Holiday Lights at the Beach

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

The Holiday Lights at the Beach boardwalk lights display has been a holiday tradition in Virginia Beach for over 20 years. However, hash weather conditions at the beach have worn out some of the displays, necessitating costly repairs for which funding is not available. Rather than cancel the 2017 Boardwalk Lights display, Virgina Beach City Council appproved an abreviated 14 block display.

Smaller "Holiday Lights Merry Mile" Display for 2017

The 2017 light display will span 14 blocks, versus the 30 block display of previous years. But the display still promises to be bright and festive. Over 50 of the most popular light displays have been hand-picked for inclusion in this year's Merry Mile.

Visitors can view the light displays by driving along a special designated route along the boardwalk. There are animated light displays along on either side of the boardwalk, with some arching over the boardwalk path.

We don't know yet which displays have been selected for the 2017 show, but past displays have included jumping dolphins, sailboats gently rocking in the wind, surfing Santa, and more.

Good news for 2017 is, with the smaller display comes a smaller admission price. The per vehicle entry fee has dropped from $15 in 2017 to just $5 per vehicle on the weekend for the 2017 holiday season, and $4 per vehicle Monday - Thursday.

Pricing for 2017: $5 per vehicle Friday - Sunday and holidays. $4 per vehicle Monday - Thursday. $2 Military Mondays. $25 for motocoaches.

Location: Virginia Beach boardwalk, from 8th to 22nd Street. The entrance is located at 2nd Street.

2017 Dates & Hours: November 23, 2017 - December 31, 2017.  5:30pm-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30pm-11:00pm Friday-Saturday.

Oceanfront Hotels: See special offers.

Visit the official Holiday Lights Merry Mile website for additional details.

Virginia Beach boardwalk, between 8th and 22nd Streets. The entrance is located at 2nd Street.


Photos from previous years:

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More Hampton Roads Holiday Events



Visit Bush Gardens Williamsburg this holiday seaon!

Enjoy lights, holiday shopping, special entertainment, and festival food and drink at Busch Garden's Christmas Town, plus many of the park's rides and attractions are still open.

Single Day Bush Gardens Christmas Town tickets are now on sale and priced at $15 to $25 (deprending on the date) through November 6th. The price for single-day tickets purchased at the park is $49.

Pick a date and purchase early for the biggest savings.

Last minute deals on Williamsburg hotels - See deals on hotels for the next two weekends.


Virginia Beach & Norfolk

The region's two biggest cities are very different but both have so much to offer. The good news is they're only a short drive apart.