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Bull Run Festival of Lights 2024-2025

A massive light display in Centreville, not far from Washington, D.C.

Dates: November 10–January 7

A magical experience at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia, welcomes visitors from early November till early January. The park is about 40 minutes away from Washington, D.C. The Bull Run Festival of Lights is a 2.5-mile (4-km) illuminated holiday light display with thousands of colorful, shimmering lights. After enjoying the extravaganza, you can stop at the holiday village to check out carnival rides, eat some snacks, and take photos with Santa Claus.

Holiday Village & Carnival

Holiday Village offers a lot of fun activities for all ages. To get into a cozy Christmas spirit, warm up by the bonfires, roast some s’mores, shop for holiday merchandise, and try a variety of free activities. Camel rides are also available. Weekends are usually rather busy at Bull Run Regional Park, so if you don't want to wait in line, come on weekdays.

Snowflake Stampede

One more way to enjoy a magical holiday display is to take part in the Annual Snowflake Stampede that takes place two times during the Bull Run Festival of Lights. A 2.5-mile (4-km) fun run through the illuminated trail is a guaranteed way to get yourself into a Christmas spirit. Participants can preview the Festival of Lights illumination and take some pictures. About 800 runners take part in the Snowflake Stampede every year.

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Last updated: by Olha Savych