Meadowlark Lights


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Festival highlights

Bring your loved ones to take pleasure in the magical walk of lights at this beautiful garden. Yearly between Thanksgivings just after New Year’s Day, Meadowlark Garden is changed into a half-mile, lively, and vibrant light show.

This is an astonishing walk-through of garden trails accentuated with lots of shining curtain lights, ideal for a memorable holiday stop in Virginia. The half-mile one-way walk features animated displays and animated themes along with the paved stroller and wheelchair-accessible paths.

Meadowlark Lights

This is one of the best light displays, whether your objective is family bonding and fun or a romantic night out with your loved ones. Even if the weather is cold, it is thrilling to bundle up and enjoy this lovely lights display.

This 2023, the festival commemorates its 12th year and opens from the 10th of November to the 7th of January 2024. This is one of the first professional flare lights displays to open annually.

Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights Dates (2023-24)

Meadowlark Lights festival of lights is open daily from 10th of November 2023 until 7th of January 2024. Bring your loved ones and take pleasure in a ½ mile. Experience a wide array of lights displays, some sync to the holiday theme, boasting half-million lights.  On prime evenings, online admission is needed.

Festival Place/Address/ How to Get There

The festival of lights will be happening in Meadowlark Botanical Gardens that boasts ninety-five stunning acres of ornamental display gardens and exceptional collections of native plants. Discover local flora and fauna amongst forests, lakes as well as meandering walking trails.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is located at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA 22182, about eighteen miles west of Washington. The simplest way to reach the place from Washington is to drive west on Route 66 going to 267 Toll Road.

If you want a more scenic alternate way, you can take the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Keep away from driving to this place during commute hours, and remember that traffic on Route 66 is restricted to HOV use during night rush hour.

If you love to bike and do not mind hills, you can go to this with a bike share and metro combination.

Just go to the Silver Line metro to Weihle Reston East station

Then check Capital Bikeshare bikes and then ride east on Washington and Old Dominion bike path

After crossing Hunter Mill Road, turn left on W and OD Connector, and this will lead you to the garden.

There’s no public ride straight to the garden. Spring Hill is the closest station. However, it is a bus ride, and one mile walk from this place.

If you liked Meadowlark Lights, you might want to check out these other amazing lights festivals as well:

Lewis Ginter Lights

Wakehurst Glow Wild

China Lights 2023 Nature’s Glow

Festival hours

November 10 to December 7, 2023 – Operation Hours is 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

December 8, 2023 – January 7, 2024 – Operation hours is  5:00pm-10:00pm

How much does it cost to visit the festival?

Ticket quantities are restricted onsite and online. Tickets are sold for particular entry times every fifteen minutes. From the 10th of November – the 7th of December, 2023 online ticket price is $18 for two years old and older. The onsite ticket price is $22 for two years old and older.

From the 8th of December, 2023 – the 1st of January, 2024 online ticket price is $18 for two years old and above. Admission ends at 9:30 in the evening.

From the 2nd of January to the 7th of January, 2024, online ticket price is $18. Tickets are not refundable.

The weather in the Meadowlark Lights Fest

Daily high temps reduce by 7 degrees Fahrenheit, from 52 degrees Fahrenheit to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, seldom falling below 29 degrees Fahrenheit or going beyond 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Daily low temperature reduces by 6 degrees Fahrenheit from 35 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, seldom falling below 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

What to Wear?

 The cold front is regular in the late days of the fall season in this place. So, it is advisable to wear your jacket, hat, and hand gloves to keep you safe and sound from the cold weather.

Where to sleep – hotels nearby the festival?

If you are planning to stay in this place for a couple of days, you don’t need to worry as there are lots of hotels to stay near the event place. Some of these hotels are as follows:

DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons

is a newly renovated hotel situated in the middle of Tysons and twelve miles from D.C. This is conveniently located near Tysons Corner shopping, entertainment, dining, and major companies like Wells Fargo, Capital One, Booz Allen Hamilton, and SAIC. They offer a free shuttle.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Parking rates is $10 per night
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Exercise room
  • Full-service hotel and smoke-free
  • Pet-friendly hotel 

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Tysons Corner Vienna

Great location, Hawthorn Suites is located near restaurants, metro station, Walmart as well as wooden walking paths. The rooms were spacious, and the hotel was like a garden apartment complex. There is a good and amazing courtyard area for pets. There are smoke alarms, and very accessible.

