Marvel at The Celebration of Holiday Lights in Staunton, Virginia

Are you a Christmas cheer fanatic? The Celebration of Holiday Lights in Staunton, Virginia, is the perfect event for you. This event is a one of a kind, mesmerizing light display that has been a cherished tradition in the Shenandoah Valley for years. When you explore the Celebration of Holiday Lights, you’ll feel the yuletide spirit in no time. 

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All About The Celebration of Holiday Lights in Staunton, Virginia

christmas light display

For over ten years, the Celebration of Holiday Lights in Staunton, Virginia, has been bringing people together from near and far to commemorate the holiday season. The event takes place in Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton and runs from mid-November through the first of January. This spectacular attraction spans over 214 acres in the park and features more than 50 unique and brightly colored holiday scenes. The festive light displays are designed and built by local individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and churches from surrounding areas. This is a drive-through display and is free to enjoy! 

The Field of Deer

One particularly treasured element of the Celebration of Holiday Lights is the “Field of Deer.” This exhibit is a group of lighted deer, each honoring a special person. Deer can be a tribute to someone living or can be in memory of a loved one. If you’re interested in adding a lighted deer to honor someone dear to you, you can fill out an application on the official website. 

Special Events at the Celebration of Holiday Lights 

Each year, this magical celebration brings over 30,000 visitors to ooh and ahh over the dazzling displays. Throughout the span of the celebration, there’s an array of special events that bring joy and fun to guests of all ages.

  • Live Nativity Scene
  • Free Hot Chocolate
  • Caroling by Local Choirs
  • Cozy Bonfires
  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Canned Drive to Benefit the Valley Mission

Explore More Festive Events in Staunton, VA

Avenue of Evergreens

Join The MaDee Project and The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center for the first annual Avenue of Evergreens! Enjoy a self-guided tour through one of Virginia’s newest luxury, boutique hotels while taking in the beautifully decorated trees and wreaths from local businesses, nonprofits, and families. Visitors will vote for their favorite tree or wreath by monetarily (any amount is welcomed) voting. The tree or wreath that raises the most money will be declared the People’s Choice winner! All proceeds benefit The MaDee Project, a local nonprofit supporting children and families battling pediatric cancer. Tours begin Thanksgiving Day and end New Year’s Day. This event is free and open to the public.

Grand Tree Lighting

Join us at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center for our first annual lighting of the Grand Tree, hosted by none other than Santa Claus himself! Delectable hot chocolate and cookies will be for sale and private visits with Santa will be available after
the tree lighting in our grand library. Please note that private visits with Santa must be scheduled in advance by
appointment for a fee of $10 per child. Every Friday and Saturday in December thereafter, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center will host photo opportunities for families to pose with our magnificent Grand Tree.

Let the Blackburn Inn Be Your Home Away From Home

Deluxe Queen room's bedroom

When you stay at the newly-renovated historic Blackburn Inn, you can easily explore the local area with easy access to events, shopping, dining, wineries, and more. Plus, our inn is only a 12-minute drive away from Gypsy Hill Park, where the Celebration of Holiday Lights in Staunton, Virginia, is held. When you leave the celebration and come back for the night at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center, you will continue to enjoy views of stunning beauty. Our serene property sits on a sprawling 80 acres of well-manicured grounds. The inn exudes old-time charm while promising modern finishes, artful design, and superior hospitality. We incorporate a distinct blend of timeless glamor and complement it with modern technology, new-age conveniences, and contemporary design features.

When you stay at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center, our upscale accommodations will enthrall you. Our 49 beautifully-designed guest rooms and suites offer 27 different floor plans, offering our return guests an unparalleled sense of versatility and dynamism. Try staying in one of our Deluxe Queen Rooms. Outfitted with a plush queen bed, lounge seats, a writing desk, and a hospitality center with a mini-fridge, this room blends classic architecture and modern convenience to create a superb home away from home. Are you ready to feel the holiday cheer in Staunton? Check our availability and start planning your trip today! 

Head to Staunton for the Holidays


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