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Holly's Top Five Favorites

 

Winter Lights Festival, Seneca State Park
1950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Md.

Nov. 28, 2014 - Dec. 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. 15; S’more Light - Nov. 21; Run Under the Lights - Nov. 22;
Leashes ‘n’ Lights - Nov.25;
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.
 

Nov. 14, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
5:30-10pm
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 SITE14
Special Events Schedule - 703-255-3631
 

Back for their 3rd year...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.


 

CANCELLED FOR 2014
The Garden of Lights - Brookside Gardens, 
1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, Md.

Cancelled for 2014 due to construction. Will return in 2015.
The Garden Railway Exhibit is open daily in the South Conservatory.

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

Nov. 20, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
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


The BEST BARGAIN on the List

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

Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015
 5:00-9:30pm

CASH ONLY - Free December 25;
$5 per car; $15 for mini-buses and limos; $25 for buses;
$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 "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. 28, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015 (Closed Dec. 24-25, 31)
5:00-9:00pm
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.
View photos from Holly's 2007 visit.


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

Nov. 20, 2014 - Jan. 5, 2015
$15 per car, Sun-Thurs: 5:30-9:30pm
$20 per car, Fri-Sat & holidays: 5:30-10pm
$3 discount coupon
(good Mon-Fri only-non-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!
Camel rides available (weather permitting): Dec. 11-23, 2014.


Santa's Enchanted Lights (next to Holiday Village) were created 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, Md.

Nov. 17, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
6:00-10:00pm, including holidays. Closed Dec. 31
$20 per car

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.

Special Events: Dazzle Dash Weekend - Nov. 15-16; Bike the Lights - 12/2; Tail Lights (Dogs) - 12/4; Twinkle Tots - 12/9;
Group Walks - Tues. Only, Nov 18 - Dec 30;
Midnight at 7 12/31, 5-8pm.

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

Dec. 4, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015
Dusk to 10pm nightly; Nativity scene 6-9pm
Live musical performances 7-8pm (tickets required)
FREE!!!  301-587-0144

This impressive 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. All events are free!
 

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

Nov. 22, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015,
5:00-10:00pm
$14 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. 4, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015
10am to 10pm
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.

Nov. 20, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
$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: 'Frosty the Snowman'
Purchase tickets online or call 1-301-965-4000

The Miracle on 34th Street, Hampden neighborhood, Baltimore, Md.

Nov. 29, 2014 - 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.

Nov. 14, 2014- Jan. 4, 2015
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!

Festival of Lights and Carols
Old Town Fairfax City, Va. - Sherwood Community Center

Thanksgiving through Jan. 4, 2015,
5:00-11:00pm
FREE, unless otherwise noted


Old Town Fairfax Festival of Lights and Carols Ceremony is on Saturday Dec. 6, 2014
in Sherwood Community Center. 12pm-7pm , Caroling and Lighting of the Tree.

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
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Bull Run Festival of Lights.

Garden in Lights
Annmarie Garden Christmas Lights – 13480 Dowell Road
Dowell (Solomons), Md.

Dec. 5, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015,
Closed Dec. 8-10, Dec. 24-25
6:00-9:00pm (Open weather permitting)
Ages 5 & up: $6.00; Kids 4 & under: FREE; Annmarie Members: FREE

A walking tour that takes visitors on a spectacular stroll through the glittering woods specially designed for the Christmas season, surrounded by handmade one-of-a- kind light sculptures featuring mythical beasts, wild animals, pirates, illuminated works of art, and more. The event includes nightly entertainment, special discount nights, and other fun activities.
30-acre sculpture garden features works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.
For information, call 410-326-4640

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