Can’t-Miss Holiday Illuminations

<< More Holiday-Inspired Fun

‘Tis the season to visit these multi-week illumination events found in and around the DMV! Check out the on-going events below, or one-time tree lighting ceremonies here.

Choose your area:
Virginia | Washington, DC | Maryland


Nov 8-Jan 5, 2020
Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights | Vienna, VA
Each November and December, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens transforms into a twinkling holiday wonderland! Bring your family and enjoy a 1/2-mile, self-guided walk through the gardens. Enjoy a huge variety of displays, some that even sync to music, boasting more than a half-million lights!

Nov 22-Jan 5, 2020
Bull Run Festival of Lights | Centreville, VA
Miles of holiday displays await you from the comfort of your car at the Bull Run Festival of Lights! This drive-through holiday display ends with a holiday village and carnival!

Nov 24-Dec 31, 2019
Spectacular Musical Tree Shows | Leesburg, VA
The Village at Leesburg’s five-story tall Christmas tree comes alive with 15,000 dazzlingly lights as it performs daily music and light shows!

Select Days Dec 6-23, 2019
Christmas Village at Leesburg Animal Park | Leesburg, VA
The Christmas Village lights up Leesburg Animal Park on select evenings this year. Alongside animal-inspired and kid-friendly events and activities, the park glows with thousands of festive lights, bringing seasonal delight to all!

Washington, DC

Nov 29-Jan 1, 2019
ZooLights at the National Zoo | Washington, DC
Free and open to the public, the zoo hosts plenty of festive seasonal attractions and fun for all to enjoy, including their dazzling light show set to music. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo, making your visit even more spectacular!

Dec 5-31, 2019
The National Christmas Tree | Washington, DC
President’s Park hosts the annual National Christmas Tree display, which includes the gorgeous National Christmas Tree alongside 56 additional state and territory trees as part of the Pathway to Peace. Stroll along the walkway to feast your eyes on the decorated trees and take in some live music as part of the holiday festivities, too!

Dec 6-Jan 5, 2020
Georgetown GLOW | Washington, DC
Free and open to the public, Georgetown GLOW is the perfect destination to take in a well-lit winter walk! Stroll in, around, under and through dazzling light art exhibits while enjoying DC’s oldest neighborhood.

Lights at The Yards | Washington, DC
Enjoy a playful, interactive art installation at Yards Park! Each piece of illuminated art encourages participants to become part of the installation, through look, feel, and touch.


Garden of Lights (Brookside Gardens) | Wheaton, MD
Festival of Lights | Kensington, MD (updated link coming soon)
Lights on the Bay | Annapolis, MD
Symphony of Lights | Columbia, MD
Winter Festival of Lights (Watkins Regional Park) | Upper Marlboro, MD
Winter Lights Festival | Gaithersburg, MD

Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.


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