Celebration in Lights
December 31 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 5:30 pm, repeating until January 1, 2023
Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 30th season on Thanksgiving night (November 24, 2022). Newport News Park will be transformed by over a million individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. For its 30th year, the event will add new magical trees and upgrade the entrance arch in the Santa’s Enchanted Kingdom area, add candy theme display pieces and upgrade the brightness of the bulbs in the Candyland area, add additional deer display pieces and 3D trees to the deer arch area, and upgrade the rope lighting at the event entrance. The event will be open each evening, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2023. This year, admission on weeknights (Monday – Thursday) will be $12.00 per car, a savings of $3.00 off the weekend night (Friday – Sunday) rate of $15.00 per car. Additionally, advance purchase tickets (good any night) can be purchased for $10.00 at the Newport News Visitor Center at Newport News Park.
Over 350 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 versus 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., $12.00 per car on weeknights (Monday – Thursday), $15.00 per on weekends (Friday – Sunday), and $75.00 per bus (any night). Cash, credit cards Visa/MC, and checks made payable to the City of Newport News are accepted at the gate. Advance purchase tickets, at $10.00 per car (good any night), may be purchased (cash or credit card) at the Newport News Visitor Center at Newport News Park (coming soon). 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 757-886-7912.