See the Holiday Lights at Virginia Beach
“You’re probably too old for those drive-through holiday lights now, right?” I said with some disappointment and resignation. One of the joys of parenthood has been the wonderful realization that I get to re-live some of the things I loved as a kid, plus the added bonus of the enjoyment times ten of seeing my own kids discover and love the same things as much as I did. But as they age, they’ve started naturally letting go of some of those childhood favorites.
Apparently not drive-through holiday lights though. “I am not too old. Drive-through holiday lights are awesome.” Our holiday tradition is safe for another year.
Virginia Beach Hotel and Light Package
Our favorite place to see drive-through holiday lights is at Virginia Beach. We’ve traditionally headed to Virginia Beach for a night on the day after Thanksgiving, missing much of the holiday traffic.
We love staying at Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront located right on the holiday lights route. The hotel is beautifully decorated for the holidays, plus you get the added bonus of rooms that open up onto the ocean. The hotel also offers a Holiday Lights Package, where you receive a pass good for one car to drive along the boardwalk plus four tickets to Santa’s Seaside Village.
The Best Virginia Beach Holiday Lights
The McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach is held every year on the boardwalk along the ocean. The lights stretch for over 30 blocks, starting at the southern end of the boardwalk at 2nd Street and emptying onto 33rd Street. You actually drive on the boardwalk, with light displays on both sides of the boardwalk and even arching overhead. I love driving under the displays. I’m sure my kids love it, too.
If you don’t book the Holiday Lights Package, you can purchase a car pass from the concierge at the Hilton for $13 or you can purchase it at the entrance for $15; be prepared to have cash available at the gate; they don’t accept credit cards.
New this year is Santa’s Seaside Village at Atlantic and 30th Street that has holiday displays, shopping, food, rides, and Santa. There’s an admission fee to enter, plus there’s an extra fee for rides. If that interests you, your best bet is to buy a bundled ticket for $20 that include admission to the boardwalk lights plus four tickets to Santa’s Seaside Village.
Virginia Beach Restaurants
Part of our Virginia Beach tradition is grabbing pizza after the holiday lights. We always stop by Dough Boys California Pizza located within a block of the Hilton; I love the atmosphere and the pizza’s good too. This is always followed by a trip next door to Ben & Jerry’s, after which we take our ice cream cones to go and sit around the outdoor fire pits at the Hilton. Picture that: ice cream at the beach in winter sitting by the outdoor fire pits. Perfect.
The Holiday Lights at the Beach are open from late November until January 2. Santa’s Seaside Village is open until December 27. There’s still plenty of time to create a new holiday tradition at Virginia Beach.
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Andrea is a single mom in Arlington, Virginia with a 15-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. Her children took their first trips when they were just four…