North Carolina November 16, 2017
The Winter Walk In North Carolina That Will Positively Enchant You
Christmas is one of the most magical times of year – Santa leaving presents under the tree, the spirit of giving, mistletoe and silver bells… but one aspect that really reels in the enchantment is the array of colorful Christmas lights. Adorning houses, businesses, and trees, sparkling lights and merry decorations put us all in the Christmas spirit. While many of us will hop in the car for a drive-through light show, one of the best displays in the state is enjoyed on foot.
A Christmas tradition since 2005, Enchanted Airlie decks out the gorgeous grounds of Airlie Gardens with an array of lights, displays and festive sounds. Guests have traveled from near and far to experience the magic of the already whimsical 67 acres that compromises Airlie Gardens.
Taking place from Thanksgiving until Christmas, the half-mile stroll takes visitors on a magical journey through one of the best light shows in the southeast.
The event features over 1 million lights and was deemed one of the Top 20 Events by Southeast Tourism Society. If you're looking for some hot cocoa (or spirited beverages to warm you up) all are available for purchase as well as local food vendors onsite.
Of course with an event of this caliber, even Santa Claus himself has to make an appearance. Children will be delighted by the wondrous lights but even more stoked to meet-and-greet with Ol' Saint Nick.
Airlie Gardens is home to gorgeous live oaks, walking paths, seasonal blooms, historic and contemporary structures. But don't forget to pay a visit to the Airlie Oak, a historic live oak tree dating back 500 years. This gorgeous oak is about as intertwined within Wilmington history as the Cape Fear River.
During enchanted Airlie, it will be beautifully lit and surrounded with corresponding decorations. Visitors can also expect to see a variety of glowing delights - from lights wrapped around branches to bulbs dangling above the walking path, Santa in beach mode (with boat in tow) and festive candy canes, flowers, and even a swan and the lit dragon.
It's advised to get tickets soon as Enchanted Airlie often sells out. So far, 11 different days (certain time slots) have sold out - so get tickets now! A 'carload ticket' which includes parking is $27. Visitors can pick their day and time slot at which they'd like to visit.
While many of us have our respective Christmas traditions, this is one that rings true to many in the coastal region and beyond. If you're in the central region of the state, I can promise it will be worth the drive!
This is such a magical event! Have you ever attended?
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For another way to get in the Christmas spirit and really create the magic for the little ones,
hop on board and journey to the North Pole.