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Fun Things to Do With Your Family for the Holidays in Montgomery County

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 are sure to be a holiday hit for everyone, even Scrooge.

Head to the Holiday Street Fest

Spend the day full of holiday cheer, lakeside at rio Holiday Street Fest. Start with a tasting at the Cheers Station, followed by an Ice Carving demo, then take the kids to the s’mores lounge. Grab a bite to eat, enjoy the live music and round out the evening with fireworks over the lake.

Visit the Garden Railway Exhibit

In the middle of local favorite event, Garden of Lights, head to the Garden Railway Exhibit where 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 Magical Performance

Montgomery County is ready to entertain this holiday season with two musical hits. Watch the magic of the season come alive with dazzling multimedia effects as Mannheim Steamrollers perform their original album, Christmas. Head to Olney Theatre for a unique twist on a timeless classic. A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas  is a one-man production showcasing Ebenezer Scrooge’s life in Victorian England.

Winter Lights Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Explore a Winter Wonderland

The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival welcomes visitors for its 25th 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.

Rent a Beer Yurt

Grab your cozy sweater and head to the farm for a local pint. Waredaca Brewing Company is now offering an unforgettable beer yurt experience during the fall and winter season. Each yurt features a lounge-style experience including cozy couches and chairs. Festive fall decor and straw bales complete the look. Check out our insider’s guide for all the details.

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