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Holiday Light Tours

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 perfect socially-distanced events for the 2020 holiday season!

Note: Check individual websites for guidance on new COVID-19 safety protocols at some venues, including limited and timed ticketing, reservation requirements, and extended hours. To avoid the largest crowds, plan your visit on a weekday as weekends are very popular, especially those close to the Christmas holiday.

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.
Check the website for hours, what to know before you go, and to buy tickets.

Illuminate Light Show at The Meadow Event Park — Doswell
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Central Virginia’s largest drive-thru light show, this holiday extravaganza offers a million LED lights synchronized to Christmas music via your car radio.
Check the website for hours, what to know before you go, and to buy tickets.

Lewis Ginter GardenFest of Lights — Richmond
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Experience an annual holiday tradition featuring thousands of lights and festive decorations. Find the new outdoor model train display and don’t miss favorites from previous GardenFests, including giant flowers, the peacock, unicorn, and dragon!
Check the website for what to know before you go and to buy tickets.

Celebration in Lights — Newport News
An annual tradition since 1993 will transform Newport News Park into a magical winter wonderland with more than 350 individual display pieces, 50 arches, and three miles of rope lighting along a two-mile drive.
Check the website for hours, what to know before you go, and to buy tickets.

Winter Walk of Lights — Roanoke
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After a wildly popular debut in 2019, Illuminights is returning to Roanoke’s Explore Park for the 2020 holiday season. This year’s Winter Walk of Lights is an outdoor walking tour on a half-mile wooded path through a glimmering display of over 500,000 lights. Following your walk through the lights, check out artisan crafts at the Explore Park Christmas Market or grab a pint at the new Twin Creeks Brewpub.
Check the website for hours, what to know before you go, and to buy tickets.

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.
Check the website for hours, what to know before you go, and to buy tickets.

Garden of Lights at the Norfolk Botanical Garden — Norfolk
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Drive through a million twinkling lights for a magical holiday experience as Virginia’s largest botanical garden transforms into a dazzling wonderland that celebrates four seasons.
Check the website for what to know before you go and to buy tickets.

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.
Check the website for hours, what to know before you go, and to buy tickets.

Map of the Holiday Lights

Northern Virginia

Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads

Southwest Virginia - Blue Ridge Highlands

Chesapeake Bay

Central Virginia

Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore

Southwest Virginia - Heart of Appalachia

Shenandoah Valley

Virginia Mountains

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