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December 2017 Events & Festivals

Check out these fun events to attend in December throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Our events list is packed with all things holiday and cold weather, including the best light festivals, holiday craft shows, Santa sightings and more!

Festival of Lights at the Washington, D.C. Temple

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Open Now– December 31, 2017 | 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, Maryland

The Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. temple is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. This impressive church and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 650,000 sparkling Christmas lights. The Festival also features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly and it’s all FREE!

Garden of Lights


Open Now – January 1, 2018 (Open every night except December 24 & 25) | Brookside Gardens 1800 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

$25 per car/van (Sunday-Thursday) $30 per car/van (Friday-Saturday). Click here for additional pricing information.

Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, fountains, sparkling snowflakes overhead and more.

Fine Arts and Crafts Holiday Gift Show

Fine Arts and Crafts

Open Now – December 30, 2017 | 10 am – 5 pm | Sandy Spring Museum 17901 Bentley Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Do your holiday shopping locally this year.  The annual Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift show features one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, quilts, pottery, and other fine arts and crafts. You’re sure to find that perfect little something for everyone this holiday season!

Countryside Artisan Holiday Gallery and Studio Tour

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December 1-3, 2017 | 10 am – 5 pm | various locations

Find original fine art and craft and a breath of fresh air as the Countryside Artisans open their studio doors to you. At the Holiday Gallery and Studio Tour you can meet the artists and enjoy their work at their very own studios! Choose from 17 galleries and studios representing 50+ fine visual, sculptural, and textile artists as you wind your way through scenic Montgomery County. This is a free, self-guided, driving tour.

The Countryside Artisans of Maryland represents a selected group of accomplished visual, sculptural, and textile artists working in oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil, ceramics, porcelain, glass, stone, wood, yarn, textiles, and photography. Spend a day in the country and come home with a renewed sense of well-being and possibly a wonderful piece of original art! Click here for more information.

Bethesda Winter Wonderland

Bethesda's Winter Wonderland

December 2, 2017 | 1 – 4 pm | Veterans Park Woodmont Ave & Norfolk Ave Bethesda, MD 20814

Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland will feature free entertainment, a live ice sculpting demonstration and a visit from Santa Claus. Watch as a block of ice is transformed into a holiday work of art! Bring your holiday “wish list” to share with our visitor from the North Pole and enjoy free treats from downtown Bethesda restaurants all while listening to festive melodies from local elementary, middle and high school singers.

Holly Trolleyfest

Holly Trolleyfest

December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23, 2017 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm | National Capital Trolley Museum 1313 Bonifant Rd Colesville, MD 20905

Holly TrolleyFest features Santa aboard street car rides and toy trains in Santa’s Garden. Santa boards each street car trip and visits with children during their ride through Northwest Branch Park. Visitors may enjoy Santa’s Garden in the Museum’s auditorium, tour Street Car Hall with a docent, learn about the role of street cars in developing communities, and see the antics of Harold Lloyd in silent film comedies featuring street cars.


Pet Photos with Santa

Pet Photos with Santa

December 9, 2017 | 12 – 4 pm | Bethesda Lane 4950 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814

Sit. Stay. Say Cheese!

Santa knows whether your pooches have been naughty or nice, and he loves them either way. Bring your furry friends to our annual Pet Photos with Santa on Bethesda Lane to pose for a pic with the big guy. Your $5 donation will benefit Lucky Dog Pet Rescue.

All Aboard with Santa

December 9, 2017 | 4 – 6:30 pm | Gaithersburg Community Museum 9 South Summit Ave Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877 | $8 Adults; $5 Infants

A chance for Train Lovers to visit with Santa! Enjoy fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate for the children, and tea or coffee for the adults, in the 1884 Railroad Station. Visit with Santa in the caboose, view vintage model train cars and listen to stories in the Budd Car, and play and learn in the Freight House. Space is limited; advance ticket purchase is required. Online registration is available. Click here to purchase your ticket now!Tickets may also be purchased at the Gaithersburg Community Museum.

Christmas on Main Street Damascus

Christmas on Main Street Damascus

December 9, 2017 | 5 – 8 pm | Main Street Damascus

Visit Damascus for a magical evening of fun, tradition and excitement. Meet up at Jimmie Cone for a new family tradition in Damascus! You will find an extra-large tree where you can place your home-made or store-bought ornament just in time for our tree lighting ceremony. Join in for the singing of Christmas songs while we wait in anticipation of Santa’s arrival! Stroll down Main Street, visit the shops, eat some food and be Merry! Write a letter to Santa, shop in the holiday marketplace, listen to music, maybe even do a craft or two. Click here for more information.

Fenton Street Market: Holidaze


December 10, 2017 | 12 – 6 pm | Ellsworth Drive & Fenton Street in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring

Silver Spring’s favorite handmade holiday market is back! Stop by to enjoy a variety of treats including eggnog, hot chocolate, and latkes! Set your mood right with holiday lights and handmade gifts. Grab a drink and a nibble so you can sip while you shop over 30 of FSM’s favorite vendors.

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