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Symphony of Lights cancelled this year

Symphoney of LightsIf Symphony of Lights is a family tradition in your house, you are going to have to find something new to do this year. The drive-through light display in Columbia has been postponed and will return next year.

The 20-minute drive-through display of more than 70 animated holiday light displays benefiting Howard County General Hospital, has been postponed to allow for the redevelopment of Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods where it is held annually.

Throughout this next year, the 250,000 bulbs on the displays will be replaced with environmentally friendly LED lights. Community members interested in supporting the refurbishment of the Symphony of Lights displays and the hospital this holiday season can sponsor a new LED light bulb for a donation of $10 at the Howard County General Hospital’s Brighten the Lights website page

“The displays, many of which are original and more than 20 years old, will be refurbished and updated so that when we return in 2016, Symphony of Lights will be brighter and better than ever,” says Sandy Harriman, vice president of development for Howard Hospital Foundation.

In lieu of the traditional light display this year, a video drive through of the Symphony of Lights is available at hcgh.org/symphonyoflights. Those who have attended Symphony of Lights festivities in the past including Dazzle Dash, military appreciation night, Twinkling Tots, Bike the Lights, Tail Lights, drive throughs, group walk throughs, and Midnight at 7, are encouraged to share their photos and experiences on the Symphony of Lights Facebook page. The Facebook page will also host plans for next year’s event.

For more than 20 years, Symphony of Lights has been a holiday tradition for residents of Howard and surrounding counties. Although it originally began as a small community fundraising event for Howard County General Hospital, Symphony of Lights has since grown to attract more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Howard Hospital Foundation holds Symphony of Lights as a fundraising event for the hospital with annual net proceeds totaling more than $300,000. Over the past 21 years, the events have raised $7.5 million that has been used to support the Maternal Child Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Campus Development Plan and in areas of greatest need.

For details visit the Howard County Hospital website.

Click here for other holiday light displays and tree lightings.

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