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Christmas Light Shows

IN VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, AND WASHINGTON, D.C.

Revised 20 June 2007


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Bull Run Festival of Lights and Winter Wonderland Holiday Village, (No longer called Miracle of Lights)
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia -
7700 Bull Run Drive

Open  5:00 pm until 9:30 pm November 22nd, 2006 through January 7th, 2007.  $15 per car
2006- All new Drive-Thru 2.5 mile light show. New Winter Wonderland Holiday Village located at the Bull Run Special Events Center including amusement rides, ice skating rink, entertainment, shopping, contests, food, & lots of holiday cheer!  Info Hotline: 703-359-4633.
Directions: From Beltway to I-66, west to Centreville Exit 52, south on Rt. 29 for 2 miles, left on Old Post Office Road, then follow signs to Bull Run Regional Park.


Winter Lights' Festival, Seneca State Park, Gaithersburg, Maryland -11950 Clopper Road

Open November 24 through December 31, 2006 .Sunday-Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. , and Friday-Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Closed December 25.  Admission is $10 per car Sunday-Thursday and $12 per car Friday-Saturday.
Eleventh season. Drive-thru a 3.5 miles drive featuring more than 3380 illuminated displays and 60 animated vignettes. On selected nights also have Open Air Trolley Rides through the display. Check site for details or call 301-258-6350.
Directions: From Washington, Virginia and other points south - I-270 North toward Frederick. Take Exit #10, Clopper Rd. (MD Route #117 West). Continue through five stop lights (approx. 2 miles). Seneca Creek State Park is on the left.


 
 

Winterfest of Lights, Ocean City, Maryland - Northside Park, 127th Street & the bay 

 November 16, 2006 to January 1, 2007
Ride the "Winterfest Express" through a mile of giant animated displays, with crabs and marlins surfacing among the Santas and toy soldiers.  Admission is $4.00 for those 12 years & older, and FREE for those 11 years and younger, Sunday ~ Thursday, 5:30 p.m. ~ 9:30 p.m., and Friday & Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ~ 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy the Winterfest Village, which is located inside a festive, heated tent decorated for the season. Live entertainment is scheduled on selected nights. Drive the "Avenue of Trees" on Baltimore Avenue from 15th – 32nd Street. Also, visit the Tunnel of Lights at the Inlet Lot to enjoy the beach filled with magical lights boasting a nautical theme. 410-250-0125.

 

 

 

 

 

Other Large Light Shows

Symphony of Lights, Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland - Broken Land Parkway
 Open Nov. 22 through Jan. 2., Cost for vehicles that hold up to 11 passengers is $15.
Drive-thru more than 70 larger-than-life, animated and stationary light displays by car at Symphony Woods.
Hours Sun-Thu from 6-10 pm, Fri-Sat and holidays 6-11 pm  from Nov. 22 through Dec. 10. Hours will be extended
Dec. 11 through Jan. 2 to 6-11 pm every night.

 


Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, Maryland - 301 Watkins Park Dr.

Open 5-9:30 p.m. November 25, 2005 through Jan. 1, 2006,  $5 per car or van. 301-699-2456
19th annual Winter Festival of Lights features a 2 1/2 -mile course of animated and other illuminated displays, including Santa and his hoofed friends, a light-accented train station and carousel and a decorated holiday tree.

 



Lights on the Bay, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Maryland - Exit 32 off U.S. 50

Open 5:00-10:00pm November 18, 2005 through January 1, 2006. $12 per vehicle
Drive-thru animated light displays with an Eastern shore flavor. For more information, please call the Lights on the Bay Hotline at 443-481-3161.
 



Christmas Pageant of Peace on the Ellipse (south of the White House), Washington, DC.
FREE...The National Christmas Tree and trees representing each state and territory, as well as model trains, will be on display through January 1, display from dusk to 11 p.m. daily, on the Ellipse (south of the White House).  Visit their web site for a program schedule, the story of the National Christmas Tree, and photographs of past trees. Washington, DC.

The Miracle on 34th Street, Hampden neighborhood, Baltimore, Maryland

You stroll down Chestnut Avenue, and take a left on 34th Street, and suddenly evening turns to almost day. The houses are lit, and the street is bustling with people. Maybe it's tacky, but you have to admire the spirit of the folks on 34th Street, who have been doing this for years. Everyone should see this at least once. Favorites include Christmas tree made of hubcaps, and the sleigh pulled by eight crabs, all carrying tins of Old Bay.
Website: http://www.christmasstreet.com/

 

Pennsylvania Light Shows

 

A Longwood Gardens Christmas, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Christmas blooms at Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square November 24 through January 8, 2006. Elegantly decorated trees and thousands of poinsettias with amaryllis, narcissus, begonias, cyclamen and tulips adorn the heated Conservatory. Longwood’s East Conservatory, Ballroom, Music Room, and Organ Museum. Evening choral concerts, organ sing-alongs, and strolling carolers share the sounds of the season indoors. Outdoors, more than 420,000 lights transform the grounds into a festive, night-blooming garden. Longwood is open every day of the year and attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually.

 

Hartwood Celebration of Lights, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Hartwood Celebration of Lights is a breathtaking 3.2 miles drive-thru event with over 2 million points of light on over 400 displays . Open November 18, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day), Sunday-Thursday, Dusk-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, Dusk-11 p.m.. Admission: $10 donation per carload or $3 per person per bus.

 

Lights In The Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania
This incredible display will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this holiday season every night from November 25, 2005 through January 1, 2006 (closed Christmas Day). This drive-through light display covers nearly 1 1/2 miles of one of Allentown's most beautiful parks (Lehigh Parkway) and features lighted trees, light tunnels and animated displays. Admission: $7 per vehicle (Monday-Thursday) $9 per vehicle (Friday-Sunday)

For information on other/smaller light shows check http://www.our-kids.com/holiday_lights.shtml
NOTE: Some links will cease working or link to unrelated information after the holidays.

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Enjoy the COLORS
and remember
Jesus is the reason for the season

I recommend these other TACKY XMAS sites:

The Water-Skiing Santa 
 (
This guy is a good friend of mine)

The Official Richmond Tacky Light Tour 2005

Mad Dog's Tacky Xmas

Planet Christmas

Virtual Tour of Lights

 


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