Festive Holiday Lights

Festive Holiday Lights

“May the light illuminate your hearts and shine in your life every day of the year.”
― Eileen Anglin

One of the things I enjoy the most during the holiday season is looking for festive Christmas and other holiday lights to photograph.

My first quest to photograph Christmas lights was at the beginning of December.  I traveled to 

Feeling Festive at the Biltmore House

Feeling Festive at the Biltmore House

“Let the decorations create a magical Christmas spirit in your heart…”
― Wight Angel, A Magic Christmas: Diary of wishes

 

No matter what time of  year, I always enjoy a visit to the Biltmore House and Gardens.  The Biltmore House, built in 1895, is located in Asheville, NC.  It is a popular spot for tourists visiting the area.

I always make it a special point to visit during the spring when the tulips are blooming.  At that time, the gardens of the Biltmore House are a magical sight to behold.  Another fantastic time to visit the Biltmore

Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, NC

Billy Graham Library, Charlotte, NC

“Christmas…it’s the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Amid the Glitter and busyness of the season, may you not lose sight of the miracle and meaning of that Christmas night.  With the shepherds and wise men, let us fall down and worship Him!”

-Billy and Ruth Graham

 

My family and I went to the Billy Graham Library for the first day of

Christmas Town USA

Christmas Town USA

Since I was a teenager, visiting McAdenville during the Christmas season has been at the top of our list.  McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town USA, is a popular destination for all ages during December each year.

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McAdenville was established in 1881.  This is the sixtieth year of the Christmas light display.  The light display begins December first and goes until December 26th.

Visitors arrive in McAdenville in buses, cars, limousines, and motorcycles to view the lights displayed on every house in the town.  This year I even spotted visitors riding in a

A Trip to the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Dairy Barn

A Trip to the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Dairy Barn

A major event has taken over the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year in Fort Mill, SC.  It is an event that grows each year.  This event is the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at the Dairy Barn.

This event has been taking place for  years at the Dairy Barn. I went to the event for the first time about five years ago.  At that time, I went with my mother and our relatives who were in town for the Thanksgiving holiday.  There were craft vendors inside the dairy barn and set up in tents just outside of the dairy barn.

This Saturday, I discovered that much had changed

Welcoming the Holidays at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

My holiday season began Wednesday morning at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  My mother first introduced me to this wonderful garden years ago.  Thanks to her, I have been a member ever since.

I have spent hours upon hours at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  I took my first photography courses there from my wonderful first teacher, Dave Kelly.  There is something to see and to photograph in every season at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Wednesday was my first day off of work for the Thanksgiving break.  I made my way, first thing,