[Spotlight] McLaurin Farms
By: Cassidy White
This holiday season will mark the sixth annual winter festivities at McLaurin Farms. Eddie McLaurin, the owner of McLaurin Farms and the popular Halloween attraction Woods of Terror, started things off small only to hit the ground running. And now, there is nothing in Guilford County quite like it.
“We can’t leave the lights out, so we decorate in a different order and with different stuff,” McLaurin said of the holiday light display.
McLaurin said his farm is comprised of 7,000 to 8,000 trees that are decorated with lights and other various holiday decorations. He said many repairs and upkeeping had taken place, and while everything will be in the same format as last year, McLaurin said visitors could expect to be wowed.
“This year we have a bigger, better show than before. We have more lights,” he said.
Last year, the farm had roughly 8,000 visitors, and the year before that (in 2017), the farm had 12,000 visitors. This year, McLaurin expects to have between 16,000 and 20,000 visitors, as more advertisements have been put out this year to help spread the word about the holiday festivities.
Perhaps the biggest attraction at McLaurin Farms is its hayride. Because of its popularity, McLaurin said attendees would have to wait their turn, but there are activities around to occupy children while they wait. These activities include decorating ornaments, writing letters to Santa, roasting marshmallows to make s’mores, drinking hot chocolate and apple cider, and more. There is also a pumpkin patch and playground on the land for visitors to explore.
“We provide a good hour to hour and a half of entertainment for families,” McLaurin said.
Unlike Tanglewood, McLaurin said, his farm is not just a drive-through light display. The farm is family-focused, especially for children ages 13 years and younger.
McLaurin said another thing that separates McLaurin Farms from similar events around the Triad is its rural location at 5601 N. Church St. in Greensboro.
The opening night of McLaurin Farms is on Nov. 28, which is Thanksgiving. McLaurin said the Grinch himself would be in attendance to meet and greet children.
The ticket booth opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m., but the farm closes at 9 p.m. McLaurin Farms is open Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 28 until Dec. 29.