If you’ve ever wanted to drive down the boardwalk at Virginia Beach, now is your chance. Enter a tropical world of dancing dolphins, festive fish, larger-than-life crustaceans, leaping lords and even a partridge in a pear tree, all from the warmth and comfort of your very own vehicle. A free CD of Christmas music is given to each vehicle upon entry.
Running now through Jan. 1, 2013, this unique Christmas light show delights thousands of families every year. Set up on the beach and in the parks along the boardwalk, new displays are added each year to complement the old favorites. Special attractions include a 40-foot tall Christmas tree on the beach, the “12 Days of Christmas” display. Some displays reach a height of 20 and 30 feet tall.
This Beach Examiner had the pleasure of visiting Holiday Lights at the Beach last year and enjoyed every minute of it. Drive beneath brightly-lit arches and watch all of the twinkling, colorful displays against the beach background. The pace is slow enough that you can enjoy every display as you listen to festive Christmas music on the free CD provided at entry. Take a minute to check out the slideshow, which features a few favorite Christmas light displays.
Sponsored in part by McDonald’s, the city of Virginia Beach, Pepsi,WAVY-TV, WVBT FOX 43, McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach is open nightly beginning at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Jan. 1, 2013.
Hours of operation
- Sunday-Thursday: 5:30-10:00
- Friday and Saturday: 5:30-11:00
- Cars on Monday-Thursday: $10
- Cars on Friday-Sunday and holidays: $15
- Limos: $25
- Motor coaches: $45
- Mini buses: $25
Enter the world of Holiday Lights at the Beach through the main gate at 2nd street, near Rudee Inlet. Cash only is accepted. The light show continues down the boardwalk from 2nd to 34th streets.
On Mondays through Dec. 31, members of the military receive a 20% discount.
Please visit BeachStreetUSA.com for more information. The website also has a downloadable coupon for $2 off admission to Holiday Lights at the Beach.
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