Around the Triangle, it isn’t just the city streets that are decked in holiday style. We have parks and farms and neighborhoods that light up the long winter evenings and chase the chill away.
Almost everywhere you turn, there are beautiful lighting displays. You may even have fond memories of loading the kids in the car and driving around visiting the various neighborhoods to take in all the lights and decorations. Cars would be lined up around the block to delight at the displays and enjoy the festively transformed scenery.
You knew you could always count on one or two families that went all out. If it stood still long enough, they wrapped it in twinkling lights. Lights on trees, shrubs, the house… right up to the rooftop.
Here in Raleigh, one of those families is the Goldmans. You might just spy a penguin and a flamingo among the over 40,000 LED and incandescent lights! Tune your radio to 90.9 WGFL and get a multi-sensory experience with holiday music that is synchronized to the light displays.
Located at (6331 Deerview Dr, Raleigh 27606)
Then you’ll want to head over to the Mangum Family Christmas Lights. Over 100,000 lights festoon this display featuring the Cosmic Color Ribbon Tree and synchronized tunes. Oh, and the voiceovers! You’ll want to tune into the North Pole South Broadcasting Company (a.k.a. 90.3 FM) and allow 90 minutes to enjoy the entire presentation.
Located at (7510 Guess Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278) Don’t let the address fool you, they are in Durham Co.
If taking the train through a winter wonderland is more your cup of cocoa, you’ll want to hit the road and head toward:
Meadow Lights, is billed as one of eastern North Carolina’s oldest traditional Christmas lights and holiday time experience.
Piper Lights started with a manger and now it is so much more. After you tour the 7 acres of sparkles, be sure to pop into the candy shop!
Many of these lighting displays are free, and most of the paid attractions offer senior discounts so bring your ID and you’ve got your ticket to ride!
If you prefer to sit and take it all in? Imagine enjoying the holiday lights just like the drive-in movies of yore. Drive up, claim your space in the viewing area, dial in the holiday tunes, and enjoy the unique display of the Lake Myra Christmas Lights.
One last holiday light delight that you’ll want to put on your calendar is a little different than these traditional displays.
Until January, you can bundle up and visit the Koka Booth Amphitheater for the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival. A celebration of Asian culture, there will be live performances and all new lanterns to enjoy. This is a walking tour but wheelchairs and service animals are welcomed.
Seniors don’t have to give up these beloved holiday and community events. Our community is blessed with so many things to see and do over the holiday season. Why not get out there and be part of the festive celebrations? Concerns about nighttime driving or other mobility challenges don’t have to keep you home this holiday season. You can enjoy it all by utilizing our services that pair you with a companion who would love to take you to see and celebrate the holiday season. We can even help you with household holiday preparations, hosting or running errands to make this season merry and bright!
Give us a call today and let us help you celebrate a harmonious holiday!