November 16 – December 31, 2018

Open Nightly

Thank you to all our guests, members, seasonal staff, volunteers and sponsors for a record-breaking Winter Lights in 2017! We look forward to seeing everyone for next year’s show, November 16-December 31, 2018.

Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit placed throughout the Arboretum’s nationally-known gardens. Walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy uniquely-lit displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunesĀ or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. Additional food and beverage items are available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event support the gardens and other Arboretum offerings throughout the year. Tickets for Winter Lights 2018 will be available starting August 1, 2018.

Volunteer at Winter Lights

Looking to give back during the holiday season? Volunteer at Winter Lights! From greeters to fire pit attendants to G-scale train operators, there are a variety of volunteer positions available. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed? Is the event handicap accessible? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions document here for more information.

Need additional assistance about Winter Lights or your ticket? Please call 828-665-2492, Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or e-mail


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