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Light Shows

NEW FOR 2016
Chinese Lantern Festival, Roer's Zoofari,
1228 Hunter Mill Rd, Vienna, VA 22182

Select nights from November 16 to January 15, 2017
$19 adults/$12.50 children (online)
$25 adults/$15 children (at gate)
Free Parking - Closed during rain/wind

New for 2016: Illuminated figures in 40 settings, over 800 lanterns. Folk art demonstrations by 9 folk artists from China
The 2016 festival lanterns will highlight "The Wild", including lanterns in the form of animals from around the world, including; Africa, Antarctica, Asia, America and more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience authentic Chinese entertainment and multicultural shows.

View photos of Holly's 12/27/16 visit


Holly's Top Five Favorites


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

November 25 - December 31, 2016
Sun-Thurs: 6-9 pm; Fri- Sat: 6-10 pm; Closed Christmas
$12 per car Mon-Thurs; $15 per car Fri-Sun. CASH ONLY

21st 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.

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 18, 2016 - January 8, 2017
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 $2
Mon-Thurs, non-holidays, through Dec. 8 - After selecting date/time,
enter code PRIME16

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, and former displays at #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 25, 2016 - January 1, 2017 (Closed Dec 24-25)
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

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, Md.
Northside Park 127th Street Bayside

November 17, 2016 - January 1, 2017
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.

More info: 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125
Avenue of Trees on Baltimore Avenue: from 15th to 32nd Streets

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

November 25, 2016 - January 1, 2017, 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.


More Large Light Shows


ZooLights at the National Zoo
Rock Creek Park, Washington D.C.

3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
Nov 25, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017 (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 Park
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Va.

November 23, 2016 - January 8, 2017
$15 per car, Sun-Thurs: 5:30-9:30 pm
$20 per car, Fri-Sat & holidays: 5:30-10 pm
$25 per car, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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.
Santa's Enchanted Lights (next to Holiday Village) were created by #23 Orr.
Hotline: 703-359-4633
View photos of Holly's 11/25/2010 visit

Symphony of Lights - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, Maryland

All New for 2016
November 23, 2016 - January 1, 2017
5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., including holidays. Closed Dec. 31
CLOSED to drive-through traffic on Mondays and Tuesdays.
$20 per car

Experience the display of light creations, illuminated by a fantasy of color, design and animation. In 2016, drive through visitors will enjoy a new laser light show and 3-D holiday video!
All proceeds from the Symphony of Lights benefit the services of Howard County General Hospital.

Hotline: 410-740-7666

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

Dec. 3 - 31, 2016
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 19, 2016 to January 1, 2017, 5-10 pm
$15 per car

Several area businesses and publications offer $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. 1, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017, - 10am to 10pm.

The National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace is illuminated each evening
 after the lighting ceremony, Dec. 1.
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 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Closed Dec. 5-7
$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: Christmas Around the World
Purchase tickets online or call (301) 965-4000

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

Nov. 26, 2016 - Dec. 31, 2016
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 11, 2016- January 8, 2017
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 2, 2016- January 1, 2017
CLOSED Dec. 6,7,12,13,24,25
6 pm - 9 pm; weather permitting
Admission $6 - Under 4 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.

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