Each year Fairfax County, Virginia welcomes in the wintery holiday season with fantastic light shows, and decorations and displays 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 and Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights below and plan your light show adventure today.
Scenes from the light shows...
Bull Run Festival of Lights and Holiday Village
Open seven nights weekly, from November 21, 2018 to January 6, 2019 NOW EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 13, 2019
Monday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday - Sunday and Holidays: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 22, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1)
Cost of driving through the light show varies from $20 - $25, depending on day you attend (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 off 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. For more information call the park's holiday hotline at 703-359-4633.
Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights
Held every day beginning on Friday, November 9, 2018, and through (Thanksgiving, Christmas and News Year’s too!) January 6, 2019 NOW EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 13, 2019 The walk of lights runs daily from 5:30 to 10 p.m. (last tickets sold at 9:30 p.m.). Under 3: Free
Ages 3-12: $8 Online; $10.50 at the Door
Ages 13+: $14 Online; $16.50 at the Door Please purchase your tickets online for the best price and to ensure your admission. Timed tickets required.*Please note that online discount codes are valid only Monday - Thursday, non-holidays Buy Tickets Now
Named the #1 Botanical Garden with "Wow-Factor Winter Transformations" by Fodors, the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens should be on every family's to-do list. Every year from mid-November until just after New Year’s Day, the garden is transformed into a half-mile, animated walk of lights. Revisit perennial favorites such as the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk - and look for new displays each year. Put on your walking shoes and bring the family to experience a Northern Virginia festive tradition. Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows and sipping on hot beverages by the fire. (Available for purchase at Light Refreshments). Check out the video above for a preview of the show which has become a holiday tradition for thousands throughout the region!
PLEASE NOTE: Online tickets are sold with specific entrance times so that the flow of visitors can be better managed and to provide ample (free) parking and the most magical experience! Some timed entrances and entire days may sell out both online and on-site at Meadowlark. The availability of on-site tickets and admittance into the Winter Walk of Lights is not guaranteed. Outside food is not permitted. No pets permitted, except service dogs.