The Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights is a perfect change of pace from the typical, drive-through Christmas light show. This light display allows guests to leisurely walk through the light displays. Guests can get a little more up close and personal than they can in a car. Plus, the location in Vienna near Tysons makes it a fun side stop if you are trying to avoid the traffic on your commute home.
The walk around the botanical gardens is only a little over a half-mile. However, the thousands of lights will capture your attention for over 45 minutes. The displays are a mix of holiday themes and nature themes to match the nature that can be found in the gardens year-round. Displays include flowers, animals, butterflies, and even a stream with jumping fish! Make sure you look up so you can spot the animals in the trees like owls and a snake! About halfway through the walking trail, there is a mini light show that blinks in sync to popular holiday music. The displays flow nicely and it feels like you are exploring a magical forest instead of just walking from display to display.
The Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights is perfect for a date night or families. Paths are wheelchair and stroller friendly so any group can easily navigate the lights. Dogs are allowed on select nights. Plus, there are stops along the way offering hot drinks (with and without alcohol) and warm snacks. At the end of the trail, you can warm up by the fire and purchase marshmallows to roast.
The Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights runs from November 10, 2023 to January 7, 2024 including holidays. Timed entry is available from 5:30 to 10:00 pm. After December 8th, you must purchase tickets online ahead of time (no walk-ups).
Visit Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Year-Round
The gardens are open daily year-round. There is an entrance fee of $6 for adults over 18 and $3 for children and seniors over 55. Children under 5 are free. Parts of the property can also be rented for wedding ceremonies, receptions, or other special events. Hours vary by season so check the website before you go. Admission to the Winter Walk of Lights is $18 and does not require the park entrance fee.