Who doesn't love seeing the fun and festive holiday events that occur this time of year? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can't deny that the multi-colored lights and decorations bring life and joy to what can otherwise be a cold and bleak season.
Virginia becomes a true holiday wonderland each year after Thanksgiving and often even on into the New Year. Communities and individuals all around the state invest a lot of time, money, and heartfelt effort into decorating for the season. Expansive arrays of twinkling lights and animated displays can be found all over the state!
100 Miles of Lights was started in 1998 as a collection of holiday events and light shows from Richmond to Virginia Beach. The list includes all manner of holiday happenings in seven cities: Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.
Instead of listing all the attractions on this year's 100 Miles of Lights, below is a short-list of some open through December. The full list of events and attractions for 100 Miles Of Lights 2018 can be found here.
100 Miles Of Lights 2018
Antebellum Holidays at Lee Hall Mansion - Newport News, VA
Dec 1 - 31
Step back in time to Christmas during the early Victorian era at Lee Hall Mansion. Learn about nineteenth-century holiday traditions as well as how the Lee family would have celebrated Christmas. www.leehall.org
Winter Whimsy at the Historic Hampton Carousel - Hampton, VA
Dec 4 - 30
See festively adorned horses, special Christmas carousel music, and the historic, 1920 Hampton Carousel decked out for the season. Receive a free candy cane, enjoy a spin on the carousel, and take in the downtown waterfront. The Hampton Carousel is one of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still in existence in the U.S. www.downtownhampton.com
Norfolk Botanical Garden - Garden of Lights - Norfolk, VA
Dec 16 - 31
Drive through the annual, holiday light show extravaganza and see the garden transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland. norfolkbotanicalgarden.org
Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection - Portsmouth, VA
Nov 23 - Dec 31
Celebrate the season with a visit to a classic holiday attraction: Winter Wonderland -The Coleman Collection. Winter Wonderland is an animated display of Victorian skaters and carolers, an enchanted forest of bears and deer, even Santa’s workshop! Fascinating festive fun for everyone! oldetowneportsmouth.com
Richmond’s Famous Tacky Lights Tour - Richmond, VA
Dec 1 - Jan 1, 2019
Every year, Charlottesville and Richmond’s most creative residents attempt to out-do one another with amazing holiday displays. Witness a spectacle that has become famous up and down the East Coast. As seen on TLC! www.theholidaylightstour.com
Holiday Lights Maola Milk Merry Mile - Virginia Beach, VA
Nov 22 - Dec 30
Drive through a unique, festive light show, complete with holiday music broadcast to a frequency your car radio can receive! Watch as fish swim above your car, drive through a a giant castle, snow globes, spectacular RGB light tunnels, and so much more. beachstreetusa.com
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