VIRGINIA BEACH - For the first time, the public's invited onto Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for the lighting of the Cape Henry Lighthouse.

The lighthouse, owned by Preservation Virginia, will be lit November 30.

The lighting has been a tradition for more than 20 years.

Vehicles without decals can enter at Gate 8, which is off Shore Drive beginning at 4:00 p.m. and the illumination is at 5:15 p.m.

The Navy will have bounce houses for the children, a band playing holiday music and a choir from Salem High School singing Christmas carols. Santa will be on hand for pictures with the children following the lighting.

The lighthouse will be open for tours right after the lighting. It will be $5.00 per person or free for military in uniform or $1.00 off with valid military ID.

The Navy stresses that guests must be at least 42' tall to climb the lighthouse.

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