Holiday Lights Tour Around Charlottesville


Lorena Best, Revolution Correspondent

Have no homework or finished binge-watching Grey’s?  Instead of sitting around at home doing nothing, here are a few suggestions. One of the things around Charlottesville that is worthy of seeing is holiday lights. There are several places in which you can see these lights over the course of December.

You should begin your holiday lights tour on Rio Road and turn left on Belvedere Boulevard and drive about .8 miles. You will see some colorful displayed lights as you turn right onto Tyree Lane and then continue right onto Farrow Drive. At the end of Farrow, turn right onto Loving Run and follow that to Dunlora Drive, which will put you back on Rio Road.

Continue two miles down Rio Road East and turn left onto Agnese Street. Neighbors here light up the night with snowmen and snowflakes.

Next, make a left on the 250 bypass. On your right you will see a yard with about 20 giant inflatable decorations. At the bottom of the hill, make a right onto High Street. Keep left onto Meade Avenue, and then make a left onto Monticello Avenue. Turn right onto Druid Avenue, and then left Rialto, following a left on Stonehenge. Here there are all sorts of inflatables added with lights.

Finally, for your tour of holiday lights go back out to Monticello Avenue and head south. Then make a left on Quarry Road. On Mountainview Street you will find Christmas and holiday lights of every shape and kind. You can see lots of inflatables and walk through the maze of lights.

This will be the 15th year that this tradition has been going on at Mountainview Street, and will probably keep counting. These lights can be seen at this particular location through January. This is definitely your one-stop shop and the place to go this holiday season. This display is so bright it can be seen from the interstate.

Last, if the lights around Charlottesville isn’t enough to fulfill your needs, you can drive to the Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton. It is a drive through that contains all 214 acres decorated with holiday lights.

To wrap up your light tour, what’s better than a cup of hot chocolate and Christmas movies once you get back home?