The Christmas Lights are Shining

December 18, 2012

Take the Family for a Drive!

By: Cristina Gonzalez
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"Christmas Tree" by Keattikorn/Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

We get many requests for information on holiday light displays around town. I especially enjoy the drive-through light shows. We all sit in the warm car and I don’t have to hear anyone complaining about being cold! Here are nearby (and not-so-nearby) light shows and displays. As a reminder, if you are driving into a residential neighborhood to see a light display, please be courteous to the neighbors.

Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia
November 16, 2012 - January 6, 2013
5:30 to 10 pm
$12 adults, Child 3-12 $7
MUST Buy Before You Arrive - Timed Admission Tickets Required
Tickets Limited. Discounts available (valid Mon-Thurs only, non-holidays).
Save $1 Mon-Thurs, non-holidays - After selecting date/time, enter code NVRPA12

Bull Run Festival of Lights - Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Virginia
November 21st - January 6th, 2013
$15 per car
Sun-Thurs: 5:30- 9:30 pm 
$20 per car Fri-Sat & holidays: 5:30-10 pm
$3 discount coupon (good Monday-Friday only-excludes holidays) available here http://www.nvrpa.org/uploads/Files/Onlinecoupon2012.pdf
2.5-mile drive-through holiday light show at Bull Run Regional Park featuring penguins, snowmen, candy canes, jumping deer, Santa's workshop, Frosty the Snowman, tin soldiers, elves and Santa.

(We did this one last year, you turn your radio on to a certain station and listen to Christmas music as you drive through. Very cute!)

Christmas Pageant of Peace on the Ellipse
(south of the White House), Washington, DC.

Dec. 6, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2013, - dusk to 11pm.
The National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace is illuminated each evening after the lighting ceremony. Seasonal displays include Santa's workshop, a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger. Musical performances choirs and dancers, nightly on the Ellipse stage Mon-Fri 6-8:30pm, Sat-Sun, 4-8:30pm (202) 208-1631

Festival of Lights and Carols
Old Town Fairfax City
Thanksgiving through Jan. 6, 2013, 5:00-11:00pm

Mrs. B's Park Festival of Lights
Runs Thursday-Sunday from 5-10 PM 
$7 per car

ZooLights at the National Zoo

Rock Creek Park, Washington DC
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
Nov 23-25, 30, Dec 1-2, 7-9, 14-23, 27-30, Jan 1
5:00-9:00 p.m.
FREE - Parking $9 FONZ, $16 non-FONZ
The National Zoo presents a seasonal display of thousands of sparkling animated lights, winter-themed crafts, ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers.

Duane Brown Family Christmas Light Show, benefiting the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
114 Wateredge Lane, Fredericksburg, VA. 5:30 am-10pm 22k lights, December 1st, 2012-Jan 4th 2013.
Entertaining people with our 22,000, fully animated with lively and moving Christmas music synchronized with the lights. 
Tune your radio to 105.7 FM to Listen to the Music
Duane Brown Family Christmas Lights Facebook Page
OR http://www.valites.com/

9410 Deep Creek Lane
Tune to 92.9FM to enjoy the music in the neighborhood.
The display runs: Sun-Thu - 6pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat - 6pm-10pm, Christmas Eve/New Years Eve - 6pm-Midnight. Depending on weather, the show may not run if raining.

For more home displays, visit Tacky Light Tour

100 Miles Of Lights-Richmond to Virginia Beach
The award-winning annual 100 Miles of Lights takes place along the 100 or so miles from Richmond to Virginia Beach, featuring a festive array of holiday light shows, special events, decorated historic areas, musical performances, visits with Santa Claus and more. Includes the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, and the drive through Celebration in Lights in Newport News.

ICE! at the Gaylord National features the adventures of Shrek and friends and family. The Gaylord also features a nightly tree lighting ceremony, snowfall, and light show and water fountain display. 

Lewis Ginter and Dominion GardenFest of Lights. A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Visit often to fully experience Dominion GardenFest of Lights -- the region's ultimate holiday extravaganza! 

Nov. 23 - Jan. 7 (closed Dec. 24 & 25); Nightly 5 - 10 p.m. 

1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228 

Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a "rain or shine" event and is only closed for extreme inclement weather. Admission: $11 adults; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 3 - 12; children under age 3 free; Garden Members $5; child on Membership (ages 3 - 18) $4; Member on Member Nights ( Jan. 7): FREE.

The Free-Lance Star usually publishes a listing of fun home displays, but haven’t yet this year. It looks like they are working on it now http://news.fredericksburg.com/newsdesk/2012/11/25/who-has-areas-best-holiday-display/?mobile=true

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