Holiday light displays to check out in the DMV



Kirsten Carl, In-Depth Editor

As the 2020 holiday season approaches, there is still fun to be had in viewing holiday light shows around the area. Socially distant walks, drive-thrus and even ice skating light shows in the DMV area are sure to brighten holiday spirits. 

The first is the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Gardens, located in Vienna, Virginia. This experience showcases holiday light images, and viewers can follow a walking path through the show. Spaced-out time sessions from 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. allow patrons flexibility to choose a time that works for them, while maintaining social distance. Tickets can be bought online until Jan. 3. 

The Bull Run Festival of Lights in Manassas, Virginia, offers a fully COVID-safe lights experience. Viewers simply drive down a 2 ½ -mile road with festive lights on either side of the car. Viewers stay in their cars for the whole experience, offering a safe, socially distant experience. Times for this experience vary based on day of the week, and tickets can be purchased online. 

The Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run in Alexandria, Virginia, offers a unique light experience. Patrons can ice skate in an ice rink surrounded by holiday lights. The skate sessions are limited to one hour, and skaters must follow safety precautions, including wearing a mask. This experience is sure to make spirits bright in the holiday season and closing of 2020. 

Another experience is seeing the National Christmas Tree Lighting through the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. This display is featured on the Ellipse and is surrounded by additional state trees. The state trees are decorated to show characteristics of the particular states, shown in the ornaments and additional decorations. Also found on the Ellipse is the National Menorah Lighting, which occurs on Dec. 10 at 4:00 p.m. This display represents the celebration of Hanukkah. Both of these displays provide a sense of holiday cheer and pride right in the nation’s capital. 

Although this year may look a little different, including when it comes to the holidays, these light displays provide a beautiful array of colors and holiday cheer. Walks, drives and skating experiences are all options to see holiday lights in the area and enjoy some winter fun. These lights provide a joyful holiday experience and transition to the end of 2020.