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Winter Wander Trail
The Trail: Winter Wander

What to Expect

The Winter Wander Trail at Boar's Head Resort

The beauty of light and the whimsy of nature intertwine harmoniously in The Winter Wander Trail at Boar’s Head Resort. Behold the magic of nature 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. Look no further for the most spectacular of Charlottesville Christmas activities.

This experiential walking tour is an adventure that’s easily enjoyed and shared by all walks of life. Keep scrolling to discover what lies ahead in this magical journey. 

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Ice Rink

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.

Access to this massive 40x50 rink is included for season ticket holders and comes at an extra fee for regular Winter Wander admission. Bring your own skates or rent at the arena. 

30 Minutes of Skating: $5 | Skate Rental: $6

The Welcome Tree

The Winter Wander begins with a glowing, 35-foot holiday tree serving as the starting point for this magical lakeside stroll. Unlike most trees found in the forest, this unique structure has a wooden archway that beckons you and your family to walk through, while being transported to a world of wonder. 

Dogwood Alley

Many refer to the American Dogwood as a flower, but Virginia’s state flower is actually a tree. Virginia is the only state to have their flower and tree defined by one plant, and Dogwood Alley will pay homage to this stunning flowering tree that comes to life every spring. 

Firefly Grove

A sea of twinkling fireflies shepherd guests home as their journey approaches the end. Pins of light seemingly float over the grass while a few large-scale fireflies offer fun photo opportunities. Although a neat venture, we ask that you keep your mason jars at home. 

Serenity Way

Serenity Way transports wanderers into a forest of color. Warm, glowing illuminations lead guests down the pathway into a land filled with lively trees washed in vibrant colors.

Big Boar Ridge

Trekking deeper into the wilderness, guests come across a massive mamma and papa boar standing proud as their piglets mingle the illumintated grounds around them. 

Lattice Lane

Atop the hillside, a mammoth oak tree is fully adorned with a vibrant display of dynamic lights. The tree's roots are spread in an ornate filigree pattern across the hillside.

Guests will be entranced by her size, beauty, and gentle light movement.

Sun Kissed Meadow

After passing Lattice Lane, guests discover a field of glowing plants native to Virginia. A designated photo-op station offers an immersive opportunity to snap and share with your friends and family.

Starry Night Sky

Ahead, the night sky glitters as guests traverse beneath an endless star-field canopy that twinkles and glows across the rolling landscape.

Flower Garden

Jumbo-sized flowers create a unique, luminescent pathway for guests to explore while they gaze upon a one-of-a-kind vantage point overlooking the entire lakeside wander. The entrance to this illuminated flower garden marks the midway point to your wander. 

Fountain of Dreams

Standing 12-foot-tall as a centerpiece, the Fountain of Dreams uses lights to mimic water shooting into the air while being surrounded by eight smaller fountains causing a spectacular show of light.

The whimsical waters of your dreams will bring this area to life. 

Tunnel of Lights

Step into a world of enchantment and wonder as you enter our magnificent Tunnel of Lights. Proven to be the most Instagram-worthy attraction at Winter Wander, this fully illuminated passageway is a totally tubular experience that will have you stopping in your tracks to grab your phone to capture the ultimate postable portrait. 

Finale Field

Spanning across the entire back lawn, hotel guests with balconies can watch this ever-changing light attraction dazzle and delight. Another wonderful vantage point of Finale Field is from across the lake (near Lattice Lane) as Heritage Lake provides a mirrored reflection of the action offered by this dramatic light display.