CLEMMONS, N.C. – All over Tanglewood Park, you'll find the sights and sounds of the holidays.
Tanglewood kicked off the 18th annual Festival of Lights event Friday. The animated light display in the 1,100 acre park has become a holiday tradition for many.
"We see some of the same people year after year. They have the same routine year after year. And it's just become part of their family holiday," Kelli Cox, with Tanglewood Park, said.
This year, the four-mile light tour features a new 110-foot LED Christmas tree.
"It sits right as you come in the front gate. Each light bulb has a little computer chip in it and it will change color and act independently of all the other light bulbs, so it does a 30-minute show. It changes color, scrolls words, does designs. It's really cool," Cox said.
To kick off the season, people who dropped off canned goods at the gate got a discount Friday. The food will go to Second Harvest Food Bank.
"So we have 450 partner agencies and events like this really help us to make it possible to put food back in the community. We'll wind up with about 13 million pounds in the community this year," Chuck Harmond with Second Harvest Bank said.
It takes workers two months to set up the 174 displays for the Festival of Lights. It will run through Jan. 3.