Even though there's something nostalgic about loading into the car and aimlessly cruising the neighborhood scouting the best lights, ain't nobody got time for that in this hectic holiday season! All hope isn't lost though, we did the scouting for ya. So, pile into the car and queue up the Mariah Carey—we've got a list of the most spectacular, over-the-top, award-winning Christmas lights in the Triangle ready for you to plug into the GPS.
What are you waiting for? Pick up some hot cocoa (Videri is our go-to spot) and hit the road to see over 3 million lights!
Piper Lights is one of the most magical light displays in the Triangle, as proven by winning ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight." Make a stop to witness over a million lights twinkling!
Find it at: 5725 Fixit Shop Rd
Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587
Step inside the beautiful NC Executive Mansion at the annual Holiday Open House. Visitors will be able to tour the home, view decorations, and enjoy seasonal musical entertainment by local groups.
Hill Ridge Farms, a 40 acre display packing in over a million lights, also offers a playland park with a hayride, giant slide, jumping pillow and a Country Store selling homemade fudge and donuts.
Find it at: 703 Tarboro Rd
Youngsville, NC 27596
Go back in time and take a candle-lit tour of gorgeous, Victorian-era homes decked out for the holidays in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood.
Over 700,000 lights, a snow machine and a 30-minute synchronized light show, make Lake Myra Christmas Light Show worth the drive!
Find it at: 10 S Cypress St
Wendell, NC 27591
All aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley for an evening of magical twinkle lights. Sing along to holiday-themed songs, cuddly-up with loved ones and enjoy the best holiday light show in North Carolina.
Mangum Family Christmas Lights is a spectacular show of synced lights and music. With a 50 song setlist and 100,000 computerized LEDs, this Hillsborough house is sure to stop Santa in his tracks.
Find it at: 7510 Guess Road
Hillsborough NC 27278
Head to Historic Oak View County Park for a magical night. Because, what could be more romantic than taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, sipping on hot apple cider, and enjoying some live music?
Hop on the Lights On The Neuse old-fashioned hayride—a one-mile long, 30-minute tractor-pulled hayride through the beautiful Lights Extravaganza, filled with Christmas music and holiday magic.
Find it at: 1620 Loop Rd
Clayton, NC 27527
Enjoy storytelling, cookies and cider, live music, singing, dancing, and a whole lot of history as costumed interpreters lead you on a candlelit tour through our historic area.
With 20 displays, each comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights, an evening stroll through the NC Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary might just blow your mind.
Find it at: 8003 Regency Parkway