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Tips For The Perfect Winter Walk

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  • Tickets. Buy your tickets in advance online.  Ticket prices are lower online and they ensure that you will be admitted to the Winter Walk of Lights.  The availability of onsite tickets and admittance into the Winter Walk of Lights is not guaranteed.  Tickets can sell out online and on site at Meadowlark—buy your tickets early. 

  • Be Advised:  This is a rain or shine event.  Tickets may not be refunded or transferred.

  • Parking.  Please watch for and follow the directions of our parking attendants.  They are doing their best to get everyone parked safely and as quickly as possible.  Please look for guests, especially small children, walking through the parking lots.

  • Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or Carpool. These are the easiest ways to travel to the Winter Walk of Lights especially on weekends and during the two weeks of winter holidays when parking is at a premium. 

  • Safety.  Staying on the trail at all times is an important safety rule.  Many light displays have electrical cords and support wires so please do not walk near our lights and displays.  At the end of the walk, there is a grassy area next to the Great Holiday Tree and Light Refreshments concessions where youngsters can run around. 

  • The Walk.  The Winter Walk of Lights is a little less than a half mile long.  Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and to dress for the weather.  The Winter Walk remains open during rain and snow, and is only closed during severe weather. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome ---the Winter Walk consists of ADA asphalt trails. 

  • Great Photos.  Winter Walk of Lights features three great photo spots- the classic holiday sleigh in the Visitor Center, in front of the illuminated flowers at the beginning of the Garden of Light, and the Butterfly Wings just beyond the LIGHT Refreshments concessions, at the end of the Winter Walk of Lights.   Bring your camera and capture memories!

  • Wheelchairs and strollers.  Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome---the Winter Walk consists of ADA asphalt trails.  There are two complimentary wheelchairs that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Only Service animals are permitted in the Winter Walk of Lights.

  • Food & Beverages.  Visit our S'more Snack Shop for hot (coffee, cider, and hot chocolate) and cold beverages, s’mores kits, marshmallows, and popcorn.  The Garden Gift Shop offers water, soda, and snacks.  Any employee can direct you to these areas if you would like to purchase a beverage to have as you enjoy the Winter Walk.  Outside food and beverages are prohibited.  

  • The Lights are on the Holidays!   The Winter Walk of Lights is open on all holidays---that’s Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, and News Eve & Day!  After your big holiday meal, why not take a walk among a half million lights?

  • Fun.  Children can search for a variety of animals and other fun displays along their Winter Walk.  Make sure to ask for a Light Search activity sheet at admissions in the Visitor Center. Children, who complete this activity, can get a neat holiday sticker when they turn it in to a Visitor Center staff member!

  • Stay informed. Learn about special events, discounts, and severe weather closings—LIKE Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

  • Groups of 20 or more can take advantage of discounted rates Mondays-Thursdays in November (excluding Thanksgiving) and Monday, January 1, through Sunday, January 7.  Make your reservation at least one week in advance by emailing jmaloney@nvrpa.org or calling 703-255-3631 x103.  Click here for group rates.

  • Bundle Up! Be sure to dress for the weather for your Winter Walk of Lights.  We have scarves, hats and gloves available for sale in the Snowflake Shoppe.

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FUN FACTS

  • Did you know that this is the Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Light’s sixth year?  It quickly has become a wonderful family holiday tradition! If you have visited in the past be sure to look for some new light critters!
  • It takes Meadowlark staff, NOVA Park volunteers, and contractors three months to install all of the lights and displays in the garden.  A lot of hard work goes into preparing for this awesome show.
  • Did you notice the NOVA Parks’ mascot in the Winter Walk of Lights tree logo?  The Great Blue Heron is in the bottom right corner of the tree. 
  • The Fountains of Lights are unique light fountains animated with all types of cool colors and patterns.  Stop and watch all of the dazzling colors!
  • Our small wire light displays are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces designed by a local artist.
  • How many different animals can you find on the Nature Walk? Listen closely to hear the nature sounds, and watch the silly fish spit water out of the stream.
  • There are more than 100 flowers in our Garden of Light - fitting for a Botanical Garden!
  • Our talented Senior Horticulturist created the decoration design for the Visitors Center- it is truly breathtaking!  Thank you to the staff and volunteers who installed this magical display.
  • If you haven’t seen the new Korean Bell Garden, a huge white spotlight illuminates the Korean Bell in its ornate pavilion and spotlights decorate the wall.
  • Holly Berry Hill is often called the pumpkin patch or strawberry patch, but this creative display will have you mesmerized, whether you think they are holly berries, pumpkins or strawberries!  In the fall, you can check out real pumpkins
    at Temple Hall Maize and Fall Festival in Leesburg.
  • Lakeside Lights is a great place to sit down and get in the holiday spirit.  Listen and watch as your favorite holiday songs come to life as lights dance along trees, arches, and stars.  You will be amazed!
  • Make sure to come back again- each time you go through the Winter Walk of Lights, you will notice things you didn’t see before.  Be sure to bring your holiday guests, family and friends, too!

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