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Nights of Lights

Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh, NC

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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, crowd less 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 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 16 through Thursday, December 31st. 

The event is strictly drive-thru. No pedestrians or cyclists are permitted on the route during Nights of Lights, except during a special bike event on Tuesday, December 15th. 

Frequently asked questions, ticket link and map route can be found at