Best Holiday Lights in 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic, many people are starting to decorate for the holidays a little bit early. It has even been said that people who decorate for the holidays earlier are happier. In the spirit of celebration, here are some holiday light displays you can see, either from the comfort of your home, driving in your car, or walking around in person.

  • Of course, the most famous of all light shows in the area is Mcadenville. The whole town gets into the festive spirit and you can drive through in your car and see all of the lights. This event is free.
  • A hybrid event is being held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. You can drive through the 3.75-mile course to see over 4 million lights. You can also get out of your car (with a mask and social distancing) and enjoy food and drink. Tickets are required and are charged per car.
  • Carowinds is once again hosting a holiday event called Taste of the Season. There will be food and drink throughout the park as well as live music and light displays. Reservations are required, and masks when not eating and drinking. Temperature checks will be required for entry.
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens is hosting Holidays at the Garden. This walk through event will feature food and drink as you stroll through the gardens and view lights and cherry blossoms. Masks are required as are tickets.
  • The U.S. National Whitewater Center is once again hosting a ½ mile walking trail of lights. This event is free if you have a parking permit, otherwise it is $6/car. Masks are required.
  • Walmart is hosting a drone show for the holidays. You can see it in person at the location on Carowinds Boulevard, or watch on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok on December 16th. The event is free, but tickets are required in person so you can maintain social distancing.
  • There is one completely online event, the Cabarrus Virtual Holiday Celebration. You can enjoy this from your own home, no mask required. You can see it on your computer, or it will be broadcast a few times during the season on Channel 22.

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For more details on the light shows, see this article in the Charlotte Observer.

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