A Christmas Walk To Remember

Published on December 02, 2014
Written by Becky Rogers

Although you may have visited the Arboretum in Spring, Summer and Autumn, you have never seen the Arboretum like you will during this Christmas season!

The North Carolina Arboretum is hosting it's first ever light exhibit called Winter Lights. They have transformed a beautiful walk in their gardens into a nightime wonderland. Although most outdoor light shows are drive through only, this lighted show gives you the opportunity to stroll through their gardens with an array of bright colorful lights that will fill your mind with thoughts of the holidays.

"The Arboretum has collaborated with Jerry Stupling, the former designer and manger of holiday decorations, special projects and events for Walt Disney World* to create a magical experience for visitors." This plan includes LED lights which are more energy efficient than convientional lights.

Winter Lights is a "park and walk" experience through elaborate light displays along the gardens which also extend into the courtyard of the Education Center. The Savory Thyme Cafe will offer food and beverages including hot chocolate and a coffee bar to warm you. Outdoors you can experience a s'mores station to roast marshamallows, a DJ with dancing, and a holiday shop to purchase gifts or souveniers. In additions to all that is offered with the entrance fee you can also see Rocky Cove Railroad, model trains that represent similar trains to those used in Western North Carolina in times past.

Tickets and Hours

Advance Tickets Only - No tickets will be sold at the gate!

Winter Lights will be open nightly for 6-10pm.

Tickets are date specific with limited quantities. all tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for children (ages 5-11). Children 4 and under are free. Members of the North Carolina Arboretum Society receive discount on admission for all tickets purchased. Click here to purchase tickets on their website.

Photo credits: Slide picture, mountainx.com   Entrance and fire picture, romanticasheville.com