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Holiday Happenings

Montgomery County has numerous events during the holiday season. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information.

Don’t miss the following Holiday Happenings this season!

Light Festivals

Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens


Make a new holiday tradition at the Garden of Lights Walk Through Holiday Light Display. 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.

When: November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (Open every night except December 24 & 25)

Where: 1800 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Price: $25 per car/van (Sunday-Thursday) | $30 per car/van (Friday-Saturday)
$25 advanced tickets available beginning November 1, 2016 at Brookside Gardens 

Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park

Winter Lights is a magical Christmas light display at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland. See more than 350 illuminated displays and along a 3.5-mile drive through the park. Driving through the enchanted forest setting, you will experience an array of displays that light up the night. Click here for more information

When: November 25 through December 31 (closed on December 25)

Where: 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Price: Cars, SUV’s, Mini-Vans Monday – Thursday: $12 / Cars, SUV’s, Mini-Vans Friday – Sunday: $15

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

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The Washington, DC Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints, also known as the Mormon Temple, is open to all during the Christmas season. This impressive church and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 650,000 lightssparkling Christmas lights. Beginning December 1st, the Festival 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.

When: December 1, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Where: 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, Maryland.

Price: FREE!

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Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland

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Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Bethesda with a variety of performances, live ice sculpting, a visit from Santa Claus and more!

When: December 3, 2016 / 1 – 4 PM

Where: Veterans Park located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues



Shop in your pajamas and enjoy special promotions and discounts at your favorite local retailers! Click here to see participating retailers.

When: December 4, 2016 / 8am-11am

Where: Main Street Takoma

Holiday Events at Strathmore

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

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A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcrackerre-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City.

When: December 16, 2016 / 8 PM

Where: Strathmore Music Center – 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852

Price: $32 – $58

Moscow Ballet Presents: The Great Russian Nutcracker

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Bring the whole family for the sweetest Christmas celebration of the season! he original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in your city!

When: December 21 – 23, 2016 / 8 PM

Where: Strathmore Music Center – 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852

Price: starting at $28

Unique Holiday Trees

Holiday Tree at Silver Spring

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The Positivi-Tree, by internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists Jon Taylor and Karl Unnasch, is an impressive 35-foot public art installation, featuring hundreds of illuminated and multi-colored umbrellas.
Where: Silver Spring Fountain Plaza 916 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20910

Holiday Tree in Rockville Town Square

The new holiday tree at Rockville Town Square features a light and music show at the start of every hour.
Where: Rockville Town Center 30 Maryland Ave 30 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

Make sure to catch these events next year!

Kick off the holiday season with a family friendly celebration in Downtown Silver Spring. The only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Maryland takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Downtown Silver Spring.

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrations are a great way to kick off the holiday season with friends and family! Most tree lighting celebrations happen throughout November.

The Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is held the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Whether you’re shopping for an early Christmas gift or looking to add something new to your collection, you’ll find something to match any interest and budget.

5 thoughts on “Holiday Happenings

  1. John logan +

    BE HAD BY ALL ( maybe white)

  2. william +

    Got anything going on in AZ?

    • Karla Saravia +

      This website only promotes events held in Montgomery County, Maryland

  3. Impressive promotion

  4. Layan +

    Hi, is the Moscow Ballet: The Russian Nutcracker in Baltimore, Maryland?

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