Holiday Light Shows & Parades

By Katie Moosbrugger

Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday season is upon us! Many TMoM readers and TMoM Chat Page fans have been asking about these events, and after some research, we’re excited to feature the following lists with you. Scroll down to see details on favorite local holiday lights shows and Triad-area holiday parades.

As you’ll see, several of these events begin as early as next week. If we forgot to add your favorite light show or parade, please email me at and we’ll get it added. We will also link this list on our Directory Page so you can always access it for recent updates.

Light Shows

Largest Productions

25th Anniversary Season of Tanglewood Festival of Lights
~ Tanglewood Park in Clemmons
~ Open nightly Friday, November 18th through Sunday, January 1st from 6 pm to 11 pm
~ Family: cars, vans and trucks: $15; Commercial: vans, limos and mini-buses: $35; Motorcoaches and buses: $100
~ Click link above (on the name of this event) for more details, plus Discount Days and best days to go!

28th Annual Festival of Lights
~ Center City Park and Elm Street, Greensboro
~ Friday December 2nd from 6pm-9pm
~Include all of the holiday favorites from year’s past, such as Community Sing, Lighting of the Community Tree in Center City Park, Carolers and Acoustic performances along Elm Street, and Santa!

50th and FINAL SEASON for Pilot Mountain Christmas
~ 4236 NC 268 Hwy E. Pilot Mountain NC 27041
~ Opening night is November 24, 2016
~ Park your car and walk on trails to view over 750,000 lights and hundreds of figures throughout Santa’s Enchanted Forest. View animated windows, Santa’s Workshop, Snow Babies playing in the snow, Mickey’s Playhouse, computer animated displays, a talking Christmas tree, and much more.
~ Click link above (on the name of this event) for more details, plus best days to go!

Christmas Town USA
~ 100 Main Street, McAdenville, NC (about 1.5 to 2 hours south of the Triad)
~ Runs from Thursday, Dec. 1 – Monday, December 26
~ Monday – Friday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
~ Saturday & Sunday from 5:30 pm to 11 pm
~ Visitors can walk or drive the two-mile route at no cost to enjoy nearly 400 decorated trees, more than 200 festive wreaths, Santa and his reindeer and more.

Speedway Christmas
~ Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord
~ November 19 – December 31 from 6 to 10 pm (Closed on Christmas Day)
~ Costs vary and are based on village, vehicle, and day of week – call for more info 1-800-455-FANS (3267)
~ Features more than 3 million lights in 800 displays along 3.1 miles – plus a drive on the 1.5-mile superspeedway. The infield Christmas Village includes live actors and animals at a Bethlehem Village, a petting zoo, games and activities in Santa’s Workshop. And on Friday and Saturday nights, you can watch holiday movies on the world’s largest HDTV.

Christmas Wonderland of Lights
~ Zootastic Park, 448 Pilch Road, Troutman, NC 28166
~ Runs Thanksgiving to New Years Day
~ $6 per person
~  S’more’s pit, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Tiger and Giraffe feeding, Carousel Rides, Pictures with Santa and one of our animal babies, and much more.  Wagon rides through the lights at no additional cost on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

Holidays at the Garden
~ Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC
~ The Garden opens from November 18 – January 1; lights illuminate nightly at 5 pm. The Garden is open 5 to 9 pm on Thanksgiving but closed on Christmas.
~ $14.95/Adult, $13.95/Senior 60+, $8.95/Child 2-12, and Free/Child Under 2
~ Features more than 600,000 lights plus illuminated displays
~ Click link above (on the name of this event) for more details about Santa visits, carriage rides, model train display, discounts and more!

Lanes of Light
~ Twin Lakes Community, 3701 Wade Coble Dr, Burlington
~ December 3 and 4 from 5:30 to 9 pm
~ Free of charge, but they ask for canned food or monetary donations for Salvation Army and local food pantries
~ A mile-long drive featuring dozens of illuminated trees, a 60-foot sea serpent, animated displays, Santa & Mrs. Claus, the Grinch and Cookie Monster dressed in holiday attire greeting guests.

