Christmas Tree Lighting & Drone Show

Onslow County Parks and Recreation invites the community to join them for their third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting from 2-6PM on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at Onslow Pines Park located at 1244 Onslow Pines Road, Jacksonville, NC.

Lights (6) Opens in new windowThis year there is a special “Lights Over Onslow” show planned at 5:45PM that includes over 100 synchronized drones flying 400 feet in the air above the trees, moving through various choreographed aerial formations. The three-dimensional seasonal shapes and characters can be seen up to four miles away.

The drone light show is led by Pixis Drones, a Virginia-based production company that has performed at events such as the Super Bowl LVI, FIFA World Cup, NBA draft, and the Olympics. The 10-minute show will lead into the countdown for the lighting of the 40ft. Christmas tree. 

Sunday, December 17
2PM - 6PM
Onslow Pines Park

This annual event is family-friendly and admission is free with opportunities for pictures with Soulful Santa, face painting, trackless train rides, and holiday themed crafts. There will be local talent such as the Lejeune Dance Theatre, Richlands Dance Factory, and Richlands High School Choir providing entertainment. Local vendors and food trucks will be onsite with goods for purchase.

Toys for Tots will be on scene collecting new and unwrapped toy donations in exchange for a cup of hot cocoa and a s’mores roasting kit. Onslow County Animal Services will also be present and available to adopt out some of their animals as well as provide information on responsible pet ownership.

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  • Drone Light Show
  • Pictures with Soulful Santa
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Fire Pit and Smores
  • Trackless Train
  • Christmas Crafts
  • Food Trucks
  • Small Business Vendors
  • 40-ft Christmas Tree Lighting