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Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrations

Holiday tree lighting celebrations are a great way to kick off the holiday season with friends and family! Here is a schedule of tree lighting ceremonies happening around Montgomery County:

Re-Imagining the Holidays

Fountain Plaza at Downtown Silver Spring | November 15 @ 6 PM silver-spring-christmas-tree1
Karl Unnasch, an internationally acclaimed public and architectural artist, will create a 35’ tree comprised of chimes, bells, pinwheels and ribbons for Downtown Silver Spring’s third annual ‘Re-Imagining the Holidays’ public art installation.
Named Silver Symphony, the holiday art installation will be alive with sound and motion. For the first time, guests will be able to interact with and ‘play’ the Downtown Silver Spring tree through a series of levers. The interactive installation will be unveiled on November 15, 2014 during the ‘Re-Imagining the Holidays’ event, and will remain on display for approximately ten weeks on the fountain plaza. The ‘Re-Imagining the Holidays’ project has a strong altruistic component, and aims to give back to the local community by partnering with non-profit organizations.

Downtown Silver Spring’s 2013 award-winning toy tree, Playtime Jubilee, attracted national attention last year with an appearance on the TODAY Show.

Light Up Washingtonian

RIO Washingtonian, Gaithersburg | November 21 @ 6 PM
RIO Washingtonian Center invites the community to attend the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. NBC4’s Melissa Mollet will host the seasonal celebration and lead the crowd in the traditional tree lighting countdown. The community is invited to enjoy holiday entertainment and activities that celebrate the season:
• Santa and Mrs. Claus grand entrance
• Tree lighting countdown
• Musical entertainment
• Photos with Santa
• Carriage rides along Boardwalk Place
• Strolling entertainment, including sugar plum fairies and elves
• Giveaways
• Samples from RIO Washingtonian restaurants and shops

Rockville Town Square Holiday Open House

Rockville Town Square | December 4 @ 6:30 PM 
The Holiday Open House features Santa’s Arrival, the Holiday Tree Lighting, FREE photos with Santa, refreshments, holiday music and more! FREE Horse & Carriage Rides with a donation to the Holiday Toy & Gift Drive benefiting needy families through the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission. Aaron Gilchrist, NBC4 Morning News anchor, will attend as the guest of honor, and lead us in the traditional holiday tree lighting countdown. Parking during the tree lighting event will be free.

Bethesda Row Holiday Tree

Bethesda Row  

5 thoughts on “Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrations

  1. Sindy Ruiz +

    Please keep me update with Tree Ceremony in Rockville, MD 20850. Thank you

    • Karla Saravia +

      Hello Sindy! The tree lighting ceremony for Rockville Town Square will take place on Thursday, December 4th from 6-9 PM

  2. Danielle Kean +


    I’m from Sky Zone, an Indoor Trampoline Park. We focus on Fun and Fitness. Are vendors welcome to the event? We would love to hand out prizes and better serve our community!

    Thanks! Please reach back at

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    • Karla Saravia +

      Hi Danielle,
      We don’t organize the events, we help promote them. You can contact individual communities about their events.

  3. Chris Carew +

    So much for “free parking during the tree lighting event” in Rockville last night. Since the duration of the event wasn’t specified, we assumed parking was free the entire evening – or at least until Santa stopped doing pictures. But when our family got to our car (parked one block from where the road was closed off, so I figured it was within the area of “free parking”) I found a $40 parking ticket because our meter expired. I would have fed the meter except for the free parking info on this website.

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