Lighting up the Holidays
Christmas Light displays are a Maryland tradition
The holidays are officially here, and with all the shopping, wrapping, cooking and partying going on, be sure to take a break to just enjoy the spirit of the season. Bundle up your family and friends and take time to visit to some of the best holiday light displays around. Whether you like to brave the cold and enjoy a crisp walk outdoors, or stay in the comfort of your car complete with heated seats and Christmas tunes, here are some all-out light displays that definitely make the nice list:
Miracle on 34th Street
720 West 34th Street, Baltimore, Mar yland 21211
Now in its 72nd year, Miracle on 34th Street is still shining strong. This nationally recognized light display is on the most famous block in Hampden, and each household participates with their own holiday flair. Some of the highlights include the hubcap Christmas tree, bike rim snowmen, overhead trains, and the Big Red Lighted Crab. The lights will be on from around 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when they stay on all night. FREE.
Lights on the Bay
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409
The SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s 24th annual Lights on the Bay holiday light show at Sandy Point State Park features a twomile scenic drive along the Chesapeake Bay with approximately 70 animated and stationary displays. In addition to popular classic displays that visitors have enjoyed for years, including a colonial village inspired by historic Annapolis and one of the US Naval Academy’s midshipmen tossing their hats in the air, two new themes this year are the North Pole Village and Enchanted Fairy Tales. Children can participate in a nightly scavenger hunt, challenging them to find items within the show, answer display-related questions and enter a drawing to win prizes. Open daily from 5 pm to 10 pm through January 1. Purchase 3D glasses at the park entrance to make the magical light show come alive. $15 per car and $30 for large passenger vans and mini buses.
Symphony of Lights
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Symphony of Lights is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of approximately 300,000 bulbs. During the past 20-plus years, nearly 2 million individuals have visited the lights, and proceeds from the event have raised more than $8 million to benefit Howard County General Hospital.
Symphony of Lights is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 6-10 p.m., including holidays through December 30. The venue is closed to cars on December 2 for the Festive Families Walk. Vehicle sup to 8 seats: $25. Military discount nights also available.
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/ howard_county_general_hospital/ways_give/howard_hospital_foundation/ foundation_events/symphony_of_lights/ Annmarie Garden in Lights Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, 13470 Dowell Road, Dowell, MD 20629 Discover new and sparkling, glowing sculptures that put a new twist on the garden’s favorite displays, located in Solomons, Md. Bring the lights to life by picking up a “Holiday I Spy” to guide you through the garden. Experience the joy and warmth of the season in the main gallery, where you can enjoy live performances, cozy up with hot cocoa and treats from the holiday café, and check out the ornament show and gift shop. Open 6:00-9:00 pm nightly from Nov. 30 – Jan. 1. Closed December 3, 4, 24 & 25. Admission: $7/person; members free; kids 2 & under free. www.annmariegarden.org Festival of Lights 301 Watkins Park Drive (Route 193), Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 For more than 30 years, Prince George’s County has hosted its Annual Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park. This holiday drive-through event features more than 2.5 million lights, themed displays, and a giant, 54-foot LED musical tree! Guests should plan to bring canned goods and non-perishable items for donation to local food banks if possible. The Festival of Lights is open nightly from 5 pm to 9:30 pm through January 1. Car or Van: $10; Check pricing for other vehicles and multi-day passes. On Christmas Day, the festival is FREE.
http://www.pgparks.com/742/Festival-of-Lights Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights Northside Park at 125th Street, Ocean City, MD Looking for a weekend getaway? More than one million holiday lights are sparkling at Maryland’s favorite beach town. Northside Park will feature hundreds of animated lighted displays. Board the Winterfest Express to tour the lights, including the themed exhibits of classic fairy tales. The one-mile journey takes you through 58 acres of lights and features a 50-foot Christmas tree. Relax and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion and have your picture taken with Santa. Winterfest of Lights is open Sunday – Thursday 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Admission is $5 (age 11 & under are FREE).