Holiday Lights and Events for the Most Festive Christmas in Virginia

When the weather outside is frightful, Virginia’s Blue Ridge is delightful! During the winter, our area transforms into a winter wonderland! There is so much festive fun to be had in and around Natural Bridge during the holidays. Here’s why you should spend Christmas in Virginia this year.

Whatever season you plan on visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, there are countless things to do and see! Access our FREE Natural Bridge Vacation Guide for all the best sites, restaurants, and more in the area!


Everything You Need to Know About Christmas in Virginia

Holiday Attractions and Events

Although Natural Bridge is a natural oasis perfect for relaxation, you don’t have to go far for other kinds of fun! That’s what makes it the perfect place for a Christmas vacation. All of the events and attractions below are 20 minutes or less from the Natural Bridge Hotel.

Festival of Trees at Natural Bridge State Park

Festival of Trees at Natural Bridge State Park typically runs from mid-November until the beginning of January. Local businesses, organizations, schools, and clubs decorate trees within the park to represent themselves. Guests can vote on their favorite tree by leaving a non-perishable food donation at the base of their favorite tree.

Luminary Nights at Natural Bridge State Park

Experience Cedar Creek Trail in Natural Bridge State Park like never before! For two weekends in December, Luminary Nights lights up the stunning Natural Bridge in festive colors. Carriage rides are also available on some days, so you can truly get into the holiday spirit. The event also features campfires to stay warm and refreshments to keep you full.

Buchanan Festival of Lights

From the end of November to the end of December, the town of Buchanan lights up Town Park. Drive-thru times are available during the weekend, and walk-thru times are scheduled during the week. Be sure to check the town’s website for times and more details.

Buchanan Christmas Parade

Buchana also hosts a classic Christmas Parade that families across the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia love! The parade typically takes place in mid-December. For more than 60 years, residents and tourists have lined the town’s Main Street to celebrate the holidays and come together.

Christmas Light Tours

The Lexington Carriage Company hosts tours around the decorated city. Each year, the picturesque downtown is decked in festive lights and beautiful garland. It’s not quite a sleigh ride, but a carriage ride through the lights is sure to et you into the holiday spirit!

Stay Warm at Natural Bridge Hotel

Images of the hotelCozy up at Natural Bridge Hotel after enjoying the holiday season in our beautiful region of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our historic hotel has more than 150 rooms for you to choose from. Browse our Main Inn RoomsPremium Second-Floor Balcony RoomsGuest Rooms on Cottage Hill, and Veranda Rooms to see which best suits your needs.  

Our A Night by the Fire” Package is perfect for any winter getaway to the mountains! This vacation package includes overnight accommodations, s’mores and hot chocolate by a bonfire, and breakfast-for-two the next morning. You can even add a $75 credit towards dinner at the Colonial Dining Room or Red Fox Tavern. 

Check our availability to start planning your Christmas in Virginia!