2018 Celebration in Lights
November 22, 2018 – January 1, 2019
**New Gingerbread House Display and Falling Snow on Special Nights**
Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens Thanksgiving night for its 26th season! As it has since 1993, Newport News Park will become a magical winter wonderland – transformed by more than a million individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. Along the two-mile drive into Newport News Park, guests will be treated to more than 300 individual display pieces – 70 of which are animated – along with 43 arches and three miles of rope lighting.
For its 26th year, the event will add special effects snow that will fall on the cars as they drive into the Winter Wonderland area on special nights (nights will be posted on https://www.nnva.gov/2414/Celebration-in-Lights).
The event will also add a new Gingerbread House display and new scenes on its two giant 25’ x 16’ screens of color-changing LED lights. The Forest of Lights display area will have upgraded color-changing LED bulbs to create more complex colors and patterns on the trees
Over 300 individual display pieces, 50+ arches, and over 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.
The event will be open each evening, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2019.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Newport News Visitor Center at the entrance to Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave. To get to the park from eastbound I-64, take Exit 247 (Lee Hall) or from westbound I-64, take Exit 250 B (Ft. Eustis).
Visa, Mastercard, cash and checks made payable to the City of Newport News are accepted.
- Newport News Park
- 13560 Jefferson Avenue
- Newport News, VA 23606
- Thursday, November 22, 2018 – Tuesday, January 01, 2018 (5:30 PM-10:00 PM)
- Phone: (757) 926-1400
- Additional information