“Winter Lights” returns to the North Carolina Arboretum this year as a vibrant walk-through experience, featuring 1 million lights shining throughout the facility’s gardens from Nov. 19 through Jan. 1.

Guests will be able to explore and enjoy the lighted displays, hear live music and sip hot cocoa from the Cocoa Shack, while snapping selfies and making brilliant new holiday memories.

“Winter Lights” is the Arboretum’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and the show has become a must-see holiday tradition in Western North Carolina. This year’s theme is Forest and Garden Whimsy, and promises new surprises alongside the popular 50-foot Tree of Light, the Magical Maples and Storytime at Woodland Cove.

“There is going to be so much to take in and experience,” said Mary Rose Ridderbusch-Shearer, the show’s producer. “We can’t wait to share this holiday spectacle with our guests.”

In the interest of public health, there will be fewer indoor gathering spots, multiple outdoor starting points and an expanded holiday gift shop space to enjoy. Face coverings are currently required for everyone 5 years of age and older while indoors. Masks are encouraged outside where social distancing is not possible, in accordance with Buncombe County mandates.

This year, tickets will be sold per vehicle, and tiered pricing is based on peak and off-peak days, offering guests the ability to choose the best option for their schedule and budget.

Tickets for standard-size vehicles are $30 (Bronze), $45 (Silver) and $60 (Gold) when purchased online in advance. Admission also will be available at the gate for an additional $10 on the night of the event.

Tickets are date and time specific. Guests may enter any time between their selected entry time and 9 p.m., when the incoming gate closes. Once on property, ticket-holders are welcome to stay until the event closes at 10 p.m.

The N.C. Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way. For ticket information, visit ncwinterlights.com, or call 828-665-2492.

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