November 16 – December 31, 2018

Open Nightly: 6 – 10 p.m.

Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition atWinter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Open nightly November 16 – December 31, 2018, from 6 to 10 p.m., Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light show placed throughout the Arboretum’s nationally-known gardens. Walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy unique displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED holiday lights. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. All tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance. Guests must select an entry time (6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., or 8:00 p.m.) when purchasing tickets. Dogs and outside food and beverages are strictly prohibited at Winter Lights.

Ticket holders may enter anytime between their selected entry time and 9 p.m. (Note, if you are using a transportation service such as a taxi, Uber or Lyft, your ride must pick you up no later than 9 p.m. before the entrance gates close.)


Ticket Price Ticket Price with Member Discount*
Adult (ages 12+) $18 $16
Child (ages 5-11) $12 $10
Child (4 & under) FREE FREE
Group (minimum of 20 people) $15 $13

Purchase Tickets Here

To cover operational costs and ticket processing for The North Carolina Arboretum Society’s Winter Lights fundraiser, a $1.50 processing charge will be added to each ticket. A standard 3.2% credit card fee will also be added to each ticket purchase and North Carolina’s sales tax applies. Proceeds generated from Winter Lights will help the Arboretum continue to expand its educational programs, exhibits and facilities year-round. *Member discounts will be applied upon checkout. 


Friends & Family Discount Night – Tuesdays

  • Adult tickets are $15 each and child tickets are $10 each. Member discounts still apply. Excludes Christmas Night.

Arboretum Discount Week – November 26 – 29

  • Adult tickets are $15 each and child tickets are $10 each. Member discounts still apply. 

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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