When you've gotta glow, DC is merry, bright, and lit up like—well—a Christmas tree. In fact, there are so many dazzling Christmas light shows, holiday lights drive-thrus, and other Christmas lights displays in the DC area in 2023 that your only problem will be fitting them all in!
There are Christmas light displays that you can walk through, such as Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights and Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens. There are holiday lights drive-thrus like the Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival and Bull Run Festival of Lights. And there are tree and menorah lightings, boat parades, and other Christmas lights displays throughout the area. Plus, don't miss the always-popular ZooLights at the National Zoo.
Here are over 25 amazing Christmas light shows and holiday lights drive-thrus in the DC area. While you're in a festive mood, check out our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for DC Kids, and keep an eye on our Washington, DC event calendar for up-to-the-minute access to all the great events happening for DC families.
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Places featured in this article:
Yards Park Plaza
Winter City Lights
Carroll Creek Park
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Washington, DC Temple
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront
Brown's Chapel Recreation Area
Lerner Town Square at Tysons II