A statue of Santa and his reindeer covered in strands of Christmas lights.

Where to Find Cary’s Best Holiday Light Shows in 2017

‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, candy canes, and twinkling lights! With the weather cooling down and the holiday season ramping up, Cary is quickly transforming into a winter wonderland.

Whether you’re new to Cary or are a current resident looking for something festive to do, you don’t want to miss any of the town’s enchanting holiday light displays. Here’s a guide to the best of the best.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Location: Koka Booth Amphitheatre | 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary, NC 27511
Times: 6 PM – 10 PM on Tuesdays – Sundays; closed Mondays except on Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st
Cost: $15 for adults 18+, $10 for kids 3-17

A brightly lit orange dragon sculpture at night.We can’t talk about Cary’s holiday lights without mentioning one of the Triangle’s most famous winter wonderlands: the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival.

Since the day after Thanksgiving, Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre grounds have been transformed with brightly colored silk sculptures of dragons, swans, pandas, and enchanting holiday scenes. Best of all, the festival lasts through January 14th. You can purchase tickets online here.

Light Up Downtown Holiday Light Show

Location: Downtown Park Fountain | 319 S. Academy St., Cary, NC 27511
Times: 6 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM on weekdays, additional shows at 9 PM and 10 PM on weekends
Cost: Free

Jets of water that shine pink with nearby lights.Since undergoing major transformations (including the addition of The Mayton Inn and the beautiful Downtown Park), Academy Street in Downtown Cary is now a hot spot for holiday lights displays.

New to the town’s already festive holiday décor is the light display at the Downtown Park fountain. The spectacular neon lights and upbeat music make for an unforgettable show! The last light show runs at 8 PM on Christmas Day, so come out early to make sure you won’t miss it.

Cary Neighborhoods with Stunning Light Displays

A house illuminated by Christmas lights and inflatables at night.Downtown Cary and Koka Booth Amphitheatre may be the biggest and most popular places to find holiday light shows in Cary, but you can find plenty of hidden gems as you drive around town at night.

These neighborhoods typically have several homes with spectacular light shows, some of which are even synchronized to music.


Be sure to stop by the Johnston Family’s Christmas Light Show (at 101 Chestone Ct., Cary, NC 27513). While you’re there, you can drive by and check out homes for sale in Sherborne.

Tatton Place

The Lowe Family Lights display (at 200 Billingrath Turn Ln., Cary, NC 27519) is a local favorite. The rotating holiday soundtrack pairs wonderfully with the lights draping the eaves of the house, the front yard, and the tall Christmas tree. If you’re in the neighborhood, you can stop by these homes for sale in Tatton Place, too!

Cary Park

Carpenter Lights (at 121 Morris Branch Ct., Cary, NC 27519) is another home that is popular for watching the holiday light displays. While there will be no music playing in time with the lights this year, there will still be dazzling decorations illuminating the home and the entire neighborhood.

If you’re driving through the community, you can take a peek at these homes for sale in Cary Park.

Looking for Your New Home? We Can Help!

Driving around and looking at holiday lights is a great excuse to check out available homes in Cary. But if you’re having trouble finding the perfect home, we’re here to help. We know Cary (and the Triangle as a whole) like the backs of our hands, so we can find you the right home in the perfect location.

Contact us and let’s talk about the home you’re looking for.

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