Where To Find Winter Wonderland Lights Displays


Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, DC area’s spectacle of lights at a local park or along the water in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.

These Christmas light displays are beautiful and a great way to share the magic and joy of a winter wonderland.

Don’t miss the FREE annual boat parades along the Potomac River (Alexandria & Downtown Washington DC).

Washington DC

  • ZooLights at the National Zoo
    Rock Creek Park. Washington, DC. November 29, 2013-January 1, 2014. Closed Dec. 24, 25. Hours: 5-9 p.m. FREE Admission! The National Zoo presents a seasonal display of thousands of sparkling animated lights, winter-themed crafts, ice sculpting demonstrations, choral groups, and storytellers. See Photos of ZooLights
  • Parade of Lighted Boats
    Washington Harbour and Old Town Alexandria Marina. December 7, 2013. See dozens of festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River. The parade begins at Alexandria’s waterfront and travels to Washington’s Channel at Water St. off of Maine Avenue. See Photos of the Boat Parade


  • Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park
    11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland. November 29 through December 31, 2013 (closed December 25). Sunday – Thursday (closed Monday) 6 – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 6 – 10 p.m. $12 per car Tues-Thurs, $15 Fri-Sun. Winter Lights is a magical Christmas light display including more than 350 illuminated displays and along a 3.5-mile drive through the park. See Photos of Winter Lights at Seneca Creek.
  • Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens
    1800 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland. November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014. HOURS: Sunday through Thursday 5:30-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. and on New Year’s Eve until 9:00 p.m. (Closed December 24 & 25, and January 1-3) Admission: $25 per car Fri-Sun, $20 Mon-Thurs. Pedestrians cannot be admitted due to safety regulations. (Visitors must drive to the entrance gate, paying at the gate, drive into the parking lot, park their car and walk through the light show display. Garden of Lights Hotline: (301) 962-1453. This illuminated outdoor winter garden walk includes a whimsical monster, an enchanting persimmon tree, a walk through kaleidoscope caterpillar, an animated flying cardinal, and swimming geese over sparkling water. See Photos of Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens


  • Adventure Park USA
    11113 West Baldwin Road, New Market, Maryland. November 23, 2013 – January 1, 2014. HOURS: 6 to 10 p.m. At Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, drive through a maze filled with hundreds of thousands of lights that twinkle along to Christmas music. $25 per carload, $50 for a mini-bus, activity van or limousine, and school and tour buses cost $100 each. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross and Christmas Cash for Kids. Guests can stay afterwards to meet Santa Claus and enjoy Adventure Park’s indoor attractions at a discounted rate including laser Tag, the climbing wall, ropes course, teacups, helicopters, soft play and the Arcade. See Photos of the Christmas Lights at Adventure Park USA

Northern Virginia


  • Bull Run Festival of Lights
    7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, Virginia. (703) 359-4633. November 20, 2013 – January 5, 2014. Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m. This festive display of lights features penguins, snowmen, deer, candy canes and Santa. Monday – Thursday, $15 per car, Friday – Sunday, $20 per car. The event will include more than 40,000 animated lights set to music! After viewing the lights you can visit the new Winter Wonderland Holiday Village that includes amusement rides, an ice skating rink, entertainment, shopping, contests, food, and more. See Photos of the Bull Run Christmas Lights.
  • Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Gardens
    9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, Virginia. (703) 255-3631. November 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Admission: $12-14 Adults, $7-9 children ages 3-12. The garden offers a half-mile walking tour of lights featuring unique animated displays with a nature theme and a Gingerbread Village. After visiting the display, step inside the Visitor Center to warm up with some light refreshments. See Photos of the Meadowlark Gardens Christmas Lights.