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Christmas Lights in Raleigh


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Graphic by Aminah Jenkins

With the holidays just around the corner, Christmas light shows are popping up all around Raleigh. From gigantic light-up Santa Clauses to dinosaurs and Barbies and shows being held both indoors and outdoors, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


Nights of Lights at Dorothea Dix Park

With five differently themed lands, “Nights of Lights” spreads over 1.3 miles and includes a beautifully lit 250-foot tunnel. You’ll find an array of different displays, including elves and a 30-foot dinosaur. It’s open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the following nights.


Vehicle nights: Friday, Nov. 25 and most nights through Dec. 24

Bike nights: Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Wednesday, Dec. 7

5k Fun Run/Walk: Saturday, Nov. 19

General admission tickets: $20 each

Individual tickets for a bike ride: $10 dollars each, $30 for a family of four

5k Run: $30 each


Magic of Lights Drive Through at Coastal Credit Union

“Magic of Lights” features a 32-foot waving Christmas Barbie. You’ll also find huge Christmas displays featuring reindeer and snowmen. “Magic of Lights” runs from Nov. 18 through Dec. 30. The show is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night except for Mondays in November.


Nov. 2–Dec. 8 standard vehicle tickets per vehicle: $20

Dec. 9–Dec. 30 standard vehicle tickets: $25

Limo/party bus tickets: $55


Illuminate Art Walk Downtown Raleigh

From Dec. 2 to Jan. 14, this free event is a self-guided tour through downtown Raleigh’s multi-colored light-up artwork. There are different pieces such as mushrooms and a huge ornament that you can walk under, as well as other oddly shaped colorful pieces.

More information available at: https://downtownraleigh.org/illuminate


Stonehenge Neighborhood

Another free light show is in the Stonehenge neighborhood. Residents at Stonehenge go all out for Christmas every year by putting up a variety of different Christmas lights and decorations, and the neighborhood welcomes both residents and visitors to enjoy the Holiday spirit!


By Kayla Dunn, Reporter

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