Image 2. Light up the sky: Load up the car with holiday cheer and take a drive through the Lake Julian Park's Festival of Lights. Over 50 animated and stationary light displays will take over the park Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 23.
Image 3. Santa's descent: Santa Claus needs plenty of practice before shimmying down all those chimneys. He'll strap on climbing gear get in shape at Chimney Rock State Park on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15. Hear some holiday music and drink hot cocoa after he makes it down the mountain.