It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The weather is changing, there are holiday festivities happening, and our neighborhoods and businesses are decorating with the holiday spirit. For many of us in Loudoun County, finding the very best holiday light displays is an annual tradition.
We’ve put together this list of our favorite holiday lights as well as events in Loudoun County, including a few outside the county as well that we think are worth a visit! This is a dynamic list that we intend to add to often so if we’ve missed any of your favorites, please drop us a note so we can add it. Thanks. Happy Holidays!
Due to COVID, we aren’t able to confirm the exact dates of many of these Christmas traditions. In all likelihood, the parades in Leesburg and Middleburg will be cancelled, as will the Helicopter Santa at Virginia Village. The Bluemont Lighting of the Vines event was cancelled, however the vineyard is currently lit and is absolutely spectacular.
A Leesburg tradition, this year’s Christmas Parade will be held on December 7, beginning at 6 PM. The parade will bring Santa and friends down King Street through the Leesburg Historic District. The parade will begin at Ida Lee Drive and end at Fairfax Street.
Middleburg celebrates in their own unique way as the “hunt country capital” with a full day of festivities starting on Saturday morning December 7. At 11 AM the Middleburg Hunt Review begins with horses and hounds down main street followed by the Christmas Parade with Santa at 2.
Starting Nov 23 and running daily from 12 to 9, the focus of the village is a HUGE 52 foot, 5 story tall Christmas Tree. The tree is adorned with over 15,000 lights that perform daily music and light shows.
Located in the Edwards Landing neighborhood in Leesburg, this family has been creating incredible light shows set to music. As of Dec 2, the Christmas lights were not set up yet, but once they are, tune in to 98.1 to see the 16,000 lights synchronized to music. Here is a video from a couple of years ago.
Not in Loudoun but I think it’s worth the drive. Turn your headlights off and follow the magical glow of 2.5 miles of illuminated light displays from the comfort of your own car. The festival is located in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 and there is a cost of admission per car.
Another light display sponsored by NOVA Parks and similar to Bull Run. The Winter Walk of Lights is located in the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna and as the title implies, is a walking tour instead of driving. After the tour, sip hot chocolate or cider while the kids roast marshmallows at the open fire pit. Here is some video of the park taken a couple of years ago.
The 2017 first place winner of the Purcellville Christmas Trolly Tour. Over 30,000 lights synchronized to music. One of the largest residential displays in Loudoun County.
Reviving a decades-old Leesburg tradition that has been revived by Brian Cullen, owner of Virginia Village, Santa’s helicopter will land in the parking lot and then be available to hear the children’s wishes.
The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Santa will make his dramatic landing in the parking lot. He will meet with visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be treats and crafts for the kids, and a food truck with food available to purchase. An elf, a balloon twister and Mrs. Claus also will be in attendance. There is no cost to visit Santa or enjoy the treats, crafts and entertainment.
Start off the season of giving with a charitable evening filled with holiday cheer benefiting The Arc of Loudoun. Sip on featured tastings and continuous libations from Bluemont Vineyard, Catoctin Creek Distilling, Dirt Farm Brewing, and Henway Hard Cider as you mingle and enjoy handcrafted hors d’oeuvres and action stations by Bluemont Vineyard’s talented culinary team. Then, step outside and watch the grand illumination as 10,000 of our vines magically come to life under the night’s sky.
Holiday wreaths, created by local artisans, will be on display and available for bidding at our silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to support The Arc of Loudoun.
The vines at Bluemont Vineyard will be illuminated until January 1, 2021.
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