Take a walk to remember with the ones you love. The Christmas season is one of remembrance, celebration, and memory-making. Whether you’re planning to “pop the question,” or want to give your kids an experience they won’t soon forget, these Christmas walks are magical.
In Richmond, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the go-to this season. Each year offers a new theme, and therefore, a new experience. The one thing that remains consistent is the sheer beauty of the lights. Numbering at more than 500,000 this year, you’ll encounter features and displays that reference and reflect water. This year’s theme is “H2Whoah!,” and seeing the rainbow after the thunderstorm will certainly be a “whoah” moment.
GardenFest of Lights occurs nightly through January 11 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is hosting Winter Walk of Lights through January 3. More than 500,000 twinkling bulbs create an exquisite wonderland of delight. Find benches along the way to stop and enjoy the show.
Busch Gardens takes Christmas up a notch with Christmas Town. Eight million lights await as you make your way through the signature villages: the North Pole (where you’ll find Santa), Oktoberfest (home of the 50-foot Christmas tree), France (there are penguins there!), Holiday Hills (a retro 50’s Christmas), and more.
Christmas Town is open daily beginning December 11 through January 3 with the exception of Christmas Day.
Find more bright events through this article I wrote for Virginia’s Travel Blog: Eight Christmas Light Experiences for Your Holiday To-Do List.