December 1-23, 2016
A local's favorite drive-through Christmas light show takes over a popular county park at Lake Julian in south Asheville (near Biltmore Park). Their 16th annual Festival of Lights includes 50 animated and stationary light displays.
Walk December 1, 2016, 6-8 PM: The show always kicks off with the “Lights by the Lake Foot Tour” - the only time you can walk through. Admission this night is $5/person and children are free. The half mile drive has a few inclines, but it's very family friendly and the paved drive is great for strollers and wagons. Warm up by the fire and toast a couple of marshmallows with the kids. Santa and his Merry Elf will also be on hand for pictures. Create a holiday craft in the LEAF Easel Rider Art Truck, try out glow in the dark corn hole game. Sorry, no pets allowed. Park at Family of Faith Fellowship Church, 212 Long Shoals Road, Arden.
Drive December 2-23, 2016, 6-9 PM: Drive through on any night of the week for just $5/car, $10/van and $25/motor coach. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics. For more information, call (828) 684-0376.
Address for GPS is: 406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden, NC 28704
More about Lake Julian
Lake Julian Park is a family recreational facility located on the banks of 300 acre Lake Julian in Arden. The park offers picnicking, boating, fishing, a playground, outdoor games and special events. Lake Julian has an abundance of bass, catfish, brim, crappie and imported Tilapia. Because Lake Julian is used as a cooling agent for Progress Energy the lake is “thermal.” Some of the best fishing occurs from October through March. Paddle boats and canoes are available for rental. These boats can be rented by the ½ hour or by the hour. Six picnic shelters are available for rent at Lake Julian Park. In addition to the shelters, many tables and grills are available at no charge on a first-come first-served basis.