To say that 2020 has been a strange year and deferred in many ways from what we all have grown to consider normal would be a huge understatement. However, in spite of the ups and downs throughout the past months, one thing we are sure you’ve noticed since relocating to your new home in Knightdale is the local outpouring of holiday spirit. Whether looking around your new neighborhood at Knightdale Station or taking a short drive around Raleigh and the surrounding area, the gorgeous sounds, and sights of the season are out in full display. Below we will list for you several places for you and the whole family to enjoy Holiday Lights in Raleigh and the surrounding area, to help you all start feeling and sharing in the Christmas cheer.
Several of the Holiday Lights in Raleigh attractions are located directly in the city. There are a few, however, of the surrounding smaller towns that also “get into the spirit” and also feature a spectacular array of lights and holiday decor for your viewing pleasure, too.
Holiday Lights in Raleigh: The Lights are Pretty in the Capital City
Raleigh and its surrounding area, as we are sure you’ve come to notice takes its community spirit and their holidays pretty seriously. Thus, with your move to Knightdale, you are right in the middle of that community, and especially come Christmas time, that spirit of the season is easy to catch. All of the Holiday Lights in Raleigh events listed here are within 15 miles or 25 minutes of your front doorstep at Knightdale Station. Thus, you and your entire family are in a prime location for all of the magic of the holiday season any night that you choose.
The following Holiday Lights in Raleigh displays, and events are located within Raleigh city limits.
The Lights of North Hills, 4160 Main Street, Raleigh
This is actually the debut season for this first entry among our Holiday Lights in Raleigh events. Called, The Lights of North Hills. this is a spectacular 30-minute outdoor light show. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on Main Street in the North Hills district of Raleigh. It will run every half hour until 10:00 p.m. In addition to the amazing holiday display, you can also get out early and shop at some of the most unique shops and retail stores, around. There are nearly 100 retail stores in the North Hills neighborhood. This will make it easy to shop and choose while avoiding those those last-minute gifts.
NOTE: The Lights of North Hills will ONLY be running two more nights, Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11, so if you have one show to pick this weekend, this is one you don’t want to miss!
Drive Time/Distance from Knightdale Station: 18 minutes, 11.5 miles
Downtown Raleigh Illuminate Art Walk, 21 West Hargett Street, Raleigh
Probably the most unique of our Holiday Lights in Raleigh spectaculars is the Downtown Illuminate Art Walk. This “trail” is best to set out upon with a group of friends or family and starts at 21 West Hargett Street downtown. What makes the “walk” unique, is you follow the map to and from 18 different downtown Raleigh locations. At each stop, some type of “light-based” art is featured in different downtown storefronts. The walk is not too far for any age to endure, and truly embodies the community spirit and holiday spirit in one great event. The Illuminate Art Walk is viewable any time after dark and will be displayed at all locations every night until January 8.
Drive Time/Distance from Knightdale Station: 21 minutes, 10.8 miles
Nights of Lights at Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh
This incredible show is destined to become one of the true highlights and traditions of the Christmas season. This Holiday Lights in Raleigh event will debut on December 16 and run through New Year’s Eve. This is a “drive-thru” set up for “Nights of Lights.”Hence, you drive the 1.3-mile route through the open fields, rolling hills, and towering oaks. All the while, along that path, are illuminated trees, beautiful light displays, and local art installations. Behind all this is iconic Raleigh skyline as a backdrop through the trees. This Holiday Lights in Raleigh event is one that tickets must be purchased for and it is just $15 per vehicle, with 8 passengers allowed in each.
Drive Time/Distance from Knightdale Station: 21 minutes, 15.3 miles
Fieldstream Farm Festival of Lights, 8008 Old Stage Road, Raleigh
This is unquestionably the “biggest” of our annual Holiday Lights in Raleigh events. This wonderful display features the 500-footlong, breathtaking “Tunnel of Lights.” This makes it one of the longest holiday light tunnels in the world. In addition, other “lit” displays include a 20-foot-tall Santa Claus riding his bicycle. That’s not all though for good ol’ St. Nick at the Fieldstream Farm. On the contrary, there is an enormous 40 foot-tall Santa greeting you with a wave and a hello, too. These few displays are honestly not even a fraction of the whole show you will see, but this drive-thru experience is one you truly should take advantage of. Like the Nights of Knights above, this is a “pay to enter” event. It costs $20 per car, and you can have eight passengers per vehicle. This Holiday Lights in Raleigh event will run until December 31.
Drive Time/Distance from Knightdale Station: 23 minutes, 15.3 miles
Holiday Lights in Raleigh: A Couple Surrounding Towns Get in on the Fun
Just because Raleigh is the “capital city,” doesn’t mean that some of its smaller surrounding towns don’t have awesome Holiday Lightsin Raleigh. In fact, our last two additions to the events listings are the closest of any to your new home at Knightdale Station. Both are neighboring towns of Knightdale, so for our final two destinations, we bring you the Christmas spirit (in lights) direct from Wendell and Wake Forest.
Lake Myra Christmas Lights, 10 Cypress Street, Wendell
Just about anyone in Knightdale is familiar with our neighboring town of Wendell. This display may be held in a “smaller town.” However, this is one of the largest holiday light displays on the entire East Coast. This Holiday Lights in Raleigh special event is entering its twenty-second year . Amazingly, its still spreading the seasonal cheer and is one of the favorite, family-friendly holiday attractions around. This is also a “drive-thru” type event. Take a cruise through and marvel at the dancing and glowing 400,000-plus lights at this event. The lights how itself, choreographed by local legend, Don Williams is animated to sync up with all of your favorite holiday tunes. This event is also nightly and runs until December 31.
Drive Time/Distance from Knightdale Station: 10 minutes, 6.6 miles
Piper Lights, 725 Fixit Shop Road, Wake Forest
Now, to our neighbors bordering the other side of Knightdale in Wake Forest. This next Holiday Lights in Raleigh event has been an area tradition for over three decades. This seven-acre light display connects yards together. It even jumps across a pond. Piper Lights has earned national recognition, too. This was in 2016 as winners in ABC television’s “Great Christmas Light Fight.” This all family-run event is also nightly and runs until January 1.
Drive Time/Distance from Knightdale Station: 10 minutes, 6.7 miles
Holiday Lights in Raleigh are Keeping Traditions Alive at a Point When We All Need it Most
As we noted at the top of the page, this has been a pretty strange and unfamiliar year for most. This seems to make the holiday season and the usual cheer that surrounds it even more special this Christmas. Most of these shows are running for a few more weeks. Since you are so close at Knightdale Station, you and the family can with a little planning hit basically every one of these shows.
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