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By: Maria King
Date: December 16, 2018
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December 16, 2018

Nov 15, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
Since 1992. Experience this Holiday Light Show featuring over a million lights, 180 displays, 72 of which are animated. The Holiday Gift Village features a large gift shop, concessions and the giant marshmallow roaster. Hay rides and carriage rides available by reservation. Tanglewood Park's rolling countryside will be transformed into a winter wonderland of giant, twinkling snowflakes and whimsical scenes!, Tanglewood's Festival of Lights continues to be one of the largest and most spectacular light shows in the entire Southeast. Each year we make our show better and brighter with brand-new and improved light displays, a wide variety of vendors at Holiday Gift Village. We are so excited for you to join us this year in celebration of our favorite season! Festival of Lights is open nightly, Friday, November 16th, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 from 6:00PM to 11:00PM, with the exception of Monday, December 31, when the show will close at 10:00PM. The Gift Shop will close at 11:00PM Sundays-Thursdays and at 12:00AM on Fridays and Saturdays, with the exception of Monday, December 31st when it will close at 10:00PM. Thursdays- Sundays are very popular nights at Festival of Lights! During these nights, long lines and wait times should be expected. Weekends are especially busy and 4-6 hour wait times should be expected. Also, please note that if visitors are not inside the gate by 11PM, they may not get into the show before it closes. We accept cash or credit cards as payment for entrance to the Festival of Lights. (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover only).
250,000 Attendees
Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 30, 2019
Since 1987. Our light display, featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, is one of the country’s finest with over 4 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. There is even a 100 foot “waterfall” of twinkling lights. The flip of one switch turns all the lights on at once transforming night into a fantastical winter wonderland which includes a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum , a Toy Collection and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old Covered Bridge. Every night until the night before Christmas Eve you can peek into Santa’s Workshop to see a live Santa at work and then, every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh.
Nov 22, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020
Since 1962. The sounds of the season resonate throughout our indoor and outdoor Gardens during our musically- inspired display. A towering 18-foot Fraser Fir exquisitely decorated with a garland of musical instruments takes center stage in our elegant Music Room. Organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and performances fill our Gardens with festive cheer. Delight in our holiday horticulture showcasing more than 6,000 seasonal plants. Outside, the sounds of oohs and aahs fill the air as illuminated stars twinkle above, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, and a half-million lights brighten the night. The fire pits will be placed at the Hour Glass Lake Pavilion, Peirce-du Pont House Plaza, and Dogwood Plaza. They'll be available every night from 4:30– 10:00 pm throughout A Longwood Christmas, weather permitting.
200,000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
Marion, Indiana's history as Christmas City USA dates back to 1965 when an Indianapolis television station visited Marion to film the city's elaborate holiday decorations. Marion adopted Christmas City USA as a nickname, and ever since, the entire community has celebrated Christmas in a big way. Drive through or walk through light display that is among the largest in Indiana. The route is 2.5 miles long and encompasses 2.5 million lights. More than 65,000 vehicles drive through annually with nearly 200,000 passengers. Lit nightly from 6-10 pm. $5 season sticker per car. Hot chocolate, apple cider, and Christmas goodies are available in the Gift Shoppe, along with holiday gift items for all of your friends and family. The Grinch appears at the gift shoppe each Friday and Sunday, while Santa Claus appears each Saturday.
200,000 Attendees
Nov 23, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
Welcome in the holiday season at the Missouri Botanical Garden with a stroll through an indoor wonderland of amazing sights and sounds! The annual Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show promises to delight visitors of all ages with six tracks of animated model trains and hundreds of festive holiday plants. The six-week Gardenland Express holiday show is created from the ground up every year. The design is under production by horticulture staff and volunteers at least 12 months prior to the show. In mid-October, Horticulture staff and volunteers begin assembling the show. Over 40 tons of aged sawdust are brought inside the display hall to form the base of the landscape. After being nursed for months in the comfortable conditions of a climate-controlled heated greenhouse, colorful flowering plants finally make their holiday debut in the Gardenland Express.
Nov 23, 2019 - Jan 06, 2020
Since 1926, Activities include a parade, headline entertainment, food and craft vendors in the Landmark Historic District. Fireworks begin at 6:00 pm followed by the lighting of over 300,000 colored lights and 100+ set pieces along the scenic Cane River Lake. Entertainment follows on the downtown riverbank until 11:00 pm. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is one of Louisiana\'s Premiere Holiday Events.
