Illuminights

Illuminights Update for Friday, January 1, 2021 (1/1/2021)

Illuminights is a rain or shine event, and will operate as scheduled on Friday, January 1, 2021. However, given the forecast for Friday, January 1, Illuminights tickets for January 1 will be honored on Thursday, December 31 and Saturday, January 2. To redeem your January 1 tickets on either night, simply bring your ticket email (digital is acceptable) with you to check-in and our staff will be able to process your admission without any additional steps. We look forward to seeing you at Illuminights!

Illuminights CANCELED Wednesday, December 16th (12/16/20)

ILLUMINIGHTS UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Illuminights has been canceled for Wednesday, December 16th. Individuals who purchased tickets for December 16 have received an email with instructions regarding their purchase.

Illuminights Update (11/17/20)

Due to the Governor’s Executive Order 67, and with guidance from the Virginia Department of Health, Illuminights will still operate at a limited capacity. In order to comply with the Governor’s order, we must delay our start date to Wednesday, November 25.  If you have purchased tickets for November 20, 21, 22, 23 or 24 you have received an email with instructions regarding your ticket purchase.

Explore Park's Winter Walk of Lights

Explore your holiday spirit through a unique experience featuring over 500,000 lights, dazzling features and memorable moments. Travel down our half-mile wooded path while taking in the sights and sounds of the season*.

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

*Dogs are allowed at Explore Park, outside on a leash, but are not allowed on the Walk of Lights Trail.

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

Admission Rates

  • Adult (ages 15+) = $14 in advance*
  • Child (ages 2-14) = $6 in advance*
  • Savings Days (shown in green) = $2 off individual admission
  • Groups of 10 = Save an additional $1 on Savings Days, available by phone only at (540) 387-6078 ext. 0.

Due to limited capacity, we are sold out for many of the early time slots on each operating night. See the dates below to check on the list. The following dates and time slots are still available:

  • Saturday, January 2nd - 9:00 PM

How to Purchase Tickets

  • Option 1 (preferred): Online Purchase - Use the calendar shown here to select a date and proceed to our online registration 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: Walk-in Purchase - Reserve your tickets 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  (Th-Su, 9 AM - 5 PM) 
    • 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) 

* Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, walk-up tickets will not be available at the event this year. Time slots will be sold in advance on the half-hour, with strict participation limits.5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM, 8:30 PM, 9:00 PM, 9:30 PM 

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ILLUMINIGHTS PEAK SEASON
Open 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM


SAVINGS DAYS
Open 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission $2 off / $3 off for groups of 10 to 25

CLOSED
Thursday, December 24th
Friday, December 25th


Getting Here

The easiest way to get to Explore Park is to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and follow the signs at milepost 115 down the parkway spur to our location. Our physical location is 56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd, and postal address/ service entrance is 3900 Rutrough Rd, 24014.

Volunteers

Illuminights relies heavily on volunteers for support, with many volunteer shifts available during our operating season. Your organization can be a part of it! View and register for volunteer positions online, or contact Charlie Goens at cgoens@roanokecountyva.gov. Please note volunteers must be 16 or older. 

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Artisan Market - 11:00 AM - Close - Explore Park Visitor Center

Have you started shopping for the holidays? The Artisan Market at Explore Park has you covered starting at 11:00 AM each day during Illuminights.  The market features unique hand-made crafts from 50 local artisans! Purchase $25 or more of Artisan items and receive an Illuminights tote bag. Purchase $100 or more and you will be entered into a drawing for a 2-night stay at Don's Cab-Inns. Call the Visitor Center at (540) 427-1800 for more information about the Artisan Market


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 in 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

Carilion-Sponsor
Jarrett-Sponsor
WSLS-Sponsor-REV
Zoo-Sponsor
Grand-Sponsor
Vistar-Sponsor
Lunsford-Sponsor
Woods-Sponsor
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Friendship-Sponsor
Kroger-Sponsor
Pinnacle-sponsor
Blue-Cow-sponsor
ValleyStarCreditUnion
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