Each November, Highlands comes alive with the spirit of the holiday season and thousands of sparkling Christmas lights. Light up the Park & Main kicks off the holidays in Highlands. Join the excitement and watch the park and Main Street light up against the mountain sky. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with cookies, hot chocolate, a band and a display of art contest submissions from local students. The Christmas story will be read and carols will be sung as anticipation builds. Finally, the moment everyone is waiting for happens when Santa arrives atop a firetruck, greets the crowd and counts down to the lighting of the park and Main Street. Come early or stay later to ice skate, spend time with friends and family and get in a personal visit with Santa. You won’t want to miss the event guaranteed to light up your holiday season!


Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC

Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park Pine Street
Highlands, NC 28741

(828) 526-2112

Updated February 2, 2023