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For many of us, the holidays mark our favorite time of the year. Christmas is almost here and one of the best parts of the holiday season is driving around to see the lights! From the drive through displays to walks of light, Virginia has plenty of lights to get you in the spirit. If you can’t get enough of the Christmas cheer, consider taking a road trip to many of Virginia’s beautiful light displays.

First stop, is Roanoke’s Illuminights Winter Walk of Lights. Illuminights is back for the 2021 holiday season at Roanoke’s Explore Park. This year, the Winter Walk of Lights features over 600,000 lights on a half-mile wooded path. Take your time meandering through the outdoor walking tour soaking in the Christmas cheer.

Next up, Richmond’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. This is a walk through light display with millions of lights lining garden paths and twinkling through the trees. You can expect to see returning favorites such as model trains and trees decorated by Henrico County Public School students. This year’s theme is Naturally Connected, with the show highlighting how we are all connected to each other and nature.

Newport News

A must see on this Road Trip is Newport News’ Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive through holiday light event. This year marks the 29th Celebration in lights and Newport News Park will be shining bright with over a million individual lights, including 350 individual display pieces, 50+ arches, and over three miles of rope lighting.


Definitely don’t miss the award winning Million Bulb Walk at Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Named one of the best holiday light shows in the country, this year’s walk features an all new route, a one mile trail leading you through new portions of the garden.  Look out for new lighting features including The Wall of Light highlighting the NATO Tower. And on January 2, you can enjoy the lights with your favorite canines, during the Barks and Bulbs event.

Virginia Beach

Also right here in the 757, the BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach. At this drive through event, you’ll drive right on the Virginia Beach ocean front boardwalk through holiday, nautical, and adventure-themed light displays. Turn on your radios to a soundtrack playing traditional holiday music, and enjoy the brightly colored fish, crabs, and hard-working elves. You’ll see Santa taking off from the pier, a 40-foot tall dancing light Christmas tree, color-changing archways, and light displays that honor our Armed Forces community. Also expect shorter lines this year with timed entry.


You can also see amazing lights displays at the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna,  Bull Run Festival of Lights in Manassas, and the Winter Wander at Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville.

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