We started early this year by visiting Norfolk Botanical Garden and walking in the Million Bulb Walk. It was only offered for about a week and then just like magic...it was over. But no need to be sad, you can still drive through the Garden and check out the lights!
The walk was a mile in and then a mile back out. There was a tram that could take you back but it was so much fun walking in we wanted to walk back out. The cost was $12 per person unless you are a member of the Gardens. Before getting in to the lights there were a couple places to buy hot chocolate if you happen to need a little fuel to help you along the way. We did pass a bathroom stop about halfway through as well (in case you need to empty the hot chocolate). Keep all of this in mind as I'm sure it will be offered again next year. But for now you will have to make yourself content with just driving through. To drive in it is $20 for weekdays and $25 for weekends.
If you don't live in the area a few other places you can try...The Celebration of Lights in New Port News, McDonald's Holiday Lights in Virginia Beach, Dominion Gardenfest of Lights in Richmond, The Illuminate Light Show also in Richmond, Light the Tunnel at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, or Celebration of Lights in Staunton.
We have visited New Port News, Virginia Beach (on the boardwalk) and Richmond's Gardenfest. I loved them all but Gardenfest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens was my favorite.
No matter what you do or where you go I hope that you do it with your family. Making memories with them is magical.