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Bull Run Festival of Lights 2019

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


Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin
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A magical experience at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia, welcomes visitors from Thanksgiving till after New Year’s Day. 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 colourful, 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 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, try to come on weekdays.

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 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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