Updated by TMoM Team Member Sandy Harper

Greensboro Ballet

This directory is sponsored by Greensboro Ballet. Greensboro Ballet is excited to offer its annual holiday classic, The Nutcracker, a true Greensboro tradition, this December. From the moment you walk into the historic Carolina Theatre, festively decorated for the holidays, the magic will begin! You’ll soon be transported back in time to the home of young Clara, celebrating the season with family and friends. After she receives a Nutcracker doll as a present from her Uncle, Clara takes you on her dreamy adventure through a battle between life-size mice and toy soldiers, then a sparkling land of swirling snowflakes, and finally, to the enchanting Land of the Dolls. The Sugar Plum Fairy and friends will entertain Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as the sumptuous Tchaikovsky score fills your ears with nostalgia and wonder. Don’t forget about the delicious and fun Tea with Clara events when making your holiday plans, as well. Join Clara and her friends from The Nutcracker for the tea party of your dreams. More Information: greensboroballet.org/the-nutcracker

We’re thrilled to once again share our list of amazing Triad Light Shows and Holiday Parades taking place in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, and beyond! We are even more thrilled with all the events that are happening in person again. It’s really beginning to feel a lot like the holiday season is upon us now!

Check this directory often as we will update it with new events as soon as we learn of them!

Events are separated into three categories. Click the category you want to go directly to that section…
On-Going Holiday Lighting Productions
One-Time Holiday Lighting Events
Christmas & Holiday Parades

If we forgot to add your favorite Triad area light show or parade, email me and we’ll add it. This list will be on our Directory page so you can always access it for updates. Don’t forget: we have all of these events also listed on our event page HERE.

Celebration of Lights
2023 dates: November 18-December 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Open 6-9 p.m. Sundays thru Thursdays; 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Kannapolis Village Park at 700 West C Street
Details here: kannapolisnc.gov/Government-Departments

Christmas Festival
Nov. 24–25, 2023 + Dec. 1–3, 8–10, 15–23, & 29-30
McLaurin Farms, 5601 N. Church Street, Greensboro
Details here: mclaurinfarms.com/christmas-festival/

Christmas Town USA (about 1.5 to 2 hours south of the Triad)
Dec. 1 – Dec. 26, 2023
5:30 to 10 pm weeknights and weekends
100 Main Street, McAdenville
Details here: mcadenville-christmastown.com/

Christmas with the Kringles

Millstone Creek Orchards
Details here: Millstone Creek Orchards – Christmas with the Kringles

Christmas Wonderland of Lights 
Nov. 18, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024
Sunday-Thursday 6pm-9pm & Friday-Saturday 6pm-10pm
Zootastic Park, Troutman, NC
Details here: zootasticpark.com/christmas/

Country Christmas Train
Select dates Nov. 24, 2023 – Dec. 27, 2023
Denton Farmpark
Details here: fTickets | 2023 Annual Country Christmas Train in Denton, NC | iTickets

High Country Lights at Felts Park
November 23, 2023 – January 1, 2024; Starting nightly at 6pm
601 S. Main Street, Galax, VA
Details here:  highcountrylights.com

Holidays at the Garden
Nov. 24, 2023 – Dec. 23, 2023; Tues – Sunday 5 pm – 10 pm
CLOSED Mondays
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont
Details here: dsbg.org/visit/holidays-at-the-garden

Holiday Lights at The Farm Dobson
November 24- December 28, 2023
769 Bray Ford Rd Dobson, NC 27017
Details here: www.letsgotothefarm.com

Kersey Valley Christmas
2023 Dates: Nov. 24 – 26; Dec. 1 – 3, 8 – 10, 15 – 23
Kersey Valley, Archdale
Details here: kerseyvalleychristmas.com/christmas-experience

Light Festival 2023
No 2023 Dates Listed Yet
1306 Thomason Street, Lexington, NC 27295
Details here: facebook.com/LLDMAnnualFestivaloflights

Peppermint Alley
Dec. 1 – 31, 2023
Alley next to Boxcar Arcade, 120 W. Lewis Street
Details here: downtowngreensboro.org/downtown-in-december/events/peppermint-alley

