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Where to see Christmas Lights in Maryland!

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One of our favorite things to do each holiday season is to visit Christmas light displays! We try to do at least one drive through and one walk through every year. I’ve created a list of all the major Christmas list displays I could find in Maryland. Hope you find this helpful in planning your holiday family fun!

PLEASE READ! Here are some tips for visiting these displays and some additional helpful info:

  • Locations that we have visited before from this list are indicated with a **. I am happy to answer any questions about these locations. Our family tradition is to visit Watkins Park and Brookside Gardens every holiday season.
  • I cannot emphasize this enough (especially for drive-through displays) – GO EARLY, and go on a weeknight if you can! I know not everyone is able to do this, but my husband usually will take off a half-hour early so we can get out the door and to the drive through light show right at dusk. If you visit at peak times, expect traffic and long lines to get in.
  • Prices listed are for standard vehicles (car, mini van, pick up truck, etc.) Most places charge a higher amount for 15 passenger vans, buses, etc.)
  • For drive through shows: make sure car is full of gas, check traffic ahead of time, bring food/snacks (we like to grab some easy-to-eat carry out or fast food for dinner on our way) and a phone charger. Don’t forget to play Christmas music while you’re there!
  • Always, ALWAYS check social media (facebook, instagram) and their website before you leave for your destination. This will keep you informed on any last minute change. Some places even include wait times on their website!
  • For walk-through displays: bundle up! We keep warm with leggings under jeans or sweatpants, fleece under winder coats, etc. We also use hand warmers and toe warmers on particularly chilly nights!
Christmas Lights Adventure List – read through this post for ALL the details on each location!

Prince Georges

  • Watkins Regional Park – “Winter Festival of Lights”**
    • 📍Address: 1133 Largo Rd. Upper Marlboro, MD ** Use this address for lights – not the regular park address as the entrance to the light show is different this year!
    • 💰Cost: $8/car online, $10/car in person
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Driving
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Open from 5-9pm nightly from 11/26/21-1/2/22. Free admission on 11/29 and Christmas Day
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: No, but you can book online ahead of time if you prefer (and save $2!)
    • 🅿️ Parking: N/A – Drive through
    • 🍽 Concessions: No
    • ⭐️ IMPORTANT – NEW ENTRANCE FOR THIS YEAR!!! Enter along Rt. 202/Largo Road (No Entry access on Rt. 193/Enterprise Rd. – you must continue to 202) Entrance location is across from Riverdale Baptist School – 1133 Largo Rd. Upper Marlboro, MD.
    • ⭐️ Details: Our absolute favorite drive-thru lights display! We’ve been coming here forever and it never disappoints. I have been to a few other local drive-through displays and this one definitely is the best quality AND the most affordable. I love how you are driving through the road in the woods, so the light displays are tucked back in the trees for a really cool effect. From their website: “The Winter Festival of Lights will shine bright this holiday season with 3 miles of drive-through whimsical lights! Experience dazzling scenes that celebrate the magic of the holiday season from the comfort of your own car. For your safety and the safety of our staff, please purchase tickets online at pgparksdirect.com. Save Time! Save Money! Buy Online! Cars pay $8 with online purchases or $10 admission at the gate. Face coverings are required if interacting with personnel. To avoid longer than usual wait times, we encourage the public to attend the Festival on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings. On Saturdays and Sundays, please arrive before 6 pm.”
  • Six Flags “Holiday in the Park
    • 📍Address: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
    • 💰 Cost: Cost of amusement park admission ($40/ticket, or free if you have a season pass)
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Walking
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Select days from November 20-January 2nd *Will update with what days when this info is available!)
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: Yes (tickets are available on site but according to their website parking must be purchased in advance.
    • 🅿️ Parking: Six Flags parking pass costs $25 per vehicle
    • 🍽 Concessions: Normal Six Flags concessions as well as special seasonal food available.
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “Take a stroll through a winter wonderland at Six Flags America, complete with millions of lights, festive music and all the holiday cheer that you can handle! For the entire family, Santa Claus is on hand for pictures and to take their wishes back to the North Pole! With 10 decretive destinations, such as, Candy Cane Lane, Merry Masquerade, or the North Pole in all its glowing glory, there is no shortage of a merry mood to be had!” Rides are also open during this time (though some coasters/rides may not operate in extreme cold temps), catch the nightly tree lighting or watch one of their holiday shows.

