FacebookTwitterPinterestYouTubeGoogle PlusInstagram


The Meadow Lights is the largest and oldest Christmas light show in eastern North Carolina.  In 1994 they built "The Old Country Store" carrying over 300 varieties old fashioned candy and now has become one of the largest candy stores in the state specializing in Christmas candy. Take a nostalgic trip back in time to an innocent age when the anticipation of Santa made the holidays magical. Groups will enjoy holiday lights with discount shopping. Meadow Lights are open nightly, 7 days a week.


Day One

Carolina Premium Outlet Shopping

Located in Smithfield (I-95, Exit 95), Carolina Premium Outlet offers over 80 stores with 25-65 savings every day. Shop at Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Carolina Pottery, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Loft Outlet, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Talbots and more.

Meadow Village Restaurant

This group friendly restaurant serves a buffet of Southern cuisine, including barbeque, fried chicken and seafood with hot hush puppies made from Atkinson Mill cornmeal mix. This buffet includes salad bar and desserts for all tastes.

Meadow Christmas Lights

Drive through the holiday lights in rural Johnston County that display scenes of The Last Supper, the Nativity, and Old Glory. Enjoy train rides and satisfy your sweet tooth for the holidays in the Christmas Candy Store.

Day Two

Shop Downtown Benson

Groups can shop along the main street for unique gifts, enjoy a true Southern diner, and visit the new Benson Museum of Local History.


Group Hotel Options:

If you aren't wanting to stay in Benson, Smithfield hotels are 15 minutes away along I-95 with group rates, motorcoach parking, and near Carolina Premium Outlets and the Ava Gardner Museum.

Hotels at Exit 312 in Garner are 15 minutes away along I-40 with group rates, motorcoach parking, and near The Clayton Center.  


235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

tel 919.989.8687  |  fax 919.989.6295
toll free 1.800.441.7829


Check out what other travelers say about
Johnston County, North Carolina on TripAdvisor.

Go to top