Light sites

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these holiday-light displays around the area:

December 08, 2007

Lights on the Bay, Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. Drive through two miles of an illuminated display that features more than 70 lighted scenes. Proceeds benefit the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Now through Jan. 1. Hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily. $12 per car; $50 per bus. This year, Lights on the Bay will offer a $15 3-D entrance package that includes two pairs of Holospex 3-D glasses while supplies last. Sandy Point State Park, western end of the Bay Bridge, Exit 32 off U.S. 50/301. For more information, call 410-481-3161 or go to aahs.org.

Symphony of Lights, 5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia. Symphony Woods, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, is filled with more than 70 animated and stationary lights and displays. Proceeds benefit the Maternal Child Services of Howard County General Hospital. Open 6 p.m.-10 p.m. through Jan. 5. $20 for cars and vans; $35 for commercial vans and minibuses; $125 for buses. For more information, go to hcgh.org.

Winter Lights, Seneca State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg. On a 3.5-mile stretch, visitors will see 65 animated light displays and more than 380 illuminated vignettes inspired by various themes, including the North Pole and Toy Land. Now through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 25). Hours are 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $10 per car Sundays-Thursdays, $12 Fridays-Saturdays; $25 per van; $50 per bus. For more information, call 301-258-6350, ext. 120, or go to gaithersburgmd.gov.

Winter Festival of Lights, Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. More than 1 million lights adorn the park. There are lighted trees and scores of holiday displays. Now through Jan. 1. Hours are 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. daily. $5 per car or van; $15 per minibus or limousine; $25 per bus (donations of canned food for area food shelters accepted at the gate). For more information, call 301-699-2456 or go to pgparks.com.

Garden of Lights, Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Featuring one of the largest lighted attractions in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Garden of Lights showcases an extravagant walk-through display with various lighted themes. Also, check out the live music and lights in the visitors center. Today through Jan. 6, excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours are 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Last car admitted at 8:30 p.m.) $15 for cars or vans; $50-$120 for buses. For more information, call 301-962-1453 or go to brooksidegardens.org.

Miracle on 34th Street, 700 block of 34th Street, Hampden. From Christmas trees made of hubcaps to 6-foot-tall plastic snow globes, the decor on 34th Street has become a holiday must-see tradition for Marylanders and visitors from around the world. Houses are variously decorated with lights, figures, trains and more. Christmas music rings loudly through the neighborhood, and some friendly hosts even open their homes for visitors to view interior decorations. From Interstate 83, take the Cold Spring Lane east exit. Turn right on Falls Road, then left on 36th Street. Turn right onto Chestnut Avenue, then left onto 34th Street. For more information, go to christmasstreet.com. Runs through early January.

Hanukkah House, 6211 Park Heights Ave. The Morris Cohen family's "Hanukkah House" has become a tradition in upper Park Heights. It celebrates the Jewish holiday with its lights, dreidels, menorahs and animated characters. Through Dec. 31. Located about eight blocks north of Northern Parkway at the corner of Park Heights and Strathmore avenues.

Barts Court, Old Lutherville. Residents of the cul-de-sac decorate their yards with the theme of the 12 days of Christmas. On display until early January. From the Beltway, go north on York Road. Turn left onto Seminary Avenue at the traffic light. Go through one regular traffic light and one blinking yellow light. Go past College Manor Nursing Home on the right after the blinking yellow light. Turn left onto Barts Court directly after the nursing home.

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