Holiday Light Shows
Each year Fairfax County, Virginia welcomes in the wintery holiday season with fantastic light shows and decorations that families from all over the region have made a part of their Christmas and winter holiday traditions. So whether you want to walk, ride, drive, or sit to take it all in - these beautiful light displays are ready to light up your life with holiday joy.
Explore more information about the Bull Run Festival of Lights, Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights, and the Chinese Lantern Festival at Roer's Zoofari below and plan your light show adventure today.
Scenes from the light shows...
Bull Run Festival of Lights and Holiday Village
November 23, 2016 - January 8, 2017
The cost of driving through the light show Mon-Thurs is $15 per car and on Fri-Sun & Holidays, $20 per car (vans w/ 15-34 people and motorcoaches cost extra - visit website for details)
Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus. Want to avoid the crowds? Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are our busiest nights. Please take advantage of the Monday through Thursday discounted price and avoid a long wait.
Friday thru Sunday are our busiest days. Please consider taking advantage of our Monday - Thursday discount to avoid long waits. For more information call the park's holiday hotline at 703-359-4633.
Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights
November 18th, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Cost is $5 - $13 depending on the date/time you wish to attend.
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Bring the family to enjoy the magical Winter Walk of lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Every year around Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, the garden is transformed into a half-mile, animated light show. Revisit perennial favorites such as the Holly Berry Hill, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk. Put on your walking shoes and bring the family to experience a Northern Virginia festive tradition. Round out your visit with roasted marshmallows, then warm up with a coffee, or hot chocolate. Dates for this year's Winter Walk of Lights will be announced soon! Check out the video below for a preview of the show which has become a holiday tradition for thousands throughout the region!
PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of tickets are on sale at the door and online each night. Admission is not guaranteed. No discounts may be applied at the door. Service dogs only are permitted; no pets allowed otherwise. Outside food is not permitted.
Chinese Lantern Festival at Roer's Zoofari
Select nights from November 16 - January 15
Online: $19 adults/$12.50 children (ages 4-12)
At The Gate: $25 adults/$15 children (ages 4-12)
No ticket required for children under 4
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Enjoy an authentic Chinese and multicultural experience that is magic at night! The Chinese Lantern Festival uses authentic Chinese lanterns to light up the night and create an enchanting evening. Let the wonders of illuminating animals guide you as you travel through the lantern festival. As you travel through each location the animals change transporting guests to unique new experiences from throughout the world. Witness cheetahs, jumping koi fish, majestic cranes and even travel back in time and see dinosaurs. Travel the World by walking through America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa. Kung Fu performances nightly at 6pm and 7pm!