Come Christmastime in the Tar Heel State, there’s an excitement in the air that’s positively palpable. And while there are wonderful places all over the state that transform into real-life winter wonderlands this time of year, there’s one town that really does shine. Named one of the best Christmas towns in North Carolina, Forest City decorates Main Street to the nines every year and really does have the best Christmas lights in North Carolina. Let’s take a look at the utterly unbeatable Forest City Christmas lights.

Do you agree that the Forest City Christmas lights are some of the best in the state? What’s your favorite place to go to see Christmas lights in North Carolina? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below! For more holiday fun in the Tar Heel State, check out these nine stunning light displays.

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What's the best Christmas town in North Carolina?

Forest City certainly goes all out in terms of Christmas lights and decor, but it's not the only Christmas town in North Carolina! If you’re looking for a unique way to really immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, visit one of these eight enchanting Christmas towns in the Tar Heel State. We recommend starting with McAdenville, deemed 'Christmas Town U.S.A.! McAdenville is basically like a Hallmark Christmas movie come to life. You can drive or walk the 1.3-mile stretch and enjoy constant music in the air, twinkling lights and plenty of themed displays. Another of our favorite Christmas towns in North Carolina is Blowing Rock. This town has no shortage of great decorations... but that's not all! The real holiday fun exists at nearby Chetola Resort. The annual festival of lights is free and open to the public, guests drive around the lake and enjoy scenes like Rudolph reeling in a big catch, carolers, and dazzling lights.

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