Drama of Creation & Bridge Illumination

Thanks to Beck Photography for this image!

Two Bridges: One by Day, and One by Night! Enjoy spectacular new color and lighting effects, combined with high fidelity sound to create a truly inspirational presentation called the Drama of Creation. During the night pageant, mountain sides form a vast stage. Scenes move and change with the mood of gripping music in a spectacle which takes the onlooker back into the eternal ages. On May 22, 1927 then President of the United States Calvin Coolidge pressed the button that inaugurated the night illumination of Natural Bridge. Phineas Stevens, a celebrated lighting engineer at the time, designed and installed an impressive system of lighting which at night transforms the Bridge and glen into a marvel of living stone. The current presentation stays true to its original form, with a dramatic narration of the Seven Days of Creation, accompanied by classical music and moving lighting effects.

Drama Schedule

The Virginia Natural Bridge Drama of Creation show times vary seasonally. Seasonally, it is presented in the evenings at dusk.  Drama-only tickets (sold 30 minutes before show time) are $9.00  and are sold at the Rockbridge Center Ticket desk. The Drama of Creation is likewise always included in full park admission tickets. Due to ever-changing times of sunset, the below times are our best approximations. Please confirm start time upon your arrival.


Jan. 1 until mid March:     Reservation Only

(24 Hour Notice necessary for Reservation; 10 people minimum for the event)


Mid March – approximately Nov. 30:  Daily at Dusk

(no minimums or reservations required)


Dec. 1 – Dec. 31:  Reservation Only

(24 Hour Notice necessary for Reservation; 10 people minimum for the event)


Natural Bridge Adult/Child Passes


* Inclement Weather: We follow Rockbridge County Public School winter closure/delay schedule. When in doubt, please check this link: https://www.alertrockbridge.com/latest.php.

* Shuttle service availability to/from the Bridge cannot be guaranteed in the winter months. If this service is required during the months of November through March, please call on the day you plan to visit for the latest update: 540-291-2121 Option 1

* For Group Day Tours, please contact tours@naturalbridgeva.com

* For Group Overnight Tours & Trips, please contact bmoore@naturalbridgeva.com


GPS Address:

6477 South Lee Highway | Natural Bridge | VA | 24578