Tanglewood Festival of Lights

12/18/2008 by

The Tanglewood Festival of Lights should be a tradition for all familys with kids in the piedmont area.

In Clemmons North Carolina there is a Christmas light show like no other!  Trust me, it is a “must see” if you live in the region.  The light show is called the Tanglewood Festival of Lights.  This light show was started in 1992 with 25 displays.  This year there will be over 180 light displays.   During most of the year Tanglewood is an upscale golf resort but come about October Santa’s elves transform these fairways for the holidays. The Christmas light displays at Tanglewood are truly fantastic.  Most of the displays appear to be animated.  A few of my favorites are the reindeer that appears to jump over the road or the eagle that flys across the field of vision of the cars or the fire breathing dragon that is swimming in the lake.   There are also some fun sports related scenes like the couple that appear to be playing tennis (dang, they never miss the ball. I wish I had such skill) or the golfer that drives a ball of lights about 100 yards.

Last year there were approximately 250,000 visitors to the festival.  It is estimated that over 1,000,000 lights are used in the Tanglewood festival.

Plan on spending at least 1.5 hours at the event.  If you enjoy craft fairs plan on spending longer. Much longer.  There is a large barn filled with homemade crafts.    As with the light show the craft fair started small and has grown over the years.  The first year there were 10 craftsman that displayed their crafts.  This year 120 craftsman have their works on display.  There are homemade scarves, pottery,  crafts made of wood and even original paintings on saw blades!  The craft barn is a great place to find some unique Christmas gifts.  You can find something for every member of the family.  And if you are looking for some yummy Christmas treats this is the place to come.  There are homemade jams and breads and pies and the like.

Another fun thing to do is visit the concession stand.  Not only do they sell coffee, cocoa and other edible yummies but they also sell marshmallows for you to roast yourself on their outdoor marshmallow roaster.  All sales of the marshmallows are donated to charity and last year 12,000 disadvantaged people were assisted by these funds (Wow !  That’s a lot of marshmallow sales!)

Tanglewood festival of lights is easy to get to at exit 180 off of Interstate 40.  It is about 10 minutes west of Winston Salem.  See Forsyth County Park Site  for dates and times.