Nights of Lights at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park

A new chance to view dazzling holiday lights in the Triangle
Night Of Lights

Driving around to look at neighborhood holiday lights is a tradition among so many families–including mine. It’s always so much fun to see the variety of decorations. From classic white lights to a lawn full of inflatables to over-the-top displays complete with synchronized music you hear on your car’s radio, there is something to appreciate in all of it.

This year brings a new holiday light show to the Triangle at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park. The Nights of Lights is a drive-through display of lights, local art installations and more. Running from Dec. 16 through Dec. 31, visitors must purchase a reserved 30-minute time slot for each vehicle traveling the 1.3 mile route within the park. 

Young and young-at-heart alike will marvel at the massive oak at Dix Park lit up for this locally-produced large-scale light installation. Of course Santa will be there, but you’ll also see a railroad train, holiday light tunnel, a Christmas toy factory, reindeer and penguin scenes, snowflake land and so much more. Artsplosure–producer of innovative arts and cultural events–has big plans to activate exciting art installations by local artists as well. 

Enjoy extra enhancements planned for visitors on Dec. 30 and 31 to celebrate the new year, including the famous Raleigh Acorn. 

Tickets are $15 per vehicle for cars and pickup trucks and $30 for vehicles with 9 or more passengers. Other ticketing options are available, including discount nights ($10 and $25), special First Night Celebration time slots ($20 and $40) and Fast Lane Tickets ($30 per car).

Take note that attendees must remain in their vehicles at all times, and no restroom facilities will be provided. No food and beverage concessions will be available, and alcohol is obviously prohibited.


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