Article –  – December 2, 2016

LocationAshland, VA

Update: Ashland “turns on” for the holidays with “Light Up the Tracks.”


The town of Ashland is decking itself out for the holidays as “a mile-long holiday card for train travelers” — and for everyone else, too for the second year in a row.

Lights will stretch for about a mile along the track, which runs parallel to Center Street and Railroad Avenue. Basically, you’ll see lights starting at the Randolph-Macon College campus and running throughout town.

You can see them by car, by train, by bike or by foot.

Businesses, shops and homes will be decked out for “Light Up the Tracks.”

The Grand Illumination will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 S. Center St.

Ashland’s mile-long display of 55,000 lights along the RR tracks will remain on every night through the holidays.

Find out more on their website or on their Facebook page.

Check out a video of last year’s display below the jump.

Read more about it in our story below the jump:  Decorating underway for Light Up the Tracks in Ashland

Along the railroad tracks running through Ashland, decorators spent hours Thursday stringing…

 Directions from Richmond: Take Washington Hwy (Rt. 1) to Ashcake Road heading west. Turn right just before crossing the railroad tracks onto Center Street. Head north on Center Street which becomes Railroad Avenue when entering the Ashland business district. This is the beginning of Ashland’s “Mile-Long Holiday Card.” At the stop sign, go straight across England Street and continue on Railroad Avenue just past Randolph-Macon College’s stadium. Make a U-turn at the Patrick Street crossing, and follow Railroad Avenue south past the train station. Turn left at the stop sign, heading east on England Street to view the rest of downtown. England Street (Route 54) will take visitors back to Route 1 or to I-95.