Holiday Lights at the Beach

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

The Holiday Lights at the Beach display is quite an unusual treat. There are more huge lighting displays than you can imagine, and you get to drive on the boardwalk, which is very cool. The lights look great against the very dark backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are animated nautical and holiday-themed light displays along the boardwalk. Thirty blocks of festive fish, jumping dolphins, and frolicking porpoises, sailboats gently rocking in the wind, and mermaids! Add to this surfing Santas, giant gift-wrapped packages, and a three-story Christmas tree, and it's easy to see why over 100,000 visitors enjoy the Holiday Lights at the Beach each year.

Holiday Lights at the Beach is the largest grand illumination display on the Atlantic seaboard. Come drive on the Virginia Beach boardwalk and see the lights. There is an entrance fee for all vehicles. Military personnel receive a discount on Monday nights.

Pricing for 2016: $15 nightly admission for cars, $25 for limos, $45 for motor coaches, and $25 for mini buses.

Military Discount: 50% discount to miliary families every Monday evening in December.  Show your Military ID at the entrance and enjoy the show for $7 on December 5, 12, 19, and 26. 

Location: Virginia Beach boardwalk, between 2nd and 34th Streets. The entrance is located at 2nd Street.

2016 Dates & Hours: November 18, 2016 - January 1, 2017.  5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday.

Oceanfront Hotels: See special offers.

Visit the official McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach website for additional details.

Virginia Beach boardwalk, between 2nd and 34th Streets. The entrance is located at 2nd Street.



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