Looking at Christmas lights is one of the delights of the holiday season and is a festive activity that can be shared with family and friends. Children and adults will have fun viewing the creative displays of lights, which will help bring holiday cheer. There will be several great light displays in Baltimore in 2017, so plan to go out for a drive to catch the seasonal beauty of illuminated decorations.
Winterfest of Lights
Nov. 16-Dec. 31 @ 5:30 p.m.
Northside Park, Ocean City, MD 21842
Kids and adults will be delighted by the sight of more than a million holiday lights and hundreds of light displays at Northside Park. Take the train on a one-mile journey that will take you through 58 acres of lights and see the 50-foot Christmas tree. The train ride will be $5/person for people 12 and older and Free/children 11 and younger.
Lights on the Bay
Nov. 18-Jan. 1 @ 5 p.m.
Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409
Take the family for a drive through this holiday light display will be a scenic drive along the shore of Chesapeake Bay to see the delightful animated and stationary displays. They recommend purchasing 3D glasses upon admission to help make the already magical show come alive. Admission will be $15/carload, or $30 for larger passenger vans.
Symphony of Lights
Nov. 21-Jan. 1 @ Various Times (Closed Dec. 31)
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Dr., Columbia, MD 20144
The Symphony of Lights is a stunning light show that benefits Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Children and adults will enjoy riding through the drive-through display, with the beautiful lights, amazing displays, laser light show, and a 3-D holiday video. Admission will be priced per car for the drive-through tickets, $20/Sun.-Fri. & $25/Sat. They also have several special events, so check the website for pricing. They suggest purchasing tickets online in advance to save time and money.
Holiday Lights Walk to the North Pole
Nov. 24-Dec. 23 @ 4:30 p.m.
Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm, 8109 Telegraph Rd., Severn, MD 21144
Take the family for a self-guided walk to see the sparkling winter wonderland and see Santa. The gardens will be decorated with lighted scenes, flower fairies on the gazebo, gingerbread houses, Polar Bear Central, and the Enchanted Fairy Garden. The famous reindeer Prancer will be visiting from the North Pole. Admission will be /Adults 16+, $5/Children 15 and under.
Miracle on 34th St.
Nov. 25-Dec 31 @ Approx. 5 p.m.
Hampden area, 720 W. 34th St., Baltimore City, MD 21211
The entire family will be inspired by the free holiday light show featuring sparking lights, musical trains, and inflatable snow globes. Miracle on 34th St. is community effort put forth by the residents and is considered one of the best light shows in Baltimore.
Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival
Nov. 25-Dec. 31 @ 6 p.m. (Closed Dec. 25)
Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg, MC 20878
The Winter Lights Festival will be a 3.5-mile drive-through light display featuring more than 350 illuminated light displays and 65 animated vignettes. See the many themed areas, including Teddy Bear Land, Winter Woods, Victorian Village, and the North Pole. Admission will be by the carload: $12-$15.
Brookside Garden of Lights & Model Trains
Nov. 25-Jan. 1 @ 5:30 p.m. (Closed Dec. 24-25)
Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
The Garden of Lights holiday exhibit will celebrate its 19th season as a family-friendly holiday tradition. The model train exhibit will be inside the Conservatory, where G-Scale model trains will wind through a seasonal landscape. Outside there will be a delightful winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million sparkling lights. Admission will be $25-$30 per car or minivan.
Grand Illumination – City Tree Lighting
Nov. 26 @ 5 p.m.
Market Space @ Market House, 25 Market St., Annapolis, MD 21401
The Grand Illumination event in Annapolis will kick off the holiday season in Annapolis. Bring the family to enjoy the holiday activities, Santa Claus, the lighting of the Christmas tree. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted by the Jaycees for their Angel Tree Project. The Grand Illumination will be a free event, which will be open to the public.
Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 2 @ 7 p.m.
Little Italy, 1020 Stiles St., Baltimore, MD 21202
The Christmas Tree Lighting in Little Italy will be a family-friendly event featuring Christmas carols by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Santa Claus will be in Little Italy to give free treats for kids. There will be complimentary Italian cookies, hot apple cider, roasted chestnuts, and hot chocolate. The Italian Restaurant Association will host the free event.
The Annual Washington Monument Lighting
Dec. 7 @ 5 p.m.
Mount Vernon Place, 600 Block of Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201
The annual Monument Lighting has become a long-standing tradition in Baltimore, where thousands of people attend in person and even more watch the event on television. A holiday village will featuLooking at Christmas lights is one of the delights of the holiday season and is a festive activity that can be shared with family and friends. There will be several great light displays in Baltimore in 2017, so plan to go out for a drive to catch the seasonal beauty of illuminated decorations.