About Celebration of Lights

Join Lynchburg Parks and Recreation and Berglund Toyota as we light up Riverside Park for the second annual Celebration of Lights! This free, family-friendly attraction will open nightly from 5:00pm–9:00pm, December 1, 2017, through January 1, 2018, and will include light displays from various Lynchburg businesses and organization as you drive through Riverside Park. The theme for this year’s Celebration of Lights is “Lynchburg Winter Wonderland.”

Celebration of Lights is FREE to attend and will be held at Riverside Park, from 5:00pm–9:00pm nightly, December 1 through January 1. This is a drive-through event, with exception of the specialty event nights on 12/7, 12/14, and 12/21. 


Schedule of Events

There will be four special event nights. On December the 1st, the Celebration of Lights will kick off with a Grand Opening celebration, featuring food trucks and festive music, while Parks and Recreation staff distributes holiday wishes to the riders. December 7th is Pedestrian Night allowing the community to walk through Riverside Park and slowly take in the ambiance of lit displays. December 14th hosts a Glow Ride encouraging cyclists to decorate their bikes and ride through the park. December 21st is a magical night with hot cocoa, horses, and carriage rides hosted by Lexington Carriage Company. Sip on a cup of hot chocolate, and sink into the experience. 

Nomad Coffee and Mama Crockett’s Donuts will vend on all of the following special event nights:

F 12/1                   Grand Opening

Th 12/7                 Pedestrian Night (no vehicles)

Th 12/14               Glow Ride (bikes only)

Th 12/21               Carriage Rides ($6 per person)

 We are very happy to announce that the carriage rides have SOLD OUT. Thank you for your support as we host this event for the first time. If you did register in advance, please check your email for important updates. 

Register for the Glow Ride              Register for  a Carriage Ride


Event Sponsors 2017

Special thanks to our TITLE SPONSOR for this year, Berglund Toyota. Celebration of Lights 2017 is also sponsored in part by KD Country, SunTrust Bank, and Bank of the James


Participating Organizations 

Displays Submitted by: Dewitt Real Estate Group, Bikes Unlimited, Friends of Rivermont Historical Society, City of Lynchburg Wellness Committee.


Participate as a Volunteer

Want to help us make Celebration of Lights a success? Join us as a volunteer. Apply by clicking the button below.

Volunteer Application 



Opening night festivities on Friday, December 1st may cause heavy traffic on Rivermont Avenue. Residents who live off of Rivermont Avenue near the park are encouraged to be home by 5:00pm. Bedford Avenue is the recommended detour for drivers commuting from Boonsboro, or from downtown.


Event Map

Coming soon.


Sponsorship Opportunities for 2018

Parks and Recreation is now offering sponsorship package opportunities for 2018. These packages are designed to help businesses or groups maximize exposure during this holiday event. As a sponsor, your business or group will support a community event that offers the citizens of Lynchburg and surrounding counties the opportunity to celebrate the holidays and explore the heritage and uniqueness of Lynchburg. Celebration of Lights marketing reached over 13,000 people in its very first year. The park will be lit and open to the public for 124 hours during the month of December, in addition to regular daylight hours, allowing for all day exposure of sponsorship signage. Take this opportunity to be a part of Lynchburg’s best new community holiday tradition.

Visit the link below to view our sponsorship document and direct all questions or inquiries to Rachel Nester, Community Recreation Programmer (434) 455-5874.

Celebration of Lights Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Application

Contact: Rachel Nester  |  Community Recreation Programmer, Miller Center   |  Phone: (434) 455-5874  |  Email: Rachel.Nester@Lynchburgva.gov