Meadow Lights

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Meadow Lights is a 30-acre (12 ha) display of Christmas lights near Meadow, North Carolina open yearly from Thanksgiving through New Years.[1] In operation for over 40 years, is owned and operated by Roy Johnson and his family on land adjoining their home. The display features light displays, some several stories tall, alongside displays of mannequins depicting the life of Jesus. There is no admission fee, but visitors may purchase tickets for a train ride through the light display.[2]

Johnson is a retired tobacco farmer who began the display as a hobby to entertain neighbors and his children. In 1994 the Johnsons built "The Old Country Store" in the parking lot to sell drinks and old fashioned candy. Johnson purchased light displays from the Celebration of Lights at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh when it closed after the 2006 season. In 2007 a carousel was added. Profits from the store and ticket sales to amusements help pay power bills.[3]


  1. ^ Meadow Lights
  2. ^ "Meadow Lights illuminate Johnston County". WRAL. 
  3. ^ MAGUIRE, MARTI. "The man behind the Meadow Lights". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 

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Coordinates: 35°18′9.4″N 78°28′13.4″W / 35.302611°N 78.470389°W / 35.302611; -78.470389