Celebration in Lights, Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 24th season on Thanksgiving night (November 24, 2016). Newport News Park will be transformed by over 800,000 individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes. New for 2016 are blooming cherry trees in the Peace Garden, Magical Trees that change colors, a penguin snowball fight, gingerbread people, new toys, and more animated snow tubes that create a snowfall effect. The event continues to refurbish old displays with energy efficient LED bulbs and add new display pieces. The event will be open each evening, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2017.
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 PM, $12.00 per car and $60.00 per bus (cash, credit cards Visa/MC), 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).