Anne Arundel

  • Sandy Point State Park – “Lights on the Bay” **
    • 📍Address: 1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409
    • 💰 Cost: $20 per car
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Driving
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Open daily 5-10pm from 11/21/21-1/2/22
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?
    • 🅿️ Parking: N/A – drive through
    • 🍽 Concessions: No
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “Driving through “Lights on the Bay” at Sandy Point State Park has become a tradition for many families for the past decade. The Lights on the Bay display is a scenic drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with more than 60 spectacular animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway. Our holiday light show is sponsored by the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.” 3D glasses available for purchase at $5/each
  • Crofton Christmas **
    • 📍Address: Urby Drive, Crofton, MD
    • 💰 Cost: FREE!
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Both, but I really enjoyed walking!
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Open Thanksgiving-Christmas, no set hours as this is a neighborhood, not a formal lights display
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: No tickets needed
    • 🅿️ Parking: Street parking in the neighborhood *please be respectful of homes and do not block access to driveways!
    • 🍽 Concessions: No
    • ⭐️ Details: Residents of Urby drive in Crofton have gotten together to create a spectacular light display! About 10 houses in a row go all out with decorations. You can drive down the street or park and walk (I recommend walking!) Last year they hosted a scavenger hunt and they have mailboxes where kids can drop off letters to Santa. This event is totally free and the lights are up from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
  • North Pole Lights Walk
    • 📍Address: 8109 Telegraph Rd, Severn, MD 21144
    • 💰 Cost: $8.00/ adults $5.00/child
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Walking
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: 4:30-7:30 pm. November 26th, 27th, 28th, Dec. 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: No
    • 🅿️ Parking: Free on-site parking
    • 🍽 Concessions: None listed on website
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “Take a self guided walk to the North Pole! Let the North Pole Fairy send you on your way through the garden flowers and arctic animals to the North Pole Palace. Visit Santa in the Garden Cabin. New scenes are added every year!”
  • Jeff’s Christmas Light Show Spectacular
    • 📍Address: At the corner of South Camp Meade Rd and School Lane, Linthicum Heights, MD
    • 💰Cost: FREE
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙Walking/Driving?: Walking
    • 📆Dates/Hours: Open select dates in November and December. Click here for schedule.
    • 🎟Advanced Tickets Required?: No tickets required
    • 🅿️Parking: Park in one of Frederick’s parking garages or municipal lots for a small fee (or look for street parking). Link to parking info here.
    • 🍽Concessions: Not mentioned
    • ⭐️Details: A 15 minute light show set to music and Christmas movies at a home in Linthicum Heights – followed by a walk-through lights display in the backyard of the home. From their website: 2021 Will not only include a brand new Light Show on the front of the house, it will also include a full blown walk-through Christmas Light Experience! Jeff has already begun work on this project and cannot wait to treat 21090 to something amazing!

Howard

  • Merriweather Symphony of Lights Info for 2021 season is still pending for this event! Will update when available.
    • 📍Address: 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, Maryland 21044
    • 💰 Cost: $20/vehicle, cash or card. Military nights every Thursday – $10/vehicle with military ID
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Both. Walk through dates on 11/29, 12/7 and 12/31. All other nights are drive through nights – will confirm that these dates are correct for 2021!
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Info pending for 2021
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?
    • 🅿️ Parking: No parking needed on Drive through nights. For walk through nights parking is in Merriweather lots 2-4. Click here for directions and info.
    • 🍽 Concessions: Info pending for 2021
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “The Symphony of Lights has been a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition enjoyed by many for over 25 years. Set in historic Merriweather Post Pavilion and made up of more than 300,000 bulbs, this family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. With the addition of new lights (and a 150 foot screen!), your time through our refreshed course guarantees a night to remember.”

