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The Ultimate List of Holiday Light Displays in the DMV

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We at BRAX Roofing spend so much time looking at and working on the exteriors of homes that we’ve come to appreciate a thing or two about holiday light displays in the DMV. Many homeowners pull out all the stops to create dazzling displays, and plenty of area parks and gardens impressively take holiday lights to the next level.

Here is our ultimate list of holiday light displays in the DMV. Bundle up, put on some holiday music, bring the hot chocolate, and enjoy the season!

Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Lights on the Bay

Sandy Point State Park

  • 1100 E. College Pkwy., Annapolis, Md.
  • Through Jan. 1
  • 5-10 p.m.
  • Cars $15, large vans and minibuses $30, buses $50

Lights on the Bay offers a scenic drive featuring more than 60 displays illuminating the roadway. 3D glasses can be purchased upon admission to the park for an even more magical experience. For more information, visit http://www.lightsonthebay.org.

Residential Streets and Neighborhoods:

  • Delmar Avenue in Glen Burnie
  • 200 4th Ave., in Glen Burnie
  • Ice Crystal Way in Odenton (Preview )
  • King Malcolm Avenue and Odenton Road in Odenton
  • Cannon Ridge Court in Seven Oaks
  • “Mamulaville” – Ringe Dr. and Burns Crossing Rd in Severn (Preview)

Arlington County, Virginia

Residential Streets and Neighborhoods:

  • 1610 N Abingdon St in Arlington
  • 1713 N Quebec Street in Arlington

Baltimore County, Maryland

Miracle on 34th Street

  • 720 W. 34th St., Baltimore
  • Through December 31
  • 5:15-11:00 p.m.
  • Free

Although not technically in the DMV, this block of homes, affectionately known as “Christmas Street,” in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood offers a dazzling display of lights every year and is worth the drive.

Residential Streets and Neighborhoods:

  • Edmondsond Village Neighborhood in Baltimore
  • Federal Hill Neighborhood in Baltimore
  • “Mr. Christmas” – 22 Kitzbuhel Road in Parkton

Calvert County, Maryland

Annmarie Garden In Lights

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center

  • 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell, Md.
  • Through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 12-13 and 24-25)
  • 6-9 p.m.
  • $6 per person, children ages 4 and under free, Annmarie members free

A walking tour through the garden features handmade, one-of-a-kind Christmas light sculptures. For more information, visit http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/garden-lights-magical-light-show.

Residential Streets and Neighborhoods:

  • Route 260 and Route 261 in Chesapeake Beach

Dorchester County, Maryland

Winter Walk of Lights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

  • 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, Va.
  • Through Jan. 3
  • 5:30-10 p.m.
  • Adults $12-$14; children ages 3-12 $7-$9; children age 2 and younger free; timed tickets required and can be purchased online or at the door, but availability is limited

The Winter Walk of Lights, now in its fifth year, follows a half-mile path of lights and unique animated displays. For more information, visit https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights.

Fairfax County, Virginia

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Bull Run Regional Park

  • 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Va.
  • Through Jan. 8
  • Sunday-Thursday 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays 5:30-10 p.m.
  • $15 per car Sundays-Thursdays; $20 Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays; $25 on Dec. 10, 17, 24, and 31

The Bull Run Festival of Lights features a 2.5-mile drive through the park and a holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and photos with Santa. For more information, visit https://www.novaparks.com/events/bull-run-festival-of-lights.

Residential Streets and Neighborhoods

  • 3912 Lincolnshire Street in Annandale
  • 5700 Claret Place in Centreville
  • 13614 Weinstein Court in Centreville
  • 42460 Flemming Dr in Chantilly
  • Route 260 and Route 261 in Chesapeake Beach
  • 11610 Henderson Road in Clifton
  • 6226 Stonehunt Place in Clifton
  • 3308 and 3309 Prosperity Ave. in Fairfax
  • 3522 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax
  • 8910 Karen Dr in Fairfax
  • 9804 Kirktree Court in Fairfax
  • 10715 Shadow Lane in Fairfax Station
  • Archdale Road in Reston
  • Stone’s Throw Drive in Reston
  • 5406 Fremont St in Springfield