Polar Express Train Ride – Great Smoky Mountains
2023 dates Nov. 9-12, 15-22, 24-26, 28-30; Dec. 1-24, 26-31
Bryson City, NC
Details here: gsmr.com/events/polar-express/

Polar Express Train Ride – NC Transportation Museum
2023 dates Nov. 10-11, 17-19, 24-26; Dec. 1-3, 7-10, 12-23
NC Transportation Museum
Details here: nctransportationmuseum.org/the-polar-express-train-ride

Spectacular Holiday Blooms
No 2023 Dates Yet
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville
Details here: Spectacular Holiday Blooms | PJCBG (cienerbotanicalgarden.org)

Speedway Christmas
Nov. 17, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024 (Check website for specific closure dates)
6:00 PM 10:00 PM
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Details here: charlottemotorspeedway.com/events/speedway

Sunset Hills in Greensboro 2023
Lights usually go up after Thanksgiving
Neighborhood decorated with lots of enormous lighted Christmas balls
Neighborhood website here: sunsethillsneighborhood.org

Tanglewood Festival of Lights
November 17, 2023 – January 1, 2024; 6PM – 11PM
Tanglewood Park, Clemmons
Details here: forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/

Tweetsie Christmas
Select Evenings Nov. 24 – Dec. 30, 2023 starting at 5:30 pm
Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock
Details here: tweetsie.com/special-events/tweetsie-christmas/

Winter Wonderlights 2023
Nov. 22, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2023 from 5:30pm – 10pm (CLOSED: THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY, NOV. 21, 27 & 28, and DEC. 4 & 5)
Greensboro Science Center
Details here: greensboroscience.org/winterwonderlights

Tree Lighting & Holiday Fireworks Show
Nov. 18, 2023 from 3 – 7 pm
Truist Point in High Point
Details here: hpholidayparty.com/tree-lighting

Light Up Downtown (North Wilkesboro)
No 2023 Dates Yet
Town of North Wilkesboro
Details here: facebook.com/events/

Summerfield Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov. 18, 2023 at 5:30 – 8 pm
5200 US-220 N, Summerfield, NC 27358
Details here: Summerfield Christmas Tree Lighting | Facebook

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kannapolis
Nov. 18, 2023 at 6 pm
Village Park, 700 West C St, Kannapolis
Details here: kannapolisnc.gov/Government-Departments/Parks-Recreation/Kannapolis-Christmas

Pittsboro Holly Days Tree Lighting 
Nov. 19, 2023 festivities start at 3:30 pm
Downtown Pittsboro
Details here: Holly Days 2023, Pittsboro Tree Lighting | Facebook

Clemmons Annual Tree Lighting
Nov. 28, 2023 at 5:30 pm
Village of Clemmons
Details here: Village of Clemmons Annual Tree Lighting | Facebook

30th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
November 30, 2023 from 6 pm
Downtown Rural Hall
Details here: 2023 Christmas Tree Lighting – Rural Hall, NC

Light Up Elkin
No 2023 Dates Yet

Downtown Elkin
Details here: lightupelkin.com

Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa
December 1, 2023 at 6:30 pm
Shallowford Square, Lewisville
Details here: lewisvillenc.net/lewisvilles-special-events

Festival of Lights (Downtown Greensboro)
December 1, 2023 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm
Center City Park, Greensboro
Details here: downtowngreensboro.org/downtown-in-december/events/festival-of-lights/

Downtown Christmas Stroll & Tree Lighting
No 2023 Dates Yet
Downtown Madison
Details here: facebook.com/events/795883194813839

Be The Light Holiday Event
December 2, 2023 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm
New Holiday Event at Creekside Park
Details here: archdale-nc.gov/449/Be-the-Light-Holiday-Event

Pilot Mountain’s Tree Lighting & Parade
December 2, 2023 – Tree Lighting at 5:30pm and Parade starts at 6pm
Downtown Pilot Mountain
Details here: pilotmountainnc.org/vist/page/christmas-parade-tree-lighting

