Symphony of Lights'Drive through the holiday light show...

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November 20, 1997|By Lori Sears

Symphony of Lights'

Drive through the holiday light show, "Symphony of Lights," as it opens its season Monday and illuminates Columbia through Jan. 4. See displays of more than 50 animated and stationary holiday light creations twinkling in the night against a wooded backdrop.

The 1.4-mile drive begins with "Teddy's Winter Carnival," a new, animated display of five frolicking teddy bears snowmobiling, tossing snowballs and ski-jumping. The drive also includes "Winter Wonderland," where the blue and white lighted road leads to penguins and polar bears; "Candyland," with a gingerbread house outlined in colored lights; "Prehistoric Holidays," with dinosaurs and an 18-foot-high erupting volcano; "Toyland," with a larger-than-life rocking horse, toy train and Santa Claus waving from his reindeer-drawn sleigh; and "Enchanted Forest," with dancing musical instruments serenading a kissing couple and a 14-foot snowman waving goodbye.

Visitors will be able to enter a light-guessing contest, purchase cassette tapes of holiday music for the drive-through and see an array of new light displays, including the 40-foot-tall Tree of Lights.

"Symphony of Lights" runs nightly for six weeks, Monday through Jan. 4. Hours are 6 p.m.-10 2p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from Nov. 24 to Dec. 11 and then 6 p.m.-11 p.m. every night from Dec. 12 to Jan. 4. To reach Symphony Woods, take Route 32 west toward Columbia to Route 29 north to Broken Land Parkway to the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Admission is $12 a car, van or RV up to 11 passengers. Call 410-740-7666.

Kid cooking class

Kids, put on your apron and adjust that chef's hat just right for a cooking class at the new J. Paul's Restaurant at Harborplace Saturday. In celebration of Children's Book Week, Nov. 17-22, chef Claus Nielsen of J. Paul's will teach children ages 8-15 how to prepare gingerbread cookies from the newest cookbooks in the Enoch Pratt Free Library's children's cookbook collection. This is the first in a series of events offered to help raise awareness of reading and the Pratt Library's varied collection.

The cooking class takes place Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at J. Paul's Restaurant, 301 Light St. in Harborplace. Free admission. Register by calling 410-659-1889.

Pub Date: 11/20/97

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