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A local's favorite drive-through and walk-through Christmas light show takes over a popular county park at Lake Julian in South Asheville (near Biltmore Park). Their annual Festival of Lights includes 50 animated and stationary light displays.

Walk-Thru Lights: December 2-3, 6-8 PM: Admission is $5 per person. Purchase walk-through tickets here.

Drive-Thru December 4-23, 6-9 PM: Admission is $10 per passenger vehicle, $25 for large vans, and $50 for motor coaches, and buses. Purchase drive-through tickets here. 20% of proceeds are donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics. Arrive by 8:30 PM. It takes about 10 minutes to drive the loop.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

See more Holiday Outings and Events in and near Asheville. A bigger Christmas light show is Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum.

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.

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