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December 13, 2017
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Top Places Around Charlotte to See Christmas Lights!

There is just something magical about Christmas lights!  They are enjoyed by all ages,they make you happy, and they will definitely put you in the Holiday spirit! Here are our top 5 places that you must visit this Holiday Season to enjoy Christmas lights!

Holidays at the Garden – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

When: Now until December 31 from 5-9 each evening

What: The Garden glows with holiday spirit from the twinkling trees to the sparkling fountains and is transformed into a natural winter wonderland filled with unique festive décor including a towering tree of orchids, more than 600,000 lights, and illuminated displays.  Visitors will enjoy  live music, holiday shopping, crackling fires, model train displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, and food!

 

Zootastic Park’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights

When:  Now until January 1st, Sunday-Thursday 6-9 and Friday and Saturday 6-10

What:   Come join us for our Christmas Wonderland of Lights!  Activities during this holiday season will be photos with Santa and our baby animals, pony rides, tiger feeding, s’mores, and our petting zoo!

 

Celebration of Lights and Winterland Express

When: Now until December 30th, Sunday- Thursday 6-9 and Friday and Saturday 6-10

What:  The Celebration of Lights boasts more than 250,000 lights and takes place at Village Park nightly.  Walk through the park and enjoy the many light displays, ride the carousel or ride the Winterland Express and see if you can find all 12 Days of Christmas!

 

Carowinds Winterfest 

When:  Now until December 30th

What:  Carowinds will come alive with holiday spirit during the all-new seasonal event, WinterFest.  WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food and experiences of the holiday season. The state line will shine bright with over 5 million shimmering lights, a 70-foot tree and lavish displays. Live shows, festive fun and hands-on holiday activities, and sweet aromas from special holiday dishes and desserts will fill the midways. Plus, there will be up to 16 rides open to complete your night of memory making.

 

Speedway Christmas 

When: Now until December 31 open nightly from 6-10

What:  The eighth edition of Charlotte’s spectacular drive-through light show features more than 3 million lights over a remarkable, 3.75-mile course that includes most of the oval as well as the infield and concourse.

The family-friendly Christmas Village – open Thursday-Sunday and all Christmas week (closed on Christmas Day) – includes a petting zoo, Bethlehem village, photos with Santa, fun foods and more.