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Top 10 Reasons Why Winter is a Great Time to Visit Montgomery County

Winter really is a magical time here in Montgomery County, Maryland and makes for the ultimate place to get away for the holidays. Lace-up your skates at an outdoor rink, do some gift shopping at a premier outlet, see a holiday show live in concert, or go for a winter hike—you can do all of this and more just outside of Washington, DC. 

  1. Ice Skate Outdoors
    Ice skating is fun but there is something extra special about doing it outside—especially in Rockville Town Square. Rockville has the largest outdoor rink in the area, giving you ample space to skate with family and friends—and maybe learn a new trick or two. Looking to explore other skating options in the county? There are a variety of indoor and outdoor rinks scattered across the county that are definitely worth adding to your weekend itinerary. 
  2. Sip Seasonal Brews
    Montgomery County, Maryland has so many local breweries to visit, each with their own unique features that make for a one-of-a-kind experience. True Respite Brewing Co. offers holiday beer tasting from their seasonal beers on tap. Choose from a fun roundup of flavors like Chocolate Hazelnut S’mores, Spicebush Amber, and Coriander with orange zest. 
  3. Find the Perfect Tree
    There’s nothing like finding that perfect tree to dazzle your home for the holidays. If you’re looking to drive up to the county to pick up your perfect tree, there are plenty of orchards and farms to visit to hand-pick with ease or cut down yourself! Flying to the county and can’t take a tree back with you? The orchards and farms still have so much to offer like delicious hot chocolate, homemade treats, ciders, farm animals, and winter-themed photo ops! 
  4. Get Outside at C&O Canal
    You can’t go through winter without getting outside and partaking in a seasonal activity. One of the county’s most frequented destinations, the C&O Canal National Historical Park, has everything you need for an active weekend outing. From sledding and ice fishing to cross-country skiing and hiking—winter truly is the ultimate time to get outdoors. 
  5. See a Dazzling Light Show
    Get in the holiday spirit by driving or strolling through a spectacular light show. Step into a magical winter wonderful illuminated with more than one million colorful lights at Brookside Garden’s Garden of Lights or drive through 3.5 miles of over more than 450 light displays and beautifully lit trees at the 23rd Annual City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival. 
  6. See a Live Holiday Performance
    Beat the cold and head inside to see a music or theater performance live at one of the many venues and concert halls around the county. Watch Hip Hop Nutcracker, a spin on the classic Nutcracker tale at Strathmore, sit front row to see A Christmas Carol at Olney Theatre Center, or listen to holiday sounds at a concert at AMP by Strathmore. 
  7. Sweet Treats Galore at Lancaster Dutch Market
    Get your hands on fresh, homemade pies, muffins, cupcakes, tarts, and more at the Lancaster Dutch Market in Germantown. The indoor market has everything you need to fill up your holiday table, not to mention a couple of treats on the ride back home. We recommend tasting a few of their handmade donuts with mouthwatering flavors like Glazed Apple Cider, Oreo, Powdered Cream Filled, and Red Velvet Vanilla. 
  8. Shop for the Perfect Gifts at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets
    Everything you need to buy the best holiday gifts for family and friends can be found at Clarksburg Premium Outlets. The outlet mall has retail shops like Coach, Calvin Klein, Nike Factory Store, GAP Outlet, and Tory Burch—all in one place so you can shop with ease at discounted prices of 25% to 65% off. 
  9. Menorah Lighting at Bethesda Row
    Celebrate Hanukkah at Bethesda Row with Chabad of Bethesda for a menorah lighting on the first night of the Festival of Lights. The lighting is an annual tradition that brings together the community and is accompanied by live music entertainment, food and drinks, and giveaways. 
  10. Get Cozy Indoors
    Cozy up by the fire at Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge—a log style American restaurant that is located adjacent to a 21-acre nature preserve. Choose from fresh salads, hearty steaks, and savory seafood dishes to have a meal you’ll never forget. Then head over to Silver Branch Brewing Company, an indoor beer tasting experience where you can sip your way through some of the world’s best brews.  

Make sure to share your winter adventures with us by using #MontgomeryMoment or tagging @VisitMoCo in your photo.   

Looking for more ways to get into the holiday spiritSee How Maryland’s Most Diverse County Celebrates the Holidays and Fun Things to Do With Your Family for the Holidays in Montgomery County