When it comes time for the family to visit this holiday season, your house is bound to be full—a little too full. Get your guests out of the house and into the holiday spirit with these fun family-friendly activities in Montgomery County, Maryland. From spectacular railway displays to winter lights, these attractions close to Washington, DC are sure to be a holiday hit for everyone, even Scrooge.
Meet Santa Aboard a Historic Trolley
Don’t miss the chance to meet Santa Claus in his favorite streetcar before he returns to the North Pole! The National Capital Trolley Museum hosts St. Nick during their Holly TrollyFest, where visitors can view a display of toy trains as they celebrate the season. Also for the holidays, see the special Winter in Washington exhibit, which exhibits the seasonal history of streetcars in our nation’s capital.
Visit the Garden Railway Exhibit
Volunteers transform Brookside Gardens’ Conservatory into an intricate system of trains and trolleys that wind through the beautiful flora landscape. Explore past and present Montgomery County landmarks nestled among the tracks, including miniature versions of Brookside Gardens, Kensington Railroad Station, the Cabin John Hotel, and the Dentzel Carousel.
Catch a Musical Performance
Olney Theatre Center is ready to entertain this holiday season with two musical hits. Elf: The Musical is a fun stage adaptation of the popular movie about spreading the joy of Christmas from the North Pole to New York City. Meanwhile, the timeless classic A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas is a one-man production showcasing Ebenezer Scrooge’s life in Victorian England.
Explore a Winter Wonderland
The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival welcomes visitors for its 23rd spectacular season. The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly November 23 through December 31. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees.