November 30-December 23, 2019
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 annual Festival of Lights includes 50 animated and stationary light displays.
Walk-Through November 30 & December 1, 5-8:30 PM: The season always kicks off with the “walk through nights” - the only time you can stroll through. Our favorite night! Admission this night is $5/adult 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 make s'mores. Make crafts. Santa will also be on hand for pictures. Sorry, no pets allowed. Park at Family of Faith Fellowship Church, 212 Long Shoals Road, Arden.
Drive Through December 3-23, 6-9 PM: Admission is $10 per passenger vehicle, $25 for large vans and $50 for motor coaches, and buses. Advance tickets may be purchased online for $8 per passenger vehicle, $20 for large vans, $40 for motor coaches, and buses. 20% of proceeds are donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics. Arrive by 8:30 PM. It takes about 10 minutes to drive the loop, and you can go around a second time for no extra charge.
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.