New in Asheville for this holiday season is Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum. It opened November 22 and runs through January 4, 2015. Visitors walk through a botanical Christmas wonderland with thousands of lights in the gardens.
The Arboretum worked with Jerry Stripling, former designer and manager of holiday decorations for Walt Disney World®, to create a very magical experience. This new light show definitely enhances the natural beauty of the gardens and landscape. Also enjoy local art for sale in the gift shops, music by a DJ in the Courtyard, and fire pits to create your own s'mores. The Savory Thyme Café offers food and beverages, including a hot chocolate and coffee bar.
The light show is open every night, 6-10 PM. Advance tickets are required. Prices are
- Individual (12 years or older) $18
- Children (ages 5 to 11) $16
- Children age 4 & under FREE
The North Carolina Arboretum is in south Asheville. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow NC 191 South for two miles to the entrance on right.
For more info: http://www.romanticasheville.com/arboretum_lights.htm