The holiday season is not complete without a trip to scout out the best winter light displays in the area. Here, we would like to highlight one display that is created and hosted by one of our favorite Asheville area organizations, the North Carolina Arboretum.
The North Carolina Arboretum, located on the southwest side of town off of Highway 191, is a favorite destination in warmer months due to its stunning landscape displays and fantastic exhibits. In the past few years, they have extended their viewing season by offering up an incredible winter light display, and many area residents are beginning to claim it as a family holiday tradition.
The 3rd Annual Winter Lights Holiday Lights Exhibit opens on Friday, November 18th and runs through Sunday, January 1st, from 6 to 10 pm every night. Visitors walk through a self-guided tour of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights arranged to highlight the natural beauty and landscapes of the Arboretum.
Highlights of the exhibit include a projection show and educational program about animal hibernation during winter. Other attractions include a 50 foot animated tree, Rocky Cove G-Scale model train and lighted Quilt Garden. You can purchase festive food and beverage at the cafe, including hot cocoa, s’mores, wine and beer.
Attending this event not only allows you to meander through a winter wonderland, but proceeds from the Winter Lights fundraiser will help the Arboretum to expand its educational programs, exhibits and facilities year-round.
Winter Lights tickets are available for purchase online at www.ncwinterlights.com. All tickets must be purchased in advance and are date-specific. Pricing is $18 for adults and $16 for children (ages 5 to 11), not including handling fees and required sales tax. Children age four and under are free.
Mosaic Realty is a huge supporter of the North Carolina Arboretum because we believe in its mission of cultivating connections between people and plants. For more information on our fantastic community or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.