Out of oodles of holiday traditions associated with this time of year, none may be as beloved as loading the family into the car in search of the best neighborhood light displays and shows. But where can you find the best neighborhood Christmas lights in Virginia for 2023?

We spoke with local expert Holly Zell, the owner of the resourceful website, Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights, to get her take on the best of the best in Fairfax County. Here are the top light shows for Fairfax County in 2023 to add to your must-do list, in no particular order.

Editors note: We, like Holly, lovingly refer to these displays as "tacky" in the most endearing sense of the word - truly these displays are pieces of art and are testaments to the owners' hard work and dedication in an otherwise very busy season! Also, as a reminder – these are private properties, so please respect the owners’ homes and stay out of the light display and yard when visiting and do not block driveways.

10108 Marshall Pond Rd, Burke

2023 STATUS: Lights are on and will be through holidays, usually through 10-11pm.
Lights always on, though rain may have other plans.

Marshall Pond - Christmas Lights

This massive display, dubbed Marshall Pond Christmas Village, is thanks to seven different homes in a cul-de-sac/pipestem. Pay a visit to “Santa’s Village” – and keep tabs on their Facebook group page to find out when each home has its full set of lights on! Be sure to park at the top of Marshall Pond Road and walk from there to enjoy the displays.

3912 Lincolnshire Street, Annandale

2023 STATUS: On through January 1, typically 4:45pm-10/10:30pm. 
Lights will be off during any wet/humid/snow conditions. Tune to 88.3 FM.

Lincolnshire Christmas Lights

Multi-color LED lights and figurines cover every square inch of the property, backed by music and animation. See if the kiddos can spot Santa and his reindeer amidst the lights! Gazers can tune to 88.3 FM to listen to the show. Tip: You may walk up the driveway to the fence or up the steps in front of the house. Also keep on the lookout for neighbors who have lit their homes to make Lincolnshire St glow!

7302 Rhondda Dr, Lorton

2023 STATUS: Currently on! November 26 - January 5, 5:30-9:30pm weekdays and 5:30-10:30pm Fri/Sat

Rhondda Dr - Tacky Christmas Lights - Lorton

One of the only townhomes on the list, this home makes incredible use of its small space with layers and layers of colors, a Letters to Santa mailbox, and full-size homemade props of the Bumble, Grinch and Taz (on weekends, weather permitting). Stop by to take a selfie with them and drop your letter to Santa! Each letter left may just get a special response from Santa himself!

10800 Stanhope Pl, Fairfax

2023 STATUS: Currently on! November 25 - January 2, dark - 11pm
Lights off during heavy rain. Tune to 89.7 FM

Stanhope Christmas Lights

This neighborhood effort has nearly an entire block lit up for the holidays! Enjoy a drive by these nine homes, some that are animated to music and others that make neighborly use of tree lights. Nearby house 10803 is programmed for a lights/music show. 

2507 Fairview Dr, Alexandria

2023 STATUS: Coming on December 16 through December 26. Dusk - 10pm weekdays, 11pm weekends.
Lights are off for rain/wind; also will be off December 20.

Tacky Christmas Lights - Fairview Dr, Alexandria

There's nothing like seeing the glow of the house through the trees as you approach this decked-out home in southern Fairfax County. Decorations are EVERYWHERE, from lighted figures to inflatables to vintage pieces to lights, lights, and more lights. Known as Farmer's Christmas House, the owner has even created pathways that allow you to walk through the display. Keep tabs on the Facebook page for live updates.

7815 Birnam Wood Dr, McLean

2023 STATUS: Currently on, December 2 through January 1, 6-9pm weekdays, 6-10pm weekends.
Lights are off in rain and wind.

Tacky Christmas Lights - Birnam Wood Dr, McLean

This McLean spectacle is thanks to a mother-son decorating effort and features a glowing, multi-colored, striped house with an ever-changing array of unique inflatables. The roof, nearby giant trees, and the yard itself are covered in lights. After viewing this home, don't miss the son's own home in Ashburn at 21260 Rosetta Place.

NEW: 602 Birch St, SW, Vienna

2023 STATUS: Currently on, November 27 through January 1. 5:30pm-9pm weekdays, 9:30pm weekends.
Show is off for rain, extreme cold.

