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Tanglewood Festival of Lights Presented by BB&T

Posted on 11/1/2012 by Jazmine Kilpatrick

Tanglewood Festival of Lights Presented by BB&T

Clemmons, NC - Entering its 21st season, the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park will be open nightly from 6:00 pm-11:00 pm starting November 17, 2012 to January 1, 2013. Forsyth County Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce that Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T) has committed to a three year sponsorship agreement for the Festival of Lights. This sponsorship agreement will begin during the 2012 season.

This season visitors can experience new and interactive musical displays. Music provided for the interactive musical displays are from original compositions from the UNC School of the Arts Music Technology students. In addition to new displays, Tanglewood will be creating different scene set-ups with the light displays along the route to give the show a new feel for our faithful visitors. Also, to make the show more eco-friendly and brighter, all new displays and majority of the old displays will now feature the low-energy LED Lights. We encourage visitors to tune their radios to 99.5 WMAG until Christmas to hear the themes of festive holiday music as they drive through the Festival of Lights.

The Holiday Gift Village, located halfway through the light show route, will feature the Gift Shop, concessions, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Gift Shop will have holiday crafts, wood workings, and other fine gifts for sale made by over 70 local vendors. For those who like to visit the Gift Shop during the day, it will be open from 12:00 pm—4:00 pm on Saturdays, November 17 and December 18; otherwise, the Gift Shop will be open throughout the duration of the Festival of Lights. There will be photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 pm – closing. Visitors have the option of paying for tractor-pulled hayrides and horse-drawn carriage rides. Reservations are required and can be placed by calling Tanglewood Stables at (336) 766-9540.

There will be several special events that encompass the Festival of Lights. Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes is on November 10. Festival of Lights Golf Tournament is November 17. Throwback Nights, which offers discounted admission rates, are on November 19 -20, November 26-27, and December 3-4. Festival of Lights on Wheels by Arts for Life is on November 16. Running of the Lights by Setup Events is on December 31st. Heaven View Christmas Choir will sing at the Gift Village on November 17 and December 8. The RV Campground will have an extended season from November 17-25. Print Media Night is on November 15 and Media Night is on November 16.

The cost for the Festival of Lights for a family vehicle is $10 for Monday-Thursday and $15 Friday-Sunday and on holidays and holiday “eves.” Commercial vans are $20 Monday-Thursday and $25 Friday-Sunday and on holidays and holiday “eves.” Buses and motorcoaches are $90 every day. This year’s festival will run November 17, 2012-January 1, 2013. Last year, Festival of Lights attracted an estimate of 263,100 visitors.

For more information about Tanglewood Park or the Festival of Lights and special events surrounding the light show, visit our newly designed website or call 336-703-6400.

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General Park Information

  • Pets must be under control of their owner and kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. All pets must have current inoculations for rabies. Pets must be kept and never left unattended. Pet owners are responsible for their pets using the designated waste area and cleaning up after their pets at the designated area.
  • Golf, Horse Stables, Hiking Trails and Accommodations are available year-around.
  • Gardens are open year-around. Blooming seasons vary.
  • Tennis activities are available from April to November.
  • Water activities can be enjoyed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Entrance Fee:
    • $8.00 - Passenger Vans and Buses
    • $2.00 - All other vehicles
    Annual passes can be purchased at the Welcome Center for $50.00 for passenger vans and buses and $25.00 for all other vehicles. Entrance fees and annual passes do not include admission to special events.