About Celebration of Lights

Join Lynchburg Parks and Recreation 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.” Lynchburg businesses, schools, and organizations are all encouraged to submit a light display that represents our beautiful Hill City. The deadline for display submissions is November 1, 2017.

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.

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)

 Carriage rides will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Register in advance to ensure you get a seat!

Register for the Glow Ride              Register for  a Carriage Ride


Become a Sponsor of Celebration of Lights

Parks and Recreation is now offering sponsorship package opportunities. 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


Create a Display for Celebration of Lights

Lynchburg Parks & Recreation is now accepting applications from businesses, organizations, clubs, and individuals to display at the Celebration of Lights. All those wishing to build and enter their own display must submit an application. All applications are subject to approval and displays must adhere to the following specifications.

1. Your Application must be received by the deadline (11/01/17).

2. You may advertise your business/organization/club in your display through the use of yard signs, banners, or other creative mediums, but you may not use your plot just for promotional opportunities (i.e. All advertisements, no lights). This event is to offer holiday entertainment to the public and not meant as a means for promotion.

3. Your display must be family-friendly. Any allusions to vulgarities will be taken down immediately without refund.

4. Your display must be holiday themed, and fit with the theme of Lynchburg Winter Wonderland

5. Your display must light up using waterproof, outdoor, LED lights only.

6. Your display must be as large or larger than a standard piece of plywood – 4’ x 8’

7. You may utilize props, blow-up decor, or other items, in addition to lights, in your display.

8. You may not nail, drill, staple, or cut into any of the trees that are included in your plot for your display. You may utilize a no-harm hanging method.

9. You must sign a waiver prior to erecting the display that states we are not responsible for any of their things left on the premises. In addition, the park may be closed should we have inclement weather during the month of December.

10. You will not be required to have insurance UNLESS stated otherwise. It is going to be determined on a case by case basis. The determining factors will be based on the size of the display.



If you would like to apply to display at the Celebration of Lights, please complete the form linked below. Please note, anyone can apply to enter a display, however, that does not mean the display will be approved. 

Display Application

Participating Organizations 

This list will be updated as organizations are approved. Stay tuned!


Event Map

Coming soon.



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.


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