Can’t-Miss Outdoor Holiday Illuminations

by Liz Jones | December 20, 2020 12:30 am


‘Tis the season to visit these outdoor holiday light shows in the DMV!

CHOOSE YOUR AREA:

• Virginia[1]
• Washington, DC[2]
• Maryland[3]


VIRGINIA

Select days, Dec 11-20, 2020
Holiday Lights on the Farm[4] | Herndon, VA
Enjoy a tour of the park from the safety and warmth of your vehicle. Along the one-mile route, to see the farm animals, wooded wonders, and luminous lights decorating the pastures and historic buildings.

Select days until Jan 20, 2021
Bull Run Festival of Lights[5] | Centreville, VA
Miles of holiday displays await you from the comfort of your car at the Bull Run Festival of Lights!

Select days until Jan 20, 2021
Winter Walk of Lights[6] | 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!

Select days until Jan 2, 2021
Lighting of the Vines[7] | Bluemont, VA
Enjoy a unique experience that spreads joy this holiday season at Bluemont Vineyard! Thursdays through Sundays at 5:30 pm, the vineyard team leads a joyful countdown to the illumination of over 15,000 lights strung throughout 10,000 vines sloped along the mountainside of Loudoun valley.

Select days until Dec 28, 2020
Winter Glow[8] | Mount Vernon, VA
Experience an enchanting evening of winter lights at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. See the estate illuminated with soft lights and holiday patterns as you listen to Christmas carolers and visit an 18th-century winter encampment.

Select days until Dec 23, 2020
Christmas Village[9] | Leesburg, VA
Celebrate the holidays with some snuggly, cozy critters! Visit Leesburg Animal Park this season as its 21-acres are transformed into a magical and mesmerizing Christmas Village! Enjoy holiday-inspired fun under the twinkling glow of thousands of lights strung throughout the park.

Select days until Jan 2, 2021
Winter Lights Walk[10] | Purcellville, VA
The Franklin Park Arts Center turns into a winter wonderland this holiday season! For more than 2 weeks, December 14-January 2, 2021, you’re invited to their Winter Lights Walk! Step into their gallery exhibit of stars, night, and winter sky, while sipping a warm beverage. Then, continue outside to the back lawn and wander among beautifully displayed lighted sculptures created by local artists.

Select days until Jan 2, 2021
Holiday Fun at Maple Tree Farm[11] | Warrenton, VA
Your family is invited to visit them and enjoy a stroll among a half-mile of beautifully lit trees — perfect for some fresh air, socially distanced fun!

The following have been canceled or re-imagined as virtual or similar events:

Lighted Nights at Claude Moore Park[12] | Sterling, VA
Stop by for a leisurely, self-guided stroll down Vestals Gap Road, and into the park’s historic district.

Drive-Through Light Show[13] | 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

Daily until Jan 1, 2021
National Christmas Tree[14] | 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.

Daily until Jan 1, 2021
US Capitol Christmas Tree[15] | Washington, DC
The 2020 US Capitol Christmas Tree is proudly provided by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests in Colorado. Decorated and lit with thousands of twinkling lights, guests are invited to visit it on the West Front Lawn beginning December 2, 2020. It will be lit from nightfall until 11 pm each evening through January 1, 2021.

Daily until Jan 10, 2021
Lights Yards[16] | Washington, DC
The Yards’ annual holiday installation features the​ premiere​ of the installation “Stars” by Australian-based immersive light design sculptors ​Amigo & Amigo​. The larger-than-life stars constructed from metallic mesh feature dancing lights and play festive music, making for a perfect socially-distanced stroll for guests of all ages who want to safely experience some holiday cheer.

The following have been canceled or re-imagined as virtual or similar events:

Georgetown GLOW[17] | 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.

Enchant Light Maze & Market[18] | 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.

ZooLights[19] | 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!

Holiday Light Spectacular[20] | 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!


MARYLAND

Holiday Light Show at National Harbor[21] | National Harbor, MD
Zoo Lights at the Maryland Zoo[22] | Baltimore, MD
Garden of Lights (Brookside Gardens)[23] | Wheaton, MD
Festival of Lights[24] | Kensington, MD
Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park[25] | Annapolis, MD
Symphony of Lights[26] | Columbia, MD
North Pole Lights Walk at Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm[27] | Severn, MD
Winter Festival of Lights (Watkins Regional Park)[28] | Upper Marlboro, MD
Winter Lights Festival[29] | Gaithersburg, MD


Important Disclaimer: This opportunity is curated from a public source and subject to changes and/or cancelations that might not be reflected above. Always call to confirm before participating.


This guide/post to going out in the Washington area is all about outdoor light shows!

Endnotes:
  1. Virginia: https://dullesmoms.com/illuminations/#Virginia
  2. Washington, DC: https://dullesmoms.com/illuminations/#WashingtonDC
  3. Maryland: https://dullesmoms.com/illuminations/#Maryland
  4. Holiday Lights on the Farm: https://dullesmoms.com/holiday-lights-on-the-farm/
  5. Bull Run Festival of Lights: https://www.novaparks.com/events/bull-run-festival-of-lights
  6. Winter Walk of Lights: https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights
  7. Lighting of the Vines: https://www.bluemontvineyard.com/lighting-of-the-vines
  8. Winter Glow: https://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/winter-glow/
  9. Christmas Village: https://www.leesburganimalpark.com/christmas/
  10. Winter Lights Walk: https://dullesmoms.com/winter-lights-walk/
  11. Holiday Fun at Maple Tree Farm: https://dullesmoms.com/holiday-fun-at-maple-tree-farm/
  12. Lighted Nights at Claude Moore Park: https://dullesmoms.com/lighted-nights/
  13. Drive-Through Light Show: https://www.mcleanbible.org/events/christmas-mbc-2
  14. National Christmas Tree: https://dullesmoms.com/nat-christmas-tree-2/
  15. US Capitol Christmas Tree: https://www.facebook.com/USCapitolChristmasTree/
  16. Lights Yards: https://www.theyardsdc.com/event/2020/12/light-yards-2020/
  17. Georgetown GLOW: http://www.georgetownglowdc.com/
  18. Enchant Light Maze & Market: https://dullesmoms.com/enchant/
  19. ZooLights: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights
  20. Holiday Light Spectacular: https://www.facebook.com/events/422378615114287/
  21. Holiday Light Show at National Harbor: https://dullesmoms.com/nat-harbor-xmas-light-show/
  22. Zoo Lights at the Maryland Zoo: https://www.marylandzoo.org/special_events/zoo-lights/
  23. Garden of Lights (Brookside Gardens): https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/garden-of-lights/
  24. Festival of Lights: https://dctemplelights.lds.org/
  25. Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park: https://www.lightsonthebay.org/
  26. Symphony of Lights: https://www.facebook.com/merriweatherlights/
  27. North Pole Lights Walk at Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-pole-lights-walk-tickets-125078512197
  28. Winter Festival of Lights (Watkins Regional Park): http://www.pgparks.com/742/Festival-of-Lights
  29. Winter Lights Festival: https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/recreation/special-events/winter-lights-festival

Source URL: https://dullesmoms.com/illuminations/