Virginia December 01, 2016
The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Virginia That’s Nothing Short Of Magical
Most of us have taken the scenic drive to tour the neighborhood’s light display. There’s nothing more charming than seeing the familiar completely transformed by dazzling lights. And this year, we’ve expanded this sentiment into a whole Christmas-themed road trip. Rather than seeing only the nearby light displays, you can see some of the brightest in all of Virginia with this conveniently mapped out drive. So queue up that Christmas playlist, grab a group of friends and family, and enjoy the festivities! For the interactive map,
1. McDonald's Holiday Lights (Virginia Beach)
Want to stretch your legs for a bit before continuing along the drive? The McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach is the perfect event for your first stop. This family-friendly gathering showcases the brightest and best of holiday decor. You’ll see dolphins, fish, Santa and his elves, and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree as you stroll along the beloved boardwalk. Location: 100 2nd Street, Virginia Beach VA 23451.
2. Dominion Garden of Lights (Norfolk)
Just a stone's throw away, the Norfolk Botanical Garden hosts an enchanting drive-through. Visitors are encouraged to take this two-mile stretch and take in countless sparkling lights in various holiday formations. This light display has been voted among the best holiday light displays in the country. Tickets available upon arrival. Address: 6700 Azalea Garden Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518.
3. Celebration in Lights (Newport News)
This drive-through magical holiday spectacle lets you stay in your car as you drive through nearly one million individual lights and 300 displays. The two-mile drive is located in the beautiful Newport News Park. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the park. Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News VA 23606.
4. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (Richmond)
The Dominion GardenFest of lights takes place at Lewis Ginter each year as a celebration of all things Christmas. Family activites, model trains, brilliant lights, and even a fire with s’mores await anyone who visits this season. You’ll be delighted to make this stop as you continue your drive through the state’s capital. Address: 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond VA 23228.
5. Downtown Farmville
The tree lighting ceremony may have already happened in the quaint town of Farmville, but that doesn't mean you can't drive through and see the magnificent lights for yourself. The downtown district and Main Street Plaza are absolutely charming.
6. The Family Holiday Light Extravaganza (South Hill)
In the town of South Hill, one family pulls out all the stops to create a light show for the neighborhood and beyond. This synchronized light display is well worth the drive and the perfect addition to this holiday lights road trip. Just remember to respect the posted hours of 7 pm - 10 pm (11 pm on weekends). Address: 1899 Callis Rd South Hill VA.
7. Old Town Portsmouth
During the winter season, Olde Town Portsmouth turns into a wonderland for all to enjoy. From the waterfront to the decorated streets, and especially the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center which puts on an annual production, this town is full of seasonal sparkle. There are also plenty of local bed & breakfasts here if you need a break from the driving. Address: 420 High St., Portsmouth VA 23704.
What do you think about this Christmas lights road trip? Is it something you would take? Share your thoughts with us — we’d love to hear from you!