Welcome to Illuminights!

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  Imagine a beautiful forest lit with twinkling lights and seeing vibrant lighted cardinals flying overhead, colorful lighted fish jumping through a river, and walking hand in hand with loved ones, with the smell of hot chocolate in the air.

In an effort to ensure that Center in the Square can continue to provide homes at no cost to our beneficiary organizations, we have fostered a new partnership with Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism on an exciting, new, holiday event sure to bring much needed revenue to Center in the Square and to the economy in our region. This partnership is a blessing to Center in the Square in many ways, through the use of Explore Park, our holiday light show event, Illuminights, will have a beautiful, memorable, wooded setting. In addition to this, Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism will be handling the ordering and storage of event supplies, ticketing, vendor rentals, major marketing and staffing.

Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism has recently received $20 million to restore Explore Park. This is such fortunate timing for Center in the Square and our entire community. Plans are in the works to restore roads and pathways, build zip-lines, offer tree house camping, offer horseback riding, and other recreational amenities. $4.4 million is going to be used to revitalize the area of Explore Park that will be allotted for our Illuminights event. Center in the Square is charged with the tasks of supplying the money needed to purchase the lights and to aid in developing, marketing and staffing Illuminights.

Illuminights will be a family friendly, interactive holiday light show event. Patrons can take pictures with Santa, walk through light tunnels and mazes, use technology to make specific light displays react by touching tablet buttons, drink hot chocolate, play with artificial snow, and make new memories!

We are also happy to announce that our public schools are going to be involved in Illuminights as well. Students will be learning about STEAM skills as they put their knowledge of electrical circuits to work as they design light up ornaments and cards for us to display at Illuminights! 

We will continue our mission of enhancing our region's (and beyond) quality of life through this memory-making event. We are excited to bring this boost to our economy year after year and to grow Illuminights into the future.

We have developed themed sections, partnered with public schools, involved food truck vendors, received contributions, scheduled special guests (Santa, of course!), and planned for future exhibits to wow the public in the years to come.

Prices

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  • Adult (ages 15+)
    • Advance Online: $13
    • At the Door: $15
  • Child (ages 2-14)
    • Advance Online: $6
    • At the Door: $8
  • Online registration will be available beginning in October. For inquiries or advance group registration call (540) 387-6078 ext. 0


Appreciation & Discount Nights

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  • Group Discounts Nights - Every Thursday, groups of 10 or more receive 10% off admission with advance registration.
  • Military Night - On Monday, December 16, all active and retired military personnel showing valid ID will receive a 20% discount on admission.
  • First Responder Night - On Monday, December 23 all fire, rescue and law enforcement professionals showing valid ID will receive a 20% discount on admission.
  • Human Services Night - On Monday, December 30, all teachers, social workers and medical professionals showing valid ID will receive a 20% discount on admission.

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Illuminights Dates & Hours

11/29/2019

Illuminights Regular Hours

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

Event Details

11/29/2019

Illuminights Regular Hours

Explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 500,000 lights. Journey at your own pace on a walking tour of displays celebrating nature, fantasy, adventure and Christmas traditions. Travel down our half-mile wooded path, and take in the sights and sounds of the season. While you're here, enjoy nightly marshmallow roasting or shop for artisan crafts at Explore Park's artisan Christmas market. Choose from additional family activities on select nights. All proceeds go to support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park.

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

11/30/2019

Illuminights Regular Hours

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

Event Details

11/30/2019

Illuminights Regular Hours

Explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 500,000 lights. Journey at your own pace on a walking tour of displays celebrating nature, fantasy, adventure and Christmas traditions. Travel down our half-mile wooded path, and take in the sights and sounds of the season. While you're here, enjoy nightly marshmallow roasting or shop for artisan crafts at Explore Park's artisan Christmas market. Choose from additional family activities on select nights. All proceeds go to support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park.

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

12/01/2019

Illuminights Regular Hours

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

Event Details

12/01/2019

Illuminights Regular Hours

Explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 500,000 lights. Journey at your own pace on a walking tour of displays celebrating nature, fantasy, adventure and Christmas traditions. Travel down our half-mile wooded path, and take in the sights and sounds of the season. While you're here, enjoy nightly marshmallow roasting or shop for artisan crafts at Explore Park's artisan Christmas market. Choose from additional family activities on select nights. All proceeds go to support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park.

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

12/05/2019

10% OFF Advance Bookings groups of 10 or more

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

Event Details

12/05/2019

10% OFF Advance Bookings groups of 10 or more

Explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 500,000 lights. Journey at your own pace on a walking tour of displays celebrating nature, fantasy, adventure and Christmas traditions. Travel down our half-mile wooded path, and take in the sights and sounds of the season. While you're here, enjoy nightly marshmallow roasting or shop for artisan crafts at Explore Park's artisan Christmas market. Choose from additional family activities on select nights. All proceeds go to support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park.

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

12/06/2019

Children's Santa Shop Open (no adults allowed!)

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

Event Details

12/06/2019

Children's Santa Shop Open (no adults allowed!)

Explore your holiday spirit through a dazzling world of over 500,000 lights. Journey at your own pace on a walking tour of displays celebrating nature, fantasy, adventure and Christmas traditions. Travel down our half-mile wooded path, and take in the sights and sounds of the season. While you're here, enjoy nightly marshmallow roasting or shop for artisan crafts at Explore Park's artisan Christmas market. Choose from additional family activities on select nights. All proceeds go to support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park.

5pm - 10pm

Explore Park | Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia

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