Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum is Open Through January 1st

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The North Carolina Arboretum’s 2021 Winter Lights event is welcoming members and guests back into the gardens as it returns to the traditional outdoor walk-through open-air show format.

The famously tall 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden will be back, outfitted with new designs in lights, while throughout the gardens, popular arrangements will mingle with ones never seen before.

Designed with an artistic aesthetic, Winter Lights features beautifully lit displays and glowing landscapes nestled along the Arboretum’s woodland edge and garden areas. This year, the event returns to the traditional walk-through experience, with plenty of new sights and displays as well as some familiar favorites. Celebrate the holiday season with the entire family at Winter Lights.


The show is open nightly through January 1, 2022. Ticket prices vary by date. Attendees must select an entry time (6:00, 7:00 or 8:00 p.m.) when purchasing tickets. Ticket holders may enter any time between their selected entry time and 9:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at

Winter Lights is the Arboretum’s largest annual fundraiser, and supports many parts of its mission driven programming. For more information about the Arboretum and Winter Lights, please visit