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Holiday Light Displays in the NC High Country

Holiday Light Displays in the NC High Country

Driving around looking at Christmas Lights is a fond memory for many families, and there are still places to enjoy this tradition in the NC High Country!  Here is our list of favorite places to see Christmas lights in the Boone, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson and Banner Elk area:


Festival of Lights Chetola Resort

Festival of Lights
Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock NC

Thousands of holiday illuminations light up Chetola beginning at dusk on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and run through Blowing Rock Winterfest at the end of January.

As you drive around Chetola Lake view glittering ice skaters, a nativity scene, a colorful train, Rudolph’s “Holiday Catch” and much more. 

**TIP: Have dinner at Timberlake's while you are there.  If you happen to drive through on a Friday night, stay for the smore's bonfire by the lake.

Linville Land Harbor 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas
Linville Land Harbor, Linville NC

Experience the 12 Days of Christmas with a wonderfully festive and interactive lights display. There will be polar bears dancing, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus,  color lights, Christmas trees and so much more. This is the first year of the annual Christmas village.

  • Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be there every Friday and Saturday night
  • Parking is free. Please park at the police department.
  • Open to all ages and perfect for families.
  • No pet restrictions, but dogs must be on a leash.
Light up the Town West Jefferson NC

Light Up the Town
Downtown West Jefferson NC

The town of West Jefferson and downtown businesses flip the switch on thousands of lights Thanksgiving Weekend.  This is a great place to walk through the downtown area and see the displays, then stop in at a local restaurant for dinner.

Ashe County Middle School Light Show

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Light Show
Ashe County Middle School, Warrensville

The Making Spirits Bright Drive Thru Christmas Light Show is held the first three weekends of December at Ashe County Middle School just outside West Jefferson on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. and on Sundays until 9 p.m. The show features over 35,000 lights in a show synchronized to music and all proceeds benefit the school. Entry is $10 a car and $15 for vehicles over 15 passengers.

View a video for more details HERE

High Country Lights Sparta NC

High Country Lights
Outside Sparta NC

Located in Galax, VA, High Country Lights is a short drive from Sparta, NC. High Country Lights, located at Felts Park, is a holiday spectacular you'd bring the family to and watch for hours. It's an animated display where 100K lights are choreographed to Christmas music. Tune the radio to 95.9FM and relax in the comfort of your vehicle or hike around the walking trail and listen to the music. The show operates nightly from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 6:00pm to 11:00pm Friday and Saturday, Thanksgiving through New Year's Day with the exception during inclement weather. Admission is free.