Newport News’ Celebration of Lights

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


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