Montgomery

  • Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens **
    • 📍Address: 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
    • 💰 Cost: $12.50/person (including added service fee) Under 3 is free.
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Walking
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Opens on November 19, 2021. The exhibit is open every night through January 2, 2022, except November 22-25 and December 24-25, 2021.
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: Yes
    • 🅿️ Parking: Free on-site parking lot
    • 🍽 Concessions: Yes – hot drinks and light refreshments available for purchase
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “Brookside Gardens has transformed into a magical winter wonderland for the 23rd year of Garden of Lights. Walkthrough the outdoor twinkling lights and glimmering displays that dot the paths and flowerbeds throughout the 50 acres in Wheaton. More than one million dazzling and colorful LED lights are handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers, and other natural elements. You will be dazzled by the computerized light display matching lights with music, fog bubbles, and there will be great opportunities to get that perfect selfie.” In previous years there was also an amazing indoor train display but that will not be operating this year due to Covid. Highly encourage reading through the FAQ section of their website here if you plan to attend.
  • Seneca Creek State Park – Winter Lights Festival
    • 📍Address: 11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
    • 💰 Cost: Monday-Thursday: $15/vehicle, Friday-Sunday: $25/vehicle
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Driving
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: November 26 through December 31. The festival is closed on December 25. Sun-Thurs 6p-9p (last entry), Fri-Sat 6p-10p (last entry)
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: yes
    • 🅿️ Parking: N/A – drive through
    • 🍽 Concessions: No
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees that light up the night.” Check out this link for great tips from their website including making sure you check traffic reports before leaving, making sure you have plenty of gas in your car, etc.

Frederick

  • Sailing Through Winter Solstice – Downtown Frederick
    • 📍Address: Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, MD 21701
    • 💰Cost: FREE
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙Walking/Driving?: Walking
    • 📆Dates/Hours: Open late November through March 13th. Boats on dispaly 24/7, lights come on around sunset.
    • 🎟Advanced Tickets Required?: No tickets required
    • 🅿️Parking: Park in one of Frederick’s parking garages or municipal lots for a small fee (or look for street parking). Link to parking info here.
    • 🍽Concessions: No – but located in Downtown Frederick with TONS of great restaurants nearby
    • ⭐️Details: From their website: “Every year Carroll Creek Park is filled with individually designed lighted sailboats. This floating light installation sets sail in November and is on display through March 13, 2021. You can view the boats anytime day or night. In fact, you may want to take a look while it’s light out and again after it gets dark and the lights come on. Lights typically turn on at sunset, so this is a great time to see them both ways. 

Carroll County

  • McCurley Magical Christmas Lights
    • 📍Address: McCurley Drive, Manchester, MD
    • 💰 Cost: FREE, but donations are collected for Manchester Fire Dept.
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Both
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Open Thanksgiving-Christmas, no set hours as this is a neighborhood, not a formal lights display
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: No
    • 🅿️ Parking: Street parking in the neighborhood *please be respectful of homes and do not block access to driveways!
    • 🍽 Concessions: No
    • ⭐️ Details: An impressive neighborhood lights display put on by residents of McCurley Drive in Manchester, MD. Check out this story from WBAL news for more details!

Baltimore County

  • Yuletide Village – Upperco, MD
    • 📍Address: 16020 Carnival Ave. Upperco, MD. 21155
    • 💰 Cost: Vehicle (up to 8 passengers) – $20.00, Each additional person over 8 – $5.00, Seniors / First Responders / Military $2.00 Discount
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Drive through light display, but you can park and visit the indoor train garden if you wish!
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Opens 11/26 and Closes 1/2 – please see the calendar on this page for exact days and hours and it varies week-to-week.
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: No
    • 🅿️ Parking: free on-site parking
    • 🍽 Concessions: Not mentioned
    • ⭐️ Details: This event includes a 1/2 mile long drive through light display as well as an indoor train garden. Access to the train garden (without the light display) is free, but donations are appreciated.

