December 9, 2022 Best Maryland Holiday Light Displays

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Best Maryland Holiday Light Displays
Glimmering lights, festive decorations, and a jolly atmosphere— Maryland is full of wonderful holiday light displays. From outdoor festivals to drive-through spectacles, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a family outing, a special date night, or you just want to get into the Christmas spirit, there are plenty of local options. Here are some of the best Maryland holiday light displays this season.

Winterfest of Lights

Make your winter bright by visiting the Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, MD! This year's event is a walking tour that has expanded to include thousands of sparkling lights and animated displays in Northside Park. Besides the glittering show of lights, Winterfest also features:

  • Hot chocolate
  • Photos with Santa
  • Holiday gift shop
  • 50-foot Christmas tree
  • Holiday Model Railroad

You don't have to pay anything for entry, but they will accept donations for the Ocean City Beach Patrol. Get all the info for Winterfest of Lights here.

Winter Lights Festival in Gaithersburg

Get ready to celebrate the holidays at Gaithersburg's Winter Lights Festival! Come see the beautiful light display at Seneca Creek State Park from November 25 through December 31 (they are closed on Christmas day). 

A 3.5 mile drive through the gorgeous Seneca Creek State Park will give you views of 450+ illuminated displays and decorated trees that light up the evening! It’s one of the most fabulous Maryland holiday light displays!

Tickets must be purchased in advance, so make sure you check their website for all the details.

Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens' Garden of Lights Display is a must-see event that will make you feel as though you're walking through a winter wonderland. With over half a mile of outdoor displays and unique sparkling exhibits, this horticultural gem in Wheaton can not be missed this season! Get your tickets and check the hours here.

Festival of Lights, Upper Marlboro

Want to enjoy the Christmas scenery from the comfort of your car? How about in a horse-drawn carriage? Head over to the Festival of Lights in Upper Marlboro for a drive-through holiday experience. This popular event offers a variety of ways to explore its picturesque setting. There's even a Festival of Lights “I Spy” game to keep the kiddos entertained while getting into the spirit of the holiday season. Click here to plan your visit.

Merriweather Symphony of Lights

The Symphony of Lights has been a cherished Howard County holiday tradition for over 25 years, enjoyed by young and old alike. The Merriweather Post Pavilion is home to a dazzling display of more than 300,000 lights! This spectacular holiday event is perfect for families and features gigantic animated and stationary light displays.

You can drive or walk through the light displays for a sense of holiday magic. Get your tickets and more information here.

Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park
For the past ten years, families have been coming to Sandy Point State Park to see the Lights on the Bay. With over 60 amazing displays along the Chesapeake Bay, this drive is perfect for anyone who loves beautiful scenery. The light show comes alive even more when you don your 3D glasses - a guaranteed hit with the kids.

You can buy tickets at a reduced rate from local retailers–and a bonus is that all proceeds benefit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. More information is available here.

Annmarie Garden In Lights

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center will be open late this winter for their annual Garden in Lights event! This outdoor walking tour will take you and your family through a twinkling wonderland of light sculptures and displays.

A visit to this holiday event will transport you to a world of make-believe with plenty of photo opportunities! There are also themed nights like:

  • Santa Sundays
  • Special Needs Night
  • Local Hero Nights
  • Golf Cart Tours
  • Pet Night
Check out all the event details here.

Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights

See over 400,000 lights at the Festival of Lights at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in Washington, D.C. Your family will be awe-struck by beautiful Créche nativity displays from other countries and vibrant performances. Exploring the lights and nativities is free, but the special performances do require tickets. You can view the schedule of events and get your tickets here.

Sailing Through Winter Solstice

Come to Carroll Creek in Frederick, MD and marvel as the sailboats, schooners and pirate ships light up every day after dusk. These boats become a water wonderland with their sail outlines, rigging and decks all aglow! Get all the details here to see the festive flotilla!

Decorate Your New Caruso Home!

If you're looking in Maryland for a new home that you can illuminate for the holiday season, look no further than Caruso Homes. Our quick move-in homes are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the festivities in a brand new home.

And our Maryland build on your lot program allows you to design your Caruso home exactly how you want it–and during this holiday season we’ll give you ½ OFF options (up to $50,000) in your new home (how's that for a Christmas present!).*

We can't wait to help you celebrate this holiday (and many more!) in a home that's truly special. Explore Maryland new homes here.

*50% Off Options up to $50,000 in Your On Your Lot Home.  Maximum value: $25,000. Some restrictions apply. Offer valid on NEW On Your Lot contracts only. Previous sales do not qualify. Must use Caruso Homes preferred lender.  Offer expires 12/31/22.

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