Close Menu

Four Seasons of Fun: Winter

Ice skating in Downtown Silver Spring, MD

Can’t Miss Things to Do this Winter in Montgomery County

Experience the joys of winter here in Montgomery County, Maryland! From seasonal and holiday-themed activities like cutting down the perfect tree, watching a light show, and sledding at C&O Canal National Historical Park, you’ll truly find yourself getting lost in a Montgomery County winter wonderland.

WINTER TIP: Winters can get very cold, so we recommend bringing a thick coat, scarves, hats, and gloves to keep warm during the days and nights. Expect to see some snow which makes Montgomery County look even more beautiful!

Start planning out the perfect winter family trip by browsing the best places to stay in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Holiday Shop ‘Till You Drop

The perfect gift for that special someone is just one shopping trip away in Montgomery County. Visit some of our best shopping centers like Pike & Rose or one of our outlet malls like the Clarksburg Premium Outlets for the best deals at all of your favorite shops. For more unique gift finds stop by holiday markets or check out our favorite spots to shop small and support local Montgomery County businesses (especially on Small Business Saturday). If you want to experience all that the county has to offer look at these Seven Places to “Shop Small” this Holiday Season.

Be Amazed at a Lightshow

A holiday lightshow is something everyone should see at least once and here in Montgomery County, Maryland, we have so many wonderful options to choose from. Our complete list of County lights can help you narrow down and pick the perfect spot to visit. A few of our lightshow favorites are the mystical Brookside Gardens Garden of Lights and the Winter Lights at Seneca Creek Park.

Washington, DC Temple in Kensington, MD

See a Spectacular Show

The season isn’t complete without a spectacular holiday show! Visit the Olney Theatre Center to see a live version of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Other area theaters like Round House Theatre and F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater hold shows for the winter and holidays. Don’t forget to stop by the Music Center and Mansion at Strathmore for a live music show with a multitude of genres to choose from like hip hop, classical, opera, and more!

Celebrate the Season with Winter Activities

Is there any better way to spend a winter weekend than with ice skating with the family followed by sipping on a steamy mug of hot chocolate? Show off your figure eight at one of Montgomery County’s outdoor or indoor skating rinks, then drive to C&O Canal National Historical Park a variety of winter activity favorites like snowshoeing, sledding, and skiing.

Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center at the C&O Canal National Historical Park

Cut Down the Perfect Christmas Tree

The perfect Christmas Tree is just a short drive away from one of the county’s best local farms, Butler’s Orchard. After you cut down your desired tree enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on the farm and all of the other fun holiday activities the orchard has to offer.

Hanukkah Activities

Celebrate eight days of Hanukkah with a parade led by the Chabad of Upper Montgomery County, exciting events held at the PJ Library in Rockville, the annual Taste of Hanukkah event in Gaithersburg, and the beautiful menorah lighting at Bethesda Row.

Ring in the New Year at Montgomery County

Get your sparklers and champagne ready to countdown for the new year! Shop for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit at some of our best shopping centers, grab a bite to eat and cheers with drinks at a local bar, and explore the county for the perfect end-of-year vacation  or make a resolution to explore new and historic things in the county.

Thrilling Adventures for the New Year

It’s a new year which means it’s time to tackle all of those resolutions that you have planned for the year to come. Don’t settle for normal gyms, try something new to get your body moving like rock climbing at SportRock, swimming at Montgomery County Aquatic Center, or grab a bike and head to the C&O Canal National Historical Park for an afternoon cycle.

Plan the Perfect Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air! Take that special someone out for a night to remember at one of our many celebrated restaurant choices. Whether your significant other likes Italian, Indian, or Chinese cuisine, you’re sure to find a place to impress them. Plan A Romantic Getaway Weekend sure to make any date swoon!