Holiday Light Shows, Festivals & Displays in Northern VA

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 - be sure to check out Fairfax County's light shows because they will surely light up your life with holiday joy. For even more sparkly lights, be sure to check out Where to Find the Best "Tacky" Christmas Lights in Fairfax County neighborhoods. These local displays will be sure to have you smiling. We can even help you plan the best holiday light show tour from your car - check out our video for some pointers!

Bull Run Festival of Lights and Holiday Village

A Spectacular Winter Light Festival

Opens November 10, 2023 through January 7, 2024

Cost of driving through the light show varies from $30/per vehicle online - $40/per vehicle at door. (Vehicles with 15 passengers or more cost extra - visit website for details.) Promo codes for discounts are available on select weeknights throughout the duration of the light show. Get your tickets.



Every year from November until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn off your headlights and just follow the magical glow. There is also a walk through Christmas Village and Carnival at the end of your lighted journey through the park.

The 2023 Festival of Lights is the season’s best and brightest activity to enjoy with your family and friends! 

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Want to avoid the crowds?  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and the week before and after the Christmas holiday are the busiest times. For a less crowded experience guests are encouraged to enjoy the show during the weekdays with a discounted price on select days. 

Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Walk Through Christmas Lights

Opens November 10, 2023 through January 7, 2024

Under 2: Free 

Ages 2 & older: $18* in advance, $22/door
*Online fees apply

Please purchase your tickets in advance for the best price and to ensure your admission. *Please note that online discount codes are only valid November 14 through December 7, 2023, and January 1-7, 2024. Group rates for 20 or more guests with one form of payment are available Monday through Thursday, November 13 through December 7, 2023, and also nightly January 1-7, 2024. An advanced reservation is required. Please fill out a Group Reservation Request at least 10 days prior to the date you wish to attend Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights. Group visits are not valid until confirmed by staff.

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The elegant garden trail is decorated with thousands of sparkling lights, perfect for a date night or family holiday outing. The half-mile walk through the enchanting Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (Vienna, VA) features lighted nature themes and animated displays along a paved wheelchair and stroller-accessible trail. Stay warm by sipping on a hot beverage (with or without spirits) as you walk and s’mores to finish out the evening. Treat your pup to their favorite walk of the year on specific dates! Capacity is limited; reservations are required to ensure access on a specific date. Buy your tickets.

DMV Winter Lantern Festival (Tysons)

November 24, 2023 through February 18, 2024,

Open Friday - Sunday from 11/24/23 - 02/18/24

5:00pm - 9:00pm

DMV Winter Lantern Festival

Lerner Town Square at Tysons II is going to be transformed into a dazzling world of light with over 1000 Chinese lanterns; all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. The lanterns and bright displays will light the night and bring warmth to one and all this holiday season! You can wander through a wonderland of light that includes Chinese myths, legends, and zodiacs. In addition, you'll be able to stroll amongst handmade lanterns encompassing a world of ice, including displays of mammoths, polar bears, and penguins. The kids will also have a blast playing on interactive light swings, see-saws, and tunnels. Be prepared to indulge your friends, family, and yourself in photo opportunities! Buy your tickets.

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

Celebrate the Season with This Christmas Light Show

December 15 & 16, 2023
5:30pm - 8:30pm

General Public Adults, $60 with Mansion Tour and $58 without Tour
Youth, $38 with Mansion Tour and $36 without Tour
$10 discount for Mount Vernon members

Mt. Vernon Winter Glow


Join George Washington's Mount Vernon for a family-friendly celebration celebration of the holiday season with an enchanted evening of Christmas Illuminations. See the lantern-lit Historic Area, the Mansion aglow in beautiful amber light, and the Upper Garden and Greenhouse dazzling in blue and lavender with moving wintry light patterns. You'll hear classic holiday music and patriotic inspirational quotes on the Bowling Green. Visit with Sutlers that produce 18th-century wares and crafts, available for purchase at the 18th-century Winter Market. Enjoy the atmospheric setting of an 18th-century winter encampment, the working Blacksmith Shop, Christmas carolers, and Aladdin the Camel. Hear season's greetings by General Washington on the Mansion Piazza, and watch stunning holiday fireworks over the Potomac River. The program begins at approximately 8 - 8:30 p.m. Buy your tickets.


"Tacky" & Bright Neighborhood Light Displays

Self-Guided, Drive-Through, Christmas Lights Tour

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. 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. Read our blog for the Best "Tacky" Christmas Lights in Fairfax County. Check back every mid-November for an updated list of home decorations!

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