Holiday Light Shows & 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 - these beautiful light displays are ready to light up your life with holiday joy.

Explore more information below about the Bull Run Festival of Lights and Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights - plus, the brand NEW LuminoCity Festival display. 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

Opens November 11, 2021 through January 2, 2022

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.)



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. 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 camel rides, refreshments, and of course photo ops! 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 the most up-to-date information on safety protocols and holiday village operations, visit the event's official Facebook page

Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Opens November 11, 2021 through January 2, 2022

Under 2: Free
All Ages: $16 - 18 in advance, $20/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 valid only Monday - Thursday, non-holidays. 
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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 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 sipping on hot chocolate at the Snack Shop and picking up souvenir ornaments at the Snowflake Shoppe. 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. Outside food is not permitted. No pets are permitted, except service dogs.

LuminoCity Festival - New for 2021!

Oct 15 - Nov 6, 2021 | 6:00 pm -9:00 pm
Nov 7, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

General Admission: $32
Kids (Age 3-12): $22
Lumi’s VIP Fast Pass Ticket: $66

Get ready to enter a world straight out of your wildest imaginations as you step into this unforgettably spectacular night of lights at Roer’s Zoofari. Set upon a world lit up with towering lit-up sculptures, The LuminoCity Festival will take you to a dazzling new world with Lumi, the LuminoCity mascot, as your guide. The immersive outdoor event will be a festive, and timed entry experience for guests of all ages! 

The immersive experience is fun for all! Come with your friends, family, and loved ones. And make sure you have your camera ready to take photos with Lumi and the gang!

Holiday Lights on the Farm

Fridays - Sundays
November 27 - December 19, 2021

$20 per car in advance; $25 at the door
VIP Wagon rides: $150/family

Holiday Lights on the Farm

Feel the magic of the season on a drive through thousands of twinkling lights, festive decorations and displays of live farm animals when Holiday Lights on the Farm returns to Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA. Stay warm in your car or register for a tractor-pulled wagon ride through the mile-long display. Maximum vehicle size 15 passengers. Event runs rain or shine.

Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon

December 17 & 18, 2021
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Adults, $60 with Mansion Tour and $58 without Tour
Youth, $38 with Mansion Tour and $36 without Tour
Special pricing available for Mount Vernon members

Mt. Vernon Winter Glow


Join George Washington's Mount Vernon for a family-friendly celebration of the holiday season with an enchanted evening of Christmas Illuminations. Enter the lantern-lit Historic Area and see the vast stretch of the Bowling Green aglow in beautiful amber light, plus the Upper Garden and Greenhouse dazzling in blue and lavender with moving wintry light patterns. Listen to classic holiday music and patriotic quotes. Hear season's greetings by General Washington on the Manion's piazza, and watch stunning holiday fireworks over the Potomac River. Other activities include a Winter Market, an 18th century Winter Encampment setting, rare evening Mansion Tours, holiday food and drink at the Mount Vernon Inn Food Truck, and other Greenhouse celebrations. Don't leave without shopping for unique holiday gifts in the Mount Vernon Shops!

"Tacky" & Bright Neighborhood Light Displays

Throughout the season

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 2021 picks for Best "Tacky" Christmas Lights in Fairfax County.

Scenes from the light shows...