Lake Julian Festival of Lights Returns Dec. 2-23

Press release from Buncombe County

A holiday tradition for many mountain families returns to Lake Julian Park (37 Lake Julian Road in Arden) in December. Festival of Lights brings its illuminated magic and more to light up the lake shore.

Festival of Lights is a fun, inexpensive way to celebrate the season and make memories. As the original – and longest running – drive-thru holiday light show in the area, we’re excited to once again turn on the tradition of making spirits bright.

Mark your calendars: Lake Julian Festival of Lights will thrill visitors of all ages, nightly between 6-9 p.m. from Dec. 2-23, with two special walk-thru nights on Dec. 2 and 3. The festival also thrives from its connection to the community – 20 percent of proceeds are donated to Special Olympics Buncombe County, while the remaining income is reinvested to enhance the festival for the following year.

Want to walk on Dec. 2 or 3? Get your tickets for the Walk-Thru Nights

Prefer to drive? Get your tickets for the Drive-Thru Nights

Visitors can expect the drive circling Lake Julian Park to transform into a magical journey with tunnels of dazzling animated and stationary light displays. Watch the lights twinkle over the lake and listen to your own favorite holiday music while taking in the sights.

For the walk-thru event admission is $5 and kids under 16 get in free. Vehicle entry for the drive-thru is $10 per passenger vehicle, $25 for large vans, and $50 for motor coaches and buses.

Inclement weather note: December can sometimes bring inclement weather in Buncombe County. Make sure to stay up to date with all the latest information and weather closures by signing up for alerts and notifications from Buncombe County. Text bcalert to 99411.

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