Anyone who puts up decorative holiday lights at home understands how time-consuming it can be. The reward, of course, is seeing the lights come on (hopefully they all do!), illuminating the dark evening sky to create a beautiful scene. If you can appreciate such a scene, you will love the amazing holiday light shows created with hundreds of thousands of lights at Northern Virginia parks. These light shows — the drive-through one at Bull Run Regional Park, and the walking tour at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens– make for a festive and family-friendly night out. These magnificent light shows by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority also include other activities.
At the Bull Run Festival of Lights, November 19, 2014, through January 4, 2015, see elaborate light displays from the comfort of your own car! You’ll drive through scenes depicting Santa’s workshop, the Twelve Days of Christmas, and other holiday and winter scenes. Be on the lookout for penguins, snowmen, candy canes, “flying” reindeer, and even some very cool lights that resemble falling snow. It has been a family tradition of ours for years to get in the car with family and friends, cups of hot cocoa in hand, and drive around while listening to Christmas music.
This is an easy drive and a fun event you can do no matter the weather (since you’re in your car) It it’s a nice night, also take time to visit the carnival at the end of your ride. The carnival is open on select dates; see the schedule and prices (and coupons) online. Also visit the Holiday Village to enjoy bonfires, s’mores, hot cocoa, holiday merchandise, photos with Santa (through Dec. 23), and Santa’s Enchanted Lights, 40,000 twinkling lights set to music. On select dates there are also free family activities including cookie decorating, bingo, crafts, and nature shows. And don’t forget about the camel rides Dec. 11-Dec. 23!
Admission prices are per carload:
- Mondays-Thursdays: $15 cars (1-14 people), $20 vans (15-34 people), or $50 per bus (35 or more people); get a $3 off coupon for weekdays, which also happen to be less busy!
- Fridays-Sundays and holidays: add $5 to each price above
- See the website for hours of operation and other details
Three lucky Fairfax Family Fun winners will each win a car pass to the Bull Run Festival of Lights!
To enter, simply do both of these:
1. Subscribe to the free Fairfax Family Fun newsletter using the form at this link; winners will be contacted via the emails they provide via that sign-up form.
2. Leave a blog post comment below.
You must do both of these steps by midnight on Thursday, Nov. 27! Winners will be announced on Friday, Nov. 28. Tickets will be sent by regular mail (in-person pick-up may be an option). If you already have subscribed to the FFF newsletter; don’t worry, duplicates will be deleted but your entry is still good!
Also see our concurrent giveaway for tickets to Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights!