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Buckle Up for Virginia's 100 Miles of Lights
November 30, 2020

Buckle Up for Virginia's 100 Miles of Lights

by The CE Shop Team

Gas Up for This Festive Road Trip Through Virginia

Virginia is a state that truly embraces Christmas and rings with holiday spirit. Throughout the Old Dominion state, towns transform themselves into winter wonderlands. Individuals in each community invest their time, money, and TLC into decorating for the season to spread Christmas cheer. Towns will literally light up bright from Richmond to Virginia Beach, illuminating Virginia’s annual passion project: 100 Miles of Lights.

Plan Your Route Through 100 Miles of Lights

100 Miles of Lights was started in 1998 as an effort to spread holiday pride throughout the state featuring light shows from Richmond to Virginia Beach. Though this tradition is long-standing and beloved, it seems like an especially appropriate way to safely celebrate the season in 2020. The illuminated trail of festive towns includes seven cities: Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

If you or a client love a good Christmas light display, you need to check out one of these featured towns. For the true luminescent lovers, gear up and buckle in for the whole 100-mile trip. Here’s what to expect at each Christmas-themed town on the trail.

Newport News

Take a step back in time to the early Victorian era, and see how the vainglorious Victorian society celebrated Christmas. Every Christmas, the Lee Hall Mansion puts on an authentic Victorian Christmas party for visitors to enjoy as they take part in the historical reenactment. Guests learn about nineteenth-century holiday traditions, getting a glimpse as to why we still hold onto many of these traditions today.


Hop over to downtown Hampton and witness the horses trotting around town in festive garb, Christmas carousel music echoing through the streets, and the historic Hampton Carousel, which will be decked out for the season. One of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still in existence in the U.S., the Hampton Carousel is a fun way to enjoy past traditions and rides. Get a little dizzy and take a spin on the classic carousel, then walk it off as you take in the downtown waterfront


In Norfolk, the neighborhoods get creative with their lights, but the main attraction is the town’s botanical garden. The annual holiday light show extravaganza at the Norfolk Botanical Garden is one everyone will enjoy. The garden is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland that you won’t want to miss, so don’t delay - non-member tickets are only $35 per car Sunday through Thursday


Celebrate the season in Portsmouth a little differently with their animated winter display. Every year, the Winter Wonderland The Coleman Collection creates an animated display of Victorian-era ice skaters, carolers around town, and an enchanted forest to create a cryophilic fairytale fit for the whole family.


Every year after Thanksgiving, Richmond residents compete in an all-out Christmas light competition - but this isn’t your grandma’s quaint holiday display. Instead, locals attempt to out-do one another with beautifully ugly and outdated Christmas light displays in a Tacky Lights Tour. Take in this unique spectacle of lights that has become famous up and down the East Coast

Virginia Beach

Finish the 100 Miles of Light in Virginia Beach and drive through this waterfront town’s extravagant and festive light show. This last stop is the finale of the trail, featuring displays like floating fish that swim above your car, giant castles you can drive through, peaceful snow globes, and mesmerizing light tunnels.

The 100 Miles of Lights event isn't the only dazzling thing about Virginia - did you know that there were over 153,639 homes sold within the last 12 months, with some selling for north of $5,000,000? When you consider that reports the average full-time real estate agent in Virginia makes around $77,773, which is about double the national average, then it’s pretty obvious there’s never been a better time to become a Virginia real estate agent.

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