Holiday Light Displays
Dazzling lights on winter nights will put you in the mood for the holiday season.
There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at Holiday Celebrations, great holiday Train Events, memorable Performances and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.
Make this year's holiday season extra special by taking advantage of our "Open for the Holidays" Deals and Hotel Packages.
Through January 2, 2022
Visit the Zoo after hours and enjoy a beautiful lighting installation from the warmth & comfort of your own car. While on the lookout for your favorite animal shapes, you’ll be dazzled by over 100k LED lights that highlight some favorites from the Zoo. If you want to ditch your wheels and log some steps, we have something for that too. Every Friday through Sunday, we will be hosting a Walk-Thru event that allows you to travel the course by foot and visit Zoo Central for snacks, hot chocolate, and free carousel rides (weather permitting). Calling all beer and wine lovers! Enjoy the sights and sounds of Zoo Lights while warming your taste buds with unlimited beer and wine sampling during the event.
Through January 2, 2022
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.
$20/car, $30/large van and mini-bus, $50/bus.
Through January 2, 2022
Walk through thousands of sparkling holiday lights and many animated light displays located along a paved path in Northside Park. Sip hot chocolate, take a photo with Santa, visit our gift shop and walk through the array of holiday exhibits – including many surprises. Come see the 50-foot Christmas tree put on a show for you and soak up all of the holiday spirit.
Hours: 5:30 – 9:30pm. Open Wednesday through Sunday Nights / Closed Monday and Tuesday Nights.
Tickets in advance are recommended.
Through February 2022
See boats, transformed through the creative minds of many Frederick friends, set sail on the Creek. The fleet has grown from one boat the first year to about 25 boats in 2020. Learn more at coloronthecreek.com. The fleet includes gaff-rigged ketches, yawls, three-masted schooners and pirate ships, moored with their sail outlines, rigging and decks lit up from dusk till dawn. Come by and take a look at the amazing flotilla! The event runs from launch week in November through the first weekend in February, when Downtown Frederick celebrates February First Saturday: Fire in Ice.
Through December 31, 2021
Enjoy an enchanted woodland setting with 450 illuminated displays and lighted park trees on 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. The festival is closed December 25. The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, accessible from I-270.
To limit contact, please purchase tickets on-line and in advance. Rates vary for cars, SUV's, Mini-vans, large vans, mini-buses, buses.
Through January 1, 2022
A magical tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the glittering woods and light sculptures at Annmarie Garden and Sculptural Arts Center.
Discover wild animals, wintery wonderlands, musical holiday scenes, deep sea treasures, magical creatures, glowing trees, and so much more! NEW THIS YEAR! Bundle up to enjoy our outdoor Holiday Market with shopping, music, fun holiday photo opps, and food and drink. Hardesty Haven Holiday Cafe will be open nightly! Advance timed-entry tickets required for all guests. Everything is going OUTSIDE to keep everyone safe. Masks on!
Through January 2, 2022 (Thursdays through Sundays and more)
Yuletide Village presented by the Upperco Vol. Fire Co. features a huge drive-through light display, bigger than in years past. While the Village will be a bit different this year, it will be just as much fun! The Village will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5-9pm. Plus, additional weekdays have just been added: December 20, 21, and 22, 2021. Admission is $20 for any vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers and $5 for any additional passengers over the age of 8. Seniors/ First Responders and Military receive a $2 discount.
Set in historic Merriweather Post Pavilion, this long held family tradition delights with more than 300,000 bulbs, larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. New lights (and a 150 foot screen!) means a new experience this year. Fee per car.
For the safety of everyone, tickets must be purchased in advance due to limited capacity. When you choose a time slot, you are only allowed to enter in that 10 minute window. This ensures public health protocols are being followed and attendees can maintain social distancing. Face coverings are mandatory at all times. No food trucks or extra family activities are available this season.
Through January 2, 2022
Bring a little twinkle to your holidays at this spectacular drive-through event featuring dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights throughout the park! You won’t want to miss our giant, 54-foot LED musical tree! Open 5-9:30pm. Fee per vehicle.
For your safety and the safety of our staff, please purchase tickets online in advance at ParksDirect. Or call 301-699-2255. Face coverings are required if interacting with personnel. Please bring canned goods for donation to local food banks.
Individuals, families, businesses and organizations purchased and painted each basket in a nautical or holiday theme. 202 baskets were used to create the tree.
Every basket is a story of remembrance, honor, celebration, history or holiday spirit. The Basket Tree was constructed by the Queen Anne's County Watermen's Association, its members and the community. Painted baskets depict workboats, lighthouses, snowmen, waterfowl, crabs, fish, scenes from the Grinch and Charlie Brown and more. The Tree is located at Wells Cove Rd and Rt. 18 on the Fisherman's Inn Property.
This popular Christmas light show begins at dusk when approximately 30,000 lights are choreographed to music at the Oakland Community Center. The program runs on a one hour loop. You can easily park and watch from the car, or take in the show from the sidewalk.
Through December 30, 2021
Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm
Take a self guided walk to the North Pole! Walk through many different light displays as you make your way to see Santa! Bring the family for a walk to the North Pole! See the garden flower lights, forest animals and many more displays as you journey to the North Pole. Santa is outside to visit with children as he packs his sleigh.
We highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance this year.
Admission: $8 adults, $5 children
December 11, 2021
A special Lighted Boat Parade at 6pm sails through the harbor (weather permitting of course). Christmas in St. Michaels elves will light up the harbor area, so be sure to check that out!
Visit the website for a list of neighborhoods where the best light displays can be found. Load up your car with the family on a cool crisp night and check them out for yourselves!