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Lake Julian Festival of Lights opens Friday

Photo: WLOS staff

The Lake Julian Festival of Lights opens Friday, December 1, 2017 at Lake Julian park in Arden.

The popular local holiday tradition is now in its seventeenth year of operation, offering an inexpensive and accessible family-oriented experience.

Organizers say the Lake Julian Festival of Lights thrives from its connection to the community: 20 percent of ticket proceeds are donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics, while the remaining income is reinvested to enhance the Festival of Lights for the following year.

The light show will open with a family Winter Walk-Through Night on December 1, 2017. Admission for the Winter Walk Through Night is $5 per adult, and children under 16 are admitted free with a paying adult.

The event will run from 6-8 p.m. Participants are invited to experience the lights through a more memorable and immersive experience by leaving their cars behind and taking a leisurely stroll through thousands of bright, twinkling holiday lights.

Visitors can wind their way to the center of the park where they will find, games, crafts, s'mores are more. Santa will be on hand there for photo ops and to take Christmas requests from children.

The Lake Julian Festival of Lights will open to cars on December 2 and run through December 23, operating nightly from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. The drive circling the park becomes a journey through tunnels of animated and stationary light displays.

Visitors are invited to watch the lights twinkle over the lake and to turn on your favorite holiday music to let the sounds transform the show into a holiday journey.

Vehicle entry for the Festival of Lights is $10 per passenger vehicle and $20 for large vans, motor coaches, and buses.

Advance tickets may be purchased for $7 per passenger vehicle and $14 for large vans, motor coaches, and buses.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at festivaloflights.buncomberecreation.org.

The Lake Julian Festival of Lights is presented by Buncombe County Recreation Services.

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