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
How to Purchase Tickets
* Time slots will be sold in advance every 15-minutes, with strict participation limits. Tickets must be purchased in advanced, no walk-ups.
|Walk of Lights Trail* - Travel down our half-mile wooded path while taking in the signs and sounds of the season. The trail has more than 600,000 lights, dazzling features and photo opportunities. Advanced ticket purchases are required to enter the trail. See the "Admission Fees" tab above for ticket prices and registration information. Click here to purchase your Illuminights Tickets!|
*Time slots will be sold in advance every 15-minutes, with strict participation limits.
|Artisan Market - Start your Christmas shopping early at the Artisan Market beginning Saturday, November 20 at the Explore Park Visitor Center. The market features unique, hand crafted Christmas items from 50 local and regional artisans.|
Artisan Market Hours:
Weekdays: 4 PM - Close
Weekends: 11:00 AM Close
See the "Admission Fees" tab for the operating calendar.
|NEW: Snowville Miniature Christmas Display - Take in thousands of twinkling lights and miniature Christmas scenes with our new Miniature Christmas Display. This display is open on select nights from 5 PM to 10 PM. This display will be closed on December 13-16, 20-21.||Santa Experience - Santa and his elves are working hard at the North Pole, and he is joining Illuminights on the following dates: December 13-16, 20-21 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.|
|Food & Beverage - Food vendors will be on site during select nights!|
Twin Creeks Brewpub will be open for food and beverage options on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Illuminights.
|Marshmallow Roasting - Gather around the campfire and enjoy a classic Christmas treat! Marshmallows and roasting sticks are provided, compliments of the Town of Vinton.|
|Can You Find Them All? - December 4, 5 & 6 from 6 PM - 9 PM - Salem High School's Theatre program will be part of the Walk of Lights trail, as they incorporate themselves into each themed area of the trail. Keep an eye out for them in the following areas: Adventure, Christmas Traditions, Winter Wonderland, Toyland and Fantasy. ||Canned Food Drive - Ehave partnered with Kroger to offer a canned food drive at Illuminights. The food drive will be available each night at Illuminights. See more information below.|
Know Before You Go
Lumi is the new animated mascot of Illumininghts Winter Walk of Lights! He is joined by 600,000 of his light friends at Explore Park during the 35-night event! You will see Lumi in our promotional videos and you might see him during your visit to Illuminights! Click here to watch a short video about Illuminights!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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