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November 2017 Events & Festivals

It seems almost instantaneous – as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Halloween and the trick-or-treaters finish counting their spoils, we swap the spider webs and jack-o-lanterns for festive turkeys and Christmas lights. We officially enter November and also the holiday season.

Ring in the holidays and celebrate with friends and family at some of these fantastic events happening in Montgomery County throughout the month of November.

Emancipation Day Celebrations

Emancipation Day

On November 1, 1864, Maryland passed a state constitution that ended slavery and freed all those held in bondage. Each year, we celebrate freedom and this historic day through a number of fun and educational activities. Learn about slavery, the Underground Railroad and 19th century life in Montgomery County through living history demonstrations, tours and exhibitions throughout the area. Read our recent blog post for a full list of Emancipation Day events and activities.

WHEN: November 3-5
WHERE: Locations throughout the county.

Rockville Town Square Celebrates 10 Years

Rockville Town Square

It’s hard to believe but the Rockville Town Square was built and opened 10 year ago! Celebrate its 10th anniversary on Friday, November 3. Enjoy live music, entertainment, special deals, swag bags for the first 300 guests, cake and an anniversary toast with Rockville Mayor Newton! You can also register for the chance to win gift cards from many of the Town Square’s stores and restaurants.

WHEN: November 3, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Rockville Town Square
200 East Middle Lane
Rockville, MD 20850

Tree Lighting Celebrations

What would the holidays be without lights? Head to one of these annual tree lightings near you and get in the festive mood. You can expect ice carvings, holiday music, hot chocolate and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Downtown Silver Spring Tree Lighting Celebration

WHEN: November 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Fountain Plaza
908 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Pike & Rose Holiday Light Spectacular

WHEN: November 17, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Pike & Rose
11580 Old Georgetown Road
Rockville, MD 20852

Tree Lighting Celebration at RIO Washingtonian

WHEN: November 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Lakefront Plaza
209 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Tree Lighting in Rockville Town Square

WHEN: November 18, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Rockville Town Square
200 East Middle Lane
Rockville, MD 20850

Strathmore Museum Shop Holiday Market

Strathmore Holiday Market

Find the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones at the Strathmore’s Museum Shop Holiday Market. Shop unique and meaningful presents from 18 area museum and cultural shops, including the International Spy Museum, the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection and more. Proceeds from purchases will benefit nonprofit museum and arts organizations in our community.

WHEN: November 9, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
November 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
November 11, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
November 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Whether you’re shopping for an early Christmas gift or looking to add something new to your collection, you’ll find something unique and inspiring at the Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. See an extensive array of fine work from over 450 talented artists and crafters. There will also be delicious gourmet food (with free samples) and on-site live art demonstrations. Entry tickets cost $8 but are good for the whole weekend.

WHEN: November 17-19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the 19th)
WHERE: Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Parade

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the streets of Silver Spring will be overrun with turkeys, dinosaurs, penguins and reindeer for the annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade!  This year there will be marching bands, Latin dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons. The parade will start from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceed south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue. It will also be televised live on News Channel 8 and rerun on Thanksgiving Day.

WHEN: November 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: Veterans Plaza
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Winter Lights Festival

Winter Lights Festival

The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival is getting ready for its 22nd Winter Lights Festival. The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly from November 24 through December 31. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole, and much more.

Prices: Cars, SUV’s, Mini-Vans Monday – Thursday: $12
Cars, SUV’s, Mini-Vans Friday – Sunday: $15
Limos and 20-Passenger Vans: $20
Mini-buses: $30
Buses (30 seats or more): $70

WHEN: November 24 – December 31 (Closed on December 25)
Sunday – Thursday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 6 – 10 p.m.

WHERE: Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

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