Drive Thru, Walk Thru and Favorite Homes & Streets. Holiday Lights in Charlotte to See This Year

We’ve got the scoop on where to see cool lights. Let us know what/ where/ who you would add to the list. And as always – but especially this year, please double-check your list twice before heading out to see these lights.

Drive Thru Holiday Light Displays

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Speedway Christmas, Charlotte Motor Speedway
Do a lap on the 3.75 mile course. Cost is per car.

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Zootastic, Troutman
Drive-thru the lights and then check-out the animal attractions.

Christmas Town USA, McAdenville
Now in its 65th year, people come from all-over to see the lights – stay in the car this year – no outside activities.

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Light Balls of Hillside Avenue, Myers Park
Drive down Hillside drive and bring a can of food to donate if you can.

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Museum In Lights: A Drive Thru Experience, N.C. Transportation
1.25 mile drive-thru experience, Gift Station and photos with Santa too.

Walk Thru Holiday Light Displays

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Holidays at the Garden, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Best to buy tix in advance. Stroll through the lights and check website for the food truck schedule.

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Lights, U.S. National Whitewater Center
Walk the trail through a series of immersive light installations featuring webs, vines, crystals and other natural features. Take a quick video tour here.

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Christmas at the Library, The Billy Graham Library
Christmas activities begin at 5:00 p.m. – you must register in advance.

Don’t Miss Home Displays

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Arndt Christmas Lights
14904 Carbert Lane, Huntersville

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Harbin Family Christmas Lights
10223 Summer House Court, Charlotte
Make a Make-A-Wish donation if you can.

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Fantetti Christmas Light Show
263 Palaside Drive NE, Concord

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Hammond Family Light Show
508 Chamberlain Court, McAdenville

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Hard Family Christmas Lights, Concord
29th year decorating, and 16th year at the Moss Creek location. Tune to 91.5 FM.

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Lights on Indian Beech
9592 Indian Beech Avenue, Concord
Tune to 87.9 and enjoy the lights and show. Also check out Union Street from the 800 block to the 200 block of Union Street North.

Queensdale Drive Lights
20517 Queensdale Drive, Cornelius
Light show synchronized to music. Tune into 89.5.

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Isenhour Lights, Lincoln
411 E Dixon Street
Stop by for the synchronized show – make sure to get a good spot to view as the show is several minutes long.

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Zimnowski Lights, Huntersville
15419 Hugh Mcauley Rd.
The entire MacAulay neighborhood is worth checking out – but the Zimnowski is the place to start – tune into 87.9 FM.

From our Friends at SouthCLTMacKid this list of neighborhood displays to drive thru:

  • Ardrey Chase Neighborhood (Ballantyne)
  • Bonterra (Indian Trail)
  • Brandon Oaks Neighborhood (Indian Trail), 1001 Rosewater Lane has shows daily 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Brookhaven Neighborhood (Weddington), 1010 Elsmore Drive has lights and music at 6:30/7:30/8:30 p.m. (tune in to 88.1)
  • Callonwood Christmas House (Indian Trail) ~ donations are collected for Levine’s Children’s Hospital
  • Shelly Woods Neighborhood (Fort Mill)
  • The Reserve (Fort Mill)
  • Millbridge Neighborhood (Waxhaw)

Worth a Drive Holiday Lights

Tweetsie Railroad Christmas, Blowing Rock
Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens Lights, Columbia
Biltmore Candle Christmas Evenings, Asheville
Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights, Clemmons

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