Let Your Holiday Lights Shine!

    Let Your Holiday Lights Shine!


    All over the country, American families will be filling their to-go cups with cocoa and taking a walk or ride to glimpse at the amazing light displays that surround their neighborhoods. Here in Northern Virginia, we have some pretty impressive lights to behold. So, if you are stepping out to see the lights this year, here are a few displays you must check out.

    Bull Run Festival of Lights

    From Thanksgiving until January 8th the Bull Run Festival of Lights in Centerville, Virginia provides a 2.5-mile illuminated holiday light display that will knock your socks off. You can drive the festival route from the comfort of your car without your headlights and “follow the magical glow.”  After viewing the lights, you can enjoy the holiday village carnival rides and visit with Santa Claus.

    The entrance fee is 15$ for the weeknights and 20$ for the weekend. The Nova Parks System suggests that folks attend during the week, as Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are their busiest nights. They even offer an online coupon for a discount for those coming Monday through Thursday.

    Meadowlark Winter Walk

    If you prefer a walking tour of holiday lights, the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is the place for you. This display in Vienna, Virginia shines annually from mid-November until New Year’s Day.  The botanical gardens are transformed into a magical, animated walk of lights, with timeless and well-loved themes such as the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights and the Holiday Nature Walk returning every year. The Nova Parks System refers to this as a “Northern Virginia festive tradition.” Refreshments are available. Admission is 5$ to 13$ and is limited, so Nova Parks System suggests you buy your tickets as soon as possible.

    Roers Chinese Lantern Festival

    If you are looking for something very different, try Roers Zoofari’s Chinese Lantern Festival in Vienna, Virginia. Roers travels the country to bring many folks this multicultural holiday experience and this year they are in Virginia with the theme “The Wild” where illumined animals guide your travels through America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica and Africa. Each location features divinely crafted animal lanterns “transporting guests to unique new experiences.” Some of the lanterns include cheetahs, jumping koi fish, and cranes. Roers also has a well-known Folk Arts area for souvenirs and a nationally acclaimed martial arts show.

    Of course, there is also nothing like walking your own neighborhood, admiring your neighbors’ lights and spreading holiday joy with your family. We at The Colgan Team would like to wish you a very happy holiday season and invite you to tell us where your favorite holiday displays can be found.

    Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris

    was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a

    member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of

    all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top

    500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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