Light Shows

There is something about the twinkling of colorful lights that marks the arrival of the holidays in Virginia. From drive-through light shows on the Virginia Beach boardwalk to dazzling displays at gardens and parks across the state, Virginia’s Christmas light displays are sure to leave you feeling merry and bright for the 2023 holiday season!

Holiday Lights at the Beach - Virginia Beach

Plan a coastal weekend getaway to enjoy this beach-themed display complete with a traditional holiday soundtrack. Drive your car on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk through nautical and adventure-themed light displays alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t miss this year’s new Surfing Santa and 40-foot dancing Christmas tree. 

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Illuminate Light Show at The Meadow Event Park - Doswell


Central Virginia’s largest drive-thru light show, this holiday extravaganza offers a million LED lights synchronized to Christmas music via your car radio. 

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GardenFest of Lights at Lewis GInter Botanical Garden - Richmond 


Part of the magic of winter nights is how a twinkle of light can transform the darkness. In the natural world, seeds hold a similar mystical power. So tiny, yet so mighty, seeds are the “spark of life” containing the secrets of a never-ending creation. This year, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights celebrates their wonder with the theme: “Seeds of Light.” Through the sparkle of more than a half-million lights, imaginative displays, and memorable experiences, GardenFest takes inspiration from seeds and fruits to reveal an interconnected world of incredible diversity, amazing strategies, and enduring beauty.

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Celebration in Lights - Newport News

As it has since 1993, Newport News Park will become a magical winter wonderland – transformed by more than 800,000 individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. Along the two-mile drive into Newport News Park, guests will be treated to more than 300 individual display pieces – 70 of which are animated – along with 43 arches and three miles of rope lighting.

Illuminights Winter Walk of Lights - RoanokeMR20051309P_104

Brighten your nights and explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 650,000 lights at Illuminights Winter Walk of Lights. Travel down our half-mile wooded path while taking in the sights and sounds of the season. Visitors will experience 50,000 new lights, new displays, trail enhancements and family activities.

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Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens - Vienna

Named the #1 Botanical Garden with wow-factor winter transformations by Fodors, the garden is transformed into a half-mile animated light show. Put on your walking shoes and bring the family to experience a Northern Virginia festive tradition. 

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Dominion Energy Garden of Lights - Norfolk 


Enjoy a million twinkling lights for a magical holiday experience as Virginia’s largest botanical garden transforms into a dazzling wonderland that celebrates four seasons. 

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Bull Run Festival of Lights - Manassas

Experience 2.5 miles of holiday light displays from the comfort of your car, followed by a camel ride and walk through the holiday village and carnival.  

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The Winter Wander at Boar’s Head Resort - Charlottesville 

The beauty of light and the whimsy of nature intertwine harmoniously at the Boar's Head Resort Winter Wander. Enjoy an easy walking trail that spans nearly one-half mile around Heritage Lake behind the main hotel at Boar’s Head Resort and experience thousands of festive lights as they illuminate the rolling landscape. 

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Nauticus' Winterfest on the Wisconsin - Norfolk

WinterFest on the Wisconsin

Celebrate the holidays at Nauticus! Explore nine dazzling light trails throughout the Battleship Wisconsin, and experience Mistletoe Marina – an immersive all-new waterfront wonderland. Explore all-new interior spaces aboard the battleship, enjoy two new shows nightly by the mischievous Grinch, come aboard a polar train journey, and enjoy sweets and treats surrounded by over one million lights!

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