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The Ultimate Triangle Christmas Lights Crawl: How To See Over 3 Million Lights

Tuesday, Nov 27 2018

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!

CHRISTMAS LIGHT STUNNERS

Witness 1 Million Christmas Lights at Piper Lights at Piper Lights
Photo by @lauriepls4

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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 one million lights twinkling!

Multiple Day Event
Witness 1 Million Christmas Lights at Piper Lights
Free   .  Piper Lights   .  Wake Forest
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Join the Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms at Hill Ridge Farms
Photo by @Hill Ridge Farms Facebook

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Hill Ridge Farms, a 40 acre display packing in over 1 million lights, also offers a playland park with a hayride, giant slide, jumping pillow and a Country Store selling homemade fudge and donuts.

Multiple Day Event
Join the Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms
$9+   .  Hill Ridge Farms   .  Youngsville
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Marvel at Lake Myra Christmas Light Show at Lake Myra Christmas Light Show
Photo by @nchappycrafters

Marvel at Lake Myra Christmas Light Show

Over 700,000 lights, a snow machine and a 30 minute synchronized light show, make Lake Myra Christmas Light Show worth the drive!

Multiple Day Event
Marvel at Lake Myra Christmas Light Show
Free   .  Lake Myra Christmas Light Show   .  Wendell
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Sing Along With Holiday Classics at Mangum Family Christmas Lights Show at Mangum Lights

Sing Along With Holiday Classics at Mangum Family Christmas Lights Show

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.

Multiple Day Event
Sing Along With Holiday Classics at Mangum Family Christmas Lights Show
Free   .  Mangum Lights   .  Hillsborough
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Feel the Merriness of Christmas at Lights On The Neuse at Lights on the Neuse
Photo by @haunter_4_life

Feel the Merriness of Christmas at Lights On The Neuse

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.

Multiple Day Event
Feel the Merriness of Christmas at Lights On The Neuse
$9   .  Lights on the Neuse   .  Clayton
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Chinese Lantern Festival  at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
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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
Cary, NC

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Chinese Lantern Festival
$20   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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OTHER WAYS TO GET YOUR CHRISTMAS CHEER

Explore the NC Executive Mansion Holiday Open House at The North Carolina Executive Mansion

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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.

Multiple Day Event
Explore the NC Executive Mansion Holiday Open House
Free   .  The North Carolina Executive Mansion   .  Raleigh
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Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour at Tucker House
Photo by @historicoakwood

This Holiday, Take a Candlelit Tour of Raleigh's Million Dollar Homes

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.

Multiple Day Event
Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour
$30   .  Tucker House   .  Raleigh
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Holiday Tours on The Great Raleigh Trolley at The Great Raleigh Trolley
Photo by @greatraleightrolley

Holiday Tours on The Great Raleigh Trolley

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.

Multiple Day Event
Holiday Tours on The Great Raleigh Trolley
$30+   .  The Great Raleigh Trolley   .  Raleigh
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Sleigh Rides and Cider at Historic Oak View County Park
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Sleigh Rides and Cider

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?

Sat Dec 07, 5:00p
Sleigh Rides and Cider
Free   .  Historic Oak View County Park   .  Raleigh
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Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead at Duke Homestead
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Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead

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.

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Christmas by Candlelight at Duke Homestead
$6   .  Duke Homestead   .  Durham
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The Ultimate Triangle Christmas Lights Crawl: How To See Over 3 Million Lights
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