REGISTER NOW TO SECURE YOUR SPOT for 2015-16!!!
This year’s dates are November 23, 2015 – January 1, 2016.
For the tenth year in a row, beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights, from the Monday before Thanksgiving through the end of December, each evening from 5:00 – 11:00. This event is free and open to the public.
It’s a festive attraction that has appealed to both local and out of town visitors. Tens of thousands of cars drive through the displays every year.
The light display is organized by a group of community citizens who have found a way to utilize the beauty of the sprawling park during a season that brings families and friends together. It focuses on strong community values that all can enjoy regardless of age, background or religion. With Staunton’s status as a tourist destination still growing, the Celebration of Lights is another way to bring people to the city, or to enrich their experience while here, and to demonstrate the community spirit of Staunton’s residents.
The Celebration of Holiday Lights invites local groups and individuals to design and mount seasonal light displays along the park’s scenic roads. Each group or individual is assigned a small area to decorate and is provided with a source of electricity.
The Celebration of Holiday Lights is made possible by donations of effort and resources by its sponsors. If you enjoyed the lights presentation, please take time to express your appreciation to the sponsors (Sponsor List).
Those who participated by building light displays for the celebration are individuals, churches, firms and organizations who work to make the Staunton holidays brighter. The list of participants is online.
All entries, (including recent first place winners) are eligible for judging. However, 1st place winners are only eligible every 3rd year unless significant changes are made to the display.
Photos supplied by members of the committee and by Roy Carter