Things are so much better done together! And, good thing Northern Virginia is full of fun activities to do with family and/or friends! As we kick off the holiday season we invite you to check out the Festival of Lights at Bull Run.

There’s a special event that transforms Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas, Virginia, into a mesmerizing winter wonderland. The Festival of Lights at Bull Run is a cherished annual tradition that brings joy and holiday spirit to families and visitors from all around. With its enchanting light displays, entertainment, and holiday activities, this event has become a must-visit attraction in Northern Virginia.

Dazzling Lights

The heart of the Festival of Lights is its breathtaking light displays. As you drive through the park, you’ll be greeted by millions of twinkling lights, forming intricate shapes, animated scenes, and festive designs. From towering Christmas trees to playful reindeer, the lights create a whimsical atmosphere that delights both children and adults. The sheer variety of light installations ensures that each visit feels like a new experience, making it a perfect tradition for returning visitors. 

Each vehicle only requires one ticket, so load up your family and friends for a wonderful show of holiday spirit. Timed entry tickets are available to manage the lines and range from $30 to $75 depending on the date you select. Get more info and purchase your tickets here. Use promo code early23 to save $10 per vehicle on November 10-12,  and promo code lights23 to save $5 on November 20-22, 27-30, 2023 and December 4-7, 11-14, 2023.

Holiday Village

The Festival of Lights at Bull Run is not just about the lights. It offers a wide range of family-friendly activities that ensure everyone has a memorable time. After the drive-through light show, you can park and explore the Holiday Village. Here, you can enjoy bonfires, s’mores, and shop for holiday merchandise. The village is open every night, including holidays and weekends.

  • Monday through Thursday, 5:30-9:30pm 
  • Friday through Sunday and holiday nights, 5:30-10:00pm 
  • Holiday nights include November 23 and 24, December 24 and 25, January 1

Winter Carnival

After your drive through the light show, be sure to check out the winter carnival.  

The thrill of enjoying the rides amidst the crisp, cold air is an exhilarating experience like no other. Take in the breathtaking view of the wonderland below from the top of the Ferris Wheel or get your heart pumping on rides like the Avalanche. And for those of you with a competitive side, don’t forget to try your skill at the carnival games! 

Plan Your Visit

The Festival of Lights at Bull Run runs from November 10th through January 7th, making it the perfect way to kick off the holiday season or savor the magic after Christmas. Ride tickets and games cost extra, so check out their website for more information before you go.

Where is your favorite place to see holiday lights? Let us know in the comments!