Beginning Thanksgiving Day and extending through New Year’s Day, the City of Newport News lights up with the Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series. Pronounced “enlighten,” this series, sponsored by Ferguson, includes three main events – the classic Celebration in Lights at Newport News Park, the magical Lights at the Fountain at City Center, and the art and technology focused ARTech Lights at Brooks Crossing – along with additional events throughout the city.
Celebration in Lights is two miles of dazzling holiday light displays set amongst the beautiful woods and waterways at Newport News Park. Now in its 29th season, the event has grown each year and has over million lights creating holiday and fanciful scenes. New this year are magical trees, candy-themed display pieces, additional deer displays and 3D trees. Open nightly, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM, Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day.
Lights at the Fountain is a holiday experience of lights, decorations, and magical falling snow set to music around the City Center at Oyster Point five-acre fountain plaza. Delighting all ages is a light show playing nightly from 5 PM to 9 PM, incorporating a 42′ intelligent, color/pattern changing tree, 55 wrapped perimeter trees around the fountain, magical falling snow, and a festive soundtrack for a fully immersive experience. On December 4, the holiday tree lighting and opening festivities will fill City Center with entertainment, ice sculpting exhibition, seasonal gift vendors, carnival games, food vendors, children’s activities, and more.
An animated light and sound show displays on the holiday tree at ARTech Lights nightly from 5 PM to 9 PM every half hour, with synchronized music and seasonal décor throughout the area. On December 10, enjoy special hands-on "techtivities" from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM where children are immersed in a variety of STEM-related activities provided by Newport News Shipbuilding and the Innovation Lab at Brooks Crossing. To go along with the "techtivities" will be food and beverage vendors, a DJ, “silent disco,” a bonfire and a skating rink, which will also be open on Dec 11 & 12.
Other currently scheduled activities in the Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series include:
To light up the city and create memorable moments for residents and guests, Newport News is once again hosting the NlightN Holiday Tour. Residents, businesses, churches/places of worship and other organizations are invited to become part of the tour, which will take drivers from one end of the city to the other to enjoy light displays. Decorations can be tacky, majestic, elaborate, colorful and more—we want to see them all!
To get involved, interested participants can visit the NlightN Holiday Tour website and enter the address of the location that will be decorated. There is no cost to participate and all are invited to be part of the tour.
The city also created an NlightN Holiday Tour map to make it easy for people to find brightly-lit areas in Newport News. Every participating location will be featured on the website, which is mobile optimized and user friendly. The city modified the website this year so it is easier to use on your phone to find the best light displays around.
For more information on the Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series, please call 757-926-1400.