Friday, December 26, 2014

Still time to check out 2014 season Bull Run Festival of Lights

Instead of my usual Photos on Friday, since the year is almost done, I decided to do a post on one of the events we went to this year, but didn't have time to write about earlier. 

Now that the holidays have arrived, the kids are off school and many of you are probably taking a few days off. If you're looking for something to do, the Bull Run Festival of Lights is still running through January 4.

We decided to do this last weekend and had a great time. The cost is $20 for weekends though, so it is a bit less if you want to get a discount and go Monday through Thursday (there is advertised coupon (pdf) off the weekday admission). 

The trip takes about 30 minutes from beginning of the festival to the end where you'll find the carnival entrance. Here are some highlights from our ride this year through the park -

"Winter Wonderland" was my favorite segment - my photo honestly doesn't do justice how beautiful the "falling snow" looked.
There is also a carnival too. We only stayed a few minutes there, but the kids had fun coloring holiday sheets and roasting a couple of marshmallows over the fire. There are also regular carnival rides, a photo-op with Santa tent and camel rides, we only took a peek at these.

The week of Christmas is busy time though. Last year we tried on Christmas night and the line was backed up at least 3 miles so we drove around some local neighborhoods instead. This year we decided to go early, at about 5 p.m. (gates open around 5:30 p.m.), and had just a short wait.  

Carnival entrance
 For more information and directions to Bull Run Park see the official website.

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