Explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 500,000 lights. Journey at your own pace on a walking tour of displays celebrating nature, fantasy, adventure and Christmas traditions. Travel down our half-mile wooded path, and take in the sights and sounds of the season. #Illuminights #ExplorePark #CenterInTheSquare
Questions & Contact Information
For general inquiries about the event or registration by phone, call (540) 387-6078 ext. 0. Our administrative office is open weekdays 8am to 5pm.
Discounts & Appreciation Nights
New Year's Eve
Join us on Tuesday, December 31 and celebrate the new year with special activities, including:
Operating DatesIlluminights is open on 26 select days this holiday season. Use the calendar shown here to help plan your visit. We'll be open each evening 5:00 PM, with final admission at 10:00 PM.
Arrival TimesIf you register in advance, you'll be asked to select an hourly arrival time (5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm or 9pm). Please arrive with your full party at the entrance tent within the hour time window designated on your ticket. Once on the Illuminights trail, feel free to enjoy the experience at your own pace.
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ActivitiesThe walking light trail is open every event night, but many activities are limited to select evenings. Check-in at the Taubman building for these experiences:
Concessions and food tricks will be available most nights. General concession items include hot cocoa, cider, stew and hot dogs. Food trucks (various) include Crunch Monkee, Peking House, Cooking Momas, Grandpa Ike's, and Wake & Bacon
Know Before You Go
New Event Shuttle - Select Nights
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.
Illuminights relies heavily on volunteers for support, with over 700 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note volunteers must be 16 or older.