Up & Coming Weekly

December 14, 2022

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12 UCW DECEMBER 14 - 20, 2022 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM If you are a fan of Christmas lights, we got you covered. Here is a list of lo- cal light shows that you can check out. Some light shows are drive-thru only while others you can walk around. Aloha Safari Park Aloha Safari Park will have its first Christmas light show this year. ey are open from 6 to 9 p.m. for lights. Admission is $10 per person for ages 2 and up. Come see a beautiful two-mile drive-through trail with over one mil- lion lights. When you're done driving through, come on inside and enjoy some hot chocolate or make a s'more. Giraffe feeding will also be available. Santa himself will be there up until Christmas Eve. You can take photos with the jolly old fellow and a baby kangaroo. ey will be open from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1. Arnette Park Enter a Winter Wonderland at Christmas in the Park at Arnette Park, a beautiful combination of developed facilities and natural woodland span- ning 100 acres adjacent to the Cape Fear River. Enjoy a leisurely drive while taking in the sights and sounds of the Holiday season. Arnette Park is located at 2165 Wilmington Hwy, Exit 100 off Hwy 87. Admission is free. e dates of the light show are Dec. 14 – 15 and Dec. 18 – 21 (excluding Fridays and Saturdays). Cape Fear Botanical Garden A Garden tradition for the past 12 years, visit the Cape Fear Botanical Garden to see over one million lights, Santa, the Grinch, activities, S'mores and more. Food trucks and the Garden Bar will be available for refreshments. Visitors can also go shopping at the Artisan Market, make some arts and crafts, and see a showing of Frosty's Winter Wonderland. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased by visiting the website. e light show is open from Dec. 16 through Dec. 22 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. CATHIS Farm is beautiful farm is the Holiday Light Destination this holiday season. Magical, twinkling Christmas light displays, photos with Santa and the Grinch, a snowfall play area, kid's activities and games, make-your-own s'mores at the bonfire, plus private firepit reservations. Enjoy toasty holiday treats, and holiday shopping in their store, and experience win- tery fun surrounded by their magical Christmas lights in Lillington. Tickets can be bought at https://cathisfarm. ticketspice.com/winter-lights-2022. e light show will be open on Dec. 16 – 18; Dec. 21 – 24; and Dec. 26. General admission tickets are $12 a person. Farley Family Lights e Farley Family will be doing a double feature every night at their house. Starting at 6 p.m. there will be a Christmas show featuring music from 92.7 FM. Following the Christmas Show is a Disney-themed light show. ese two shows will repeat up until 9:30 p.m. So everyone gets a chance to see the double feature at least once. is is not a drive-thru event, rather a single-family home with some amaz- ing decorations and timed lights and synchronized music. If you would like to see the show from the comfort of your car, please turn off the headlights however running lights are encour- aged. is is a free event and is located at 95 Farley Road, Cameron. Lu Mil Vineyard Drive your own vehicle thru hun- dreds of thousands of lights and deco- rations that are synchronized to music that you can listen to on your car's FM radio. eir magical experience will help create unforgettable family memories for all ages. Come make Lu Mil Vineyard's Festival of Lights a family tradition. ey are open from Dec. 15 through Dec. 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is $10 a person, and children ages 5 and under are free. Cash and cards are accepted at the ticket booth. Bus Tour Reservations are available. ere is a free wine tasting every night of the Festival of Lights. You can try any three of their wines for free. Pic- tures with Santa are also free, as long as you bring your own camera. ey are located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road in Elizabethtown. e Meadow Lights e Meadow Lights is the largest and oldest Christmas light show in Eastern North Carolina. ey are a family-owned and operated business that started more than 40 years ago. In 1994 they built "e Old Country Store" to sell drinks and old-fashioned candy. Since then, they have become one of the largest candy stores in the state, specializing in Christmas and old fashion candy, carrying over 300 varieties. ey display lights on over 30 acres and operate a train ride through 10-plus acres. e lights will be on every night until New Year's Eve. Santa will also be there every night until Christmas Eve. e candy store and concession stand will remain open as long as they have inventory but may close earlier in the year. e Meadow Lights are located at 4546 Godwin Lake Road, Benson. Segra Stadium Get in the holiday spirit at Segra Sta- dium and enjoy tens of thousands of holiday lights. e Fayetteville Holiday Lights, presented by Aevex Aerospace, will run nightly through Dec. 23. e event will include tens of thousands of holiday lights around the stadium, with displays on the concourse and a path of walk-through lights on the warning track of the field. Patrons can also get their picture taken with Santa and participate in holiday crafts for free. Each night will have a differ- ent theme. Adult tickets are $10 and children's tickets are $8 if you buy in advance Tickets go up $2 on the day of. Tickets can be bought at https:// bit.ly/HolidayLights120822. Sweet Valley Ranch Join Sweet Valley Ranch as they transform their farm into a magi- cal Christmas Wonderland featuring over one million lights and over 350 animals as the stars of the show. e light show is a drive-through event but guests can also park at Tiny's Winter Wonderland (across the street) to enjoy a visit with Santa, vendors, gift shop, amusement rides, food and more. is is a drive-through event and all ticket holders must be in the same vehicle. Guests are encour- aged to purchase their tickets online. Individuals that purchase tickets at the event will experience longer delays. e light show will be open on Dec. 15 – 18; Dec. 21 – 23; and Dec. 26. Tickets are $10 a person for one to three people in the car, $9 a person for four to eleven people in a car, and $8 a person for twelve or more people in a car. Anyone aged 2 and under is free. Tickets can be bought at www.sweet- valleyranchnc.com/festival-of-lights. HANNAH LEE, Assistant Editor. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. EVENTS Holiday Light events offer variety of themes, locations by HANNAH LEE Aloha Safari Park is hosting their first ever Christmas Light show this year, with over one million Christmas Lights. ey will also have hot chocolate, s'mores, giraffe feeding and baby kangaroos. Santa himself will be there. (Photo courtesy of Aloha Safari Park) e Festival of Lights at the Lu Mil Vineyard is open every night through Dec. 23. ey are open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Lu Mil Vineyard)

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