December 2-3 and 9-10, 2022
The Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries event illuminates this mountain artisan village the first two weekends in December. In an era of electronic gadgetry and LED lights, Dillsboro’s celebration is a throwback and has been being named one of the "Top 20" events in the Southeast for the month of December. Adapted from a Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in white bags line the streets with more than a dozen shops (mostly galleries and artist studios) to explore.

In addition to the luminaries, the town’s merchant “elves” trim their buildings – many of which date to the late 1800s – in traditional white lights. Enjoy live music while the children experience a socially distant and safe visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Shopkeepers also stay open late with the perfect hand-made gift to take home to your loved ones. Kids can also mail a letter to Santa!

Dillsboro Festival of Lights

The Lights & Luminaries festivities begin each evening at dusk and runs until 9 PM. There is no admission charge. Come early to explore downtown Sylva also, just three miles away. 

Dillsboro Festival of Lights

For more things to do, see our Dillsboro Guide. Dillsboro is located on the Tuckasegee River near Sylva at the crossroads of U.S. Hwy. 23/74 and U.S. Hwy 441 in Jackson County. The town is less than an hour west of Asheville (52 miles).

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This artsy village is just a few miles from Sylva. On the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Dillsboro has been a tourist stop since the late 1800s. This artisan village is home to an impressive mix… read more

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