This post isn’t sponsored in any way. Nope. I visited the Winter Lights display last night with my family and you should know alllll about it.
This is a new event. Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum. It’s roughly $20 for adults (unless you’re a member of the NC Arboretum, which we are not.) Young children are free. My husband, mom and my 3-year-old son attended. You make your way to the arboretum and are greeted with sparkly lights throughout the rows of trees in the parking lot. It’s pretty impressive.
We walked to the welcome center (be sure you buy your tickets ahead of time. They don’t sell tickets at the door!) and got our bracelets and a map. We didn’t really need the map, though. Once we made our way out of the center, we just followed the pathway.
It took a little over an hour to look at everything, and that included an exhibit that was indoors.
My son was blown away by the trains. They had a train on display (actually, 3 trains) and the trains were going around the tracks in various directions without hitting each other. It blew his mind he and he didn’t want to leave it. (Only complaint was to get to the train you had to go down steps. A lot of steps. We had a stroller – this area was the only one not handicapped accessible. We made do.)
I expected meltdowns. It ran into the toddler’s bedtime, we had to change his dinnertime, and I just expected a lot of crying and that didn’t happen. He was impressed by the lights, and it was a fun little outing.
It’s pricey. That’s the only other complaint. I paid for one ticket, and a friend gave us two tickets. For the amount of time we were there, I couldn’t believe the price. However, I love supporting places like the NC Arboretum, and a lot of work went into putting all of the lights into place. It’s impressive.
I would definitely see it again next year. This could quickly become a tradition for our family.