WRAL Nights of Lights returns to Dix Park in Raleigh. Tickets go on sale Friday
WRAL Nights of Lights at Dorothea Dix Park is back this holiday season and bigger than ever! Raleigh’s Downtown Holiday Drive-In Light Event, presented by WRAL-TV in partnership with the City of Raleigh, is back for a third holiday season. New elements this year include additional large-scale light displays, in-person activations like a personal igloo rental or vacation outpost experience, multiple bike-only nights, and a 5K Nights run/walk of Lights.
WRAL Nights of Lights is downtown Raleigh’s only light-up driving holiday experience. Taking place inside Dorothea Dix Park, the event aims to provide the community with an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a family-friendly event. Participants will enjoy five themed sections along a 1.3-mile course:
- CBC Village returns with WRAL/FOX 50, MIX 101.5, That Station and 99.9 The Fan American Tobacco Campus, Rocky Mount Mills and the Durham Bulls ALL present
- Toyland with 7 meter gingerbread house
- North Pole Neon made up of over 500 feet of custom neon by local artist Nate Sheaffer
- Wild Lights features a 30ft dinosaur
- Winter Wonderland has Old Man Winter standing guard
- Santa’s Workshop features Mr. & Mrs. Claus and an animated 75-meter tunnel
Fewer cars and a separate entrance for Fast Lane ticket holders will keep waiting times and traffic jams to a minimum.
The success of 2021 Nights of Lights allowed us to present the Dix Park Conservancy with this $100,000 donation. And thanks to the generosity of the more than 125,000 Nights of Lights attendees, more than $19,000 was also donated to Inter-faith Food Shuttle.
This holiday season, attendees will have the opportunity to donate to the following non-profit organizations and events:
The event will run from Saturday November 19 to Saturday December 24. Special theme nights include 5k Nights of Lights and two bike-only nights. A portion of available tickets will be donated to non-profit organizations in the Triangle region during the event.
“We couldn’t be happier to have WRAL Nights of Lights back for Year 3,” said Joel Davis, Vice President and General Manager of WRAL/FOX 50. “Each year this event gets bigger, better and more exciting. This year, attendees will see a huge addition of lights and options for in-person experiences. Together with our partner, the City of Raleigh, we will continue to build this new vacation tradition for area families.”
Buy tickets for WRAL Nights of Lights
Two new packages will be available for purchase:
Visit the Holiday Outpost or book your Igloo Experience
Vacation Outpost – We have a bit of the North Pole at Dix Park! Start your Nights of Lights party with a stop at our party outpost at All Faiths Chapel.
Igloo Experience – Be part of the Nights of Lights experience! Savor festive food and drink in your own cozy igloo, lit up with the holiday spirit. Once your stay at the North Pole is over, you join the road and enjoy the lights in all their splendour!
About the WRAL Nights of Lights light installation
Lighting installations are managed by Southern Outdoor Restoration (formerly Vortex), a local Raleigh-based real estate services company that has been serving our community since 2001.