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Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

November 28, 2016
Our Kids
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, VA 22182
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One of the things that I love about Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is that it is a light tour where you walk.  This is the third time that I’ve taken my family to visit the light display over the course of its 5-year run and it never fails to please all ages.  This year we went the day after Thanksgiving with a group of 14.  With that large of a group, it was hard to stay together, but we managed to link back up with each other at various points along the path.

Meadowlark's Winter Walk of LightsNorthern Virginia Regional Parks really puts on a beautiful light show. With over 500,000 LED lights, there is a display for everyone.  Did you know that it takes 3 months to install all of the lights and displays in the garden?

The lights are nature-themed and displays include a fairy garden and a garden with flowers and cute beehive with bees buzzing about (our beekeepers favorite).   Trees are decked out with all different colors of lights, there’s a stream with fish jumping through the water, squirrels hopping through the trees, Holly Berry Hill, a tunnel that kids in particular will enjoy walking through and lots of other displays.  

Our group’s favorite has to be the light show that is set to holiday tunes.  Grab a seat on one of the benches (we hope more will be put out in the future), take a break and relax in good company.  There is a beautiful backdrop against the water and the light display of stars out in the distance were enchanting.

Round out your visit with a stop at the refreshment stand on the Garden Plaza.  They sell hot chocolate, coffee, hot cider and other food items.  You can also purchase a s’more kit and roast your marshmallows at the fire pit.  On the day we were there, there was a large crowd at the refreshment stand and fire pit, so we skipped this section.  This seems like something fun to add on to your visit and I would imagine that crowds would be much lighter on weeknights earlier in December.

Additional Information and Tips

  • Meadowlark's Winter Walk of LightsBundle up and enjoy the fresh air.  Be sure to bring gloves, a hat, scarves, warm footwear and blankets for little ones in strollers. 
  • Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is open daily through Sunday, January 8, 2016 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.  They are open on Christmas and New Year’s as well.
  • Order your tickets online, it’s the cheapest option.  On weeknights, tickets are $7 for ages 3 to 12 and $12 for ages 13 and up.  On weekends and holidays, tickets are $8 for ages 3 to 12 and $13 for ages 13 and up.  Ticket prices increase if you purchase at the door.  ** Note: as a special thank you to first responders, teachers and military, there are appreciation nights where they receive free admission with one paying customer.
  • Ask for a Scavenger Hunt form at the Visitor Center desk.  If you complete the form and turn it in, you can get a sweet holiday sticker.
  • If you’re in the market for sparkly, festive gifts, visit the Snowflake Shoppe in the Visitors Center.
  • Bathrooms are available in the Visitors Center and there are port-o-potties at about mid-way in the walk.  We thought it was a cute touch to see the port-o-potties aglow with lights to guide you.
  • If you're not a regular in this neighborhood, check the map before you go so that you'll have plenty of time to enjoy Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. The roads are very dark and curvy at night and apparently during rush hour get congested.

 

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Enter to win a family 4-pack of passes good for entry into the Winter Walk of Lights during the 2016 season.  This giveaway begins on December 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. and ends on December 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.  One winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries on December 9, 2016 and notified shortly thereafter.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.

