11 Christmas Light Displays Near Frederick Maryland (2023)

It’s the most wonderful time of year, especially when you can visit the beautiful Christmas light displays near Frederick Maryland!

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

Christmas Light Displays Near Frederick, Maryland

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 Christmas light displays near Frederick, Maryland.

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

What you’ll see amongst your choices will be:

  • Magical Christmas trees
  • Santa Claus
  • Live Music
  • A Boat Parade
  • Colorful Lights
  • Christmas Music
  • Holiday Displays

Walk Through and Drive Through Christmas Light Displays

Needless to say, these are the best places to get your Christmas light fix because there’s something for everybody!

If you’re looking for Christmas light displays involving a nice, leisurely stroll, 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 comfort of your own car for a nice evening drive to gaze at the twinkling lights, I’ve got you covered!

Things To Bring To Your Christmas Light Displays Outing

By the way, 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 – for the light displays that require walking
  • Hot cocoa pre-made in travel mugs
  • 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 this Christmas season, 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 light displays near Frederick Maryland - Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
Photo credit: Sailing Through the Winter Solstice

Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
Carroll Creek Linear Park
Frederick, MD 21701
Dates: November to Early March
Cost: Free

  • Sister project to Color on the Creek, local nonprofit
  • Businesses raise funds by sponsoring and designing a boat to benefit local charities while beautifying Carroll Creek
  • Vote for your favorite boat by making a contribution to the affiliated local charity to help determine the winner.
  • And while you’re already Downtown, take the opportunity to finish up your holiday shopping.

2. Brookside Gardens Garden of Lights

Christmas light displays near Frederick Maryland - Brookside Gardens Garden of Lights
Photo credit: Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC

The Garden of Lights
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 962-1400
Dates: November to January 
Cost: $10 per person over 3 years of age, MUST HAVE advance tickets. No tickets are sold at the gate. 

The outdoor winter light display is a walk-through experience. 

3. Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport

Christmas light displays near Frederick Maryland - Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport, Md
Photo credit: Main Street Williamsport

Byron Memorial Park
11 Park Rd
Williamsport, MD 21795
(301) 223-7711
Dates: December to January 
Cost: Free

Walk thru or drive thru the park to view the lights

4. Enchant Christmas DC

Enchant Christmas DC
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(833) 362-6445
Dates: November to January
Cost: $29 to $39 per person

Light Maze, The Village (market), Ice Skating Trail

5. Gaylord at National Harbor

Gaylord National Harbor
Photo credit: Gaylord at National Harbor

Gaylord at National Harbor
165 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
(877) 628-5427
Dates: November to December
Cost: Free

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.

6. Hershey Sweet Lights

Hershey Sweet Lights
Photo credit: Hersheypark

Hershey Sweet Lights
1183 Sandbeach Road
Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 534-3900
Dates: November to January 
Cost: Buy 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

Enjoy nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays from the comfort of your car as you drive through 2 miles of wooded trails at Hershey Sweet Lights®!

7. Koziar’s Christmas Village

Christmas light displays near Frederick Maryland - Koziar's Christmas Village
Photo credit: Koziar’s Christmas Village

Koziar’s Christmas Village
782 Christmas Village Rd
Bernville, PA 19506
Dates: First Saturday in November through January 1st
Cost: $10 to $17 per person

Driving 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.

8. Winter City Lights – Olney, Md

Winter City Lights
4501 Olney Laytonsville Rd
Olney, MD 20832
(888) 720-1112
Dates: December 8th to December 31st
Cost: Starting at $31

A magical holiday experience of 1 million twinkling lights spread across 18-acres of an outdoor winter wonderland where it is guaranteed to Winter City snow every night.  The largest light show in the Washington DC area and Baltimore area, Winter City Lights is one of the most technologically advanced Christmas light experiences in the country. Complete with 14 bonfires, Winter City Lights includes an enchanted 1.5-mile long trail of Christmas lights and displays through the woods, a 52-foot high programmable Christmas lights tree and light show, a 200-foot diameter canopy of Christmas lights, an 8 lane Snow Tubing Ride, s’mores, funnel cakes & more.

9. Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights
Hosted by Washington DC Latter-Day Saint Temple
9900 Stoneybrook Dr
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 588-0650
Dates: December 1st to January 2nd
Cost: Free

Bring your friends and family to see more than 400,000 beautiful Christmas lights adorning the temple grounds, plus our beautiful Creche exhibit featuring nativities from around the world. And we are thrilled to be joined by a wide array of musical performances to help us celebrate the Christmas season.

10. Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street
726 W 34th St
Baltimore, MD 21211
Dates: November 26th to New Year’s Day
Cost: Free

We Have – The Shops – The Food – The Drinks – and The Shopping – and last but not least – The Lights​

We will Light the Street on November 26th at 6PM and will run until New Years Day. Lights go on at dark and go off around 10pm except Friday and Saturday – they stay on until midnight – so many people come every year we have to block the street off to car traffic just about every night.  The Merchants are ready – We are ready – let make this the best holiday season ever!!!

11. Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park

Winter Lights at Seneca Creek State Park
Photo credit: City of Gaithersburg

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

Dates: November through December 31st
Cost: $15 to $30 per vehicle – Advance purchase required

The 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.

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

Hopefully this list has gotten you in the festive mood!

For more fun holiday resources, click on over to:

Christmas Tree Farms in Frederick Md & Nearby

Christmas and Holiday Activities in Frederick Md

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2 thoughts on “11 Christmas Light Displays Near Frederick Maryland (2023)”

  1. GREAT JOB, and once again, a lot of work went into all of this, not just places to go for Christmas displays but everything else!!!

    Thank you for all the information and “advice!!!”


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