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WRAL Night of Lights

  • Dates: 12/16/2020, 12/17/2020, 12/18/2020, 12/19/2020, 12/20/2020, 12/21/2020, 12/22/2020, 12/23/2020, 12/24/2020, 12/26/2020, 12/27/2020, 12/28/2020, 12/29/2020, 12/30/2020, 12/31/2020
  • Presenting Organization: WRAL
  • Venue: Dorothea Dix Park
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 2105 Umstead Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Phone: 919.996.6688
  • Times: 5:30-11pm; special hours for New Year's Eve
  • Admission: $15 per vehicle; $30 per vehicle with 9+ passengers


In a year of unprecedented change and disruption, WRAL-TV, in partnership with the City of Raleigh and with support from Artsplosure/First Night Raleigh have joined forces to provide a new holiday experience: WRAL Nights of Lights.

Taking place along a 1.3-mile route inside Dorothea Dix Park, the event aims to provide an opportunity for the community to celebrate the holidays in a safe, crowdless environment. Along the route, attendees, safe inside their vehicle, will enjoy the oaks of Dix Park wrapped in holiday lights as well as many holiday themed light installations.  Artsplosure, the organizers of First Night Raleigh will also activate several local art installations along the route.

“The WRAL and CBC teams were committed to finding a way to help Triangle families experience some “holiday spirit” this year. So many traditions and experiences have been cancelled or disrupted. We worked hard to come up with a safe way to offer some “light” during a time that has been dark for many,” said Joel Davis, Vice-President and General Manager of WRAL/FOX 50. “We are so grateful that the City of Raleigh was willing to partner with us on what we hope will be a new and lasting holiday tradition. This year and every year WRAL remains committed to the people of our community.” 

Safety at "Nights of Lights"

The event is coordinated as a “COVID-safe” experience, with all tickets purchased electronically in advance and handled with onsite ticket scanners vs. paper tickets. The event is planned to run from Wednesday, December 16th through Thursday, December 31st.  Ticket prices start at $10 and a portion of available tickets will be given to several Triangle area non-profits over the course of the event.

The event is strictly drive-thru. No pedestrians or cyclists are permitted on the route during Nights of Lights.

Frequently asked questions, the ticket link and map route can be found at wral.com/lights. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, November 21st at 11am.

“This holiday season is going to be unique for so many of us as COVID continues to impact our community,” said Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin. “I want to thank Artsplosure and WRAL for their forward-thinking approach to Nights of Lights. I look forward to participating and know that many, many families will as well. This is a great way to celebrate the season together while staying safely apart."