Illuminights

Explore Park's Winter Walk of Lights

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

  1. ADMISSION FEES
  2. CALENDAR & ACTIVITIES
  3. TIPS & FUN FACTS
  4. EVENT SHUTTLE

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

ParticipantsAdvance OnlineAt the Gate
Using Event Shuttle
(select nights - see tab)
Adult (ages 15+)$13  Book Online Now!$17
$13
Child (ages 2-14)$6    Book Online Now!$10
$6

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

  • Group Discounts Nights - Every Thursday, groups of 10 or more receive 10% off admission with advance registration.
  • Military Night - On Monday, December 16, all active and retired military personnel showing valid ID will receive a 20% discount on admission.
  • First Responder Night - On Monday, December 23 all fire, rescue and law enforcement professionals showing valid ID will receive a 20% discount on admission.
  • Human Services Night - On Monday, December 30, all teachers, social workers and medical professionals showing valid ID will receive a 20% discount on admission.

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New Year's Eve

Join us on Tuesday, December 31 and celebrate the new year with special activities, including:

  • Act of Kindness Tree - Make a commitment to doing good in the new year by hanging a special ornament.
  • Craft Activity - Create a noisemaker and festive hat.
  • Toast at Ten - A sparkling cider toast in the main plaza, complete with plastic fluted glasses and glow sticks for the kids. Make lasting memories at a special photo op.


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 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 cgoens@roanokecountyva.gov. Please note volunteers must be 16 or older. 

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

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Cox-Sponsor
Jarrett-Sponsor
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RoanokeTimes-Sponsor
Zoo-Sponsor
Grand-Sponsor
Vistar-Sponsor
Wells-Sponsor
Lunsford-Sponsor
Woods-Sponsor
BlueRidgeDental-Sponsor
MemberOne-Sponsor
CityMag-Sponsor
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Robertson-Sponsor
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