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Submitted by Christina C. on
We can't wait to check this out! We have gone to Bull Run the last few years and were looking for something new when we found out about Meadowlark. I hope it is as much fun as it sounds!
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Submitted by chezkellydews@y... on
We went on a weeknight with our daughter and her friend and had a wonderful evening. It wasn't crowded and the lights were clever and creative. The girls especially enjoyed the music and light show, the snow, and writing to Santa afterward. Her friend just asked me if we could go again this year!
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Submitted by sheyandjen@gmail.com on
We went last year and had such a wonderful time. This is an outdoor walk so dress accordingly. They did have hot chocolate and marshmallows for purchase. Lots of light displays, including some done to music. We are already planning to make this a tradition.
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Submitted by gmva@verizon.net on
We visited on a warm night in 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed our walk through the lights show. The children were in awe as were the adults. A must see. It will be a holiday tradition for our family.
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Submitted by nicole.owings.f... on
My family is glad they created this event. It's a good chance for young children who can't see as well out the car window or sit still for too long to really get to experience the holiday light displays! Just have to remember to bundle up well!
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Submitted by navalph@yahoo.com on
Can't wait to go again!!! Need coordinate schedule with hubby! We bring our own smores fixins & buy hot cocoa. I hope our new toddler will enjoy!
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Submitted by hope.hannerbail... on
Our family went for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It was incredible! Much better than I could have anticipated! We will go every year from now on!
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Submitted by vlindros@gmail.com on
This was such a good family event! Totally stroller friendly, and the kids get up close and personal with the lights. The animated show was cute, and just long enough. And, I liked that it was a little different each time. My kids loved getting the marshmallows at the end, too. We will definitely make this part of our winter traditions.
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Submitted by Amber on
I can't wait to do it again next year. They had the most amazing light displays and even had a fire pit set up for you to drink hot coco and make smores. It's a great time for everyone!!
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Submitted by dandahilton@msn.com on
We have been going to Meadowlark for the past three years. Its a wonder holiday light experience. Last year they had a cookie and craft decorating night in the atrium. My daughters loved it and I hope the do it again this year.
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Submitted by bisma108@hotmail.com on
We do this every year and my kids love it! They especially like picking out special light toys in the lobby before going through the light display.
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Submitted by Robinsq@gmail.com on
We went on a warm Sunday evening at 6:00pm and it was very crowded. I would recommend going on a weeknight if possible. We also bought tickets online which minimized the amount of time we waited in line.
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Submitted by michelle.tk.hoa... on
I've taken my daughter there the past two years and she loved it! After the walk we get hot chocolate and sit around the bon fire they have there. This year I would like to try to make it to one of their special events - Face Painting Nov 29th, Dec 15th - Funny Photo Night Nov 23rd, Dec 28th - Nature Night Nov 28th, Nov 30th, Dec 5th, Dec 7th, Dec 12th, Dec 14th - Holiday Crafts Dec 1st, Dec 19th. I was recently there and grabbed one of their flyers. They have already started putting up the lights which have really excited my daughter and me.
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Submitted by Danielle Werchowsky on
We've never been to Meadowlark. We've been to Brookside Gardens. We love the holiday lights and would love to go to this.
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Submitted by margaret.s.mcca... on
We love this light show, just try not to go on the coldest, snowiest night of the year, since you'll be walking. Bring your own hot chocolate in a thermos and enjoy it by the fire.
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Submitted by EP on
This is a family favorite! Dress warmly and keep in mind that even if timed tickets are sold out online, you can still buy them at the door (which we didn't know).
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Submitted by ridge.sara on
We attended this last year and loved it. The number of light displays is really impressive. Fun for all ages. Can't wait to go back.
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We love this place, make sure we go every year to enjoy it.

By: irinat on Mon Dec 4, 2017
We attended this last year and loved it. The number of light displays is really impressive. Fun for all ages. Can't wait to go back.

By: SaraKirschner on Fri Dec 1, 2017
There's even smores!! So much fun!!

By: AnaM on Fri Dec 9, 2016
My birthday is right before Christmas, this seems like it would be a great place to take my family to celebrate.

By: TMichael on Tue Dec 6, 2016
This is a family favorite! Dress warmly and keep in mind that even if timed tickets are sold out online, you can still buy them at the door (which we didn't know).

By: EP on Mon Dec 5, 2016
This is our favorite holiday activity! We go around once, buy some hot chocolate, and do a second loop!

By: NicoleO on Mon Dec 5, 2016
Thank you for the contest!

By: Mena on Sat Dec 3, 2016
Great review, thanks!

By: Kooley on Sat Dec 3, 2016
It looks magical!

By: Jennylizvo on Sat Dec 3, 2016
We love it at Meadowlark! The light/music show is a favorite.

By: polarama on Fri Dec 2, 2016
Beautiful place in all seasons but so special during the holidays!

By: Angela on Fri Dec 2, 2016
Have been once several years ago and loved it. So festive and fun.

By: Lizzy on Fri Dec 2, 2016
Kids loved roasting marshmallows!

By: irinat on Fri Dec 2, 2016
We went for the first time last year and loved it! Can't wait to go this holiday

By: sandrai on Fri Dec 2, 2016
We've never been to Meadowlark and can't wait to go! Thanks for the review. I'm sold! :)

By: stephsperdute on Fri Dec 2, 2016
Best part is getting to walk around the beautiful lights!

By: alexsangel2007 on Fri Dec 2, 2016
We love this light show, just try not to go on the coldest, snowiest night of the year, since you'll be walking. Bring your own hot chocolate in a thermos and enjoy it by the fire.

