Brookside Gardens Light Display in Wheaton in its 20th Year

Photo | Montgomery Parks

The Garden of Lights returns to Brookside Gardens for its 20th season. This walk-through holiday light display features more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements.

In addition to the lights, train enthusiasts will enjoy the G-Scale model trains that wind through a seasonal landscape in the Conservatory, hosted by the Washington, Virginia and Maryland Garden Railway Society.

Nightly musical performances are featured at the Visitors Center. Light food and drink selections are available for purchase in the Visitors Center. A fire pit outside the Visitors Center will be available to roast marshmallows and create toasty s’mores.

Garden of Lights is open daily from now through Tuesday, Jan. 1. The display hours are Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The display is closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.

Tickets are available upon entry. Advance sale tickets are available at the Gift Shop.

Discount admission is available for teachers, military, and first responders from now through Dec. 13. Find details, here.

Brookside Gardens is located at 1800 Glenallan Avenue in Wheaton. For more information, visit Garden of Lights webpage or call 301.962.1453.

Photos courtesy Montgomery Parks


Nov. 24 to Jan. 1, 2018
Closed Nov. 24 and Nov. 25; Dec. 24 and Dec. 25.


Sunday through Thursday: 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday through Saturday: 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.


Brookside Gardens


$25 per car/van Sunday through Thursday
$30 per car/van Friday and Saturday

Schedule of Musical Performances

November 28: David Ziegele (Guitar)
November 29: Djangolaya (Gypsy Jazz)
November 30: Martha Doyle Trio (Celtic Folk)
December 1: Renaissance Travelers (Renaissance)
December 2: Silverwinds (Flute Ensemble)
December 3: Harpers Bizarre (Harpists)
December 4: Singchronicity and Now and Never
December 5: Columbia Brass Quintet (Brass Arrangements)
December 6: D.C. Flutes
December 7: JP Jazz (Jazz)
December 8: Seraphim (Renaissance Madrigals)
December 9: Faber and Friends (Pop and Folk)
December 10: Close Enough for Jazz (Jazz)
December 11: P&C Entertainment
December 12: David Ziegele (Guitar)
December 13: White Oak Ringers (Handbell Choir)
December 14: The Bog Band (Traditional Irish)
December 15: Carillon (Classical and Folk)
December 16: Drop the Mic
December 17: Symphony of the Potomac (Orchestra)
December 18: MCYBO Jazz Band (Jazz)
December 19: Close Enough for Jazz (Jazz)
December 20: Emily Mitchell & Friends
December 21: Fugitive Brass (Brass Arrangements)
December 22: The Eclectiks
December 23: Flower Hill String Band (Bluegrass Americana)
December 24: Exhibit Closed
December 25: Exhibit Closed
December 26: Bedlam (Early-American music)
December 27: Consort Anon (Renaissance and Medieval)
December 28: The Eclectiks
December 29: P&C Entertainment
December 30: Harpers Bizarre (Harpists)
December 31: Jim Dronenburg (Classical Harpist)
January 1: Jim Dronenburg (Classical Harpist)

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