Holly's Tacky Christmas Lights
Holly's Top Five Favorites
Winter Lights Festival, Seneca State Park
1950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Md.
November 27 - December 31, 2015
Sun-Thurs: 6-9 pm; Fri- Sat: 6-10 pm; Closed Christmas
$12 per car Mon-Thurs; $15 per car Fri-Sun. CASH ONLY
19th Season: Winter Lights features more than 350 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays in a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole, and much more.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Wine under the Lights- Nov. 20; Smore Light - Nov. 22; Run Under the Lights - Nov. 21;
Leashes & Lights - Nov.24;
Holly Note: This show was featured in the "The WETA Guide to Christmas"!!!
Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, Va.
November 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Varies by day : $3-14 Adult; $8-9 kids 3-12; Ages 2 and younger: Free;
MUST Buy Before You Arrive - Timed Admission Tickets Required - Tickets Limited.
Save $1 Mon-Thurs, non-holidays - After selecting date/time,
enter code SITE15
Special Events Schedule - 703-255-3631
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
Hungry? Looking to Warm Up? Stop by for LIGHT Refreshments by the Fire Pit.
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 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016 (Closed Dec 24-25)>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
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 $25; Fri-Sun $30 - CASH ONLY
No entry for pedestrian
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, Md.
Northside Park 127th Street Bayside
November 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Sun-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30pm
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.
Village located inside a heated tent festively decorated for the holidays.
Santa is on hand every night until Dec. 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
Entertainment and Events Schedule
Winter Festival of Lights - Watkins Regional Park
301Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, Md.
November 27, 2015 - January 1, 2016, 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 (3 visits) for cars and vans
Donate to canned food drive for local food banks
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 "The 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 D.C.
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 5, 2016 (Closed Dec 24-25, 31)
FREE except Parking $9 FONZ, $16 non-FONZ
Best to use METRO
Closest: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan and Cleveland Park
The National Zoo presents a seasonal display of thousands of sparkling animated lights, winter-themed crafts,
ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers.
Bull Run Festival of Lights - Bull Run Regional ParkNovember 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Va.
$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 with more than 40,000 animated lights set to music at Bull Run Regional Park
featuring penguins, snowmen, candy canes, jumping deer, Santa's workshop, Frosty the Snowman, tin soldiers, elves and Santa.
Afterwards, visit the Winter Wonderland Holiday Village that includes amusement rides, an ice skating rink, entertainment, shopping, contests, food, and more.
Carnival - Ride all day-$25.00; ( 3-5 tickets per ride)
One ticket-$1.50; 30 tickets-$35.00; 50 tickets- 55.00
Holiday Village open 5:30-9:30pm Mon-Thurs; 5:30-10pm Fri-Sun, holidays; With activities!
Santa's Enchanted Lights (next to Holiday Village) were created by #23 Orr.
View photos of Holly's 11/25/2010 visit
Symphony of Lights - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Canceled for 2015 Due to Redevelopment of Merriweather.
The event will return in 2016.
Festival of Lights at the Mormon Temple
9900 Stoneybrook Dr , Kensington, Md.
Dec. 3 - 31, 2015
Dusk to 10pm nightly
This impressive church and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 600,000 sparkling Christmas lights. Each night, a different local musical group performs a live concert in a state-of-the-art theater. All events are free!
Live musical performances 7-8pm (tickets required)- Schedule
For info: 301-587-0144
Lights on the Bay, Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, Md.
Exit 32 off U.S. Route 50 near the Bay Bridge
November 21, 2015 to January 2, 2016, 5-10 pm
$15 per car
See local merchants for $2 discount coupons, valid Mon-Thurs, except holidays.Drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and see more more than 70 illuminated and animated displays with an Eastern shore flavor, illuminating the roadway. Sponsored by the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Hotline: (410) 481-3161
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. 3, 2015 - Jan. 1, 2016, - dusk to 11pm.
FREE...The National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace is illuminated each evening
after the lighting ceremony, Dec. 4.
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, Md.
November 21, 2015 - January 3, 2016
$14 - $34 (based on day/time)
Kids 2 and under 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: Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of the classic television special, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Purchase tickets online or call (301) 965-4000
The Miracle on 34th Street, Hampden neighborhood, Baltimore, Md.
Nov. 27, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2015
Until 11pm - weeknights; 12pm - weekends;
Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve - all night!
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, W.V.
November 13, 2015- January 3, 2016
Sun-Thurs until 10:00pm; Fri-Sat until 11:00pm
A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season.
View a video
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.
Call 800-624-6988 or book online!
Annmarie Garden In Lights at Solomons
13480 Dowell Road, Dowell, MD 20629
December 4, 2015- January 2, 2016
CLOSED Dec. 7,8,9,14,15,24,25
6 pm - 9 pm; weather permitting
Admission $6 - Under 5 and Annmarie Members Free
Annmarie Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the glittering woods. As you stroll the protected path, you will be transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing "light sculptures." Guests will be surrounded by mythical beasts, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, circus performers, dinosaurs, and more. Because all the "light sculptures" are made at Annmarie, the designs are one-of-a-kind; nothing in this show is commercially available. It is all made just for visitors to Annmarie Garden In Lights! Enjoy the "Holiday I Spy Game," nightly entertainment, special discount nights, sweet treats, and other fun activities.
City of Fairfax
Festival of Lights and Carols
Old Town Hall - Old Town Square (formerly Kitty Pozer Garden)
3999 University Drive, Fairfax
Dec. 5, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016
FREE, unless otherwise noted
Old Town Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols Ceremony is on Saturday Dec. 5, 2015
Full day of activities with Christmas Tree lighting at 5:30pm. For info, call (703)385-7858
The new and improved grounds of Old Town Square (formerly Kitty Pozer Garden) will be a winter wonderland though the holiday season, with animated lights for all to enjoy. An animated light display also appears at The Sherwood Center Civic Green at 3740 Old Lee Highway.
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Bull Run Festival of Lights
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