Small-town holiday charm? The glow of Christmas lights? Seasonal shopping? Belmont is bursting at its seams for festive families. From the shimmering beauty of nature alongside contemporary displays at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Holidays at the Garden to one of the nation’s biggest lights presentations in nearby McAdenville – dubbed Christmas Town, USA – visitors will experience wonder, awe and memory-making opportunities around every brilliant bend.

“With its historic appeal and welcoming atmosphere, Belmont is a nostalgic attraction year-round,” said Jim Hoffman, Director of Marketing for Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. “But at Christmastime, with the lights glowing and the amaze-filled faces of children and adults alike, there’s that seasonal warmth and joy that strike the spirit just right.”

From Nov. 22 to Dec. 31, the sights and scents of winter will envelop guests at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Sip cocoa by a roaring fire or explore much of the Garden’s 380+ acres at the annual Holidays at the Garden. This year’s elegant display will feature more than 500,000 LED lights sparkling across plants, trees and pathways, including new scenes to behold at the recently-unveiled children’s garden, Lost Hollow. Also enjoy traditional favorites, such as a 16-foot tall Orchid Tree and one-of-a-kind train displays.

Mere minutes from Belmont, McAdenville annually transforms into Christmas Town, USA for thousands of guests per year. Travel along city streets – by foot or car – that have been lit to the brim since 1956, festively dazzling this quaint town for millions of visitors across nearly six decades. This year, from Dec. 1 through Dec. 26, find more than 375 decorated trees, 200 lit lamppost wreaths and chiming Christmas music as well as a large radiant lake fountain, reflecting colors along the water.

Just outside of Belmont, the Billy Graham Library also welcomes guests for a Christmas celebration, Dec. 1-23. Named one of the Top 100 Events in the U.S. by the American Bus Association as well as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society, this family-friendly event features a live nativity scene, horse-drawn carriage rides, light displays, holiday goodies, caroling, Christmas story time and much more.

“Belmont truly pulls out every stop to celebrate Christmas with neighbors and travelers,” said Ted Hall, president of the Chamber of Commerce. “Captivating lights from the Garden to Christmas Town, small-town appeal, award-winning restaurants, boutique shopping – Belmont offers everyone the perfect path for finding the holiday spirit and making memories.”

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