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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 15:40

Arboretum to light up the holidays

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Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition will return to the N.C. Arboretum when Winter Lights opens for the season on Friday, Nov. 17, with the lighted display continuing nightly 6-10 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 31.

New interactive displays and lower pricing for children will set this year’s show apart. The Arboretum’s gardens will be dressed in unique displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 holiday lights. The event is the Arboretum’s largest single fundraising event of the year, with all proceeds used to help expand its educational programs, exhibits and facilities year-round.

Volunteers are needed to help make the event tick, with more than 300 volunteers donating more than 4,000 hours during last year’s event. Individuals and groups alike can fill positions such as greeters, fire pit attendants and G-scale train operators. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Sign up at

Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for children and $15 for groups of 20 or more. Arboretum members receive a $2 discount off each ticket. Tickets are date-specific and available at

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