An Old-Fashioned Christmas – Piper Lights In Wake Forest, NC

Old Fashioned Christmas Piper Lights NC

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas is what you’ll find when you visit Piper Lights in Wake Forest, NC. 

It all began 30 years ago when a family put up a manger scene and then, over the years developed it into a magical 7-acre lights display with an old-fashioned candy store. 

My daughter and I love it so much we visit every December – several times!

Piper Lights – An Old-Fashioned Christmas 

Welcome To the Christmas lights

As you enter, you will come to a donation box. Although the Christmas lights are free, try to have a few dollars handy to donate. This helps the family keep the Christmas lights shining.

Piper Lights Entrance

As these lights get more popular every year, you’ll want to come at the least crowded times.

I’ve found the best time to come is right when they open at 5:30 on a weeknight, early in December.

Raleigh Christmas Lights Piper Lights

You can drive your car right through the display and see all of the lights. 

Piper Lights in Wake Forest train lights

One of the most charming spots is the pond that’s surrounded by Christmas lights.

The reflection of the lights on the water is stunning!

Old Fashioned Christmas Lights Raleigh
Whale by pond Christmas lights
Christmas Lights Reflecting in Pond
Christmas Lights over Pond

After you drive through the lights, there’s a place to park your car so you can visit the old-fashioned candy store. (Only cash is accepted.)

It’s also fun to walk back around all the Christmas lights and get a closer look.

Old Fashioned Christmas Country Store

Inside the candy store, you will be able to buy hot chocolate, cider, popcorn, hand-made scarfs, and old-fashioned candy.

My daughter and I have a tradition of getting hot chocolate and popcorn, only a dollar for each.

Old Fashioned Christmas Candy Store
Old Fashioned Christmas Candy

The store is full of cool collectibles and antiques.

Old Fashioned Christmas country store table
Old Fashioned Christmas Tree

Kids will love getting to visit with Santa on the front porch of the Country Store. 

You’re welcome to take a picture with him, free of charge!

Santa Claus in Sleigh at Old Fashioned Christmas

Or you can sip your hot chocolate by the cozy fire while you chat with your loved ones.

Old Fashioned Christmas Country Store Fire pit

Next, you’ll want to get in line for the free Santa train ride that takes you on a tour around the Christmas lights.

Christmas Train Ride

Here comes the train…

If you’re looking for the best Raleigh Christmas lights, Piper Lights should be at the top of your list. 

Location: 5725 Fixit Shop Road, Wake Forest, NC (Just outside of Raleigh)

Hours: Opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs until January 2.

Sunday-Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Friday and Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Santa doesn’t arrive until 6:30 each night.

Behaved pets are welcome.

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26 Responses

  1. OMG I wish I could head there right now! I have always wanted to go to someplace that is all about Christmas!

  2. This is so amazing! We love Christmas and decorations. We will put this on our list for next year. Thank you for sharing.

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