Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 at 6:00pm


Festival of Lights Drive Through

Take a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling, animated and stationary light displays. Watch the lights twinkle over the lake and turn on your favorite holiday music. 


Lake Julian has an abundance of bass, catfish, brim, crappie and imported Tilapia. Because Lake Julian is used as a cooling agent for Progress Energy the lake is “thermal.” Some of the best fishing occurs from October through March.

Anglers may fish from the shore, from privately owned fishing boats (electric motor only) or from Jon boats that are available for rent (fishermen provide their own electric boat motor). A boat launch is also available for private fishing boats. There is a daily or annual fee to use the boat launch. A North Carolina Fishing License and a local lake permit is required.

A North Carolina fishing license is required in all Buncombe County Rivers and Lakes.


Paddle boats are available for rental. These boats can be rented by the ½ hour or by the hour.

A pontoon boat is offered at no charge for use by People with Disabilities, Senior Citizens and for Educational Student Tours. Reservations are required in advance. A Lake Julian Park staff will be the captain and tour guide.

A boat launch is available for the launching of private craft including fishing boats with electric motors, canoes, kayaks and sailboats. There is a daily or annual fee to use the boat launch.

Outdoor Games

A sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits are available for use on a first come/first served basis. Volleyballs and horseshoes are offered for use by Park patrons at no charge with proof of a driver's license.

9 Hole Disc Golf Course is available on the back side of the park.


$10 per passenger vehicle

$20 for large vans, motor coaches, and buses

Advance tickets may be purchased for $7 per passenger vehicle and $14 for large vans, motor coaches, and buses.

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