Holiday Light Displays in the DMV

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When the Christmas music starts, the lights go up! These holiday light displays in the DMV region are running throughout the month—with some that came to life as soon as bellies were full of Thanksgiving turkey. Grab the family for festive illuminations, from extensive displays you can walk through and ice skating amid sparkling lights to personal homes with larger-than-life décor. For holiday light spotting on homes throughout Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia, visit the Light Up the Beltway – DC Christmas Lights Facebook page.


Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run

4001 Eisenhower Ave.; Alexandria, Virginia

This winter village shrouded in lights opens for its second year, featuring giant holiday light bulbs, a “Sing To Me Interactive Tree,” color-changing trees and an elf scavenger hunt. Visitors to the village can purchase lights, too, with gifts such as light-up wands and swords and blinking jewelry and headbands. Stop by for a stroll or ice skating between Nov. 19 and Jan. 2, 2022, from 5 to 10 p.m. Skating will remain open from Jan. 8 through Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s one of three light-centric events presented by NOVA Parks this holiday season. Tickets start at $9.19, children ages 2 and younger are free; skating tickets must be purchased online.


LuminoCity Festival Holiday Lights

Roer’s Zoofari, 1228 Hunter Mill Road; Vienna, Virginia

The seasonal LuminoCity festival will transform Roer’s Zoofari—a zoo and safari experience in Fairfax County, Virginia—into a wonderland of light. Inspired by transforming creative thoughts, the light festival explores different themes each year, with past themes including ancient cultures and nature. Guests can wander through towering illuminated sculptures with the help of festival mascot Lumi on Thursdays through Sundays from 4:30 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2022. The festival will be open Monday through Sunday during the week of Christmas and will close the following Thursday, Dec. 30. This year’s theme, “Shine Again,” will convey the power and warmth of light overcoming darkness. Tickets start at $22; entry is timed.


Ni Family Lights

2528 Drexel St.; Vienna, Virginia

Back for its fifth year, Ni Family Lights is pulling out all the stops with two synchronized playlists for its annual holiday light show. A “best of” playlist will run from Thanksgiving through Dec. 9, with a new playlist for this year premiering Dec. 10. Hours are Sundays through Thursdays, from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. For playlist details, visit the Ni Family Lights Facebook page. Free.


Ni Family Lights DMV DC Virginia
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The Cullen Christmas Corner

10900 Maple St.; Fairfax City, Virginia

More than 10,000 lights—both pixels and LEDs—will be synced to music for holiday enjoyment at this Fairfax City home. On Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m., you can take a drive with the family to see this year’s project. Since 2008, homeowners have been growing their light show a bit each year. This year’s display will run from Dec. 4 through New Year’s Day. Free.; check for weather updates


Winter Walk of Lights

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna

See more than a half-mile stretch of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens transformed by holiday lights. The self-guided one-way walking route is back for its 10th year from Nov. 11 to Jan. 2, 2022. The event has served as many as 80,000 people. Get into the spirit of the season with light-up gifts, souvenir ornaments and sweet treats. Hot chocolate and coffee will also be available when you’re ready to warm up. For a drive-through light experience, check out the Bull Run Festival of Lights. Both are presented by NOVA Parks. Tickets start at $16; children ages 2 and younger are free; timed entry; prime nights (dates beginning Dec. 10) must be purchased online. 


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