Can’t-Miss Holiday Illuminations

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‘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.

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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

Dec 5-23, 2019
MBC’s Drive-Through Light Show | Vienna, VA
Evenings bring good cheer, family, and friends together at McLean Bible Church’s drive-through light show! This free event, hosted by church volunteers, invites all to partake in a dazzling lightshow held around the church’s Tysons Campus. Twinkling displays and scenes will lead you towards a hot chocolate station, candy canes, and of course, plenty of holiday cheer!

Washington, DC

Nov 22-Dec 29, 2019
Enchant, the World’s Largest Light Maze & Market | Washington, DC
This winter, Nationals Park turns into a magical market and maze of lights — the largest in the world — for all to enjoy! Nationals Park puts baseballs and bats aside to make way for the baubles and beauty of winter! Boasting a Christmas Market featuring more than 60 local artisans, the field also gives way to a glistening ice-skating trail, found beneath larger-than-life light displays.

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 4-Jan 1, 2020
US Capitol Christmas Tree | Washington, DC
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) selects the annual US Capitol Christmas Tree in consultation with the United States Forest Service; this year’s tree was chosen from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. The tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House on December 4, 2019, during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn, and thereafter be lit from nightfall until 11 pm each evening through January 1, 2020.

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.

Dec 6-23, 2019
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.

Dec 27-28, 2019
Holiday Light Spectacular, Hosted by Washington National Cathedral | Washington, DC
Keep the holiday magic alive in the majestic setting of Washington National Cathedral as you are transported into a snow globe world, with the grand columns and high vaulted ceilings blanketed in snowflakes and other lighting effects!

Plus, enjoy a screening of the 1982 animated film The Snowman, as well as holiday favorites performed by a live orchestra and soloists. Based on the book of the same name by Raymond James, this classic animated film tells the poignant tale of a boy who builds a snowman that comes to life for one enchanted night. The film’s soundtrack will be played by the orchestra with a live performance of the dreamily unforgettable song, Walking in the Air.


Garden of Lights (Brookside Gardens) | Wheaton, MD
Festival of Lights | Kensington, MD
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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