2020 Holiday Light Display Guide


This holiday season will be merry and bright in a very different way. While some holiday light displays are still scheduled to happen at the time of this guide’s publishing, things change quickly. Please continue to check each event’s webpage before heading out.

Grab your mask and your little ones as we celebrate this season socially-distant together!

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New and Different

ZooLights Express
While the classic ZooLights experience takes a break this year, the National Zoo will come to you! “Panda Claws” will be traveling in a 24-foot, light-covered truck to each DC ward between November 27 – December 19. Check out their site for more information about this free event!

DC Holiday Lights
Neighborhoods across DC will be decorating their main streets this year! From Woodley Park to Eastern Market and everywhere in between! Check out this new light display happening from December 1 – December 31.

Walking Light Displays

Georgetown Glow
M St., Georgetown, Washington DC 20007
December 4 – January 10, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk Of Lights
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA 22182
November 11 – January 3, 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Under 2 – free, Ages 2-12 $9 online/$12 door, Ages 13 and up $15 online/$18 door

Driving Light Displays

Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
November 27 – January 1, 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
$8 online/$10 gate, $20 3-visit pass

Festival of Lights at DC Temple Grounds
9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895
December 11 – December 28, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park
31 S Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
November 27 – December 31, Sun.-Thurs. 6:00-9:00 pm, Fri.-Sat. 6:00-9:30 pm
Mon.-Thurs. $12 online/$15 gate, Fri.-Sun. $17 online/$20 gate

Symphony of Lights
Merriweather Post Pavillion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
November 25 – January 2, Weekdays 6:00-10:00 pm, Weekends 5:00-10:00 pm

Lights On The Bay at Sandy Point State Park
1100 E College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD 21409
November 20 – January 2, 5:00-10:00 pm

Bull Run Festival of Lights
7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
November 6- January 10, Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-9:30 pm, Fri.-Sun. 5:30-10:00 pm
$20 online/$25 gate for off-peak days, $25 online/$30 gate for peak days

If you know of other holiday light displays, please let us know in the comments and we will gladly add them.

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  1. Hi, and don’t forget about Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Holiday Lights (taking place in Park View, Petworth, and Pleasant Plains)! 50+ businesses decorated with lights & window displays! If you come out before December 11th, you can cast your vote for your favorite and help choose the winner of the People’s Choice Award. More details: LGAHolidayLights.org.

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