By Micaela Williamson
For 12 years, people have been dazzled by the spectacular light displays at Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park. “The Festival of Lights is a magical experience for all ages. The holidays wouldn’t be complete for my family without packing our minivan to drive by glowing snowflakes, lit up toy soldiers or Santa and his jumping reindeer,” says local blogger and long time NoVA resident Nicole Dash of Tiny Steps Mommy. This season, a new event, the Snowflake Stampede, on Sunday, Nov. 18, gives attendees of all ages a sneak peek of the animated light displays before the festival opens up to the public on Nov. 21.
During the Snowflake Stampede, holiday enthusiasts can walk or run the 2.5-mile illuminated light show course. Strollers and well-behaved pests on a leash are also welcome. Participants are encouraged to stop along the route and take photos with their favorite light displays. At the end of the event, a shuttle will bring everyone back to their car, and attendees have the option of driving through the light show. Additionally, nonperishable food donations will be collected that evening to benefit Food for Others in Fairfax. Those who donate will receive a coupon good for $5 off a future visit to the Bull Run Festival of Lights.
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville
$15 per adult, $10 per child (12 and under)
Ages 2 and under free
Due to the expected popularity of this event and resources, it is limited to the first 500 registrants and advance payment is required. Please call 703-352-5900 to sign up.
The regular Bull Run Festival of Lights will start on Nov. 21 and run through Jan. 6. This popular holiday attraction brings people from over 100 miles away. Kamber Petty of NoVA Outdoors says, “The older my children get the more fun it is as adults to watch their faces light up as we drive through Bull Run Regional Park. Even though we live in Loudoun County we go out to the Festival of Lights every year!” Information about the Festival of Lights, as well as its “Holiday Village” and carnival (on select nights) can be found online here. Enjoy the season!
Micaela Williamson is the creator of www.supernovamommy.com, a popular, local blog that focuses on Northern Virginia families and events. Her website was recently voted “Best Blog 2012” in Northern Virginia Magazine. Micaela enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.