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Christmas Lights in Charlotte - 2012

From a small town to a NASCAR speedway, Charlotte has severl excellent displays


The Charlotte area is home to several excellent Christmas light displays, ranging from a small town of less than 700 people (that both Yahoo! and Time Magazine call one of the best displays in the nation), to the oval of a NASCAR super speedway. Here's everything you need to find the best Christmas lights around Charlotte.

Do you or someone in your neighborhood have an awesome light display? Send us your photo, and we'll share the best.

1. The Town of McAdenville

Christmas light displays McAdenville, NC
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The town of McAdenville is the largest light display around, and so popular that we have a

guide to visiting it. The town has received national attention numerous times, and this year is no different, with both Yahoo and Time Magazine calling it one of the top 10 displays in the nation. Click for a photo tour of McAdenville, taken from this year's lights.

2. Speedway Christmas

Speedway Christmas and the all new Boulevard of Lights is one of the largest holiday light shows in the region. This year’s route at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over 3 miles, offering an even more spectacular in-car LED light viewing experience. The world’s largest continuous LED Christmas light netting, custom-designed for the speedway, will cover 20,000 square feet along the speedway’s 22-foot high catch-fencing on the fronts tretch. Also, more than 30 stock car light displays will fill the front stretch grandstands, along with six giant stop lights. Other exciting attractions continuing this year will include a realistic-themed Bethlehem Village, a Festival of Trees, NASCAR souvenir rigs for Christmas shopping, marshmallow roasting pits, Santa’s workshop, photos with Santa, themed areas for children, food and music. Also, new for 2012 is the addition of the Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink, sponsored by New Life 91.9. Skating is available for all ages, whether you are a beginner or a pro, and it's just $12 per person with skate rental.

3. Holiday Lights at the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
6500 South New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC 28012
$12 Adults/$6 Children

Quickly becoming the area's premier holiday tradition, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will present Holiday Lights at The Garden. Holiday Lights will showcase about a half million lights, a breathtaking Christmas tree created with hundreds of orchids, carriage rides, live entertainment and even a visit from Santa in a room designed to capture the essence of Christmas Morning.

4. Christmas at the Billy Graham Library

Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28217
Dec. 1 to Dec. 22
Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 100 p.m.

At the Billy Graham Library, visitors can see a live Nativity that offers a glimpse into the awe of that first Christmas night, complete with live animals. You can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through one of Charlotte's most beautiful light displays and hear heartwarming sounds of caroling and festive music. There will be Christmas story time for kids of all ages (5 to 9:30 p.m.) and a chance to pet live animals! (noon to 2 p.m.) Carriage rides are $3 for children 12 and under, $7 for adults.

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