds help support the Arboretum’s educational programs, exhibits and facilities year-round.

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General admission tickets for adults are $18 for non-members and $16 for members; general admission tickets for children are $12 for non-members and $10 for members. Additional ticket options are available at ncarboretum.org/winter-lights/pricing-info/.

For visitors seeking transportation from Asheville, The Trolley Company will offer its Winter Lights Holiday Tour Thursday through Saturday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This chartered package includes a complimentary cup of hot cocoa, admission to Winter Lights and a scenic ride filled with music and merriment to and from the Arboretum. Pick-up locations for the tour will be at the Renaissance hotel in downtown Asheville and the DoubleTree hotel in Biltmore Village. Tickets for The Trolley Company’s Winter Lights Holiday Tour are $29.50 per person and must be purchased in advance through The Trolley Company’s website, www.thetrolleycompany.com.

For more information about the Arboretum and Winter Lights, please visit ncarboretum.org.