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10 Best Holiday Light Displays Around Maryland

Will Stein

As a child, Will Stein was moved to a new home and enrolled in a new school every year, as his parents looked to escape debt and inch their way to pro...

As a child, Will Stein was moved to a new home and enrolled in a new school every year, as his parents looked to escape debt and inch their way to pro...

Feb 8 7 minutes read

Looking for something to light up your nights this holiday season? There’s something so magical about bundling up with a nice cup of hot cocoa and spending time with family while viewing thousands of twinkling lights!

We compiled a list of the 10 best holiday light displays around Maryland for the 2017 holiday season so you can spend more time viewing and less time searching!

Miracle on 34th Street - Baltimore City

November 25 - December 31 

Nightly at Sundown 


720 West 34th St, Baltimore, Maryland

One awesome block in Hampden comes together to put on a Christmas light display that is sure to rival anything you have ever seen before! There are Christmas lights strung across 34th St, and houses showcase inflatable snowglobes, musical trains, and blinking angels among other magical items! The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1st, including all night on Christmas eve!

Walking in a Christmas Wonderland - North Pole Lights Walk - Severn

December 15 - December 23

Fridays and Saturday 4:30pm-7pm

$5 per child/$7 per adult

Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm 8109 Telegraph Rd, Severn, Maryland

Enjoy a walk through the shimmering Winter Wonderland and stop by Santa’s Cabin to put in your Christmas request! The gardens are lit with scenes of Christmas. Check out the flower fairies decorating the gazebo, Polar Bear Central, Gingerbread house, Forest Animals, and Enchanted Fairy Garden! Afterward, warm yourself up at the barn with a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate and be sure not to miss this years special guest from the North Pole, Prancer!

Lights On The Bay - Annapolis

November 18 - January 1

Nightly 5pm-10pm

$15 per car

Sandy Point State Park 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland

Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park has become a tradition for many families in recent years! Enjoy driving along the beautiful shore of the Chesapeake Bay that hosts more than 60 spectacular animated and stationary displays illuminating the route!

DC Temple Festival of Lights - Kensington

November 30 - December 31

Daily 10am - 10pm


9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland

Come see the 40th annual setup of one of D.C’s great community traditions! There is a free performance every night in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center that includes bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! The temple grounds will be glowing with over 650,000 lights and the Christmas trees are decorated in international themes! There is also an exhibit of creches from around world and a life-sized outdoor nativity!

Symphony of Lights, Columbia

November 21 - January 1

Tuesday - Friday 6:30pm-10pm/Saturday - Sunday 5:30pm-10pm

Open Monday December 25

Sunday - Friday $20/Saturday $25

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland

Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented event has a dazzling display of more than 100 animated holiday light creations, made with approximately 300,000 bulbs. Drive your car through and see all the lights, a laser light show and a 3-D holiday video, all set to holiday music. Proceeds from the event has raised more than $8,000,000 to benefit Howard County General Hospital!

Garden of Lights - Wheaton

November 24-January 1 (Except December 24 & 25)

Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-9pm/Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-10pm

Sunday-Thursday $25/Friday-Saturday $30

1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland

Walk through a winter wonderland full of magic and lit up with more than 1 million brilliant lights shaped into hand-crafted art forms of flowers, animals and other elements. Talk a trip from garden to garden to take in the sights of twinkling trees, sparkling fountains and magical winter scenes. Your visit would not be complete without a peak inside the Conservatory to watch G-Scale model trains wind through the beautiful landscape. Then warm yourself up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa inside the Visitors’ Center while listening to the nightly musical performance.

Winter Lights Festival, Gaithersburg

November 24 - December 31 (Closed on December 25)

Sunday-Thursday 6pm-9pm/Friday-Saturday 6pm-10pm

Monday-Thursday $12/Friday-Sunday $15

11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland

The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival is welcoming visitors this year for its 22nd season! The beautiful display of lights is a 3.5 mile drive. It takes you through 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night! There are themed ares such as Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and so much more!

Winter Festival of Lights - Upper Marlboro

November 24- January 1

Nightly 5pm-9:30pm

$10 per car/Festival is free on Christmas Day

Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Bring a little magic to your holidays with this dazzling festival! This holiday drive-thru event hosts more than 1 million twinkling lights, beautiful themed displays, and one of the tallest tress displays in the state! Please feel free to bring canned goods/non-perishable items to donate to the local food banks!

Zoolights - Washington D.C.

November 24-January 1 (Closed December 24 and 25)

Nightly from 5pm-9pm


3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland and there is a light show set to music! You can also enjoy live music, winter treats, and plenty of holiday shopping, as well as seeing the beautiful animals that are housed here!

Catonsville Holiday Lights Run - Catonsville

December 19



821 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, Maryland

This event is a free, family-friendly activity where everyone is free to travel at their own pace! From the starting point, participants can walk, run, bike or skip through Catonsville, where houses glitter with Christmas lights in December! The route is slightly less than 4 miles and will stop at designated spots, usually highly decorated houses, to sing Christmas carols including favorites like Jingle Bells and Silent Night! 

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