Press Release


Grand Illumination at Cape Henry Lighthouse Open to the Public

November 29, 2012

Come and Enjoy the Illumination of Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse at JEB Fort Story


VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story will open its gates to the general public this holiday for the first time on November 30 with the Illumination of Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse.

The lighting of the Cape Henry Lighthouse has been a tradition on the base for more than 20 years.  It has a rich and proud history, and is an iconic symbol for the City of Virginia Beach.  The public is invited this year to share in this tradition which is the start of the holiday season on base for the service members and their families.


      Guests are invited to enter the base at Gate 8 located off of Shore Drive beginning at 4 p.m.  There will be bounce houses for the children, a band playing holiday music and a choir from Salem High School singing Christmas carols.  The illumination of the Cape Henry Light House will take place at 5:15 p.m.  Light refreshments and food will be available for purchase and Santa will be on hand for pictures with the children following the lighting.


      The lighthouse will be open for tours following the illumination at a cost of $5.00 per person, military in uniform are free, or receive $1.00 off admission with a valid military I.D.  Guests must be at least 42″ tall to climb the lighthouse.  Also during December enjoy an evening atop the Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse until 7 p.m. on the following

dates:  Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28.  The last visitor will be allowed up at 6:45 p.m.  Call: 757-422-9421 for more information. 


      Attendance is free and does not require a base pass or Department of Defense (DoD) decal. Those who do not have a DoD decal must enter through Gate 8, located off of Shore Drive. All passengers 16 and over are required to have a picture ID for base access.  Patrons are reminded that tailgating, coolers, glass containers, and pets are not permitted in the event area, and all bags, backpacks, blankets, chairs and other items are subject to search prior to entering the base.  The event will take place rain or shine. 



MEDIA NOTE:  Media wishing to cover this event should contact JEB Little Creek-Fort Story Public Affairs Office at 462-8423/25 no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.  Media will need to be at JEB Fort Story Gate 8 Pass and ID at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30.