Here is the down and dirty to the Holiday Light Shows this season- regardless of what religion you are- this time of year is the prettiest at night; add hot cider (with or without the caramel vodka) and call it an evening. Whether you have kids or not; December is always magical with Christmas lights.
- ZooLights. A free event, ZooLights has musical performances, winter themed treats, and more than 500,000 LED Lights (of course which are environmentally-friendly) which turns the zoo into a winter wonderland. Don't forget the snow-lesss tubing which is a sled down a 150-foot long track.
- Winter Walk of Lights. Located in Vienna, the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botantical Gardens is an annual event. The garden is a half-mile animated walk of lights including a fairy garden, Lakeside Lights and a Nature Walk. There is also roasted marshmallows and hot beverages available at the end of the walk.
- Bull Run Festival of Lights. This festival is a 2.5 mile drive through the Bull Run Park concluding with a holiday village.
- Miracle on 34th Street. On Saturdays in Baltimore, a private street on 34th Street lights up as a private neighborhood treat for the whole family to walk through.
- Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival. In Seneca Creek State Park, there is a 3.5 mile drive through a magical setting of 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes. See the Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village and the North Pole.
- Garden of Lights. Located in Montgomery County. Comprised of one million colorful lights shaped into flowers, animals and other botantical themes, stroll through the garden. G-Scale model trains are located within the Conservatory and there is nightly musical performances.
- Symphony of Lights. Benefitting Howard County General Hospital, this festival includes drive through holiday lights, laser light show and an outdoor ice skating rink (located in Columbia, MD).
- The Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The 39th annual festival of lights is located in Kengsington Maryland. It includes 650,000 lights, nightly musical performances in an indoor theater, international decorated themed Christmas trees and a life-size outdoor nativity.
- National Christmas Tree . Located at 15 and 17 Street NW in Washington, D.C.; since 1923, there has been a tree lighted to celebrate the holiday season.