20 Displays in DC, Maryland and Virginia 2022 – NBC4 Washington


This is Fa-la-la-la-la-Lights season!

Check out these brilliant displays and light shows in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to light up the long winter nights.

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D.C. Holiday Lights (through January 8, outdoors throughout the region): High street areas and business aisles will decorate their halls with twinkling light displays for the holidays. For more fun, check out our scavenger hunt.

Enchant® in Nationals Park (until January 1, outdoors): A gorgeous light maze, an ice rink alongside a glittering forest, and a craft village create a festive Christmas world inside Nationals Park. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $23 for children.

Georgetown Glow (through January 22, outdoors): Stroll through sections of Georgetown to admire large light fixtures that serve as a festive backdrop for a winter photo.

Light Yards (through January 2, outdoors): This year’s theme, Swinging Bells, brings animated displays and the sounds of jingle bells together. Visiting is free, and it’s open every night from 5-10 p.m

National Christmas Tree (open to the public Dec. 2, White House Ellipse, outdoors): After the grand lighting ceremony on Nov. 30 (tickets required), the park will be open to anyone to enjoy the tree decorated with ornaments from across the United States

National Menorah Lighting (December 18, outdoors): Get tickets to see the celebration of the lighting, including musical performances, food, and an essay contest, at the White House Ellipse.

Greening season at the US Botanical Garden (through January 2, outdoors and indoors): Model trains cruise past poinsettias and replicas of DC landmarks made from plants at the US Botanic Gardens. Hours are 10am-5pm daily, but the show is open until 8pm every Tuesday in December.

Spectacular Factory (through January 8, indoors): ARTECHOUSE DC’s newest interactive exhibit invites you to a holiday wonderland with bells, nutcrackers, rotating candy-cane carousels and more. Standard tickets start at $25. There are discounts for Washington, D.C. residents, students, seniors, and military personnel, or for the purchase of a family package for two adults and two children.

Zoo Lights (certain nights through December 30th, outdoors): Run alongside animal lanterns and LED lights while enjoying music and winter treats many nights in December. Permits are free, but you must reserve them in advance. Parking costs $30. Note that all indoor exhibitions will be closed this year.

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Festival of Lights (through January 1, Outdoor Drive): Drive to Watkins Regional Park and across the path of bright holiday displays. Single-person admission costs $10 online or $15 at the gate; Prince George’s County residents can visit for free on Christmas Day.

Garden of Lights (through January 1, outdoors): This light-up display at Wheaton Gardens in Brookside costs $10 per person.

ice! At Gaylord National (through December 31, indoors): Step into the world of “A Christmas Story” at the annual Gaylord National holiday course, carved from two million pounds of ice and kept at -9 degrees. Ticket prices start at $27.99 for children and $36.99 for adults and include a special jacket to keep you warm during your stay.

National Harbor (Outdoor): This 60-foot LED Christmas tree will put on a show nightly, every half hour from sunset until 9 p.m. to set a holiday variety from the UC Air Force Band. You can also watch the fireworks on December 10 and 17 at 5:30 pm

Symphony of Lights (through January 1, drive outdoors): More than 300,000 bulbs make up the holiday light extravaganza at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Vehicle cost is $20 per vehicle—except on December 31st, when you can attend the New Year’s Eve Walkthrough event with fireworks at 7 p.m.

Winter City Lights (November 19-December 31, outdoors): Take a merry jaunt through a 1.5-mile long trail of lights, cozy up around a fire and enjoy a Christmas tree dance and light show in Olney, Maryland. For a more adventurous you can try throwing axes or pipes for an additional fee. Tickets start at $31 or $37, depending on the day, and must be purchased online.

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Bull Run Festival of Lights (through January 8, Outdoor Drive and Festival): Drive through 2.5 miles of sparkling holiday cheer. Admission starts at $30 per vehicle if purchased online or $40 at the gate. Afterwards, stop by the Holiday Village for shopping, bonfires and s’mores or the Carnival for rides and games (extra charge).

Ice & Lights – The Winter Village at Cameron Run (until January 1, outdoors): Ice skating on an outdoor skating rink in a bright winter wonderland – which looks like a Jimmy Buffet-themed Christmas card thanks to the gnomes in water park. Ticket prices to the village start at $9.19. To snowboard, you must purchase tickets online for $22.03.

Walk of Lights at Nebisco Provincial Park (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 31, outdoors): The park’s walkway transforms into a magical path of light shows. Attendance is free and no registration is required.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight (Dec. 9-10 and Dec. 18, outdoors): Get a dose of history this season with a candlelight tour covering the holiday traditions of 18th-century Virginia. Tickets for non-members are $28 for youth and $36 for adults.

Winter Walk of Lights (through January 8, outdoors): Shimmering animals bloom throughout Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. The half-mile trail is open until Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Tickets cost anywhere from $5 to $18, depending on whether you’re visiting during “peak” hours.