Kernersville Tree Lighting
December 2, 2023 from 6 to 9 pm
Harmon Park, Kernersville
Details here: Kernersville Christmas Tree Lighting 2023 – Kernersville Parks and Recreation (kvparks.com)

Winterfest Opening Night Celebration
December 1, 2023 from 6 pm
460 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer
Details here: Opening Ceremony + Tree Lighting – Winterfest (spencerexperience.org)

Yadkinville Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade 
December 1, 2023 at 6pm
Downtown Yadkinville
Details here: yadkinville.org/residents-visitors/special-events/christmas-tree-lighting-and-parade

Burlington Christmas Parade
Nov. 18, 2023 at 10 am
Downtown Burlington
Details here: 76th Annual Burlington Christmas Parade | Facebook

Mount Airy Christmas Parade
Nov. 25, 2023 at 5 pm
Downtown Mt. Airy
Details here: mountairydowntown.org/christmas-parade.html

Small Town Twilight Christmas Parade
No 2023 Date Yet
Downtown Boonville
Details here: boonvillenc.com/news/small-town-christmas-2022-202210272044

The Kannapolis Christmas Parade
Dec. 9, 2023 at 6pm
Downtown Kannapolis
Details here: Kannapolis Christmas (kannapolisnc.gov)

Downtown Thomasville Christmas Parade
Dec. 9, 2023 at 11 am
Details here: Thomasville Christmas Parade 2023 | Facebook

Gibson Christmas Parade
Dec. 9, 2023 at 2 pm
Details here: gibsonvillenc.org/events#gsc.tab=0

Winston-Salem Jaycees Downtown Holiday Parade
December 2, 2023 at 5 pm
Downtown Winston-Salem
Details here: Winston-Salem Jaycees (wsjaycees.org)

Yadkinville Christmas Parade 
December 2, 2023 at 10 am
Downtown Yadkinville
Details here: yadkinville.org/residents-visitors/special-events/christmas-tree-lighting-and-parade

Pilot Mountain’s Christmas Parade
December 2, 2023
Starts immediately after 5:30 pm tree lighting at 6 pm
Begins at Main Street between East Surry High School and Academy Street
Details here: pilotmountainnc.org/vist/page/christmas-parade-tree-lighting

Kernersville Christmas Parade
Dec. 3, 2023 at 2:30 – 4 pm
Downtown Kernersville
Details here: Kernersville Christmas Parade 2023 – Kernersville Chamber of Commerce (kernersvillenc.com)

Rural Hall Christmas Parade
Dec. 3, 2023 at 2 pm
Begins at intersection of Broad Street and Wall Street
Details here: 2023 Christmas Parade – Rural Hall, NC

Christmas Parade – Pleasant Garden
Dec. 3, 2023 from 3 pm
Town of Pleasant Garden
Details here: Pleasant Garden Christmas Parade | Facebook

Archdale Christmas Parade
Dec. 3, 2023 at 3 pm
Downtown Archdale
Details here: Archdale Christmas Parade | Facebook

Lexington Christmas Parade
Dec. 4, 2023 at 6 pm
Starts on Main Street, Uptown Lexington
Details here: Uptown Lexington 2023 Annual Christmas Parade | Facebook

Advance Christmas Parade
December 9, 2023 from 10 am
Advance Fire Department, 1869 NC Highway 801 S
Details here: 2023 Advance Christmas Parade | Facebook

Yadkin Valley Christmas Parade
December 10, 2023 from 3 pm
Route starts in Jonesville at 200 South Bridge St. & ends at Elkin High School
Details here: facebook.com/Yadkin-Valley-Christmas-Parade-100664465702398

Lewisville Christmas Parade
Dec. 10, 2023 at 3 pm
Shallowford Square
Details here: lewisvillecivicclub.com/christmas-parade-1

‘Tis the Season Spectacular Christmas Parade
Nov. 22, 2023 starting at 2 pm in Spencer and will reach Salisbury by 3 pm
Route of main street through Spencer and Salisbury’s historic downtown
Details here: tistheseasonspectacular.com/



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