Christmas Lights in Frederick Md & Nearby (2021)

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It’s the most wonderful time of year, especially when you can visit the beautiful Christmas lights in Frederick Md and the surrounding area!

Why not enhance your holiday spirit this season by touring one or even several of the Christmas light displays and shows located SO close to home!

Places That Have Christmas Lights in Frederick, Md and Beyond

Yes, I know, the hustle and bustle of this time of year can be very stressful, which tends to strip the magic right out of the entire reason for the season.

Therefore, I decided, for my own stress relief AND for yours, to put together a list of the most magical, festive, and spectacular list of holiday lights, tree displays, and light shows in our area!

Because, no matter your age, there’s something SO enchanting and wonderful about taking time out with the family to truly embrace what this time of year is all about!

Walk Through and Drive Through Christmas Lights

Needless to say, you’re going to love this list because there’s something for everybody!

If you’re looking for Christmas lights to take a nice, leisurely stroll through, there are several on our list.

On the other hand, if you’d rather stay out of the cold and pack the family in the car together for a nice evening drive, I’ve got you covered!

Things To Bring To Your Christmas Lights Outing

But, before you go, be sure you’re fully prepared to optimize your fun to the fullest by bringing:

  • A camera and/or your cell phone because you’re going to want to take all the pictures!
  • Hat, gloves, coat, good walking shoes (Amazon) – for the light displays that require walking
  • Hot chocolate pre-made in travel mugs (Amazon) (I have this same mug on my Christmas wish list!)
  • Snacks – Cookies! Here’s a list of amazing Christmas cookie recipes!

Before You Go On Your Holiday Lights Adventure

By all means, before you set out for your festive expedition, make sure you double check your destination’s website and Facebook page for:

  • Open dates
  • Times
  • Ticket costs (if any)
  • Reservation requirements 
  • Sold out status

Above all, enjoy your time and soak it all in!

1. Sailing Through the Winter Solstice – Downtown Frederick

Christmas Lights in Frederick Md & Nearby
Photo credit: Sailing Through the Winter Solstice

Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
Carroll Creek Linear Park
Frederick, MD 21701

Dates: November 20, 2021 to Early March 2022
Cost: Free

  • Sister project to Color on The Creek.
  • Enables local businesses to raise funds for local charities all while beautifying the Carroll Creek!
  • Made possible by local nonprofit Color On The Creek, the same group that is responsible for the beautiful lilies that float on the creek through the summer months.
  • Frederick businesses are invited to sponsor and design a boat to be on display.
  • This is also a competition!  Vote for your favorite boat by making a contribution to the affiliated local charity to help determine the winner. Each dollar donated is one vote! The boat with the most votes at the end of the season is declared the winner and will receive the soon to be coveted travelling Sailing through the Winter Solstice Trophy.
  • You can view the boats anytime day or night. In fact, you may want to take a look while it’s light out and again after it gets dark and the lights come on. Lights typically turn on at sunset, so this is a great time to see them both ways. 

2. Brookside Gardens Garden of Lights

Christmas Lights in Frederick Md & Nearby
Photo credit: Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC

The Garden of Lights
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 962-1400

About: The outdoor winter light display is a walk-through experience. 
Dates: November 19, 2021 (except 11/22/21 to 11/25/21 & 12/24/21 – 12/25/21) to January 2, 2022
Cost: $10 per person over 3 years of age, MUST HAVE advance tickets. No tickets are sold at the gate. 

3. Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport

Christmas Lights in Frederick Md & Nearby
Photo credit: Main Street Williamsport

Byron Memorial Park
11 Park Rd
Williamsport, MD 21795
(301) 223-7711

About: Walk thru or drive thru the park to view the lights
Dates: December 3, 2021 to January 2022 
Cost: Free

4. Enchant Christmas DC

Enchant Christmas DC
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(833) 362-6445

About: Light Maze, The Village (market), Ice Skating Trail
Dates: November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Cost: $29 to $39 per person

5. Gaylord at National Harbor

Christmas Lights in Frederick Md & Nearby
Photo credit: Gaylord at National Harbor

Gaylord at National Harbor
165 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
(877) 628.5427

About: We have Christmas decorations throughout the hotel and every evening we will have our nightly laser light show that runs on the half an hour from sunset to 9pm.
Dates: November 26, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Cost: Free

6. Hershey Sweet Lights

Christmas Lights in Frederick Md & Nearby
Photo credit: Hersheypark

Hershey Sweet Lights
1183 Sandbeach Road
Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 534-3900

AboutEnjoy nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays from the comfort of your car as you drive through 2 miles of wooded trails at Hershey Sweet Lights®!
Dates: November 12, 2021 to January 2, 2022
CostBuy online in advance and save by 5PM on the day of your visit. Price varies by day. 
Starting Online At $22.15, Gate Rate At Sweet Lights: $39.15

7. Koziar’s Christmas Village

Christmas Lights in Frederick Md & Nearby
Photo credit: Koziar’s Christmas Village

Koziar’s Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd
Bernville, PA 19506

AboutDriving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly you find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more than one million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and landscape. A reflective lake adds to the stunning beauty of this magical place.
Dates: First Saturday in November 2021 through January 1, 2022
Cost: $10 to $17 per person

8. Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park

Christmas Lights in Frederick Md & Nearby
Photo credit: City of Gaithersburg

Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 258-6350

AboutThe wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly. The 3.5 mile drive through the enchanted setting of Seneca Creek State Park takes you past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees that light up the night.
Dates: November 26, 2021 through December 31, 2021
Cost: $15 to $30 per vehicle – Advance purchase required

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa & Happy Holidays everybody!

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