Cape Henry Lighthouse Illumination: Fort Story Invites Public for First Time

Joint Expeditionary Base East, formally known as Fort Story, is inviting the public for the lighting of Cape Henry Lighthouse on Nov. 30.

Though civilians are able to visit the lighthouse during operational hours, this will be the first time the base is opening its gates to the public for the lighting, a tradition lasting more than 20 years.

Other attractions in conjunction with the lighting include a bouncy house for children, a holiday band and Christmas carols sung by a Salem High School choir, and a special guest appearance from Santa Claus.

The base is located off Shore Drive in Virginia Beach on the lower Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.  Visitors without vehicle decals must enter through Gate 8 off Shore Drive starting at 4 p.m.  The lighting will begin at 5:15 p.m.

The lighthouse will open for tours after the illumination at a fee of $5.  Guests can receive $1 off with a valid military ID.  Uniformed military are free.

Guests must be 42 inches or taller to climb the lighthouse.

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