Celebration in Lights
2013 Celebration in Lights
Virginia’s First Drive-through Holiday Light Event
November 28, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Celebration in Lights: If there are changes in the operating hours for Celebration in Lights due to the weather, the information will be available on the after-hours recording at (757) 926-1400, posted here, and posted at @nnfestivals.
Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 21st season on Thanksgiving night (November 28, 2013). Newport News Park will be transformed by over 800,000 individual lights creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. This year’s event will feature more “light tubes” which create the effect of falling snow, more lighted arches, and the refurbishment of displays with energy efficient LED bulbs. The event will be open each evening, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. through New Year’s (January 1, 2014).
Over 300 individual display pieces (70 animated), 43 arches, and 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 verses 3,000 hours for incandescent. Older (pre 2007) display pieces are being refitted with LED lights.
Hours and admission are: Sunday- Saturday 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., $10.00 per car and $60.00 per bus (cash, credit cards, and checks made payable to the City of Newport News are accepted; advance/gift tickets may be purchased at the Newport News Visitors Center). 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) 926-140.