Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Events in Loudoun County 2017
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The weather is changing, there are holiday festivities happening, and our neighborhoods and businesses are decorating with the holiday spirit. For many of us in Loudoun County, finding the very best holiday light displays is an annual tradition.
We’ve put together this list of our favorite holiday lights as well as events in Loudoun County, including a few outside the county as well that we think are worth a visit!
This is a dynamic list that we intend to add to often so if we’ve missed any of your favorites, please drop us a note so we can add it. Thanks.
LEESBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE
A Leesburg tradition, this year’s Christmas Parade will be held on December 9, beginning at 6 PM. The parade will bring Santa and friends down King Street through the Leesburg Historic District. The parade will begin at Ida Lee Drive and end at Fairfax Street.
CHRISTMAS HUNT PARADE and HUNT REVIEW IN MIDDLEBURG
Middleburg celebrates in their own unique way as the “hunt country capital” with a full day of festivities starting on Saturday morning December 2. At 11 AM the Middleburg Hunt Review begins with horses and hounds down main street followed by the Christmas Parade with Santa at 2.
EDWARDS LANDING PRIVATE RESIDENCE
Located in the Edwards Landing neighborhood in Leesburg, this family has been creating incredible light shows set to music. As of Dec 2, the Christmas lights were not set up yet, but once they are, tune in to 98.1 to see the 16,000 lights synchronized to music. Plan on the lights being ready 2 weeks prior to Christmas.
VILLAGE OF LEESBURG
Starting Dec 2 and running daily from 12 to 9, the focus of the village is a HUGE 52 foot, 5 story tall Christmas Tree. The tree is adorned with over 15,000 lights that perform daily music and light shows.
JINGLE BELL ROCK & RUN AT ONE LOUDOUN
Celebrate the Holidays on December 16 at One Loudoun with a 5K/10K fun run. Or bring your little ones for the 1K Jingle Jammie! After the race enjoy the Activity Center with food, drink, moon bounces, crafts and of course, Santa. Races begin at 9 AM and all proceeds will be donated to the charity, Women Giving Back.
BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Not in Loudoun but I think it’s worth the drive. Turn your headlights off and follow the magical glow of 2.5 miles of illuminated light displays from the comfort of your own car. The festival is located in Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 and there is a cost of admission per car.
WINTER WALK OF LIGHTS
Another light display sponsored by NOVA Parks and similar to Bull Run. The Winter Walk of Lights is located in the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna and as the title implies, is a walking tour instead of driving. After the tour, sip hot chocolate or cider while the kids roast marshmallows at the open fire pit.
PURCELLVILLE PRIVATE RESIDENCE
For those of you in Western Loudoun, 16821 Macnaughton Court in the Wright Farm neighborhood in Purcellville is hosting a spectacular display. Over 30,000 lights synched to music, life-size nativity, sleigh and reindeer. Hours are 5-9 Sunday through Thursday and 5-10 Friday through Sunday. The display is open until January 1, 2018.
FA LA LA CHRISTMAS POP-UP BAR
You can’t go wrong with this Christmas themed bar in downtown Leesburg. With a heated tent covering wooden picnic tables, you’ll feel like you walked into a Bavarian village. That’s no surprise given owner Nils Schnibbe’s German heritage. A German Christmas Market menu includes giant pretzels, bratwurst, hot cider, hot chocolate, mulled wine, and more. December is packed with themed nights. Don’t miss Ugly Sweater Night and Christmas Movie Trivia Night.