80,000 Attendees
Nov 28, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 27th season on Thanksgiving night (November 28, 2019). Newport News Park will be transformed by over a million individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. The event will be open each evening, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2020. Over 300 individual display pieces, 43 arches, and three miles of rope lighting enhance the natural beauty of the two- mile drive along Newport News Park’s main road. All new display pieces added since 2007 use LED lights which result in a savings of approximately 30% on electrical cost compared to incandescent bulbs and last 100,000 hours verses 3,000 hours for incandescent. Older (pre 2007) display pieces are being refitted with LED lights. Hours and admission are: open nightly 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., $15.00 per car and $75.00 per bus; cash, credit cards Visa/MC, and checks made payable to the City of Newport News are accepted; advance/gift tickets may be purchased at the Newport News Visitor Center. Newport News Park is located at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA. Directions: Eastbound I-64 use Exit 247 (Lee Hall), Westbound I-64 use Exit 250 B (Ft. Eustis). For more information, call 757-926-1400.
112,000 Attendees
Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 04, 2020
Don’t miss the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights! Each year, the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights dazzles residents and visitors with more than a half million holiday lights. The brilliant light displays will run for more than a mile through Menominee Park on the shores of Lake Winnebago. The dazzling park is a great place to bring the kids, who will love Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Snack Shop and the Elves Hideout children’s activity center. The park also features live reindeer and a 100-foot holiday tree. Don’t miss this Oshkosh holiday tradition.
Nov 27, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
Since 2009, the annual Christmas Wonderland of lights, one of the Carolinas Largest Light Shows. With over 3 million lights, and a computerized light show set to music this will be a memory your entire family won't forget. Along with the lights, Santa will be visiting nightly until Christmas Eve, we have petting zoos, pony rides, concessions, roasting pits to make smores, a candy shop, general store, and much, much more.
50,000 Attendees
Nov 27, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
Since 1983, Join over 200,000 annual visitors at the Rhema Christmas Lights display and witness over two million lights and over 100,000 shimmering bulbs synchronized to Christmas music. This much-loved lights display in Broken Arrow began in 1982 and has been attracting thousands of visitors ever since. Visitors to the Rhema Christmas Lights event can drive through the lights in their own vehicle, get out of the car and walk around the park, or view the spectacular displays from a carriage. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available on select evenings. Don't miss the Rhema Park bridge, complete with over 90,000 lights draped across the bridge alone. Synchronized to both classic and modern Christmas music, these lights have delighted visitors of all ages. While there, enjoy concessions that include cups of hot chocolate, piping hot coffee or sweet apple cider while venturing into the displays. Popcorn, funnel cakes and other treats will also be available. Pictures with Santa will be available on select nights for a small fee. Admission to Rhema Christmas Lights is free; however, donations are appreciated.
200,000 Attendees
Nov 15, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020
Since 1997,Holiday Lights on the Lake is a fifty-one acre dazzling display of lights and animation at historic Lakemont Park, in Altoona, PA. Delight your family this holiday season at Lakemont Park's unique Holiday Festival "Holiday Lights On The Lake". It's a unique Pennsylvania Holiday tradition! Visitor's drive through a wonderland of bright Holiday Lights and incredible animated displays! Enjoy listening to holiday music on your car radio as it is broadcast live on Lakemont Park's Radio Network 88.5. Open Every Night 6pm - 10pm. After driving through Holiday Lights on the Lake, stop at Santa's Village. Here you can have a photo taken with Santa, enjoy our delectable refreshments or shop at our Gift Shop. Gift Shop, Refreshments, and Model Train Village are open from opening day - January 1. We have over 800' of track, O gauge, S gauge and HO Layouts and seventeen (17) different trains operating. Each layout is themed differently (amusement park, winter scenes, summer scenes, race car track theme, small town scene, etc). Santa will be here from opening day through December 23.
Nov 24, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
Bright Nights at Forest Park is the Northeast's premier holiday lighting experience with more than 650,000 lights along a three- mile drive. Visitors can stop in Santa's Magical Forest for carousel and Santa Train rides, snack, sovenirs, and photos with Santa. On weekends, additional activities include horse- drawn wagon and carriage rides, s'more's and fresh kettle corn. Lighting displays include Seuss Land, Jurassic World, Winter Woods, Toy Land and more! Closed November 26 and 27, 2018
200,000 Attendees
Nov 30, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
Presented by Bellevue Botanical Garden Society and Bellevue Parks and Community Services, Garden d’Lights features over half a million sparkling lights formed into the whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Inspired by plants found in Northwest gardens, hundreds of volunteers work year round to fashion strings of lights into three dimensional flowers, shrubs, and vines. Then, with the flip of a switch on November 24, this unique holiday garden blooms every evening through December 30. Every Evening Including Holidays *Lights remain on a half hour after the last entry time.
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