6 totally FREE ways to see a great light display this holiday season!

Full-on amateur light shows, courtesy of the neighbors.

December 14, 2020

Maybe you forgot to buy advance tickets.  Or maybe you just don't want to shell out big bucks because you know your tiny humans aren't up for a long drive to a holiday light show.  Well don't worry!  Here are six local ways to see holiday lights that are sure to delight - absolutely free!

1. The Gaffney family light show and fundraiser in South Arlington: The Gaffney family is putting on a socially-distanced, holiday music lightshow fundraiser for the Arlington Food Assistance Center! Their house is at the corner of S. 22nd St and S. Ives. The show is approximately 25 minutes and occurs at 7pm from December 17 - January 1.  See the flyer here for more information and how to donate on-site.  

2.  The Ni Family Lights in Vienna, VA, 2528 Drexel St:  Based on this light show, The Ni Family seems pretty awesome, frankly speaking. The 2020 Christmas show will run from Wednesday, 11/25 and through New Years Eve, Thursday 12/31. Times are 5:00pm-9:30pm Sun-Thr and 5:00pm-10:00pm Fri/Sat at 2528 Drexel St Vienna, VA 22180.  What fun people these must be! Picture won't do it justice - you NEED to see their show preview on Facebook here

3. Musical lights at Vine Church, 2501 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA: From the same family that brings you the Ni lights!  This display is as awesome, with a spiritual/lyrical feel.  Plus on Saturdays they have s'mores and a firepit. See a YouTube preview here

4. 8505 Forest Road, Annandale VA: A 35 minute light show set to music just a short drive from Arlington.  What a great neighbor! 

5. 5633 Inverchapel Road in Springfield, VA: A 45(!!!) minute light show set to music that you can tune into on your radio station- so delightfully over the top - look at this place!

6.  Marshal Pond Christmas Village, Burke, VA: 8 lights-loving neighbors collaborate yearly to deck out their cul-de-sac in a phenomenal light display.  You can catch an aerial view here.  Check out their Facebook group for updates and announcements.  Use the address 10108 Marshall Pond Rd, Burke in your GPS and be forewarned - this display is getting more and more popular, so there may be a line of cars waiting and lots of people about.   Please social distance and use a mask!