The 28th annual Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park in neighboring Forsyth County will be open through Jan.1, 2020.
The show’s operating hours are 6-11 nightly, with the exception of Dec. 31 when Festival of Lights closes at 10 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus have returned to the Festival of Lights. Santa John Kringle, Mrs. Claus and all Santa’s helpers will be at Festival of Lights through Dec. 23. Santa will be at the show until 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Friday and Saturday hours are from 5:45 p.m. until the gift shop closes. Santa will offer hard copy and digital images.
For the most enjoyable experience, visit Festival of Lights Monday-Thursday evenings early in the season. Friday-Sunday evenings as well as the days just before Christmas are very busy and extremely long wait times should be expected.
S’moresville, operated by Lowes Foods, will continue the marshmallow roasting tradition at the Gift Village, right outside the gift shop. Lowes will sell roasting sticks with marshmallows and s’mores kits on site. Visitors to S’moresville may not bring their own sticks or food items for roasting. Other family friendly activities will be held at S’moresville on select nights throughout the show, including a New Year’s Eve event on Dec. 31. S’moresville will close each evening at 10 p.m., and will be closed the entire evening of Dec. 25.
The Gift Village is anchored by the gift shop located inside the Red Barn. The Gift Shop will have holiday crafts, wood workings, seasonal treats and other gifts for sale made by local artisans. The gift shop will be open each night of the show and will close at 11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, with the exception of Dec. 31 when it will close at 10 p.m.
Festival of Lights patrons can also enjoy original compositions from the UNC School of the Arts Music Technology students showcased through the interactive musical displays. Attendees are encouraged to tune their radios to 99.5 WMAG through Dec. 25 to hear holiday music as they drive through Festival of Lights.
Tanglewood Farms is now taking reservations for horse-drawn carriage rides and tractor-pulled hayrides. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 336-766-9540.
Nightly ticket prices are as follows: Family vehicles (cars, vans and trucks): $15; commercial vehicles (vans, limos and mini-buses), $35; Motorcoaches and buses,. $100
Festival of Lights also offers discount nights. On the following nights only, receive reduced pricing: Monday, Nov. 18; Tuesday, Nov. 19; Monday, Nov. 25; Tuesday, Nov. 26. The reduced pricing is as follows: Family (cars, vans and trucks), $5; commercial (vans, limos and mini-buses), $15; motorcoaches and buses, $65
Stay at Tanglewood and enjoy the lights for free. Guests of the Manor House and RV campground receive free admission to Festival of Lights. Call 336-703-6494 for reservations.
Festival of Lights attracts an estimated quarter million visitors annually.
For more information, please visit our website at www.forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol/ or call 336-703-6481.