Celebration in Lights is a two mile drive through holiday light displays in Newport News Park, featuring some creative and well done lights arrangements.
Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 26th season.
Newport News Park is transformed by over a million individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes.
One of my favorite displays is a nod to the region’s Civil War history: Once Divided, Forever United, with the Monitor and Merrimack armor-clad ships, which fought a battle in nearby Hampton Roads harbor.
Over 300 individual display pieces, 50+ arches, and over three miles of rope lighting enhance the natural beauty of the two-mile drive along Newport News Park’s main road.
At one point, it seems as if you move through all the seasons, from spring/summer flowers and butterflies…
… through fall leaves falling over the road….
… then on to winter.
All new display pieces added since 2007 use LED lights, saving on both costs and electricity. The LED lights also last longer: 100,000 hours verses 3,000 hours for incandescent. Older (pre-2007) display pieces are being refitted with LED lights.
Getting there: Newport News Park is located at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA. Directions: Eastbound I-64 use Exit 247 (Lee Hall), Westbound I-64 use Exit 250 B (Ft. Eustis).
Hours: open nightly 5:30 – 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2019