Have you seen the light? If not, there’s still time to see some of the best holiday light shows in town.
Start at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach and cruise through the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach. You’ll drive for 30 blocks along the Boardwalk, marveling at the 12 Days of Christmas, and sea creatures frolicking overhead. A free CD provides the music.
Next, take in a winding tour through the seasons, (and even under the sea) at the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden of Lights. New this year: a light show synchronized to music (tune in to 94.5 FM.)
Speaking of dancing lights, remember to drive by the locally famous Padgett family’s home at 314 Suburban Parkway (Norfolk) – you can see it from a block away. Tune your radio in to 101.7 FM for the show. And who’s that in the window above the garage? It’s Santa – larger than life. Better still – all donations go to CHKD.
Finally, zip up 64 West to the Newport News Park’s Celebration in Lights for another winding drive – this one features ski jumpers flying across the road and deers leaping over the cars. Look for the lights depicting bits and pieces of early colonial history, too.
Pro tip (for passengers only): Before heading out, stop by Bassett’s Christmas Shop or the Christmas Mouse and pick up your Holiday Specs. These “magic glasses” turn holiday lights into elves, reindeer, candy canes, stars, Santa Claus, and more – you choose the design.
I bought more than a dozen holiday specs to share with the kids in my family, and the grown-ups are just as dazzled by the glasses. In fact, the kiddies may never get to use them at all! ~~ Jen
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