Maryland Holiday Light Displays and Tree Lightings

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Christmas tree lightings, dazzling holiday light displays that range from strings of lights to spectacular animated displays are signs of the Maryland holiday season.

You can find holiday light shows and tree lighting ceremonies around Annapolis, Bowie, Baltimore, D.C., or the Eastern Shore.

Plus local lighted boat parades have a special allure for everyone living near the water in and around Annapolis, Baltimore and the Eastern Shore.

Check the list of Maryland Christmas tree lightings and holiday light displays for your family trek this year. Some activities are closed certain days. Remember to call ahead before you go! Updated for 2018. List is updated regularly. Check back often!


Tree Lightings and One-time Events

rsz national harborAnnapolis by Candlelight - 2018
Nov. 2–3. See privately owned historic homes on a candlelight tour. See how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings built in the 18th-20th centuries. $40. 5-9pm. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis.

National Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony - 2018
Nov. 10. Pictures with Santa, crafts, holiday movie and more. Free. Noon-7pm. National Harbor, Md.

Homestead Gardens' Grand Illumination - 2018
Nov. 17. Lighting of the trees and 250,000 holiday lights plus live music and train displays. Free. 5-6:30pm. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. 410-798-5000,

Christmas on the Square - 2018
Nov. 23. Holiday festivities, music, entertainment, sleigh rides, live nativity, petting zoo, stories with Mrs. Claus and Santa's arrival. Free. 5-9pm. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. 301-475-9791,

Grand Illumination – City Tree Lighting - 2018
Nov. 25. The lighting of the Annapolis tree plus Santa, live performances, refreshments and more. Free. 5:30-8pm. Market Space at the Market House, Annapolis.

Holiday Candlelight Stroll - 2018

Dec. 1,7 , 14–15; 21-22. Holiday walk through downtown Annapolis. $12-$21. 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Annapolis.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree - 2018
Dec. 1. Lighting of the Living Farm Heritage Museum Christmas tree, live music, train garden, visit with Santa and more. Free. 5-7pm. Living Farm Heritage Museum, West Friendship. 410-489-2345,

Illuminated London Town - 2018
Fri. and Sat. in Dec. See the Lord Mayor's Tenement illuminated with holiday lights. Performances, s'mores, cider and more. $12; $10 seniors; $7 ages 7- 17; $3 ages 4-6. 6-9pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater.

Annual Monument Lighting - 2018
Dec. 6. Musical selections, fireworks, photo booth with Santa, face painting, and more. Free. 5-8pm. Mount Vernon, Baltimore.

Annapolis Lights Boat Parade - 2018
Dec. 8. Parade of boats illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers. Free. 6-9pm. Annapolis Harbor, Annapolis.

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