By: MargaretM on Fri Dec 2, 2016
We've never been to Meadowlark. We've been to Brookside Gardens. We love the holiday lights and would love to go to this.

By: DanielleW on Fri Dec 2, 2016
This is the best event during the holidays!

By: Amuchbetterdiehl on Fri Dec 2, 2016
Excellent experience for the whole family!

By: ZenobiaG on Fri Dec 2, 2016
I've taken my daughter there the past two years and she loved it! After the walk we get hot chocolate and sit around the bon fire they have there. This year I would like to try to make it to one of their special events - Face Painting Nov 29th, Dec 15th - Funny Photo Night Nov 23rd, Dec 28th - Nature Night Nov 28th, Nov 30th, Dec 5th, Dec 7th, Dec 12th, Dec 14th - Holiday Crafts Dec 1st, Dec 19th. I was recently there and grabbed one of their flyers. They have already started putting up the lights which have really excited my daughter and me.

By: michellem on Thu Nov 10, 2016
We went with our 13 month old and he loved it. I would definitely recommend it and we will be going back next year.

By: CGR on Thu Dec 17, 2015
We went on a warm Sunday evening at 6:00pm and it was very crowded. I would recommend going on a weeknight if possible. We also bought tickets online which minimized the amount of time we waited in line.

By: robinw on Wed Dec 16, 2015
We do this every year and it's so fun! Fine for strollers because there is a large hill and little ones can get tired.

By: lcb215 on Thu Dec 3, 2015
We do this every year and my kids love it! They especially like picking out special light toys in the lobby before going through the light display.

By: BB on Thu Nov 5, 2015
We have been going to Meadowlark for the past three years. Its a wonder holiday light experience. Last year they had a cookie and craft decorating night in the atrium. My daughters loved it and I hope the do it again this year.

By: danah on Thu Nov 20, 2014
I can't wait to do it again next year. They had the most amazing light displays and even had a fire pit set up for you to drink hot coco and make smores. It's a great time for everyone!!

By: amber1691 on Fri Jul 18, 2014
This was such a good family event! Totally stroller friendly, and the kids get up close and personal with the lights. The animated show was cute, and just long enough. And, I liked that it was a little different each time. My kids loved getting the marshmallows at the end, too. We will definitely make this part of our winter traditions.

By: VickiM on Thu Jan 23, 2014
We always enjoyed visiting this garden and based on the reviews can't wait to visit!

By: Parisa on Thu Dec 12, 2013
beautiful -- we loved it!

By: MG on Thu Dec 12, 2013
Our family went for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It was incredible! Much better than I could have anticipated! We will go every year from now on!

By: HopeBailey on Tue Dec 10, 2013
Can't wait to go again!!! Need coordinate schedule with hubby! We bring our own smores fixins & buy hot cocoa. I hope our new toddler will enjoy!

By: PammyL on Thu Dec 5, 2013
Bring your own s'mores fixings to save $$ and avoid having to buy their kit.

By: JaimeI on Thu Dec 5, 2013
Beautiful show, and we loved being able to walk instead of drive through.

By: MargaretM on Thu Dec 5, 2013
We had a great time at this light show. It was an easy walk and my 1 and 3 year old were enchanted. We definitely will go back in the future!

By: JulieP on Tue Nov 26, 2013
My family is glad they created this event. It's a good chance for young children who can't see as well out the car window or sit still for too long to really get to experience the holiday light displays! Just have to remember to bundle up well!

By: NicoleO on Thu Nov 21, 2013
We visited on a warm night in 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed our walk through the lights show. The children were in awe as were the adults. A must see. It will be a holiday tradition for our family.

By: GracemarieB on Thu Nov 21, 2013
We went last year and had such a wonderful time. This is an outdoor walk so dress accordingly. They did have hot chocolate and marshmallows for purchase. Lots of light displays, including some done to music. We are already planning to make this a tradition.

By: JenniferE on Thu Nov 14, 2013
We went on a weeknight with our daughter and her friend and had a wonderful evening. It wasn't crowded and the lights were clever and creative. The girls especially enjoyed the music and light show, the snow, and writing to Santa afterward. Her friend just asked me if we could go again this year!

By: PaulaK on Fri Nov 8, 2013
We can't wait to check this out! We have gone to Bull Run the last few years and were looking for something new when we found out about Meadowlark. I hope it is as much fun as it sounds!

By: ChristinaC on Fri Nov 8, 2013
By far one of the best holiday light displays in the area! This is going to be a family tradition for us.

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