Tanglewood Festival of Lights

We went to see the Tanglewood Festival of Lights in Clemmons, North Carolina on Saturday night, the line was very, very long, bumper to bumper, and we had to wait for over 2 hours before seeing any Christmas Lights Displays.  It was cold and a good thing that Bo didn’t make any reservation for a horse drawn carriage ride through the Tanglewood Festival of Lights, I think it would have been nice if it were warmer to experience the light show in the comfort of a traditional white carriage drawn by a Percheron horse, kind of pricey though because it costs $70 plus the Festival of Lights admission, as for us we only had to pay for the admission fee which was $14 per car.

The wait was definitely worth it, and a good chance that we might go back and see it again this year. We’ve family coming over for the New Year and I’m sure they’d want to see the lights, next time we know to head out earlier, we didn’t get there until 7 pm and saw the lights displays around 10:30 pm.

A giant marshmallow roaster, the proceeds received from the sale of marshmallows help support Tanglewood’s Outreach Programs, benefiting over 12,000 disadvantaged adults and children during the Festival of Lights.

This was taken with Bo’s iPhone.

The birds flew across the road, real nice but hard for me to capture with my camera.

As a gardener myself, I absolutely love this one.

This is a real retired train that dated back to 1894.

Tanglewood Golf Course is a championship 27 hole public golf course designed by Golf Course Architect William Newcomb, many famous golfers play here.

The 18th annual Festival of Lights is sponsored by Chick-Fil-A. The Festival of Lights is open nightly through January 3rd from 6:00 – 11:00 pm, including holidays. It began in 1992 as a 1.5 mile route with 25 displays. Today, the four mile route consists of 180 displays, 70 of which are animated, made with approximately one million lights.


  1. Nye,
    pretty lightings show, we have something similar to that but no bong fire to roast marshamellows.

    • salalao, the bond fire is a nice rest area, for snacks, gifts, and also bathroom break. I like the fact that they donate the money to help others, but I didn’t find out until after the fact when I sat down to write this post, but I’m glad that we bought 2 sticks to help out.

  2. Nye – I’ve been to this place:-). I played at Tanglewood about 3 different time. The course itself is very nice layout and challenging. Tanglewood used to host annual tour event there. It is been almost 3 years now since the last time I was there. I took bunch of pictures of this golf course.

    • seeharhed, I used to live near there and pass the exit on I40 to work daily and never stop to see the lights, or ever saw Tanglewoods during the day time but I heard that it’s real nice. Maybe you can share your photos at your blog, and hope to see you in action this time. 🙂

      • It just feels like Tanglewoods is out in the middle of no where. You can’t really see the town itself from the freeway. There is a little shopping center right across from Tanglewoods entrance, where I ate the best buffalo wings ever. It looks like a quite little town. Maybe I’ll post some pictures on my site.

        • Seeharhed, It’s actually next to Winston Salem which is a big town and near Greensboro, Clemmons is a nice little town but I’m sure it’s very busy during the Lights festival. I look forward to seeing your post.

  3. I should have read your post before looking up photos from Tanglewood. I especially like the lady watering her flowers too. And the candles with poinsettias is pretty.

    The place looks very festive, it’s hard not to feel the holiday spirit at this place. 🙂

    • Cambree, the only bad part was the long line and by the time we got to see the light, Lee was sleepy, and a good thing that we stopped at the marshmallow roaster and had some hot chocolate, that woke her up, so she didn’t miss anything. This is my first time seeing anything like this, my dad and second sister enjoyed it also. 🙂

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