Countdown to the 2019 Show

DAK Lights returns in just 315 days!
We'll see you at 5:30pm on November 28, 2019

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Find DAK Lights

DAK Lights is located at Randolph Park in Dublin, VA right off of Route 100 and Interstate 81. Check this link on Google Maps for driving directions. If you're using your own GPS routing, use 5100 Alexander Road, Dublin, VA, 24084 as your destination!

As you enter the park from Alexander Road, take the first right and follow the circle to the back of the park. You'll see plenty of signs to guide the way!

DAK Lights High Level View

As you approach the back of the park, tune your car's radio to 103.9fm to listen to the show. There are plenty of parking spots available with excellent views of the entire light show. Please remember to turn off your headlights, and don't block the road or obstruct others.

DAK Lights Detail View

When you're ready to head out, turn right out of the parking lot and follow the circle back towards the front of the park.

The light show runs continuously starting at 5:30pm nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, weather permitting. Peak times for heavy traffic are 6-9pm, so plan your visit either before or after for a better view of the show.

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Plan Your Visit

DAK Lights operates every night from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, weather permitting. Our nightly show schedule is below, but check back here or on social media before you head out for any last-minute updates due to weather.

The light show runs continuously starting at 5:30pm nightly, so feel free to come and go whenever you'd like! Check out the Now Playing section above for details of when each song will play throughout the evening.

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About DAK Lights

DAK Lights is an annual Christmas light and music show which premiered in November 2010. Every year, hundreds of families from around the New River Valley come to visit between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve to enjoy a roughly 20-minute light show set to Christmas music being broadcast over 103.9FM. Since its inception, the show has grown from about 3,000 incandescent (traditional) Christmas lights in white, red, and green to over 20,000 LED Christmas lights capable of producing millions of color combinations.

DAK Lights has been featured in local media, including "The Burgs" in Blacksburg, VA, WSLS-TV in Roanoke, VA, and WFXR-TV in Roanoke, VA, has won the "Best Christmas Decoration" award based on reader votes from "The Southwest Times" in Pulaski, and was the runner-up for the "Light Up Your Hometown" contest by WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, VA.

In 2018, DAK Lights moved to a new location at Randolph Park in Dublin, VA. This move gives us better parking and viewing locations, and also provides room to grow for many years to come. Check out this story from WSLS-TV in Roanoke, VA (text story, video story) about our big relocation. We were also featured on WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, VA (text story, video story); their story shares the positive impact of the anonymous donation.

DAK Lights has been and always will be free, offering entertainment to everyone each Christmas season!

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Our History

DAK Lights premiered in 2010, and we've made plenty of improvements over the years. Check out this timeline of our past:

2010

November 25 - December 31

  • 3,500 white, red and green lights

2011

November 24 - December 31

  • 5,900 white, red, green, and blue lights
  • Added 4 bushes and window outlines

2012

November 22 - December 31

  • 6,180 white, red, green, and blue lights
  • Added gutter outlines

2013

November 28 - December 31

  • 6,180 white, red, green, and blue lights
  • Added new controller modules
  • Completed electrical upgrades

2014

November 27 - December 31

  • 7,144 white, red, green, and blue lights
  • Added roof elements and strobe lights

2015

November 26 - December 31

  • 10,424 white, red, green, and blue lights
  • Added ground and door outlines
  • Added twinkle strobes on all elements

2016

November 24 - December 31

  • 27,045 multi-colored LED lights
  • Installed brand new controller modules
  • Networking and electrical upgrades

2017

November 23 - December 31

  • 27,567 multi-colored LED lights
  • Added snowflake elements on windows
  • Upgraded weatherproof connections

2018

November 22 - December 31

  • 17,328 multi-colored LED lights
  • Moved to Randolph Park in Dublin, VA
  • Transitioned to all "node" style LEDs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is DAK Lights?
DAK Lights is an annual Christmas Light show in Dublin, VA. The show runs nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve beginning at 5:30pm (hours may vary depending on weather and traffic). The lights are synchronized to music being broadcast over 103.9FM so you can enjoy on the radio from the comfort of your vehicle.

How much does it cost to visit DAK Lights?
Our light show has been and always will be free of charge!

When are the show times each night?
Our show starts at 5:30pm each night, and then repeats continuously until the stop time. You can start watching from any point and enjoy the show in whatever order you'd like! Check out our Now Playing section to see the estimated play times for each upcoming song while the show is running.

How do I hear the music?
To keep noise to a minimum, the light show audio is broadcast over FM radio that you can enjoy from the comfort and warmth of your car! Simply tune your radio to 103.9fm when you get close to the display.

When is the best time to visit?
DAK Lights is busiest on the weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights), and every night during the week leading up to Christmas. Traffic is usually highest from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, so plan your visit either before or after that period for the best view. We also continue the display after Christmas has passed so you can enjoy the light show all the way until New Year's Eve when traffic is less congested.

Can I take pictures or videos to share?
Of course... feel free to hop out and grab a group photo or a video of yourselves dancing with the display! We'd love for you to tag our pages (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc) as you share to help spread the word! Fair warning: all the music we use during the show is covered under our usage/purchase agreements which allow us to transmit over the radio only. If you choose to share video clips online, the hosting provider (example: YouTube or Facebook) may mute the audio to restrict the use of copyrighted material.

How many lights are there in the display?
Our elements vary from year to year, so our light total varies each season. With the recent switch to LED bulbs, we have over 20,000 lights and still growing!

I bet this increases your power bill like crazy.
That's not really a question, but we'll entertain it! Since we switched to LED bulbs in 2016, our power bill only goes up about $50 for the entire season. Remember, not all the lights are on all the time... so we rarely reach peak power usage for more than 2-3 seconds.

How do I build something like this on my house?
We started in 2010 by watching some online video tutorials and checking out some "Light Show Display" hardware. If you're interested in specifics, contact us and we'll send you some details on our controllers, hardware, lights, and software. Fair warning: this kind of light show is not easy to setup; it requires a lot of patience and months of dedication to build, test, program, and install!

Have a question we haven't answered?
Let us know and we'll try to get you an answer right away!