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Great Holiday Light Displays Around Montgomery County

From the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens to the Winter Lights in Gaithersburg, we’ve rounded up Montgomery County’s best holiday light displays and experiences you won’t want to miss this season.

Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens: Wheaton

Stroll through more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted flowers, animals, snowflakes, and other natural elements at the Garden of Lights. Wander this winter wonderland and enjoy whimsical scenes, watch model trains wind through seasonal landscapes in the Conservatory, and listen to musical performances in the Visitors Center.

The Garden of Lights is open every night through January 2, 2022 (except December 24 & 25) at Brookside Gardens. The cost is $10 per person and are only available for purchase in advance.


Winter Lights Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Winter Lights Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park: Gaithersburg

Drive through the City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival featuring 3.5 miles of enchanted woodland with more than 450 illuminated displays and spectacularly lit trees that brighten the evening sky. Celebrating its 25th spectacular season, the display in Seneca Creek State Park features seasonal scenes like Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Toyland, Victorian Village, and the North Pole.

The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival is open every night through December 31 (except December 25) at Seneca Creek State Park. Admission at the gate is $15 per car/van (Monday-Thursday) and $25 per car/van (Friday-Sunday), payable by cash or credit card.

rio in Gaithersburg | Photo Credit Adam Brockett

Lakefront at rio

There are wonderful moments of joy sprinkled throughout rio in Gaithersburg. Stroll along the lakefront for beautiful lights displays, Instagramable selfie spots, warm firepits and a bright blue tree floating on the water! After working up an appetite walking through this winter wonderland, stop by one of the many restaurants to pick-up a delicious meal in-person or to go.

For more holiday inspiration, head to the MoCo Holiday Experience Hub.