NEW HANOVER COUNTY — One of the most coveted light displays in the county for the holidays will open tickets to the public Wednesday.
Since 2005, Enchanted Airlie has welcomed roughly 50,000 guests annually each holiday season to see the historical gardens lit up in magic. A self-guided walking tour, the 2023 event takes place Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 1-21, and tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.
There are four slots to reserve per evening Enchanted Airlie opens: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Each ticket is for a carload of passengers and includes parking. Tickets are $30.
Crews begin working in the summer to string Airlie’s historic grounds with millions of LED lights, blinking and cascading throughout the its 67 acres. Seasonal music is played in various sections and displays, including the highly popular singing trees. Airlie main attractions — the centuries-year-old Airlie Oak and Minnie Evans Bottle House — are illuminated as well.
There are numerous selfie nooks along the half-mile walk (also wheelchair accessible) — and concessions, including cookies, hot chocolate, popcorn, beer and wine, are for sale.
Tickets sell out quickly annually and can be purchased online at AirlieGardens.org.
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