Illuminights

Explore Park's Winter Walk of Lights

Brighten your nights and explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 600,000 lights at Illuminights Winter Walk of Lights. Travel down our half-mile wooded path while taking in the sights and sounds of the season. Visitors will experience 100,000 new lights, new displays, trail enhancements and family activities.

While you’re here, shop for artisan crafts, roast marshmallows around the campfire, and enjoy additional family activities on select nights. #Illuminights #ExplorePark #CenterInTheSquare

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  3. TIPS & FUN FACTS
  4. COVID19 INFO


All proceeds from Illuminights go to support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park!

Admission Rates

  • More Information Coming Soon!

How to Purchase Tickets

  • Option 1 (preferred): Online Purchase - Use the calendar shown here to select a date and proceed to our online registration portal.
  • Option 2: Phone Purchase - Reserve your tickets with credit card only via phone at (540) 387-6078 ext. 0. Available weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Option 3: Walk-in Purchase - Reserve your tickets with cash or credit card at the following locations
    • Public Service Center, 1206 Kessler Mill RD 24153  (M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM)
    • Brambleton Center, 7415 Brambleton AVE 24018  (M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM) 
    • Explore Park Visitor Center, 56 Roanoke River PKWY 24014  (Th-Su, 9 AM - 5 PM) 
    • Center in the Square Box Office, 1 Market SQ 24011  (Tu-Sa, 9:45 AM - 4:45 PM, Su, 12:45 PM - 4:45 PM) 

* Time slots will be sold in advance every 15-minutes, with strict participation limits.

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ILLUMINIGHTS PEAK SEASON
Open 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM


SAVINGS DAYS
Open 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission $1 off 

CLOSED
November 22nd - 25th
Thursday, December 24th
Friday, December 25th


Getting Here

The easiest way to get to Explore Park is to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and follow the signs at milepost 115 down the parkway spur to our location. Our physical location is 56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd, and postal address/ service entrance is 3900 Rutrough Rd, 24014.

Volunteers

Illuminights relies heavily on volunteers for support, with many volunteer shifts available during our operating season. Your organization can be a part of it! View and register for volunteer positions online, or contact Charlie Goens at cgoens@roanokecountyva.gov. Please note volunteers must be 16 or older. 

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Artisan Market - 11:00 AM - Close - Explore Park Visitor Center

Have you started shopping for the holidays? The Artisan Market at Explore Park has you covered starting at 11:00 AM each day during Illuminights.  The market features unique hand-made crafts from 50 local artisans! Purchase $25 or more of Artisan items and receive an Illuminights tote bag. Purchase $100 or more and you will be entered into a drawing for a 2-night stay at Don's Cab-Inns. Call the Visitor Center at (540) 427-1800 for more information about the Artisan Market


Canned Food Drive

Explore Park and Center in the Square have partnered with Kroger to offer a canned food drive at Illuminights. All donations will benefit The Agape Center Vinton/Roanoke. The food drive will be available each night at Illuminights. The food drive donation box will be located in Explore Park Visitor Center.

The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation is on a mission to help create communities free of hunger and waste. Learn more about Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste foundation.

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Illuminights is Proudly Sponsored by the Businesses & Donors Below:

Want to help create some magic at Explore Park this holiday season? Email our sponsorship coordinator

Carilion-Sponsor
Jarrett-Sponsor
WSLS-Sponsor-REV
Zoo-Sponsor
Grand-Sponsor
Vistar-Sponsor
Lunsford-Sponsor
Woods-Sponsor
MemberOne-Sponsor2020
Friendship-Sponsor
Kroger-Sponsor
Pinnacle-sponsor
Blue-Cow-sponsor
ValleyStarCreditUnion
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