Illuminights

Explore Park's Winter Walk of Lights

Brighten your nights and explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 600,000 lights at Illuminights Winter Walk of Lights. Travel down our half-mile wooded path while taking in the sights and sounds of the season. Visitors will experience 100,000 new lights, new displays, trail enhancements and family activities.

While you’re here, shop for artisan crafts, roast marshmallows around the campfire, and enjoy additional family activities on select nights. #Illuminights #ExplorePark #CenterInTheSquare

  1. ADMISSION FEES
  2. ACTIVITIES
  3. TIPS & FUN FACTS
  4. Meet LUmi!

All proceeds from Illuminights go to support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park!

Admission Rates

  • Ticket Sales Begin on Monday, November 1st at 9:00 AM
  • Adult (ages 16+) = $16 in advance*
  • Child (ages 3-15) = $6 in advance*
  • Savings Days (shown in green) = $1 off individual admission
  • Groups of 25+ = Save $1 off on Peak Dates, available by phone only at (540) 387-6078 ext. 0

How to Purchase Tickets

  • Option 1 (preferred): Online Purchase - Click on the "Illuminights Tickets Here" button above, which will take you to our new online ticketing portal.
  • Option 2: Phone Purchase - Reserve your tickets with credit card only via phone at (540) 387-6078 ext. 0. Available weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Option 3: In-Person Purchase (No Walk-Ups Available on Operating Nights) - Reserve your tickets in advance for a future operating night with cash or credit card at the following locations:
    • Public Service Center, 1206 Kessler Mill RD 24153  (M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM)
    • Brambleton Center, 7415 Brambleton AVE 24018  (M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM) 
    • Explore Park Visitor Center, 56 Roanoke River PKWY 24014
    • Center in the Square Box Office, 1 Market SQ 24011  (Tu-Sa, 9:45 AM - 4:45 PM, Su, 12:45 PM - 4:45 PM) 

* Time slots will be sold in advance every 15-minutes, with strict participation limits. Tickets must be purchased in advanced, no walk-ups.

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ILLUMINIGHTS PEAK SEASON
Open 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
*Groups of 25+ save $1 off admission

ILLUMINIGHTS SAVINGS DAYS
Open 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission $1 off 

DATE SOLD OUT

CLOSED
November 22nd - 25th
Thursday, December 24th
Friday, December 25th


The "Bright Creations" STEM Projects from Montgomery County Public School Students are on display inside of Center in the Square's atrium located at 1 Market SQ Roanoke, VA 24011. These light up cards and ornaments can be viewed throughout the month of December. Call (540) 342-5700 for more informaton.

Getting Here

Travelers can access Explore Park (Milepost 115) from the Blue Ridge Parkway North from US220 at Milepost 121 or by the Alternate Entrance at 3900 Rutrough Road. Click here for more information, maps and details on how to get to Explore Park! Our physical location is 56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd, and postal address/ alternate entrance is 3900 Rutrough Rd, 24014.

Volunteers

Illuminights relies on volunteers for support roles, with many volunteer shifts available during our operating season. Your organization can be a part of it! Submit an online Volunteer Interest Form with your availability during Illuminights. Once submitted, our staffing team will contact you regarding your volunteer shift. Please note volunteers must be 16 or older. 

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Artisan Christmas Market - Explore Park Visitor Center

Have you started shopping for the holidays? The Artisan Market at Explore Park has you covered and features unique hand-made crafts from 50 local artisans! Call the Visitor Center at (540) 427-1800 for more information about the Artisan Market.

Open Weekdays 4 PM to Close and Weekends 11 AM to Close

Canned Food Drive

Explore Park and Center in the Square have partnered with Kroger to offer a canned food drive at Illuminights. All donations will benefit The Agape Center Vinton/Roanoke. The food drive will be available each night at Illuminights. The food drive donation box will be located at the Walk of Lights Trail Entrance and Explore Park Visitor Center.

The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation is on a mission to help create communities free of hunger and waste. Learn more about Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste foundation.

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Illuminights is Proudly Sponsored by the Businesses & Donors Below:

Want to help create some magic at Explore Park this holiday season? Email our sponsorship coordinator

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Zoo-Sponsor
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