  • Midscale
  • Nearby Tysons Corner Mall
  • Smoke-free
  • extended-stay on All-suite hotel
  • Outdoor pool, open for swimming in summertime
  • Kitchen in every suite
  • Exercise room
  • Free parking
  • Pet-friendly hotel 
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

At this hotel, visitors can access the best offerings of the area with ease, from high-end shopping at the annex Tysons Galleria to renowned DC destinations. This is situated in McLean, in Virginia’s most exclusive shopping as well as a business district; this luxury hotel was included in the top 50 hotels in the US.

  • Air conditioning
  • Desk
  • Fireplace
  • Housekeeping
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bath/shower
  • Minibar
  • Flatscreen TV

What to eat Vienna Virginia?

Are you tired after watching the flare of lights? Worry no more because there are lots of restaurants near the area that offer amazing foods and drinks. Some of these restaurants are as follows:

  • Matchbox – Reston: This is one of the best restaurants near the botanical garden and only a few steps from Weihle Reston East metro station. You will find matchbox Reston Station greeting you with amazing food, refreshing beverages as well as an energetic vibe.  Located in the Google building styled by Helmut Jahn as well as surrounded by companies and luxury apartments, this is an ideal place to take a break from hours of walking around the garden or catch up with friends and bonding time with loved ones.
  • Founding Farmers: Enjoy scratch-made, well-sourced drinks and food in an inviting dining room and on their patio. They offer breakfast, dinner, weekend brunch as well a weekday happy tour. They also offer To Go and delivery services on a daily basis. One of the most preferred services is the hot ready-to-eat.  This restaurant has made multi-layered systems to give you amazing drinks and food.
  • Chit Chaat Café: This is also one of the best restaurants that are worth visiting in this place. The whole place is clean, the staffs are very friendly, and the food serves fast.  They have the best chicken in town.

More Things to Do in the Area  

Aside from the festival of lights, there are other places to visit in this place; however, with the state’s long history and broad range of regions, there are many things to do in the area that can be overwhelming. Here is the list of the things to see and do when you are in Vienna, Virginia.

  • Colonial Williamsburg: This is considered the best and most popular attraction in Vienna Virginia. This place provides a look into the history of the city with its status as one of the oldest settlements in the US. You can see how tasks were done in the 17th century without the help of modern technology and visit structures which have been standing for over 400 years.
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello: Situated in scenic Charlottesville, this is a place to the most influential Founding Fathers and is mainly unchanged since Thomas Jefferson lived in it over 200 years ago.
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon: This place of the first president and his wide from 1759 until his death in the year 1799, this amazing attraction situated outside of DC has remarkable gardens as well as tours of the houses on the grounds that make it a good destination for guests of all ages.
  • Virginia Beach: This is where Virginia is renowned for amazing beaches; Sun, surf, sand, gold, an aquarium, and more are all accessible at the beach, which is called The World’s Longest Pleasure Beach by the Guinness Book of World Records. With stores, a boardwalk that is ideal for walking and biking, and miles of beach, which is ideal for relaxing on as well as dipping your toes in the sea to cool off on a sweaty day.


  1. Where can I park when attending Meadowlark Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens?
    • There is ample parking within the premises of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. On peak days or times, parking may fill up quickly, so arriving early is recommended. Occasionally, there might be overflow parking with shuttle service.
  2. Is smoking permitted during the Meadowlark Lights event?
    • Smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaping, is not permitted within the grounds of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to ensure the health and safety of all visitors and protect the environment.
  3. Can I bring my pet along to Meadowlark Lights?
    • Pets are not permitted within Meadowlark Botanical Gardens during the Meadowlark Lights event. However, service animals that perform a specific job or task for a person with a disability are allowed.
  4. Are food and drinks available during the Meadowlark Lights event?
    • Yes, there are typically refreshments available for purchase, including seasonal treats and beverages. However, it’s good to check ahead in case you have specific dietary needs.
  5. Is the Meadowlark Lights event wheelchair and stroller accessible?
    • Yes, most of the pathways at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens are paved and suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. However, due to the garden’s natural terrain, some areas might be challenging to navigate.
  6. Can we take photos during the Meadowlark Lights event?
    • Absolutely! Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras and capture memories. However, tripods might be restricted in certain areas to ensure the flow of foot traffic.
  7. What happens in the case of inclement weather during the Meadowlark Lights event?
    • The event takes place rain or shine. However, in extreme weather conditions, it’s a good idea to check the garden’s official website or call ahead to ensure the event is still taking place.
  8. How long is the Meadowlark Lights display?
    • The Meadowlark Lights display spans through a large section of the gardens. Depending on your pace and interests, a typical visit might last between 1 to 2 hours.


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