Getaway Color Ways: Winter Lights at NC Arboretum

Christmas light colors


The North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre public garden located in Asheville. There are 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails and numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits. A few of their most popular exhibits include the Quilt Garden, which is a unique interpretation of traditional quilt block patterns with plants, and the stunning Bonsai Collection, which includes over 100 displays. Starting next weekend, visitors to the North Carolina Arboretum will be treated to a new exhibit; a winter-lights wonderland! The annual Winter Lights festival begins November 17th and runs through December 31st.

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The festival is a three-acre nightly walking tour around the grounds of the arboretum. Everyone loves to see Christmas lights this time of year, and the Winter Lights festival puts a different spin on the tradition. With over 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights, you can enjoy the natural beauty of North Carolina through the brightly-lit garden exhibits and landscapes. Click here to read a great article on the festival and to see more fantastic pictures. Animated displays that illuminate to the music of holiday favorites are an added treat and there will be family-friendly activities throughout the gardens that everyone can enjoy. On Fridays and Saturdays you can also take advantage of the Winter Lights Holiday Tour. Thanks to The Trolley Company, you can enjoy a ride from Asheville & Hendersonville to the Winter Lights Festival. Once there, you’ll be treated to a delicious cup of hot cocoa and entrance into the exhibit.

Sounds like a holly-jolly good time to me!

Holly Holly


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