The decorating of the streets and trees with colorful lights tells us that the holiday season is here. And in Virginia, Christmas vacation holds a special charm with every little home, shop and town decked up in the Christmas lights.
Mount Vernon is illuminated in holiday colors for a fun-filled evening with family and friends. The historical town bustles in the holiday mood with local choirs and musical fireworks. Colonial artisans line up with their chocolate goodies, cider, and local wares.
Experience the fairytale-like Winter Walk of Lights in Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna. Be prepared to be greeted by half a mile-long trail of colorful lights that remain lit from mid-November to early January. To add to the charm, there are fascinating displays of gorgeous lights like the Lakeside Lights, Fountain of Lights, and Holiday Nature Walk.
Let the holiday spirit of Downtown Rocky Mount enchant you as you come to take part in a Franklin County Christmas. The streets glitter with miles of white lights as far as eyes can see, plus the lamp posts are decorated with garlands and wreaths. The evening comes alive with the “Biggest Little Christmas Parade,” carnival for kids, farmers' market with food, crafts, exhibits, rides, live demonstrations, music, and dance.
Grand illuminations, fireworks, parades, festivals, and fairs fill up the holiday season in Virginia, inviting visitors from everywhere. The following are some of the best holiday getaways for the families with kids of all ages.
The holiday season in Virginia Beach glows with 100 Miles of Lights that stretches through Newport News, Williamsburg, Portsmouth, and Norfolk to Richmond’s Capitol Building. While the Virginia Aquarium celebrates with a Santa kids’ event cruise, the display of the McDonald’s Lights on the beach makes the perfect backdrop for a Virginia Christmas Vacation photo.
The Christmas displays at Richmond are said to rival those at the Washington D.C., and several neighborhoods hold the Tacky Lights competition drawing crowds. Cruising the streets at night reveals the pretty (and sometimes funny) Christmas decorations on display. Every December, the Richmond Ballet group never fails to please the crowds with The Nutcracker.
Fredericksburg is one of the most Virginia's most charming holiday destinations to spend with family. The streets bustle with visitors enjoying open-top carriage rides and strolling in groups admiring the Christmas decorations. Plus, there is the much-awaited Christmas parade when little ones get to see their favorite Santa waving back at them.
For that perfect date night during the Holidays, you should look no further than Virginia, which boasts some of the most romantic cities in the U.S.
Rated one of the most romantic cities in the whole of the United States, there's no doubt that this city is made for lovebirds. The decorated historic neighborhoods of the Old Town, the red-bricked sidewalks, and the cobblestone streets are just begging to be explored hand-in-hand. Or, sit by the illuminated Potomac river and watch illuminated boats cruise at a distance – perfect for setting an idyllic romantic mood.
Known for its acres of vineyards, wineries, and cideries dotting the picturesque surroundings of Albemarle County, December brings with it a winter wonderland with loads of shopping, lighting, and entertainment, proving Charlottesville is indeed the place for a romantic break.
Roanoke’s historic Grandin Village dresses up during Christmas with entertaining shows, promising loads of fun for young couples enjoying the Holidays together. An old-fashioned Christmas parade in Roanoke draws visitors from all over to indulge in old world charm. For those who wish to steal a quiet moment from the festive hustle and bustle, a stroll around the Old Southwest Parlor is recommended.