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Written by:  Karen M. Alley
Date: December 2, 2011

There's just something magical about a lot of little shining lights brightening up the dark winter nights. It brings cheer even on the gloomiest days. And for many of us, driving through a holiday light display is a big tradition for your family each holiday season! If you're new to the area and looking for somewhere to go with the kids, or just looking for somewhere new, check out some of the great displays around our area.

Know of some great neighborhood displays that aren't on our list? Email us and we'll add it!

Tanglewood Festival of Lights.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, there are new displays. They've also changed out most of their lights to LED lights for a brighter, more "green" display.

Pilot Mountain Christmas
Pilot Mountain
Park and walk through these magical trails.

Sunset Hills Neighborhood
Neighbors get together to decorate the trees with beautiful, lit-up balls.

Westridge/Battleground Ave.
Another neighborhood, it's not a huge professional light display, but so many houses have lots of lights that it's quite a fun drive, and has always been one of my family's favorite areas.

Lights on the Neuse
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas extravaganza as you ride along on a hayride.

Christmas Town USA
Just west of Charlotte, this one is a little drive for us in the Triad, but it's worth it. The whole town is lit up -- houses, trees and even cars!

Carolina Christmas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
A special treat for race fans, or just fans of holiday lights. The race track is lit up with a great LED display.


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