The annual Bull Run Festival of Lights holiday drive-through display brings cozy fun back to Northern Virginia. A perennial favorite, the Festival of Lights dazzles with a 2.5 mile drive-through display of sparkly lights.
Cars slowly make their way past and under Festival of Lights holiday and fairytale vignettes that will entertain adults and wow little ones. While most of the displays repeat year-to-year, there are usually new scenes to enjoy, and seeing old favorites is part of the fun.
The Bull Run Festival of Lights holiday drive is an ideal family activity for even the youngest kids, who stay warm and cozy as you slowly drive past the sparkly, animated displays. We first visited with our toddlers dressed in their favorite footie jammies. Now much older, our twins still enjoy the annual tradition, though with a more critical eye and no pajamas in sight.
The lights throughout the Bull Run Festival are brighter than they were in the old days, but many of our favorite vignettes are still around. In 2016, we enjoyed the lights dripping from the trees in the Winter Wonderland.
Bring a warm coat along to visit the Holiday Village & carnival at the end of the drive, from November 30 to December 3, and December 7 through 31. The village includes a small carnival with colorful ferris wheel, refreshments and games, camel rides, and a photo opp with Santa. Tickets for the carnival and holiday village activities are $1.50 each, with quantity discounts available.
Bull Run Festival of Lights Holiday Hours and Admission for 2017
November 22 to January 7, 2017
Festival of Lights holiday weekends get very busy, especially later in the season, so visit on a weekday to minimize cars and lines, and to score a nice discount. The Bull Run Festival of Lights is open every evening, from 5:30 to 9:30 weekdays, and 5:30 to 10:00 on Friday to Sunday and Holidays. Check the website for full schedule details.
Admission prices are increasing in 2017. You’ll pay $20 on weekdays for a car or van (1 to 14 people), but you can download a $5 discount coupon from the website. With the coupon, a family of four is paying under $4 each for the Festival of Lights holiday drive, which is an excellent deal.
The weekend and holiday admission price increases to $25 per car or van; still a great price. Commercial vans and buses, should contact NOVA Parks for pricing.
Bull Run Festival of Lights is at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA 20121.
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