Baltimore City

  • Miracle on 34th Street **
    • 📍 Address: 700 block of W 34th Streetin Hamden (Baltimore City)
    • 💰 Cost: FREE!
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙Walking/Driving?: either, but walking is highly recommended
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Runs from 11/27-12/31 from dusk to 10pm on weekdays, and dusk to midnight on weekends
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required? No tickets needed
    • 🅿️ Parking: Street parking around the Hampden neighborhood. Parking info from the Baltimore Sun Article: There are 30 spaces available in the paid lot at 3333 Keswick Road, and metered spots along 36th Street. There’s a paid parking garage at the Rotunda, 711 W. 40th St.
    • 🍽 Concessions: No, but plenty of surrounding restaurants
    • ⭐️ Details: If you live in Maryland, 34th street in Hamden needs to be on your Christmas bucket list to see at least once – if not every year! The way this community comes together to spread Christmas cheer is really heartwarming. The level of detail and creativity put into each house display is truly amazing! There is even a house down the block that puts chairs out front and plays a Christmas movie on a projector screen on their roof. This area can get really busy so just plan head and expect there to be crowds. Don’t attempt to bring multiple kiddos on your own. I have not been post-covid but really loved visiting here in the past. This article from the Baltimore Sun (2019) has some really helpful information.
  • Zoo Lights
    • 📍Address: 1 Safari Place Baltimore, MD
    • 💰 Cost: Walk-through price: $28/person, under 2 free. Drive-through price: $33/vehicle – zoo members get a $5 discount per ticket
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Drive Through on Wed/Thur, Walk through on Friday-Sunday
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Open November 19-January 2nd from 5-8pm. **Wed/Thur for Drive-through, Fri-Sun for walking.
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: Yes (even for zoo members) Reserve Tickets here.
    • 🅿️ Parking: Free parking in the zoo lot
    • 🍽 Concessions: Yes, for walk through event only – Hot chocolate and food available for purchase.
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “A brilliant seasonal spectacle is coming to the Zoo again this winter! Drive or walk through a festival of lights shaped like wildlife and your face might just light up too. Plus, get that warm glowing feeling inside knowing you are supporting the Zoo’s animal care and conservation work. We’ve also expanded the walking path this year—now including Schaefer Plaza, the Farm Yard, and the train station!” Walking participants can enjoy free train and carousel rides as well as hot chocolate and snacks available for purchase.

Eastern Shore

  • Winterfest of Lights Ocean City **
    • 📍Address: Northside Park – 200 125th Street, Ocean City, MD
    • 💰 Cost: $5 for guests 12+, FREE for children 11 years and younger.
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Walking
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: No
    • 🅿️ Parking: Free on-site parking
    • 🍽 Concessions: yes, hot cocoa and light refreshments available for purchase
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “See how Ocean City, MD, sparkles this winter and visit the Winterfest of Lights! The 2021 Winterfest of Lights will be an expanded walking tour that takes you through thousands of sparkling holiday lights and many animated light displays located along a paved path in Northside Park. Sip hot chocolate, take a photo with Santa, visit our gift shop and enjoy the array of holiday exhibits – including many surprises. Come see the 50-foot Christmas tree put on a show for you and soak up all of the holiday spirit at Winterfest of Lights.” Leashed pets are welcome on Wednesdays only

SOMD

  • Garden in Lights – Annmarie Sculpture Gardens
    • 📍Address: 13470 Dowell Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
    • 💰 Cost: Ranges from $10-12/person depending on the night. See website for details. Free for members.
    • 🚶‍♂️🚙 Walking/Driving?: Walking
    • 📆 Dates/Hours: Open 5-9 pm from November 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022 (closed Nov 29 & 30 and Dec 6, 7, 24, 25)
    • 🎟 Advanced Tickets Required?: Yes
    • 🅿️ Parking: Free parking on site
    • 🍽 Concessions: Yes – all food service is outdoors. Hot drinks and food for sale.
    • ⭐️ Details: From their website: “Join us for the most magical time of year as the grounds of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center are transformed into an outdoor twinkling wonderland! Annmarie Garden In Lights will transport you and your family to an enchanted world full of glowing “light sculptures” and wondrous light installations. Discover magical creatures, wintery wonderlands, musical holiday scenes, deep sea treasures, sparkling trees, and so much more!  You’ll find sparkling delights and fun photo ops around each corner!  Check out our holiday calendar for special nights, including Santa Night, Holiday Character Nights, Wine & Lights Night, the Holiday Train Display, Local Heroes Nights, Special Needs Night, Golf Cart Tours, and more!” Please read through this link for lots of helpful information about this event!

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