Community Holiday Light Show FAQ's

Admission to the show: 

What happens if it rains? 

The Community Holiday Light Show is open rain or shine. If there is extreme weather, closings will be announced on the Danville Parks and Recreation Facebook page and the Community Holiday Light Show Facebook Event page. 

Do you accept credit cards?

No. This is a cash and check only event. There is an ATM in the Ballou Park shopping center. 

Where do I enter the Light Show?

The Park Avenue is the entrance to the show.

Can I walk through the lights?

No. For safety reasons, only vehicles allowed. There will be a Bark the Halls on the night the lights are tested. You can bring your dog and walk through the lights. Be sure to bring a flashlight. 

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are allowed during the show, but they must remain in your vehicle at all times. 

Where can I purchase the Community Holiday Light Show ornament? 
Ornaments are sold inside Children's Village. They are $5 a piece.

What is your busiest night? 
The Friday and Saturdays are the busiest time. To avoid long lines into the show as well as the lines to take a picture with Santa, plan to come on Sunday through Thursday. 

What radio station should I turn my radio to? 
Station 88.1 FM matches the music that is playing in the park. 

Building a display: 

How do I enter a display? 

Submit a registration form to:         

            Danville Welcome Center 

           645 River Park Drive

           Danville, Virginia 24540

Or fax it to: 434-773-8198

Do displays have to be homemade?

No. Displays can be purchased or handmade. No inflatables are allowed. Lighted displays only. 

Is there restrictions on who can decorate a display? 

No. Businesses, organizations, families, and individuals can build a display. A local non-profit must be designated. 

What is the size of the area in which we may build our display? 

The size of your area depends on the spot in the park that you choose to decorate. Builders are encouraged to decorate the trees and bushes in the spot they pick. 

How will we power the displays? 

Power boxes will be set up at designated areas in the park. You will be supplied with 100 foot of cord from your power box to your display. Your group will be responsible for any extra cord needed.

Is there a deadline to register for a display?

November 14 is the deadline to register for a display. 

When will be park be open to set up our display?

Set up will be available on November 23 and must be completed by December 5. There will be a test run of lights on December 6. 

How is the "Best in Show" winner determined? 

Each vehicle receives a ballot and is asked to turn in their vote at the end of the show. There is one vote per vehicle. 

Who does the money for the "Best in Show" go to? 

Each builder designates a non-profit organization that the money is awarded to. 

Volunteer Gate Workers: 

How can my group sign up to work? 
The form is on the main Community Holiday Light Show page. Groups that worked the previous year are allowed first refusal. After the deadline for previous groups to say if they are returning, we will notify new groups that are accepted. 

If my group volunteers to work the event, how much money will they receive? 

Groups receive $2 from each vehicle that enters the show on the night the group works. Your group may sign up to work more than one night if there are any available. A lottery draw among all groups volunteering will be held to determine the night the group will work. 

Children's Village:

Where is Children's Village? 
Children's village is inside the lower level of Ballou Recreation Center. At the end of the route, turn right to park. Then, follow the candy canes to Children's Village. 

What nights is Santa there?

Santa is in Children's Village December 8- 23. Children's Village is not open on Christmas Day. 

How much is Children's Village?

Children's Village is included in the price of admission. Children's Village includes pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, coloring sheets, and a train model display. 

Can I just go see Santa? 

No. Visitors must go through the Light Show first. 

Can I volunteer at the Light Show?

Individuals can volunteer inside Children’s Village. Groups/organizations can volunteer to work the gates. All volunteers are subject to a background check.