“The lights are up! The lights are up!” my girls scream every year as we drive down the 66, passing Bull Run Regional Park. These exclamations are immediately followed by the question, “When are we going?” Of course, they are expecting an immediate response, one that includes an exact date and time. You would think that after several years of this, I would have it on my calendar, but alas, I am caught off guard every year. “Don’t worry”, I say, “You know we won’t miss it.”
My children have come to count on it as part of our annual holiday traditions. They create a musical playlist, just for the occasion, and act as if they are being transported through some mysterious portal of holiday magic, coming out on the other side to be greeted by activities and rides. Admittedly, there are some years that we skip the carnival, depending on money and/or the weather, which honestly hasn’t seemed to have taken away from their enjoyment. (Of course, the carnival is closed this year due to COVID.)
Consider adding this activity to your own annual traditions. Once you get there, turn off your headlights, start your playlist, and slowly cruise through this magical winter wonderland. You and your passengers will be in awe of it all.
What: Two and a half miles of light displays
Who: Everyone, including Grinches
Where: Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, VA 20121
When: Daily until Jan 7th, Mon-Thu 5:30pm – 9:30pm and Fri-Sun/Holidays 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Cost: $20 Mon-Thu, $25 Fri-Sun and save $5 by purchasing online with discount code WEB20. You can purchase tickets upon arrival from the entrance booth for an additional $5.
*Online ticket prices do not include Eventbrite fees.
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