Captivating Light Show
The 2018 Tanglewood Festival of Lights is open nightly 6-11pm Nov 16th 2018 through Jan 1st 2019. The countryside at Clemmons Tanglewood Park is now a winter wonderland of over a million lights, tons of giant snowflakes and captivating scenes! This 27th season continues to be one of the largest and most spectacular light shows in the entire Southeast! One of the best drive-thru festive light shows you will ever experience! Visitors come by cars, vans, trucks, limos, motor coaches, and buses.
History and Details
Tanglewood Park’s Festival of Lights started in 1992; a 1.5 mile route with only 25 displays. Today the route is just under 5 miles and over 100 displays. On average, 250,000 visitors attend this yearly tradition event. The Driving Golfer scene was one of the original light displays from 1992 and remains one of the favorites of visitors. Each year Tanglewood adds or replaces exciting displays to the Festival. Interactive holiday music is composed from the UNC School of the Arts Music Technology students.
The staff begins setting up displays during the month of August in order to be ready for this large-scale winter event. There are now over a million individual LED lights, making it truly spectacular! Tanglewood’s Festival of Lights has been selected as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast and a Top 100 Event in North America. America’s Best Online gave an honorable mention to the Festival of Lights as one of the best light shows in the US.
Below is a video of what you can expect.
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
With a reservation, the staff will take you and up to three guests for a lovely carriage ride through the Tanglewood Festival of Lights. Experience the light show in the comfort of a traditional white carriage drawn by a Percheron horse.
You can also choose to take in the magic with your family and friends on a tractor pulled hayride. Holiday hayrides are available for groups of up to 25 people per ride. Hay rides are available by reservation every night during the light show.
Be sure to stop by the gift shop for an extra treat, where you and the family can roast marshmallows and make s’mores!