Howard County, Maryland

Symphony of Lights

Merriweather Post Pavilion

  • Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, Md.
  • Through Jan. 1 (closed New Year’s Eve, and closed to drive-through traffic Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • 5-10 p.m.
  • $20 per car, $25 on Saturday

The Symphony of Lights features more than 100 larger-than life holiday light creations, a laser light show, and a 3D holiday video. For more information, visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/howard_county_general_hospital/ways_give/howard_hospital_foundation/foundation_events/symphony_of_lights/drive_through.html.

Montgomery County, Maryland

Winter Lights Festival

Seneca Creek State Park

  • 1950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Md.
  • Through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas)
  • Sunday-Thursday 6-9 p.m.; Saturday 6-10 p.m.
  • $12 per car Monday-Thursday, $15 weekends, cash only

The Winter Lights Festival is in 21st season and features more than 350 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays along a 3.5-mile drive through Seneca Creek State Park. For more information, visit http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/winter-lights-festival.

The Garden of Lights

Brookside Gardens

  • 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, Md.
  • Through Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
  • Sunday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m. (last car admitted at 8:30 p.m.), Friday-Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. (last car admitted at 9:30 p.m.)
  • Cars/vans $25 Monday-Thursday, $30 weekends; cash only, and no pedestrian entry

The Garden of Lights features more than a million lights, as well as a seasonally themed G-Scale model train exhibit at the South Conservatory. For more information, visit http://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/brookside-gardens/garden-of-lights.

Festival of Lights at the LDS Temple

Washington D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

  • 9900 Stoneybrook Drive., Kensington, Md.
  • Through Dec. 31
  • Dusk-10 p.m.
  • Free

The D.C. LDS (Mormon) Temple features more than 650,000 lights, a live outdoor nativity scene, and live musical performances. For more information, visit http://dctemplelights.lds.org.

Loudoun County, Virginia

Spectacular Musical Tree

Village at Leesburg

  • 1602 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg, Va.
  • Through Jan. 1
  • 12-9 p.m.
  • Free

Start a new holiday tradition by visiting this amazing 5-story tall tree with a snowfall topper and more than 15,000 dazzling lights that performs daily music and light shows. Daily Show Schedule: On the hour. For more information, visit http://villageatleesburg.com/event/village-leesburg-spectacular-musical-tree-shows/all/.

Residential Streets and Neighborhoods:

  • 22955 Lois Lane in Ashburn
  • “Edwards Landing Lights” – Edwards Landing community in Leesburg (Preview)
  • 1826 Woods Edge Dr NE in Leesburg
  • “Candy Cane Lane” – East Juniper St. in Sterling
  • 21244 Millwood Square in Sterling
  • 111 W Church Rd in Sterling

Prince George’s County, Virginia

Winter Festival of Lights

Watkins Regional Park

  • 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Through Jan. 1
  • 5-9:30 p.m.
  • $5 per car ($10 for three-visit passes), $15 for mini-buses and limos, $25 for buses; cash only; Christmas admission is free

The Winter Festival of Lights features a drive-through display of more than a million lights. Be sure to bring canned goods to donate to local food banks. For more information, visit http://www.pgparks.com/page69102.aspx.

Washington D.C.

ZooLights at the National Zoo

Rock Creek Park

  • 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington
  • Through Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve)
  • 5-9 p.m.
  • Free admission; parking is $9 of FONZ members, $16 for non-FONZ members

The National Zoo is again hosting its holiday display spectacular, which includes live musical performances, a model train exhibit, and, of course, the zoo residents. For more information, visit https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/zoolights.

Residential Streets and Neighborhoods:

  • 1601 Collingwood Road in Alexandria – featured on TLC Invasion of the Christmas Lights (Preview)
  • 2507 Fairview Drive in Alexandria
  • 6412 Joyce Road in Alexandria

What impressive holiday light displays in the DMV did we miss that should be on this list? Leave in the comments below

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