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November Events 2016

12 November Events to Attend

Find things to do outside of Washington DC this November. 

Emancipation Day Celebrations


On November 1, 1864, Maryland freed by a new state constitution all those held in bondage within its boundaries. Join Montgomery Parks in celebrating Maryland Emancipation Day in our parks! Hike the Underground Railroad, tour 19th century log cabins, visit an African American history museum, enjoy living history demonstrations and eat great food! Most Saturday and Sunday Park events are FREE.

When: November 4-6, 2016

Where: Locations throughout the county.

Museum Shop Around

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Strathmore’s Annual Museum Shop Around turns holiday gift giving into an art form. With wares from 18 area museums and cultural shops, you are sure to find perfect expressions of friendship, love, and gratitude for everyone on your list.

When: November 10-13, 2015 / 10 AM

Where: The Mansion at 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Cost: $9

Downtown Silver Spring Annual Tree Lighting Festival

More information coming soon

When: November 12, 2016 / 6-8 PM

Where: Silver Spring Fountain Plaza 908 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Holiday 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 to match any interest and budget. An extensive array of fine arts and paintings will be available, including handmade prints, calligraphy, oil paintings and mixed media. Be dazzled by forged iron and glass blown art, designer and precious jewelry, leather moccasins and stunning photography.

When: November 18-20, 2016

Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut Street Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Holiday Tree Lighting at Pike & Rose

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Join us as we kick off the holiday season with our annual Tree Lighting.  Enjoy live ice carving, holiday music, festive food, retailer promotions, giveaways and more!

When: November 18, 2016 / 6-8 PM

Where: Pike & Rose 11580 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

Tree Lighting Celebration at RIO Washingtonian

Kick-off the holiday season with this annual tree lighting celebration!  Family-friendly events and activities include: Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus, strolling holiday entertainment, horse and carriage rides, giveaways and more!

When: November 18, 2016 / 6-8 PM

Where: Lakefront Plaza

S’mores Lights & Trolley Rides

Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition. Start your adventure by making your own s’mores and enjoying a hot beverage in a beautiful woodland setting. At your leisure, take a magical trolley or wagon ride through the lights to view three miles of displays.

When: November 18, 2016 / 6-10 PM

Where: Seneca Creek State Park

Cost: $10 register online or $12 at the gate

Tree Lighting in Rockville Town Square

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The Season of Giving Kick Off event in Rockville Town Square celebrates the start of the holiday season by giving back to the community. Donations can be made throughout the night to the National Center for Children and Families in the form of Thanksgiving basket items, gently worn coats and new, unwrapped toys. Those who donate can enjoy a free photo by the brand new tree while enjoying live music and entertainment, ice skating, hot chocolate and then the grand finale – the Tree’s holiday light and music show.

When: November 19, 2016 / 5:30-8:30 PM

Where: Rockville Town Square 30 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade


Join us for the annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade throughout Downtown Silver Spring!

The lineup includes a variety of floats and Santa’s sleigh accompanied by reindeer and elves throwing candy canes to the crowd. Multiple high school marching bands will participate and a variety of South American dance groups as well. ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will serve as master of ceremonies.

When: November 19, 2016 / 10 AM

Where: Downtown Silver Spring from Ellsworth Drive to Silver Spring Ave

Leashes ‘n’ Lights

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Treat your pooch like royalty at Leashes ‘n’ Lights. Enjoy a leisurely one-mile stroll or embark on a three-mile romp through more than 380 illuminated displays, sparkling wrapped trees and animated vignettes. Visit our heated tent and take a pet selfie with Santa!

When: November 22, 2016/ 6-9 PM

Where: Seneca Creek State Park

Brookside Garden of Lights


Beginning November 25, 2016, families can once again enjoy the beloved winter walk-through holiday light display at Brookside Gardens. This magical winter wonderland is illuminated by more than one million dazzling, colorful lights uniquely shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms featuring flowers, animals and other natural elements.

When: November 25, 2016

Where: Brookside Gardens 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902

Cost:  $25 per Car/Van (Monday – Thursday) or $30 per Car/Van (Friday – Sunday)

Winter Lights Festival

The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival is getting ready to welcome visitors for its 21st spectacular season. The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly

When: November 25 through December 31. / Sunday – Thursday: 6 – 9 PM Friday & Saturday: 6 – 10 PM

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

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