Looking for some opportunities for family fun this holiday season, without any large crowds? Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like some twinkling Christmas lights! We've got the info you need to enjoy some bright and cheery holiday fun! Light displays are a great way to enjoy the season and jump start your holiday cheer. I can remember as a child piling into the family car to go look at the Christmas lights, and today's kids will enjoy having those memories just as much. Dine in or pick up some carryout from a local eatery to enjoy along the way, on your way home, or at a local park if the weather's mild.
Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights at Jimmy Nash City Park
November 25 - January 1, Martinsville
The annual light display at Jimmy Nash City Park is a Martinsville tradition, and the perfect way to end the evening after a visit to the Martinsville Candy Kitchen for holiday candy canes! (See the Martinsville Candy Kitchen Facebook page for specific candy cane pour times, but they almost always make them on Friday evenings in December and up to three times each Saturday in November and December.) Drive through the lower loop of Jimmy Nash City Park in Martinsville to see this year's light display. **Please note the park now closes at 9 pm. If you are inside the park at that time, the automatic gate will open to let you out, but you cannot drive into the park after 9 pm.
Jingle Bell Rock Light Tour
December 1-31, Martinsville
Formerly known as Cuppa's Christmas Challenge, the recently re-named Jingle Bell Rock Light Tour will kick off on December 1 and run throughout the month. The online map will be released on December 1 and those visiting the trail are encouraged to vote for the People's Choice Award and look for the two hidden Christmas Elves - there are two hidden somewhere throughout the trail. Sign up for this year's map at jinglebellrocklighttour.com. Winning displays will be announced on December 18!
Downtown Mooresville Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1, Mooresville
On the Friday evening before the Mooresville Victorian Christmas Celebration, the community comes together downtown at Bicentennial Park for the Downtown Mooresville Christmas Tree Lighting event! This fun event will feature more than just lighting up the tree - Santa Claus will be there to take your holiday gift requests along with other Christmas characters to interact with, festive music and even food trucks. Come out and enjoy the seasonal cheer. The festivities typically begin around 5 pm, and the big tree is lit up at 7 pm.
Mooresville Christmas Lights Tour
December 1-31, Mooresville
The Mooresville Christmas Lights Tour is now in its fourth year, and it's quickly becoming a popular tradition. Beginning on December 1, get your online tour map at mooresvillelights.com. Navigate the self-guided trail to enjoy a wide variety of Christmas lights displays in and around Mooresville. Be sure to vote for your favorite display using the Google form on the website.
BONUS: Be sure to keep an eye out for Santa along the way. He's been known to hang out at along the tour, weather permitting.
Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Spectacular & Tree Lighting
Dec. 3, Downtown Martinsville
& Downtown Martinsville Window Display Contest
throughout the holidays, Downtown Martinsville
The Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock Christmas Spectacular and Tree Lighting takes place in downtown Martinsville on Sunday, Dec. 3 (get the event details), but if you've been downtown lately, you'll notice festive holiday window displays all around the square (and beyond)! Each business has created a window display in their own signature style. You can vote for your favorites until Dec. 2 by donating at your favorite businesses (proceeds go to the Red Barn Food Pantry and Wellspring Food Pantry) - look for the wrapped donation boxes. The window displays will remain throughout the holiday season, so if your family is out looking at holiday lights and decorations, be sure your route takes you through downtown Martinsville!
Martinsville Light Tour
Dec. 9-31, throughout Martinsville
Brand new this year, the Martinsville Light Tour will kick off a bit later, with a start date of December 9. The self-guided tour map will be available on the website and more information can be found on their Facebook group. Stops will be lit each night until 10 pm. Be sure to vote for your favorite stop.