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“Festival of Lights”
Review of Tanglewood Park

Tanglewood Park
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Clemmons
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 1,200-acre park was once the estate of William Neal Reynolds, brother of tobacco businessman R.J. Reynolds. The Reynolds willed the Tanglewood property to the citizens of Forsyth County to share as a public recreational park. The combination of its streams, woodlands, and grassy pastures with the traditions of its architecture, horses, gardening, and wide range of recreational activities make Tanglewood an ideal countryside park to visit over and over again.
Reviewed January 16, 2013

A wonderful way to spend the evening with the family. Tour through the park and view the festival of lights. You can even stop and warm your hands over the fire and drink some hot chocolate...yum!

Thank GailinNC
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

What a delightful surprise! My husband wanted to get out and find a good place to walk our dog. Not only did she love it, we did as well.

She loved seeing the people training on horses and seeing the riders. We visited the stables and, while she was interested, she shied away from the horses.

It would be a great place to ride bikes and there is plenty of parking.

Thank Voyageurmonde19
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We saw the Festival of Lights. It was wonderful! The light displays were well done. We also visited the gift shop. They had a large variety of items for sale with good prices.

Thank Leslie K
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

This was our first time to see the festival of the lights, it was amazing! We waited to get into the park was expected but well worth the wait, note - I don't think I'd go on a weekend due to the crowd at that time. We got there at 6:30 and got in the park within 45 minutes then moving at the perfect pace to view all there was to see. The lights were spectacular. Next time we go we plan to take the horse drawn carriage, that would have to be even more magical.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

As indicated in my title, I am writing this review for Festival of Lights that happens annually from mid November to January 1. We drove an hour from Charlotte to see this as I have heard a lot about it. I wanted to be sure that we reached their as early as possible as their website clearly says to expect wait for up to 2 hours during weekends. We reached at the park at 5:30 PM. We drove for around 5 minutes and then we saw lines of cars waiting to get in. But it took us just 15 minutes for us to reach the entrance of the park where we paid 15$ (its 10 on weekdays per car). They asked us to completely turn off our lights (which was great as it made so much easier to enjoy the beautiful lights). They also gave us a small map of the park with details on the various light exhibits. It took us around 1.5 hours to drive the entire 4 mile stretch filled with wonderful lights decorations. Manor house looked breathtaking. We saw few folks roasting marshmallows. It seemed like a fun stop in the 4 mile drive, but we decided not to, as we wanted to get back soon. But I would highly recommend spending 2-3 hours during Festival of Lights.

As another reviewer pointed out lack of bathroom facilities, I saw several portable ones on the way. Also, there are sections in the route from where you can't turn back even if you want to. So, yes, be ready for long wait if you reach there after 6-6:30 PM on weekends. When we were driving back to Charlotte, we noticed the long line that spanned on the highway for couple of miles and we saw a warning sign indicating wait of 3-4 hours. So, either go early or go during weekdays for this event. But certainly, don't miss it. I have seen McAdenville too (which of course is free and you can walk the entire stretch if you feel like it) and it has its own charm, but this one is quite simply, better.

Thank joshmilind
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