Holiday Lights at the Beach - 
Cruise and Be-dazzled!

McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach - Look below for a coupon link, plus military discounts. the sand?

Rolling out the end of Nov. to Jan. 3, this event a magical family fun attraction. Located at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, it's the perfect way to start the holiday season. Join 30,000 people who flock annually to this festive and creative light display on the oceanfront.

Don't worry--that's 30,000 over the entire holiday season--you won't have to battle them all at once! Still, go with what the locals know: Saturday nights have the biggest crowds, so stick with Friday and Sunday nights.

Here's something else the locals know: It's one of the holiday highlights of the year. In fact, it's been named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 November Events” the last few years. Some of the top sights at this extravaganza include a "Twelve Days of Christmas" light exhibit, a three-story Christmas tree of lights, and a "surfin' Santa."

Holiday Lights at the BeachHoliday Lights at the Beach in Virginia Beach.

This year's show-- sponsored by Liberty Tax Service-- is your once a year chance to actually "cruise" the boardwalk. (Note: There is an entrance fee for cars, but you can cram as many people into your car as your like!) This fee includes a free CD featuring music to light up your magical journey down the dazzlingly lit boardwalk.

When: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30pm – 10:00pm Friday-Saturday, 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Location: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 2nd Street to 34th Street (enter at 2nd street)

Method: Your Car!

Holiday Lights at the Beach Admission & Discounts

Cost: $15 per car Monday-Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day 

Limos $25; Motor coaches $45; Mini Buses $25 
$25 Combo Tickets (Boardwalk light show and Norfolk Botanical Garden's Garden of Lights)

Opening Weekend Deal - $8 Friday to Tuesday.

Special Military Discount! - On Mondays, active military pay just $7 per car (must show military ID)


The official website often posts a coupon good for $3 off. It can only be used Mondays-Thursdays, it is not good on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and it cannot be combined with any other discount.  

Holiday Lights at the Beach

So c'mon...come see Santa at the beach. It's just one more reason Virginia Beach is such a great family vacation destination...year-round. 

Special Events

Walk through the Lights for Ronald McDonald House Charities Norfolk - date to be announced.

From 5 pm to 8 pm, make a donation at 2nd street and you can enjoy a rare chance to walk (and not drive) through the lights, while supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Looking for more holiday events?

Looking for more holiday fun, including light events, parades, ice skating, a winter planetarium, and more? 

Check out these links:

For November holiday events, click here.

For December holiday events, click here.

For our top three favorite holiday itineraries, click here

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