Drive-thru Christmas lights

DRIVE-THRU LIGHT SHOW — New to Haywood’s holiday offerings is the first-ever drive-thru light show that takes drivers through a brilliant display.

The first-ever drive-thru Christmas Light Show in Haywood County opens at the Smoky Mountain Event Center on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and runs through the holidays.

“The Strand of Lights Drive-Thru Christmas and Beyond Light Show has been created in partnership with a professional light-installation company that specializes in large-scale, outdoor light shows,” said Lorraine Conard of The Strand at 38 Main.

This cozy adventure lets you create bright, joyful memories with friends and families out of the house without having to brave the cold.

The price of admission is $20 per vehicle. The drive-thru winds around the Smoky Mountain Event Center campus for nearly one mile. Play your favorite carols and sing along as the route takes you past numerous 2D displays, mixed with lighted buildings and holiday experiences.

Tickets for the nightly show are available online only at with only 100 cars per one-hour time slot. This helps reduce wait time and traffic congestion for a more enjoyable experience.

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Tickets are on sale now and can be reserved by going to All tickets must be purchased in advance.

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