Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries
December 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pmFree
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the enchanting Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival, a dazzling holiday tradition held annually during the first two weeks of December in the quaint town of Dillsboro. This remarkable festival beckons visitors from all corners to experience the magical ambiance created by the illumination of 2,500 candles and twinkling white lights.
This festive event, which started as a one-night showcase of luminaries in 1983, has since blossomed into a highly anticipated multi-day festival, drawing both locals and travelers to immerse themselves in the festive cheer and camaraderie. Explore the glowing downtown streets, where the air is filled with the harmonious sound of carolers and the sweet scent of cider and cocoa, generously offered by the welcoming shop owners. Enjoy live music while the children will experience a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Indulge in the nostalgia of the season with complimentary horse and buggy rides, offering a charming perspective of the twinkling surroundings. This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary, the festival is excited to introduce live musical performances to enhance the festive atmosphere. Grammy-nominated and bluegrass legend Darren Nicholson is set to perform on December 9, promising an unforgettable musical experience, while the White Triplets will serenade festival-goers on all four nights.
Whether you’re a longtime local or a first-time visitor, the Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival invites you to partake in the delightful festivities and create wonderful holiday memories in this charming locale. The allure of this radiant festival extends beyond the sparkling lights and warm melodies; it’s an annual gathering of joy, tradition, and community spirit, inviting one and all to bask in the glowing warmth of the holiday season.