Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville

Winter Lights 2018

It's called the brightest holiday tradition in Asheville! The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Winter Lights, which began in 2014, features one million bright, energy-efficient LED lights throughout the nationally-known gardens. The lights illuminate the natural beauty and landscapes of the arboretum during the winter season.

An entrance sign to Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NCIn 2021, Winter Lights shifts back to a walk-through experience with plenty of new sights and displays as well as some familiar favorites.

In addition to the lights, enjoy live music performances, hot cocoa, story times, fire pits, and s’mores.

What to Know: Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum 2021-2022

  • 2021-2022 Dates:  November 19, 2021 - January 1, 2022
  • The lights are on from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night (incoming gate closes at 9:30 p.m.)
  • This year, Winter Lights is once again a walk-through experience. 
  • Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased in advance or at the gate (on non-sell-out nights). Ticket prices range from $30-$60 per vehicle. An additional $10 is charged if purchasing at the gate on any given night.
  • This is the largest fundraising effort of the year for the Arboretum. All proceeds generated from Winter Lights will directly support the Arboretum's annual programming.

Reserve your ticketWinter Lights 2018

Ticket prices range from $30-$60 per vehicle. Many nights will sell out, especially on weekends. You are encouraged to purchase your tickets as far in advance as possible at All sales are final unless the Arboretum closes for a weather-related emergency.


Updated November 16, 2021
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