Five Illuminating Ways to Kick Off the Holidays

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Nov 18, 2015 | Updated: Nov 17, 2016

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When a little merry is what you seek, a little merry is what you shall find. Gather your friends and family to kick off the holiday season in a bright way. We have five suggestions that are sure to delight.

 

— FIREWORKS —

Surprise! There are fireworks this time of year in Virginia; no need to wait until New Year’s Eve or Independence Day when there are major displays for your enjoyment.

Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination, Williamsburg
Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon
Hollydazzle, Newport News

Christmas Illumination at Mount Vernon

Christmas Illumination at Mount Vernon

 

— LIGHTED BOAT PARADES —

An interesting way to light up the season is with an evening parade of decorated, lighted boats on the water, and there are a few places to enjoy such a show in Virginia.

Alexandria
Hampton
Yorktown
Deltaville – lighted boat tour

Christmas Illuminated Boat Parade

Christmas Illuminated Boat Parade in Alexandria by R. Kennedy.

 

— CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS —

Many Virginia communities gather together to flip the switch on their annual tree, so these mentions do not scratch the surface. Discover more.

Chincoteague Island
Clifton Forge
Harrisonburg
Louisa
Purcellville
Reston
Suffolk

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Chincoteague Island. Photo by JMS Photography.

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Chincoteague Island. Photo by JMS Photography.

 

— CANDLELIGHT HOME TOURS —

Virginia’s historic homes and private residences are putting candles in the windows, wreaths on the door, and a welcome mat out front just for you this season. Come on in and take a look around.

Monument Avenue, Richmond
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest
Lantern Tours at Meadow Farm, Glen Allen
James River Plantation, Williamsburg
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon
Stratford Hall, Stratford
Christmas at Oatlands, Leesburg
Discover More

Poplar Forest

Poplar Forest

 

— DRIVES FOR LIGHTS —

Drive all 100 Miles of Lights or pick a few experiences here and there this season. You don’t even have to get out of the car.

McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach, drive the boardwalk at Virginia Beach
Celebration in Lights, Newport News
Elks National Home Christmas Lights Display, Bedford
Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village, Doswell
Celebration of Lights, Staunton

Illuminate Light Show & Santa's Village

Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village

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Nancy Bauer says:

Don’t forget the wonderful German Christmas Market at Bluestone Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley! http://www.bluestonevineyard.com/events.html