Sunday, December 15, 2013

Lake Myra Christmas Show

Welcome back to Stir Crazy Mom, Anna (of S. Durham Moms Meetup Group)!  In this post she tells us about another great spot to check out a Holiday lights display.

Nothing makes the holiday season feel as magical as Christmas lights. So imagine a quarter of a million Christmas lights synchronized to music in a one hour light show, or better yet, drive 50 minutes to the little town of Wendell, NC, to see the light show in person. Last Saturday, we packed the girls, our warmest coats and extra blankets and headed east to see the Lake Myra Christmas Show.

What it is: The light show transforms an empty lot in the middle of town into a handcrafted display that represents thousands of hours of physical labor and hundreds of hours of computer programing. Each year the show is unique. 

The Lake Myra Christmas show has the tallest computerized tree in North Carolina and is one of the largest light displays on the East Coast. This year’s show was featured on the Travel Channel’s Jingle Brawls on Dec. 8, and it will be featured again on the Dec. 15 showing of Xtreme Xmas at 7 p.m., also on the Travel Channel. 

The 2013 show features Frosty the Snowman and Tinsel the talking Christmas tree retelling the Nativity story and their favorite Christmas songs. The show lasts for approximately one hour, and then on special nights, Santa makes an appearance. However, after 35 minutes, the girls were frozen, so we cut the night short without meeting The Big Guy. 

They have a concession stand that sells popcorn and hot cocoa, however, when my husband went over to get some treats, nothing was ready, as the man running the stand said he wasn’t sure how to operate the popcorn machine. Hopefully this was a one-time mishap.

What we liked: It’s free! Parking was a breeze with a lot right across the street and there were no lines. It’s pretty impressive to see that many lights in one place.

What we would change: There is no seating, so unless you bring your own chairs, you have to stand for nearly an hour, which is asking a lot of little kids. Next time we would bring our own chairs, and maybe even more blankets. Also, at one hour, the show seems long, especially for short attention spans. 

Website and other important information:

Address: 204 E. Fourth St. Wendell, NC 27591


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