This unique full-home projection show offers a different take on your traditional light show. The one-of-a-kind, fully custom show is synced to holiday music (tune to 89.7 FM) and offers a world of enchantment, with surprise guests, a winter wonderland setting, and a magical musical medley. NOTE: Please wait your turn to get in to view this unique display and turn off your headlights while viewing. Follow the family on their Facebook page here

10203 Lawyers Rd, Vienna

2023 STATUS: Currently on, November 20 through January 6. 5:15pm - 11:15pm.
Lights might go off during rain.

Lawyers Rd Christmas Lights

Stunning layers of multicolored lights and large decorated trees make up much of this beautiful display. Be on the lookout for the “zoo” of approximately 100 lighted animal figures of all types (can you count the number of polar bears?) and a flowing waterfall scene. Tip: Park on Galloping Way and carefully cross Lawyers Rd for the best views.


6410 Glenbard Rd, Burke

2023 STATUS: On starting December 7 through January 5. 5-9pm weekdays, 5-10pm Friday/Saturdays. 
Lights off for extreme snow/wind.

Tacky Christmas Lights - Glenbard Drive, Burke

This animated light show in Burke features a plethora of beautiful lighted trees and this year, journeys to Jurassic Park with tons of dinosaurs, including a baby dino paddock. Also keep your eyes peeled for a very wise Baby Yoda and a Pirate Santa. 

1801 Beulah Rd, Vienna

2023 STATUS: Currently on, November 15 through early January

Beulah Drive, Vienna - Tacky Christmas Lights

Located adjacent to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (which has its own incredible light show during the season), this Vienna home joins the fun with a massive array of lights, wireframe scenes, and groupings of fabulously colored trees throughout their large yard. At street level, there's even a special mailbox to drop Letters for Santa. 


6412 Joyce Rd, Alexandria

2023 STATUS: Coming soon! Date tbd
Lights are off for moderate-heavy rain and winds over 10mph.

Tacky Christmas Lights - Joyce Rd, Alexandria

This Franconia-area home features piles and piles of inflatables all contained in a multicolored, lighted fence. Use the driveway to explore the display and to find your favorite character. Keep tabs on their Facebook page for up-to-date details.

2733 Oakton Park Ct, Vienna

2023 STATUS: Currently on! November 26 - January 7, dusk to 10:30pm.
Lights off during rain. Inflatables off during high winds.

Oakton Place, Vienna - Tacky Christmas Lights

This small cul-de-sac in Vienna glows during the season thanks to this bright and cheery cluster of home displays. Trees are wrapped in candy-cane-colored lights, a stunning lighted archway covers the driveway, and snowmen and friends are positioned throughout the yard. Four of the homes on this cul-de-sac are overdecorated, so be sure to enjoy them all!


5700 Claret Place, Centreville

2023 STATUS: Currently on! November 26 - January 6, 4:30-11:30pm. Animated to music 6-9:30pm on 105.7 FM.

The Ritter Home, Christmas Lights in Fairfax County

This highly animated display in a corner lot is home to many vintage blow-molds, an authentic Santa film in the window, and a two-story light tree. The family holds a food drive to benefit the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries Food Bank and they have been featured on The WETA Guide to Christmas program. Follow the family on Facebook here.


There are many other homes to explore, and Holly has a great map to highlight the best of the best, some honorable mentions, and even locations outside of Fairfax County. Most importantly, keep in mind some of her best viewing tips:

  • Respect the owners’ properties and please stay out of the yards and light displays. This also pertains to your safety and the safety of the owners’ homes. Similarly, don’t touch any of the displays and be considerate to the neighborhood and other light viewers around you.

  • Rain, snow, and wind can all influence the light displays. Check Holly’s site or Facebook page for hours and weather closings.

  • Overall, the best time of day for viewing lights is between 6pm and 8pm.

Want to make a night of it and have a Holiday Lights Show Tour of Fairfax County? Check out our video here for ideas on perfecting your new holiday tradition:

Looking for other dazzling light shows in the area? Don’t miss these professional light shows before the season ends. And be sure to bookmark our winter guide for more seasonal fun!

Do you know of other spectacular light displays in Fairfax neighborhoods or at Fairfax County businesses? Tell us in the comments below or tag us on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax.


*All photos credit to Holly Zell of FairfaxChristmasLights.com, unless where otherwise noted.