Delight to lights, photo-ops and ice skating at Cameron Run's Ice & Lights Winter Village. Photo courtesy of Nova Parks.
Delight to lights, photo-ops and ice skating at Cameron Run's Ice & Lights Winter Village. Photo courtesy of Nova Parks.

Holiday Light Shows: Drive-Thru and Drive-By Christmas Displays in DC for 2020

When you've gotta glow, Washington DC is merry, bright and lit up like—well—a Christmas tree. And the 2020 holiday season is no exception.

The loveliest thing about outdoor light shows in the time of Covid is they're tailor-made for social-distanced holiday joy. We have a comprehensive roundup of the best holiday light shows in the area.

Take a stroll through Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights, drive through Bull Run (camel rides are back this year!), get that Georgetown Glow, or make this the year your family checks out every light show. You can even catch some twinkles from the comfort of your own couch, watching the lights go on in Rockefeller Center, on Nantucket, and outside the White House.

While you're in a festive mood, check out our list of must-do holiday events in DC this year, and keep an eye on our Washington DC event calendar for up-to-the-minute access to all the great events happening both live and virtually for DC families.

Be advised that due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic some events might be canceled on short notice. Check websites before you leave. And no matter your plans, keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our calendar to find something else to do.

Places featured in this article:


Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Cameron Run
upcoming events
(Fri Nov 19, 2021 - Sun Jan 2, 2022) Ice & Lights

Meadowlark Bontanical Gardens
upcoming events
(Thu Nov 11, 2021 - Sun Jan 2, 2022) Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Leesburg Animal Park
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 18, 2021 - Mon Nov 1, 2021) Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park
Cox Farms Fall Festival
Cox Farms - 10:00 AM
Summers Farm Fall Festival
Summers Farm - 10:00 AM
Gaver Farm Fall Fun Fest
Gaver Farm - 10:00 AM
Manga Fun for Kids Virtual Class
Creatively Wild Art Studio - 3:30 PM
Great Country Farms Corn Maze and Apple Harvest
Great Country Farms - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides