Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries

Categories: Events & Festivals, Winter Events & Festivals


  • Annual holiday event in downtown Dillsboro
  • 2500 luminaries light the streets and shop entrances
  • Live music, holiday treats and hot cider/cocoa
  • Carolers
  • Santa at Town Hall
  • Businesses stay open late!  Shop local!


First Two Fridays & Saturdays in December, beginning at dusk, stroll the streets of historic Dillsboro, NC. Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.


The Local Scoop

This annual event is a must see and will be sure to light up your spirits just in time for Christmas!

The Local Directions

From Great Smoky Mtns Expressway (U.S. Hwy-74)
Take exit 81 towards Dillsboro, Franklin & Atlanta (downhill) to red light.  Take a left into Dillsboro.

From U.S. Hwy-441/23
As you cross over the Tuckasegee River via large bridge, continue to the red light just ahead.  Take a right into Dillsboro at light.

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35.369475, -83.2522
Contact Info
Jackson County
Hours of Operation
Dusk - until