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.


Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
1644 31st Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Georgetown
Washington, DC 20007

CItywide
Washington, DC

District Wharf
District Square District Pier
Washington, 20024

Bluemont Vineyard
18755 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, VA 20135

Cameron Run
4001 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Meadowlark Bontanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, VA 22182

Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive
Centerville, VA 20121

Leesburg Animal Park
19270 James Monroe Highway
Leesburg, VA 20175

Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

SPCA of Anne Arundel County
1815 Bay Ridge Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY

Online from President's Park
The Ellipse south of the White House fence and north of Constitution Avenue and the National Mall
Washington, DC 20502

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd and Walnut Street Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Wilderness Detectives Trail Hike
Meadowside Nature Center - 9:00 AM Pick
Festival of Lights
Watkins Regional Park - 5:00 PM Pick
Winter Walk of Lights
Meadowlark Bontanical Gardens - 5:30 PM Pick
Tricky Turkeys
Hidden Oaks Nature Center - 8:30 PM Pick
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Bull Run Regional Park - various times Pick
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