How is Christmas just under two weeks away?? Are you ready? One of our favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit is by checking out Christmas lights, hot cocoa in hand, surrounded by family. Here are a few of our favorite places to do just that!
Concert in Lights-Every night on the green across from Bravo in the Village Town Center, watch a concert in lights! 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30pm shows, with a Christmas Eve finale at 5:30pm. *Check out this week’s live Ask The Expert for more info!
Paul’s Bakery Light Show– What’s better than doughnuts and christmas lights? Pull up to the parking lot adjacent to Paul’s (2006 Lafayette Blvd.) and enjoy a small, local Christmas treasure. Admission is free. Visitors are invited to bring a donation for Toys for Tots. Donations are also accepted during business hours at Paul’s Bakery and Paul’s Young at Heart.
The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation’s Annual Candle Light Tour– Okay, this one has sadly already passed for 2017, BUT you can still plan ahead for 2018! It’s a rare opportunity to tour several of Fredericksburg’s finest historic homes by candlelight at Christmas time.
Jingle Bell Carriage Ride– Ride in a horse-drawn carriage fitted with jingle bells through Downtown Fredericksburg. It’s such a magical place to be this time of year! The Christmas lights and window displays are absolutely beautiful. From their website, “Bring the whole family to participate in our Most Popular Ride of the year. Indulge in some holiday fun; experience a jingle bell carriage ride, with holiday music, Christmas Popcorn, bring some hot chocolate and warm blankets to snuggle up in. We will travel down Caroline Street to see the orated store windows, past Kenmore Plantation, down Washington Avenue, then wind your way past Fredericksburg’s official Christmas Tree.”
Children’s Christmas Tree in Hurkamp Park- The tree has been light this year, and shines beautifully every night. It’s the perfect place to visit after a date night. Christmas lights are so romantic!
Worth The Trip:
Zoo Lights– So a trip into DC during the holidays may not be on everyone’s wish list, but you have to make an exception for ZooLights at least once! “Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland.”
Dominion GardenFest of Lights– Did you know the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond had a light show? It sounds like it’s pretty spectacular. Especially at such a beautiful location. The Dominion GardenFest Of Lights is “a holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, fire pit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!”
Illuminate The Night Light Show– In Doswell Va (Near Richmond). “As you drive through the park you will experience hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio. The show features an 80-foot tunnel of lights, 50-foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen and festive decorations. After the show, spend some time in Santa’s Village, where fun awaits your whole family. There will be pictures with Santa, children’s activities, Christmas trees, food and more.” Santa AND an amazing light show? What’s not to love.
The Bull Run Festival Of Lights– Again, this is a bit of a trek, but totally worth doing at least once! They have “Over 40,000 lights set to music and playing every night.”
Our Personal Favorite:
In your home, snuggled up by the tree with the people you love.- We can’t think of a more cheerful place to enjoy Christmas lights than at home with family and friends.
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