Holiday Light Festivals Brighten Montgomery County

Montgomery County residents may want to visit area light displays during the holidays. Here’s a look at three local light displays:

The 18th Annual Winter Lights Festival in Gaithersburg is open nightly from now through Dec. 31. This driving tour through Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg features more than 360 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays in a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. Visit Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland, and Penguin Cove. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Visit the Winter Lights Festival website to learn more.

The 17th Annual Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens is open nightly from now through Jan. 5 in Wheaton. Visitors will enjoy walking through the gardens with close to a million colorful lights. A miniature train display is available in the conservatory.

Visit the Garden of Lights website to learn more or call the information line at 301.962.1453.

The 36th Annual Festival of Lights at the D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is open now through Jan. 1, 2014. The festival includes the walking light display, nightly musical performances in the indoor theater, indoor decorated Christmas trees, Creche display and a life-sized outdoor nativity. The festival is located at the Visitors’ Center of the Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington.

The lights are illuminated each night at dusk. Each concert is presented twice nightly, 7 and 8 p.m., at the Visitors’ Center. Free tickets are available 90 minutes before each performance.

Visit the Festival of Lights website to learn more and view the schedule of concerts.

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