Dec 7, 2022 - Things to Do

5 best Christmas light displays in the D.C. area

A Zoo Lights display from 2013.

ZooLights is back! Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The District loves the holiday season. Here are some dazzling light displays to enjoy.

💡 Enchant: The massive light maze at Nats Park is a great place for a family outing. Enjoy dozens of food and specialty vendors, ice skating, and photo ops with Santa.

  • Dates: Open most days now through Jan. 1. 
  • Cost: The four-person family package costs $93, and an adult ticket is $35. Ice skating is an additional cost.
  • Address: Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE
A view of the light maze at Enchant.
The Enchant light maze. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

💡 PG County’s Festival of Lights: This display is designed to be viewed from a vehicle, so it’s perfect for folks who want to avoid the cold. Visitors can also participate in the I Spy game to spot special items throughout the experience. 

  • Dates: Now through Jan. 1; 5pm to 10pm.
  • Cost: Varies based on the type of vehicle. Cars are $10 online and $15 at the gate.
  • Address: 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Enter along Route 202.

💡 NOVA Park’s Winter Walk of Lights: Stroll through Meadowlark Botanical Gardens while sipping warm beverages — some of which come spiked — and munching s'mores. This display welcomes dogs on specific nights. 

  • Dates: Through Jan. 8., 5 or 5:30pm to 10pm.
  • Cost: Tickets start at $16 per person and $5 per dog on pet nights. 
  • Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna
Kirby the dog poses in front of a holiday light display.
Our canine editor Kirby enjoyed the Winter Walk of Lights. Photo: Kayla Sharpe/Axios

💡 ZooLights: Animal lovers will enjoy seeing the zoo all aglow with animal lanterns and LED lights. The event includes live music, holiday shopping, and good eats. 

  • Dates: Open most days now through Dec. 30.
  • Cost: Free, but you will need to reserve a special entry pass. Parking is $30.
  • Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Kids enjoying ZooLights.
Kids love ZooLights. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

💡 DC Holiday Lights: Various D.C. neighborhoods have decorated their main streets. This is an ideal outing for folks looking to explore a new part of the city.

Check out the decorations in Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Logan Circle, Lower Georgia Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Petworth, The Parks, U Street, Upper Georgia Ave., Uptown, and Woodley Park. 

  • Dates: Now through Jan. 8.
  • Cost: Free!
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