The 19th Annual Lake Julian Festival of Lights will return on Nov. 30 — and this year, Buncombe County Recreation Services is hosting two of the wildly popular walk-through evenings.

Come out on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. to enjoy a Lights By the Lake Stroll. Attendees need to specify the date you are coming when you purchase your ticket.

During the stroll, guests will be immersed in a unique holiday experience as they are able to walk through the tour by foot. This is the only night to experience the light show from the perspective of a stroll through the festival. The festival can be enjoyed by vehicles only Dec. 3-23.

Festival of Lights (8).jpg

Both evenings feature visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus (bring your camera for pictures), holiday craft-making with the LEAF Community Arts Easel Rider teaching artists, fire circle, snacks, and family-friendly activities.

On Sunday evening Dec. 1, adult beverages can be purchase from Asheville Buncombe Adult Soccer Association.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights has become a tradition for many mountain families and visitors. A portion of the proceeds benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County. All festival activities are included with admission.

Admission is $5 (adults and youth 17 and older) and kids 16 and under get in free! Wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing, and be prepared to walk over half a mile on a paved walkway.

The walkway is of moderate difficulty with some inclines. Parents with young children are welcome to bring strollers or wagons. Pets are not permitted at the walk-through.

Parking will be available at Family of Faith Fellowship Church, 212 Long Shoals Road, Arden. Cars will not be permitted to enter the park.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.