Country Christmas Train
~ Denton Farm Park, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton, NC 27239
~ November 25 – December 27 (check calendar online for specific days and times)
~ Adults: (Thurs,Fri,Sun) – $13  (Sat)- $15; Children under 11 – $5; Children 4 & under – Free
~ Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad and enjoy lights, a nativity movie, church visits and carol sings, explore the service station, gingerbread house, general store, doll house, crafts, and visits with Santa.
~ Click link above (on the name of this event) for more details including train ride schedule

Light Up the Night Luminary Event
~ Saturday, December 3 from 6 to 8 pm
~ Oak Ridge Town Park, 6231 Lisa Dr, Oak Ridge, North Carolina 27310
~ The event kicks off with the dedication ceremony and lighting of the new Christmas tree at the circle near Linville Road.
~ Stroll through the park and enjoy the glow from 5,000 luminaries set up by local students, churches, civic organizations and others. There will be holiday music, refreshments and activities for the kids.
~ Admission is a donation of non-perishable food

McLaurin Farms Country Christmas
~ Nightly from 6 pm to 10 pm
~ 5601 N Church St, Greensboro
~ Join them for a drive-thru country Christmas. Visit with Santa and roast marshmallows around their fire pits!

Others to Check Out

Waterford Winter Wonderland
~ 3512 Innisfail Court, Clemmons
~ At current time, TMoM cannot confirm if this is happening again this year. They also have a Facebook page HERE.

Sunset Hills in Greensboro
~ Neighborhood decorated with lots of enormous “Lighted Christmas Balls”
~ There is also the annual Running of the Balls , a night run/walk to celebrate the decorations. Click HERE for details.

Huntersville Christmas Lights
~ A private residence located at 13515 Melrose Meadow Ln in Huntersville
~ Features an 11 minute light show choreographed to music (89.3 FM).
~ Raises money for charity



70th Annual Burlington Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 19 at 10 am
1333 Overbrook Rd., Burlington

Hometown Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 19 from 2 pm to 5 pm
Downtown Mocksville

Thomasville Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 19 from 3 pm to 4 pm
The route is scheduled to start at Main Street and run from Maple Street (underpass) to Hoover Street (Lexington Ave.).

High Point Holiday Festival Parade
Sunday, November 20 at 3 pm
On Main Street from Green Drive to Westwood Ave

Southern Rowan Christmas Parade
Tuesday, November 22 from 3 to 6 pm
Downtown China Grove

Downtown Mt. Airy Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 26 at 9 am
Parade leaves from Veteran’s Park

Reidsville Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 26 at 4 pm
S Scales St, Reidsville


Randleman Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 1 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Downtown Randleman

Asheboro Christmas Parade
Friday, December 2 at 7 pm
Over 150 participants, homemade and professional floats, live music

Mebane Christmas Parade
Friday, December 2 at 7 pm
Downtown Mebane

Graham Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3 at 10 am.
Sponsored by the Graham Area Business Association and featuring local bands, floats, antique cars, various religious and civic organizations, clowns and Santa!

Yadkinville Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3 at 10 am
Parade route starts at Fire Department on N. State Street

Greensboro Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 3 at Noon
Downtown Greensboro

Walkertown Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3 at 1 pm
Parade begins at the Middle School

King Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm
Parade route will include East School Street, East Dalton Road from East School Street to Main Street, and Main Street from Dalton Road to Jefferson Church Road.

Dobson Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm
Parade starts at Community College

Liberty Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 3 at 2:30 pm (tree lighting follows immediately after)
Downtown Liberty

Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 3 at 5 pm
Downtown Winston-Salem

46th Annual Pilot Mountain Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3 at 6 pm
East Surry High, 801 W Main St, Pilot Mountain

Rural Hall Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 4 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Parade will begin at the intersection of Broad Street and Wall Street and end at Rural Hall Elementary School

Jamestown Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm

Uptown Lexington Christmas Parade
Monday, December 5 at 6 pm
Main Street, Lexington

Advance Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 10 at 10 am
Parade begins at Shady Grove Elementary School on Cornatzer Road, turns right onto Highway 801 and left on Peeples Creek Road.

Gibsonville Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 10 at 2 pm
The parade will begin at Minneola and Whitsett  Streets,  right onto Whitsett St. and proceed down Main St.  turning left onto Piedmont Ave. and right onto Burlington Ave. disbanding at Burlington Ave. and Apple St.

Ramseur Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 10 at 5 pm

Lewisville Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 11 at 3 pm
Shallowford Square

2016 Elkin/Jonesville Christmas Parade 
Sunday, December 11 from 3 pm to 5 pm
Begins in Jonesville and continues over the bridge into Elkin along the entire length of Main Street towards the library, and ending at the Elkin High School.

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