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The holiday season in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains is a festive time full of celebrations, performances, and other special events.
After celebrating the beauty of fall, the region shifts toward holiday decorations and spreading holiday cheer with timeless traditions that include tree lightings, parades, fun runs, festivals and more.
With spectacular lights on display at Explore Park's Illuminights, fairies dancing in the Southwest Virginia Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker, the flicker of candlelight on historic home tours, and beautiful trees on display throughout the towns and communities of the region, the holiday spirit is irresistible in Virginia's Blue Ridge at all kinds of fun holiday events.
You'll definitely want to have the camera ready when you visit the spots on our list of places to see Christmas lights & holiday decorations in the region >
We even have a Happy Holidays Spotify playlist to get you feeling festive.
There's something magical about spending the holidays in the mountains!
There are also fantastic opportunities for shopping at local boutiques, antique stores, and markets, making it easy to check everything off the holiday gift wish list.
Don't forget to take advantage of holiday deals & packages to help you save during the holiday season.
When making your holiday list, check it twice to be sure "visiting Virginia's Blue Ridge" has a spot on the list!