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Holiday Light Tours
Allow Lasting Impressions To Bring You Some Christmas Cheer!
Holiday light displays are an annual tradition viewed by millions every year. We, at Lasting Impressions, invite you to bundle up and share an evening of holiday light splendor with us in the Maryland, Washington D.C. or Pennsylvania areas. We know the best places to view them, and we handle the driving in complete comfort and safety.
We make your event special with a “Happy Holidays” sign on back of the limousine, a Christmas wreath on the front of the limousine (some vehicles excluded), Christmas stockings stuffed with candy canes, a toasty “fireplace” video playing Christmas carols, Red Carpet Service, non-alcoholic champagne toast, sodas, bottled water, ice, movies and a tuxedoed chauffeur.
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Sit back, but don’t relax too much! You just might miss the featured penguins, snowmen, candy canes, jumping deer, Santa’s workshop, tin soldiers, and elves that pepper this 2.5-mile drive-through light show. The fun doesn’t stop with the impressive 40,000 animated lights that flit and flicker to music—after your car ride take a stroll through the park’s Winter Wonderland Holiday Village brought to life with rides, an ice rink, shopping, and food.
When: Daily from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (through Jan. 8)
Cost: $15-$25 per car
7700 Bull Run Dr. (Centreville, Va)
Lights on the Bay
Grab your footed pajamas and a thermos of hot chocolate; this light display is a drive-thru attraction that features over two miles of lights along the Chesapeake Bay. Lights on the Bay boasts over 70 animated and stationery exhibits. For an additional fee, guests can purchase 3-D glasses for a truly unique experience.
When: Daily from 5 pm to 10 pm (through Jan. 1)
Cost: $15 per car
Sandy Point State Park
Annmarie Garden in Lights
This walkthrough is packed with a smorgasbord of holiday lights, statues and figures (think: unicorns, dinosaurs, and princesses). Stroll the path with your little ones, and be sure to keep those eyes peeled for seven shamrocks, which is part of the Holiday “I Spy” program. Afterwards check out the garden’s Ornament Show and Sale and decompress from all of the excitement with a hot cocoa from the on-grounds cafe.
When: Daily for 6 pm-9 pm (Jan. 1)
Cost: $6; Free/kids under 4
13480 Dowell Rd. (Solomons, Md)
Christmas Street, Baltimore
Fondly referred to as the Miracle on 34th Street, the residents of the 700 block (between Chestnut Avenue and Keswick Road) of 34th Street in Hamden have been decorating their homes since 1947 (the same year the movie by the same name was released). Decoration themes this year include: compassion, unity, love and kindness.
When: Daily from dusk to 11 pm (through Dec. 31)
700 block of 34th St., between Keswick Rd. and Chestnut St. (Baltimore, Md)
Winter Light Festival, Seneca Creek State Park
Fill’r up if you plan on checking out the light display at Seneca Creek State Park in Germantown, Md—this is a holiday strip that you can enjoy from the warmth of your car. The intricately lit animated displays that you’ll spot on your ride include elves at work in Santa’s workshop, penguins sliding down snowcaps belly first, and a flock of birds flying over the lake. Make sure your brood looks out all sides of the car—front, back, left, and right—so they don’t miss a single thing! Bonus: This year, the park is offering special prism viewing glasses (for passengers only) that bring the displays to life.
When: Sun-Thurs, 6 pm-9 pm; Fri-Sat, 6 pm-10 pm (through Dec. 31)
Cost: $12/car, Mon-Thurs; $15/car, Fri-Sun
11950 Clopper Rd. (Gaithersburg, Md)
Festival of Lights, Mormon Temple of D.C.
Over 650,000 lights illuminate the grounds of the temple, making this one of the largest light displays in the DC area. Guests can also view internationally-inspired Christmas trees and nativity scenes. Nightly performances require a free event ticket, which are handed out on a first-come basis starting 60 minutes prior to performances.
When: Daily from dusk to 10 pm (through Jan.1)
9900 Stoneybrook Dr. (Kensington, Md)
Meadowlark Gardens Christmas Lights
Get in a bit of cardio while taking in the lights at this half-mile winter walking tour that includes 500,000 LED lights and a ton of cool animated displays (think: a bubbling stream, jumping fish, and darting dragonflies). There’s also a Gingerbread Village on tap.
When: 5:30 pm-10 pm (through Jan. 8)
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct. (Vienna, Va)
Brookside Garden of Lights
While there are plenty of places to see lights for free, the dazzling display of over one million bulbs makes the entry fee at Brookside totally worth it in our book (you pay per vehicle, so bring the minivan and pack ‘em in!). In keeping with the botanical theme, Brookside offers a colorful parade of animals, flowers and more. After you’ve enjoyed strolling fro garden to garden, be sure to check out the model train display inside the Conservatory.
When: Daily from 5:30 pm-9 pm (10 pm on Friday and Saturday) through Jan. 1
Cost: $25 per car ($30 on Friday and Saturday)
1800 Glenallan Ave. (Wheaton, MD)
ZooLights at the National Zoo
For eco-friendly festivities, head to the National Zoo where more than 500,000 LED lights are on display. Each evening, guests can also visit the Small Mammal House, the Reptile Discovery Center and theThink Tank. Live music is featured nightly.
When: Now through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24 and 25)
3001 Connecticut Ave, NW (Woodley Park)
The Chinese Lantern Festival
Roer’s Zoofari in Vienna (formerly Reston Zoo) is transformed each evening into a dreamy wonderland of silk lanterns. This year’s theme — “Wild” — features animals from around the world. There are over 800 lanterns to view; each one handmade by Chinese artisans.
When: Daily from 5 pm to 9 pm (through Jan. 1)
Cost: $25/adults; $15/kids
Cost: $25/adults; $15/kids
1228 Hunter Mill Rd. (Vienna, Va.)