5 Free, Family-Made Light Shows in the Triangle Area
Options in Raleigh, Fuquay Varina, and other towns in the region
Holland Road Lights
409 Holland Rd., Fuquay Varina
This display is a 22,000-light show, synchronized to a 10-minute musical mix. Featuring lots of inflatables, strobing lights, and loads of color, each year it grows a little bit bigger. It’s free to see, park along the road and watch from your car. A toy and food drive drop location is there to support those in need in the community. The musical show runs from 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. nightly and lights stay on until midnight. (On December 31, the entire show changes to a NYE party mix with new elements added.)
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Lake Myra Christmas Lights
Corner of S Cypress St. and 3rd St., Wendell
The Lake Myra Christmas Lights display is now open. Tune in to 103.3 FM to hear accompanying music if you stay in your car. The show runs through Thursday, December 31, with hours of Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. “Each show will run 25 minutes with a 5 minute intermission between shows,” organizers say. “If there are large crowds waiting the night you come, please help us maintain the below regulations and feel free to walk around town and come back and see another show. Or stay in your vehicle until the next show.”
The Nelsons’ Christmas Lights Show (top of page)
3909 Falmouth Dr., Raleigh
One of the stars of the Nelsons’ show this year is the candyland, with all of its vibrancy. Otherwise, this display has inflatables, moving pieces, and of course, music. There’s even an arrow on the roof to give Santa a bit of direction. Thursday-Saturday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. “We are thankful to be able to put a Christmas light show for all of you to enjoy during these challenging times!” organizers say.
Happyland Christmas Lights
5504 Huntingwood Dr., Raleigh
The family previously won ABC’s program “Christmas Light Fight,” a competition that actually featured multiple Raleigh homes. According to the LocalWiki for Raleigh, “Happyland Christmas Lights has deep roots in Raleigh, as many of the decorations come from a famous light display on New Bern Avenue at the Cross family’s home. Bobby and Jan Moore purchased these famous holiday items, many of which were cracked and broken, and restored them.” On weekdays, this one runs from 6:30 p.m. to around 10 p.m., and on weekends, as late as 10:30 p.m.
5725 Fixit Shop Rd., Wake Forest
This one began as a small manger scene three decades ago and has grown to seven acres of lights. Like others, this has gone from having hands-on activities to being strictly a drive-through experience. It runs through Jan. 1, seven days a week, and hours are Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Any donations go to light repairs and the considerable electric bill for the season.