Community Holiday Light Show

December 12 - 25 (Closed Christmas Eve)
in Ballou Park (760 West Main Street)

  • Sunday through Thursday 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday  6 - 10 p.m.

Admission to the show is $10 per car and $20 per mini bus/15 passenger van. December 12, 16 and 17 are discount nights, admission is $7 per car and $15 per mini bus/15 passenger van. This is a cash only event. NEW this year is the Fast Pass option! Fast Passes will go on sale at the Danville Welcome Center for $20 each on November 29. The Fast Pass will allow you to enter the Light Show without waiting in the entrance line to the show for one night of your choice. 

Ornaments - Be sure to visit Children's Village to purchase this year's ornament, which features the Home sign and Danville's mainline trolley. Ornaments are $5 while supplies last. The 2017 and 2018 ornaments will also be on sale in limited quantities if you would like to collect the series. This will be the final year to purchase the 2017 red edition. A small number of ornaments will be available for purchase November 29 until December 10 at the Danville Welcome Center 645 River Park Drive.

Builders - Create holiday magic by decorating a spot in the park. Displays can be entered by businesses, organizations, families, and individuals. Submit this form to reserve your spot. Once your form is submitted, coordinators will meet you in the park to pick out your spot. There is no charge to enter a display. 

Best in Show Vote - Each builder designates a non-profit that they decorate their spot for. Each vehicle that drives through the show receives one ballot. At the end of the route the ballot is turned in. The top displays receive a monetary donation to the non-profit of their choice. The 2018 winners were Trophy and Sign decorating for God's Pit Crew, Old Dutch - West Main decorating for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Goodyear - Danville decorating for United Way of Danville, Riverbend Volunteer Fire Department decorating for Riverbend Volunteer Fire Department, and Danville Register and Bee decorating for God's Storehouse. 

Greeting Cards - NEW this year! In addition to building a display, organizations, businesses, and families can paint a 4 ft. x 8 ft. wooden greeting card. This card should be holiday themed and can incorporate the nature of the business/organization that is entering the card. These will be displayed through the light show and the front of the park. Parks and Recreation will provide the wood boards. Entries should be finished and returned to Parks and Recreation by December 9. If you would like to paint a greeting card, contact Taylor at the Danville Welcome Center (434) 793-4636. 

Volunteers - Groups that volunteer to work the gate receive a portion of the gate proceeds on their night. Below is the schedule for the 2019 Gate Workers.
December 12 - Team Pansies
December 13 - St. Luke's UMC Backpack Ministry
December 14 - Central Boulevard Church of God Youth Group
December 15 - Diamond Fever Organization
December 16 - Danville Shag Club
December 17 - Goodyear - Danville
December 18 - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - VA Chapter
December 19 - Sylvia's Warriors
December 20 - Riverview Rotary
December 21 - George Washington Marching Band
December 22 - Brosville United Methodist Church
December 23 - Tunstall Robotics
December 24 - NO SHOW
December 25 - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - VA Chapter

Children's Village - Visit with Santa, sip hot chocolate, and color holiday pages inside Children's Village. It is open until 9 p.m. nightly through December 23. All of the activities inside of Children's Village are free with the price of admission. Each night a different group has volunteered inside Children's Village.
December 12 - Danville Retired Teacher's Association
December 13 - Danville Fire Department
December 14 - Parks and Recreation Community Recreation Division Staff
December 15 - Danville Public Library Staff
December 16 - Danville 4-H
December 17 - Junior Wednesday Club
December 18 - Hill Crest Baptist Church Youth
December 19 - Spurrier Orthodontics
December 20 - Danville Police Department
December 21 - Stonewall Therapeutic Recreation Staff
December 22 - Parks and Recreation Administration Division Staff
December 23 - Trophy and Sign Center

In 2018 a total of $8,907 was donated back to the community between the gate workers and the Best in Show contest. 10,500 people attended in 2,523 cars and 24 buses. Over 300 volunteers helped make this event a success! Thank you to all of the visitors, volunteers, and builders that contributed to this event!