SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: Residents of Mosman decorate their homes with lights in celebration of Christmas on December 21, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.

Where can you see the best Christmas lights in North Carolina? Parade Magazine recently released what they consider the best lights display in each state. And I have to say I can’t argue with what they chose for North Carolina’s- The Biltmore Estate! If you’ve never been you really should add it to your list. I’ve been several times in the past few years (twice on New Years Eve which I highly recommend!

Christmas At Biltmore

The event features more than 100 decorated trees, 10,000 ornaments, 100,000 twinkling holiday lights, and an array of festive Christmas displays. The holiday season offers two different experiences. First is a daytime celebration perfect for viewing garlands, trees, and other decorations that deck the luminous halls. The second experience is Candlelight Christmas Evenings which features live music, lit fireplaces, and candlelight as you stroll through Christmas the way it would have felt in the late 1800s.

It’s not just the house that’s decorated the hotels on the property, the village, the winery, the conservatory, and the restaurants are all dressed in their Christmas best. The event kicks off on November 5th and runs through January 9th. I had the opportunity to visit on New Year’s Eve one time and it was perfect even after the hustle and bustle of the season. I can certainly see why Parade calls it the best Christmas lights in the state of North Carolina. Below you’ll find a gallery of some photos I’ve taken of the event!

Light Displays

But what about other states? For South Carolina, their writer says that the Holiday Festival of Lights in Charleston is the winner. The festival takes place at James Island County Park and is a three-mile drive (or train ride) through light displays. I was a bit surprised for Tennessee that the Opryland Hotel wasn’t recognized. Instead, it’s the Cheakwood Estates and Gardens also located in Nashville. If you make the trip I’d suggest you pay both a visit!  Florida’s was another location I’ve actually had the opportunity to visit- St. Augustine’s Night of Lights.

What do you think are the best Christmas lights in North Carolina? Let us know your thoughts on social media!

Gallery: Christmas At Biltmore

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