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Winter Lights Festival, Seneca State Park
1950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland

November 29, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Sun-Thurs 6-9 pm, Fri- Sat 6-10 pm
Closed Christmas
$12 per car Monday-Thursday; $15 per car Friday - Sunday. CASH ONLY

Winter Lights features more than 380 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays in a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. Theme areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland, and Penguin Cove.
This show was featured in the "The WETA Guide to Christmas"!!!


Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia

November 15, 2013 - January 5, 2014
5:30 to 10 pm
$12 adults, Child 3-12 $7
MUST Buy Before You Arrive - Timed Admission Tickets Required
Tickets Limited. Discounts available (valid Mon-Thurs only, non-holidays).

Save $1 Mon-Thurs, non-holidays - After selecting date/time, enter code NVRPA13

Experience over 500,000 LED lights and displays that bring Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to life! Imagine the beauty of Meadowlark's renowned gardens transformed into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights. Marvel at the two story animated fountain, stroll past the Gingerbread Village, and explore the beauty of nature like you've never seen it
Back for their 2nd year...I am most proud of a group of this list's display owners (#14 Collingwood, #23 Orr and #28 Rocky Run) coming together to create a new walk-thru commercial Christmas light display in Vienna Virginia.

View photos of Holly's 11/14/12 visit.


The Garden of Lights - Brookside Gardens, 
1800 Glenallan Ave,Wheaton, Maryland

November 29, 2013 - January 5, 2014 (Closed Dec 24-25, Jan 1-2)
Sun-Thurs 5:30 to 9:00pm (last car admitted at 8:30pm)
Fri-Sat 5:30 to 10pm (last car admitted at 9:30pm)
Cars/Vans Mon-Thurs $20; Fri-Sun $25 - CASH ONLY
No entry for pedestrian

An Illuminated Outdoor Winter Garden Walk - Bringing the four seasons to life with more than 700,000 colorful lights
shaped in imaginative displays of giant summer sunflowers, falling autumn leaves, winter snowflakes, spring flowers, rain showers, and more
Train Exhibit- North House Winter Display Hotline: (301) 962-1453
"Had a blast and was awed by walking thorough the lights."
View photos of Holly's 1/2/09 visit. View Holly's YouTube video playlist


Winterfest of Lights - Ocean City, Maryland
Northside Park 127th Street Bayside

November 21, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Sun-Thurs 5:30-9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30 pm
Train ride - $5 for 12+ years old, free to all others.

Visit the Winterfest Village and browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and take the 10 minute train ride around the display of thousands of Holiday Lights. 
The Winterfest Village will be located inside a heated tent festively decorated for the holidays.
Santa is on hand every night until December 23 to receive your children's holiday wish list and have his picture taken.

Avenue of Trees on Baltimore Avenue: from 15th to 32nd Streets
Downtown Inlet: parking lot light display has been limited and downsized.

The BEST BARGAIN on the List

Winter Festival of Lights - Watkins Regional Park
301Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

November 29, 2013 - January 1, 2014 5-9:30pm
Free December 25

$5 per car; $15 for mini-buses and limos; $25 for buses; CASH ONLY
$10 for multi-visit passes for cars and vans (good for three visits)
Donate to canned food drive.

Winter Festival of Lights is Prince George's County, Maryland's spectacular drive-through Christmas light display
  featuring more than a million twinkling lights.
Canned food drive. Info: 301-699-2456
Holly says "BEST BARGAIN ON THE LIST! So many lights, you need to drive through twice, to see it all."
View Holly's YouTube video playlist from my Dec. 27, 2010 visit.


Other Large Light Shows


ZooLights at the National Zoo
Rock Creek Park, Washington DC

3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
Nov 29, 2013 - Jan 1, 2014 (Closed Dec 24-25)
5:00-9:00 p.m.
FREE - Parking $9 FONZ, $16 non-FONZ

The National Zoo presents a seasonal display of thousands of sparkling animated lights, winter-themed crafts,
ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers.
View photos from Holly's 2007 visit.

Bull Run Festival of Lights - Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Virginia

November 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014
$15 per car, Sun-Thurs: 5:30-9:30 pm
$20 per car, Fri-Sat & holidays: 5:30-10 pm
$3 discount coupon (good Monday-Friday only-excludes holidays)

2.5-mile drive-through holiday light show at Bull Run Regional Park featuring penguins, snowmen, candy canes, 
jumping deer, Santa's workshop, Frosty the Snowman, tin soldiers, elves and Santa.

