A Symphony of Lights will brighten the holidays


November 16, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and, as always, Columbia is blessed with dozens of holiday events for the whole family.

One of the new events this year is the Symphony of Lights, presented by the Howard County General Hospital.

From Monday through Jan. 1, Symphony Woods will come alive with one of the largest holiday light displays on the East Coast. Every evening from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., it will be illuminated by spectacular animated and stationary light sculptures, featuring leaping reindeer, giant toy soldiers firing cannons, carriages drawn by trotting horses, Santa's North Pole Express and many other colorful light creations.

Visitors will be able to view the more than 40 larger-than-life illuminated displays as they drive the 1.4-mile route through Symphony Woods.

The cost of tickets to the Symphony of Lights is $12 per vehicle and $50 per bus. Tickets may be purchased only as vehicles enter the display through the main gate to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Broken Land Parkway.

Additional information is available seven days per week, 24 hours a day, by calling the Symphony of Lights Information Line at 740-7677.

Discount tickets, offering $2 off regular admission price and good Mondays through Thursdays, are available at the Information Booth, the Secret Shop, and with Santa Claus, at The Mall in Columbia; the HCGH Right Touch Gift Shop, in the hospital lobby; and the Rave Reviews consignment shop in Hickory Ridge Village Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the hospital's Maternal-Child Health Services and Programs.


A holiday event of a different kind is being planned at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, where St. John Catholic Church is planning an open house from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 18.

The open house will feature a display of Nativity scenes from various countries around the world. A host family from each country will be present to answer questions about their native country and ethnic heritage. Samples of food from each country will be available.

Anyone who would like to display a Nativity scene from their native country should call the Rev. Patrick Carrion at 964-1425.


Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center will present Hanukkah Happening" at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Renee Brachfeld and Mark Novak will present a program of songs, stories and juggling.

The cost is $3 per child. Space is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 730-3987 for more information.

Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center will have a Hanukkah Happening" from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, with food, songs and other entertainment.

The cost is $3.50 per child. Space is limited and reservations must be made in person at Linden Hall. No refunds will be given.

For more information, call 730-4005.


Breakfast with Santa will be held at Slayton House on Dec. 3. Pancakes will be served. The first seating is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 10:30 a.m.

After breakfast, the children will have a private meeting and a picture with Santa. There will be other activities, as well.

The cost is $3 per child, and advance tickets must be purchased at Slayton House.

For additional information, call 730-3987.


A Lunch with Santa will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Linden Hall, followed by a private audience with Santa. Other activities will include crafts and stories.

The cost is $3.50 per child. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance at Linden Hall.

Call 730-4005 for more information.

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