There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.
1 Winterfest of Lights
While at the Winterfest Village, enjoy hot chocolate, board the Winterfest Express and sing Christmas carols. Browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop for that special gift and have your photo taken with Santa! Be sure to visit Ocean City to create a lasting holiday memory.
2 Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park
Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park has become a tradition for many families for the past decade. Enjoy a scenic drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with more than 60 spectacular animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway.
$15/car, $28/large van and mini-bus, $50/bus.
3 Sailing Through Winter Solstice
Through February 3, 2018 - Dusk 'til Dawn
Lighting up the night is an age-old custom during the dark of winter. Visit this exciting "take" on that theme. Some seven sailing boats, festooned with unique designs, will be bringing joy to Carroll Creek. And the display helps raise funds for local charities too.
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Carroll Creek Park
Frederick, MD 21701
4 Brookside Garden of Lights
Brookside Gardens is hosting its 19th annual Garden of Lights outdoor holiday lights exhibit; a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling lights depicting flowers, animals and nature. Visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy seeing the G-Scale model trains wind through a festive landscape. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa inside the Visitors Center as you listen to one of the nightly musical performances.
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Arts & Culture
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
5 Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival
Winter Lights features more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes in a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. Theme areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland, and Penguin Cove.
Rates vary for cars, SUV's, Mini-vans, large vans, mini-buses, buses.
Seneca Creek State Park.
Gaithersburg, Montgomery County
6 Winter Festival of Lights
Don’t miss this spectacular holiday drive-through event of more than one million twinkling lights! This year’s Festival features fun new displays. $10-30.00
Watkins Regional Park
Prince George’s County
7 Miracle on 34th Street
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1st, including all night on Christmas Eve. FREE.
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720 West 34th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
8 Chesapeake City Winterfest
Through January 7, 2018
Chesapeake City’s month-long Victorian Christmas celebration takes place on both sides of the C&D Canal with a blizzard of holiday lights and spectacular lighted displays along the waterfronts.
9 Garden in Lights
A magical tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the glittering woods and light sculptures. Enjoy the "Holiday I Spy Game," nightly entertainment, special discount nights, sweet treats, and other fun activities.
Annmarie Garden and Sculptural Arts Center
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13470 Dowell Rd
Dowell, MD 20629
10 Holiday Light Show at McDaniel College
View this drive-through light display synchronized to music throughout the holiday season. The show will be on display through the holiday season.
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McDaniel College - Kenneth R. Gill Stadium
Westminster, MD 21157
11 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
One of the area's great community traditions is to drive through the famous Temple grounds glowing with over 650,000 lights. The Christmas trees are decorated in international themes, crèches are from around the world.
Nightly performances are also free and held in the state-of-the-art theater in the Visitors' Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more. Each performance is presented twice nightly. Reserve your free ticket on-line; tickets become available one hour prior to the performance on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kensington, Montgomery County
12 Flat Iron Farm Christmas Village & Light Display
Visitors may drive through the farm, and enjoy the lights and music at this famous light display. The Christmas Village is well-stocked, santa will be visiting, pony rides too!
Great Mills, Southern Maryland