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Christmas light shows prepare for the season

Posted November 13, 2013
Updated November 15, 2013

I am always especially excited to cruise around neighborhoods each December looking for the very best Christmas light displays.

But we have a handful of major displays that many families around here make an annual pilgrimage to. The first for the season, Lake Myra Christmas in Wendell, opens next week.

Here's where you'll find them: 

Lake Myra Christmas' display is now at 204 E. 4th St. in downtown Wendell. It opens for the season at 8:30 p.m., Nov. 19. It's free. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. This year's show features some new highlights and includes 250,000 lights synchronized to Christmas music. This is not a drive through kind of experience. You park, walk to the front of display and enjoy the show, which can run between 30 minutes and 90 minutes. Saturday nights include some live entertainment. Watch for the show to be featured this year on The Travel Channel.

Meadow Lights, 4546 Godwin Lake Rd., in Benson, opens for the season on Nov. 22. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Lights cover about 30 acres. It's free to see the lights, but there are some fees to ride the train and carousel and get pictures with Santa. There's also a large country store where all kinds of candy is sold. The last night is Dec. 31.

Lights on the Neuse, 1620 Loop Rd. in Clayton, opens Nov. 29. Lights on the Neuse offers a one-mile long, 30-minute hayride through its "lights extravaganza" that's filled with Christmas music. There's a 3D Christmas house and Santa's sweet shop, along with visits with the big guy. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids ages 3 to 11 and free for kids 2 and under. It runs through Dec. 24.

Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville is planning its second holiday event. The Festival of Lights opens Nov. 29. The popular pumpkin patch will transform to include a holiday light show and candy shop, along with visits with Santa, bonfires, food and other attractions. It opens at 5 p.m. nightly through December. Hayrides begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 4 to 64 and $9 for ages 65 and up.

If you have a favorite that isn't listed here, please share! 


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  • CatMom Nov 14, 2013

    Twin Lakes Community in Burlington has a drive-through event, "Lanes of Light", Dec. 7&8, 5:30-9:00 pm. Donations of canned goods for the food banks are appreciated; cash/checks also welcome. Everyone gets a cookie at the end of the route.

  • jenakids2007 Nov 14, 2013

    Kellyh, check out the Tanglewood Lights in Clemmons. Might be a bit of a drive for some. Also the lines are very long, get there early!

  • shall6 Nov 14, 2013

    Lake Myra and Meadow Lights are probably your best bet. With Lake Myra, you get out of your car and just watch it outside, but you won't be stuck on a hayride. All of Meadow Lights is visible from the road. You don't need to ride the train to see them.


  • kelleyh Nov 14, 2013

    Is there one of these light displays where you can see the lights as you drive through in your own car? I have a child with autism that I am not sure how he would handle the displays, so I don't want the potential of him stuck on a hayride having a meltdown with a bunch of other people. I could better control the situation in my own vehicle and in his own car seat.