Santa's Enchanted Lights, located in Holiday Village at the end, are done by #23 on the list.
Hotline: 703-359-4633
View photos of Holly's 11/25/2010 visit

Symphony of Lights - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, Maryland

November 25, 2013 - January 5, 2014
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., including holidays. Closed Dec. 31
$20 per car -
$5 off coupon. (Valid Mon-Thurs only)

Symphony of Lights is a spectacular drive-through display of more than 75 animated and stationary holiday lights.
All proceeds from the Symphony of Lights benefit the services of Howard County General Hospital.

Festival of Lights at the Mormon Temple
9900 Stoneybrook Dr , Kensington, MD

Dec 4, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Dusk to 10 p.m. nightly. Nativity scene is open 6 to 9 p.m.
Live musical performances 7-8 p.m.(tickets required)
FREE!!!  301-587-0144

The church and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 450,000 sparkling Christmas lights.
Each night, a different local musical group performs a live concert in a state-of-the-art theater.

Lights on the Bay, Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland

November 23, 2013 to January 1, 2014, 5-10 pm
Exit 32 off U.S.Route 50 near the Bay Bridge
$12 per car
- Area businesses/publications have $2 discount coupons - valid Mon-Thurs, non-holidays

Drive-thru animated light displays with an Eastern shore flavor sponsored by the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and see more more than 70 illuminated and animated displays illuminating the roadway.
Hotline: (410) 481-3161 -- See local merchants for $2 discount coupons valid Monday-Thursday, except holidays.
View photos of Holly's 12/11/2010 visit.   View Holly's YouTube video playlist from 2010 visit.

Christmas Pageant of Peace on the Ellipse
(south of the White House), Washington, DC.

Dec. 7, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014, - dusk to 11pm.

The National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace is illuminated each evening after the lighting ceremony
Seasonal displays include Santa's workshop, a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger.
Musical performances choirs and dancers, nightly on the Ellipse stage Mon-Fri 6-8:30pm, Sat-Sun, 4-8:30pm (202) 208-1631

ICE! at Gaylord National Resort
201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland

November 15, 2013 - January 5, 2014
$27.00 (non-peak) - $34.00 (peak)
Senior and Military Discounts available - Kids 3 and under are Free

Explore a walk-through winter wonderland carved entirely of ice... the East Coast premiere of the celebrated holiday attraction (daily hours will vary).
This year's theme: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Purchase tickets online or call (301) 965-4000

The Miracle on 34th Street, Hampden neighborhood, Baltimore, Maryland

Dec 1, 2013 - Jan 1, 2014
Dusk to 11pm

You stroll down Chestnut Avenue, and take a left on 34th Street, and suddenly evening turns to almost day.
The houses are lit, and the street is bustling with people. Maybe it's tacky, but you have to admire the spirit of the folks on 34th Street, who have been doing this for years.
Everyone should see this at least once. Favorites include the Christmas tree made of hubcaps, and the sleigh pulled by eight crabs, all carrying tins of Old Bay.
Oh, did I mention, all the homes are townhomes?...
Website: http://www.christmasstreet.com/
2011-Picked as one of ten best by msn.com

Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay
465 Lodge Dr, Wheeling, West Virginia

November 8, 2013- January 5, 2014
Sun-Thurs until 10:00 pm, Fri-Saturday until 11:00 pm
A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season.
$20 donation receives Festival of Lights DVD.

The Oglebay Resort and Wheeling Park Commission
put on one of the largest holiday light displays in the country in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Show covers more than 300 acres over a 6 mile drive throughout the Oglebay resort.
Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge. 
Seats are only sold on the day of the tour, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Events Calendar

Festival of Lights and Carols
Old Town Fairfax City

Thanksgiving through Jan. 6, 2014, 5:00-11:00pm

Old Town Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols Ceremony is on Saturday Dec. 7, 2012
in Kitty Pozer Park (next to Old Town Hall). All day events, Caroling and Lighting of the Tree.
FREE, unless otherwise noted - Schedule

The first Saturday in December, the Parks & Recreation Department holds its annual Festival of Lights & Carols. Activities will include Lunch with Santa (tickets required; sold at Parks and Recreation Office in November), entertainment, hot cider, s'mores and lighting of the city tree in Old Town Fairfax. For information, call 703.385.7858
Last Update:12/01/2013

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