There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
How many man-hours does it take to install more than 300,000 light bulbs? More than 6,000! That’s not a punchline—just a cold, hard, statistical analysis of this year’s “Miracle of Lights” display at Centerville’s Bull Run Regional Park. This Lite Brite on steroids features the usual cast of characters, tastefully rendered in the medium of bulb. There’s Santa, some angels, a couple of gnomes, a unicorn, and the Alien Spacemen and their UFO. Yes, nothing says “spirit of Christmas” like sitting in the back of Mom and Dad’s wood-paneled station wagon, high on exhaust, shakin’ it to “Jingle Bell Rock,” and lookin’ for aliens. Forecasters estimate a better-than-35,000-car haul for the Miracle’s six-week run, so bash the neighbor’s Accord with the yule log to secure your place in line. The exhibition is up daily until Saturday, Jan. 4, including today from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. $12 per car. (703) 709-5437. (Josh Levin)