Winter is a magical time of year in Montgomery County, Maryland. If you’re looking for the perfect socially distanced event, The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival – a drive-thru experience – welcomes visitors back for its 25th spectacular season.
Head over to Seneca Creek State Park for a 3.5-mile drive through the enchanted woodland setting including more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully strung trees that light your way. Festival favorites include a Fairytale scene, Winter Woods, Victorian Village, and Mermaid Lagoon. In celebration of 25 years, an enchanting new Fantasy theme will be debuted at this year’s event.
The Winter Lights Festival will be open nightly November 27 through December 31, Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Please note that the Festival will be closed on December 25.
The park is located at 11950 Clopper Road in Gaithersburg, just a few miles west of the intersection with I-270. Access is now even more convenient with the opening of the new Watkins Mill Interchange on I-270.
Advance online admission is $12 per car Monday through Thursday and $17 per car Friday through Sunday. Due to the popularity of this event and excessively long lines this year, all tickets must be purchased online.
Looking for more ways to spend the Holiday Season in Montgomery County? Check out Artisan’s Markets Not to Miss This Holiday Season or hit a few spots along the Tastemakers Trail self-guided craft beverage tour.