The holiday season is in full swing and there’s nowhere better to experience it than Washington DC. You can experience the joy of the season from themed events and gorgeous light displays. Here are the 11 best holiday light displays that you won’t want to miss this year.
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1. Georgetown Glow
The entire neighborhood of Georgetown lights up with this glorious light display every year. Walk the streets to see different light exhibits by local artists.
3050 K St NW, Washington DC 20007
ZooLights is on everyone's DC holiday list. In addition to over 500,000 dazzling lights, they have live music, winter treats and winter shopping opportunities.
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
3. Bull Run Festival of Lights
You can drive through this beautiful 2.5 mile holiday light display. It culminates in a Winter Wonderland Holiday Village, which provides hot chocolate, s'mores, photo opportunities and bonfires.
7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
4. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Annmarie Garden in Light is a gorgeous one of a kind light display. The garden becomes a glistening display of mythical beasts, wild animals, pirates, princesses and more!
13480 Dowell Rd, Dowell, MD 20629
5. Seneca Creek State Park
This is the 21st year that Seneca Creek State Park has held its Winter Lights Festival. It's a 3.5 mile drive through illuminated scenes and characters.
11950 Clopper Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
6. Symphony of Lights
The Symphony of Lights is at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland. Hundreds of lights create colorful animated scenes, light displays and a 3D Video. Proceeds from the event go to Howard County General Hospital.
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
7. Brookside Gardens
There are millions of Christmas lights spread out throughout the gorgeous Brookside Gardens. Stroll through the different scenes and warm up with hot chocolate inside their visitor center while watching Christmas themed model trains.
1800 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902
8. National Christmas Tree
The National Christmas Tree display is one of the most prominent displays in DC and for good reason! In 1978, a 40 foot blue spruce was planted in the Ellipse and every year, it is lit up as a magical scene. Surrounding the tree are 56 smaller trees representing all 50 states and 6 territories.
15th St NW & East Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20500
9. Longwood Gardens
Longwood is a few hours from DC in Pennsylvania. The four acres of gardens become a French-inspired festive holiday display.
1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348
10. Mormon Temple Festival of Lights
The Mormon Temple hosts the annual Festival of Lights. There are over 600,000 lights lit up and every night, they have musical performances.
9900 Stoneybrook Drive Kensington, MD 20895
11. Sandy Point State Park Lights on the Bay
Lights on the Bay has 70 animated light displays along 2 miles of the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can enjoy different lighted scenes based on different themes, including historic Annapolis and the North Pole Village.
1100 E College Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21409