Wednesday evening we packed our four kiddos into the van and took a drive over to visit the Bull Run Festival of Lights, held each holiday season at Bull Run Regional Park. We had been once before, when our twins were much smaller, and our two youngest had never been to see them. After finding a holiday music channel on the satellite radio, we were ready to go!
The festival of lights stretches for two and a half miles, with numerous holiday displays on both sides (and occasionally stretching over!) the road. The kids were delighted to see Santa’s Workshop, the 12 Days of Christmas, numerous elves, reindeer, and candy canes. Arches of lights over the road created a ‘tunnel of lights’ effect that had the kids oohing and ahhing.
Admission on weekdays is $15 per car, and on weekends is $20 per car (this includes Friday). You can download a coupon for $3 off for weekday admission at their website: www.BullRunFestivalofLights.com . They say they get over 30,000 cars through the event each holiday season!
There is also a Winter Wonderland Holiday Village at the end of the ride, which you can visit without going through the light tour by paying a parking fee. (I believe it was $5 a car.) The village has carnival rides, food, shopping, and an ice skating rink. (There is no parking fee if you have a ticket stub from the Festival of Lights.) We didn’t get a chance to stop off at the Village, as we finished up the light tour late on a school night, but from what we could see there were a ton of rides there!
The Festival of Lights is open every night from 5 to 9:30 pm until January 8th. The Holiday Village is open this Friday through Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm.