Virginia's Premier Wintertime Getaway
Select Nights: Nov. 17, 2023 - Jan. 6, 2024
The beauty of light and the whimsy of nature intertwine harmoniously at the Boar's Head Resort Winter Wander Trail of Lights. Experience the nature of our rolling landscape during this illuminated lakeside stroll as an extraordinary palette of colorful illuminations blanket the natural surroundings for a magical show of lights like no other.
Wanderers making their way through the main entrance at this year’s event will be greeted by a 12-foot tall boar-faced nutcracker and an all-new illuminated archway. And the fun doesn’t stop there! Several light features will receive upgrades:
- Dogwood Alley will features new larger lanterns for more photo opportunities
- Additional lights and motion adorn the pathway through Serenity Way
- Last year’s new feature, Fountain of Dreams, now has ground lights with new motion
- The Instagram-worthy Tunnel of Lights now has a second companion tunnel
Artificial Ice Skating
Lace up some skates and glide along a synthetic-surfaced ice rink to celebrate winter, even when the temperatures don’t drop to icy-cold conditions. Rain or shine, hot or cold, our rink is always ready for you to glide, spin, and twirl to your heart's content. Made from unique plastic polymer, this synthetic rink encapsulates the feeling of skating on a frozen body of water. Activated through the touch of your ice skate's blade, a lubricating spray generates just as a thin layer of water would on frozen ice. Access to this massive 40x50 arena is included for season ticket holders and comes at an extra fee for regular Winter Wander admission. Skate rentals can be purchased at the rink, or you can bring your own skates.
Looking for an overnight stay?
Guests who book the overnight Winter Wander stay package will receive luxurious accommodations, tickets for each night to the Winter Wander trail of lights and an exclusive Winter Wander keepsake. An overnight stay also comes with premium VIP access to Winter Wander! Unlike daily ticket holders, overnight package guests receive unlimited access to the event and are not restricted to a single entrance time. VIP overnight guests are also granted the exclusive ability to bypass the ticket lines and can enter and leave the show at their convenience.
What is Winter Wander?
The Winter Wander is a predominantly hard-surface trail that circles nearly one-half mile around Heritage Lake behind the main hotel at Boar’s Head Resort. Guests will experience multiple Instagram-worthy moments as thousands of festive lights illuminate the rolling landscape. With an “easy” trail rating, this unique pathway is truly built for all walks of life.
Location and Parking
The Winter Wander is staged behind the main hotel at Boar’s Head Resort. For driving directions, use: 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Parking for the Winter Wander is free, and one of our smiling staff members will be on location to direct you to a nearby parking space or you can view the parking map online. We look forward to seeing you at our Charlottesville holiday lights experience!