While there are many holiday light displays to enjoy, there was a different kind of illumination Friday night at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
"Let There Be Light" was an outdoor art show celebrating the impending winter solstice. People were eagerly gathered even before the event started at 6 p.m.
Those who attended got a chance to see thousands of light-centered exhibits on display from regional artists. This was the sixth year the college's visual arts department lit up the campus with "Let There Be Light."
Upon arrival, attendees got maps and flashlights to help them navigate the display. Organizers say people carrying flashlights become part of the show.
"Something you do as a kid you know, go off in the woods tromping around with your flashlight looking for enchanted experiences, so we give you a map, we give you a flashlight, send you outside and you find the art following the map," said Beryl Solla, event organizer.
The free event also offered hot chocolate, cider and banana bread. The exhibits, on display around PVCC's V. Earl Dickinson building, ran until 9 p.m.