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The enchanting Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in the cozy town of Vienna, Virginia, is an excellent holiday destination for friends and family. A magical half-mile walk of lights transforms the garden into a true winter wonderland. Stroll by the animated Lakeside Lights and the Fountain of Lights, enjoy the Holiday Nature Walk and then warm up by the fire roasting marshmallows and sipping on hot drinks. If you are in search of original Christmas gifts, then festive light-up jewelry, hats, scarves, sabers, and wands at the Snowflake Shop won't let you leave the gardens without a gift.
The magical Winter Walk of Lights features more than 500,000 colorful LEDs. They create amazing installations and displays, like a tunnel of light, birds, bees, squirrels, and other animals. Stop by the Gingerbread Village, Holly Berry Hill, stand under the snowfall of lights, and immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas. Children can enjoy some special nights in the garden with workshops where they can create holiday decorations and do other fun things like a holiday card on Funny Photo Nights. Santa Claus will be available on some nights to hear children's holiday wishes. Meanwhile, adults can take advantage of exclusive access to the garden during sunset to enjoy an incredibly romantic and beautiful moment.
The beautifully illuminated garden receives about 80,000 visitors each year. Maybe the secret of such a success is that the Gardens are only about half-an-hour drive from Washington, D.C.