4 Spectacular Christmas Lights Tours and Displays in Raleigh and the Inland Empire

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 by Northhills Transportation No Comments

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The chilly temperature that marks the beginning of the Christmas Season is in the air and the festive Christmas Lights are already being turned on everywhere. Our Chauffeur Service in Raleigh has compiled a list of amazing Christmas Light displays that you can enjoy with your family and friends this holiday season in the Raleigh region to give you an easier time to decide which is best for you.


Christmas aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley

Enjoy a ride on the Great Raleigh Trolley and enjoy an evening ride from 24th November to 30th December. Enjoy popular Christmas Light Displays as you sing along to your favorite tunes as you hurdle up with friends and family for the light show. The Raleigh Trolley runs from Thanksgiving all the way to 31st December every year. Head over to Fayetteville Street for this family-friendly tradition; parking will be available to all guests at the Alexander Parking Deck. You will also have the opportunity to pick up a beverage at the nearby Paddy O’Beers, so we suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes early.


Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration

The tree lighting in downtown Raleigh is scheduled for 2nd December at the Sheraton Hotel in Raleigh. The tree lighting will feature a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, live music entertainment, a 40-foot slide, holiday refreshments, a ginger bread contest, and other activities and amusements. The highlight of the event, however, will be the actual lighting of the 35-foot Christmas tree by the Mayor.


Christmas by Candlelight

Christmas by Candle light may not be in Raleigh but it is definitely worth mentioning. Head over to the Inland Empire city of Durham for a classic Candlelight Christmas experience hosted by Duke Homestead, a local Tobacco factory. The vent is a holiday favorite in the region and you will get to experience storytelling, live music, dancing, singing, all under candle light, making it one of the most unique Christmas Light occasions in the Inland Empire. The event has been scheduled for 1st December and 8th December from 7pm to 10pm on both days. Visitors are dispatched from the visitor center every 15 minutes for a grand tour of the Duke Homestead State Historic Site so you have to purchase tickets for the departure time that suits you. Don’t be late; arrive at least 15 minutes early.


Happy Land Christmas Lights

Head over to Huntingwood Drive in Raleigh every from 1st December to 31st December between 7pm and 10pm. This Christmas Light Display is phenomenal and features 50 inflatable characters, 120 blow-molds, 60 basket trees, 25 sculptures, 10 mannequins, 50 figurines, thousands of Christmas lights, 3 fog machines, 70 strobe lights, and 2 snow machines. Now that’s overkill; so even if you have other plans, be sure to check Happy Land out with the family, even if it’s just for one day, rumor is that it may very well be the final year that the Light Show is hosted.