Holiday Cheer at Bull Run Festival of Lights

Brighten your holiday season with the magical 2.5 miles of illuminated light displays of the Bull Run Festival of Lights. Because of Covid 19, the annual fair and carnival at the end of the light displays is missing.

Don’t let that dissuade you from visiting this holiday lights display — I do believe it’s one of the better ones in the area.

It takes about 20 minutes to drive through — longer if it’s a busier night.

We have gotten into the habit of bringing snacks — freshly popped popcorn, hot chocolate in thermoses, fruit — for the likely wait to enter.

The Festival of Lights will take you through Toyland and Winter Wonderland, and carry you past the squirrel arch, toy soldiers, a snake with a santa hat, and finally santa’s sleigh and reindeer taking off into the Christmas night.

My favorite area was the winter wonderland, where the white LED teardrop lights are hung in the trees and it looks like it’s snowing. I loved the snowflakes falling down from the trees.

Unlike some of the other holiday lights displays, the Bull Run Festival of Lights has a well-organized, dual-lane money collection set up that moves holiday goers through the display with a minimum wait.

The two lanes run throughout the display, so seeing and photographing (for, you know, your favorite travel blogger) was sometimes difficult, especially when it was a white pick up along side of our very tiny Prius.

Know before you go: Want to avoid the crowds? Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and the week before and after the Christmas holiday are our busiest times.

Getting there: Bull Run Regional Park, 700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA

Dates and times: Through January 10, 2021, Monday – Thursday nights 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.,
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday nights 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Can’t get enough of the holidays? Check out the great holiday season activities we’ve already written about!

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