We humans crave light this time of year. It’s only natural; we’re just a few days away from the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year. The days have been steadily growing shorter since fall began, and if you’re like me, your Christmas lights and Christmas tree have been up for weeks already!
One of the most fun parts of the holiday season in Southern Maryland is looking at Christmas lights, whether you’re enjoying your neighbors’ displays or taking a drive to one of these huge light shows. Check out these five festive light displays happening in or near Southern Maryland through the start of the new year.
Annmarie Garden in Lights
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13470 Dowell Road in Dowell
See Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center like you’ve never seen it before! The wooded path at the garden will be dotted with light sculptures and installations – find animals, holiday scenes, sea treasures, heroes, and more! There is live music each night, shopping at the gift shop, and treats and cocoa.
Runs 6 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, 2019. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. $7 per person, members and kids age 2 and younger are free.
For details and schedule, visit http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/garden-lights-magical-light-show.
(Image via Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center on Facebook.)
Flat Iron Farm Christmas
Where: Flat Iron Farm, 45840 Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills
Meet Santa, see the lights, and do a little shopping at Flat Iron Farm! The drive-through light display is free and open nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. now through Christmas Eve. Kids can take a pony ride, and everyone will enjoy shopping the candy store and Christmas shops!
For more information, visit http://www.flatironfarmchristmas.com/.
Festival of Lights
Where: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive in Upper Marlboro
Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro transforms into a winter wonderland for its annual Festival of Lights. This drive-through display is made up of more than 2.5 million lights! Don’t miss the massive 54-foot LED musical tree.
The display is open daily from 5 to 9:30 p.m. now through Jan. 1, 2019. $10 per car or van, $20 for mini-bus or limo.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://www.pgparks.com/742/Festival-of-Lights.
Lights on the Bay
Where: Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E College Parkway in Annapolis
This bayside drive-through light display has been a family tradition for more than a decade! The scenic drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay takes you through Sandy Point State Park to see more than 60 displays. The light show is sponsored by the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.
Open 5 to 10 p.m. each night through Jan. 1, 2019. $15 per
car; $30 per large van, mini-bus, or trolley.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://www.lightsonthebay.org/.
(Image via Lights on the Bay on Facebook.)
Where: Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW in
See the National Zoo lit up like you’ve never seen it before! ZooLights has been delighting visitors for years with live music, tasty treats, shopping, and lights throughout the zoo. There are even laser light shows set to music!
Open nightly through Jan. 1, 2019. Closed Dec. 24, 25, and
For more information and a schedule of events, visit https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights.
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