During the day, at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, in Vienna, VA, you can explore 95 acres of ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections.
As you meander along the walking trails, you can discover local flora and fauna among lakes, meadows, and forests.
Take in majestic views of the Piedmont hills, explore the Korean Bell Garden or pay a visit to the restored 18th Century log cabin.
|There's a fun mix of traditional holiday lights and more whimsical, fantastical creations.|
But come late November... this wonderful place transforms itself into a magical wonderland, for kids and adults. (I know I keep saying that in various articles, but it's true in so many ways -- watching kids enjoy an experience enhances the adult experience.)
|Fairy houses are sure to excite your kids!|
Every year from mid-November until just after New Year’s Day, the garden is transformed into a half-mile, walk of lights.
The Winter Walk of Lights is a little less than a half mile long. You should wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
The Winter Walk remains open during rain and snow, and is only closed during severe weather. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.
|A river runs through it!|
Revisit perennial favorites such as the animated Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk - and look for new displays each year.
|My favorite display! It looked like something from outer space!|
Visit the S'more Snack Shop for hot (coffee, cider, and hot chocolate) and cold beverages, s’mores kits, marshmallows, and popcorn. The Garden Gift Shop also offers water, soda, and snacks.
Know before you go: Buy your tickets in advance online. Ticket prices are lower online and they ensure that you will be admitted to the Winter Walk of Lights. The availability of onsite tickets and admittance into the Winter Walk of Lights is not guaranteed. Tickets can sell out online and on site at Meadowlark—buy your tickets early.
|I loved watching this kid dance in the light of the butterflies! He absolutely reveled in the lights!|
Getting there: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182
Hours: Open every evening beginning Friday, November 9, 2018, through Sunday, January 6, 2019, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s too! The Walk of Lights runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Website: https://www.novaparks.com/parks/meadowlark-botanical-gardens and https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights
Can't get enough of the holidays? Add these to your holiday bucket list!
- Bull Run Festival of Lights
- Christmas in New York City
- Christmas Magic in York
- Christmas Train Garden
- Garden of Lights at Annmarie Sculpture Garden
- Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens
- Festival of Trees at William Goodrich Center
- Frederick by Candlelight
- Lights on the Bay
- Making Christmas Ornament: Glass Blowing at Art of Fire
- Maryland Lights Roundup
- Mid-Atlantic Holiday Lights Roundup
- Newport News' Celebration of Lights
- Sailing into the Solstice 2018 and 2019
- Symphony of Lights
- Tale Lights
- Williamsburg's Christmas Wreaths
- Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Park
- Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park
- Zoo Lights at the Maryland Zoo
- Zoo Lights at Smithsonian National Zoo