Most Spectacular Holiday Light Shows and Christmas Lights Displays near DC in 2021

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

When you've gotta glow, DC is merry, bright, and lit up like—well—a Christmas tree. In fact, there are so many dazzling holiday light shows and Christmas lights displays in the DC area in 2021 that your only problem will be fitting them all in!

There are Christmas lights displays that you can walk through, such as the new Holiday Road at Morven Park and the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens, and drive-thru Christmas lights including the Bull Run Festival of Lights and the Merriweather Symphony of Lights. There are also tree and menorah lightings, boat parades, fireworks, and more. And don't miss the brand-new Nights of Lights on the Fairgrounds in Manassas, Virginia, which combines a drive-thru holiday light show with a walk-thru village of Christmas lights and carnival rides. 

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 for DC families.

Places featured in this article:


Prince William County Fairground
Lunar New Year Celebration
Westfield Montgomery Mall - 1:00 PM Pick
Indigenous Star Stories
Observatory Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Dino Stroll
Dulles Expo Center - various times Pick
The REACH Winter Lanterns
The Kennedy Center - The REACH Plaza - various times Pick
The Washington Auto Show
Walter E. Washington Convention Center - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides