Looking for a great spot to see holiday lights in Asheville? Lake Julian is hosting their 12th annual Festival of Lights, a week-long celebration, beginning this week. There are two ways to enjoy the event.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
For two days only, December 5 & 6, the festival will be open to walkers only. The holiday stroll will take your through well-lit woods with live music serenading pedestrians during the event. Gates are open from 6-8 pm and admission is $5 for adults and free for children.
Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. There will be a cozy fire along the half-mile walkway as well. The path is paved and there are a couple of inclines so parents are invited to bring along a stroller or wagon. However, please leave all pets at home.
Enjoy over 50 animated light displays and thousands of colored lights from the comfort of your vehicle. This driving tour runs from December 7 through the 23rd. The cost is $5 per car, $10 per van and $25 per motorcoach. A portion of the proceeds benefit Buncombe County Special Olympics.
From Asheville take I-26 East to Exit #37. Turn left at the light onto Long Shoals Road. Travel 1.1 mile to Overlook Road traffic light. Turn right on Overlook Road Extension. Travel .1 mile. Park entrance is on the left.