November 23, 2021

Spectacular Light Shows Brighten Holiday Season at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton and Seneca State Park in Gaithersburg

Two major holiday light displays will be back in spectacular fashion this winter to brighten the season. The Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton is now open and the City of Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights Festival will open at Seneca Creek State Park on Friday, Nov. 26.

The Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens has opened for its 23rd year. It features glimmering displays of more than one million LED lights and allows visitors to stroll through the 50 acres of Brookside Gardens. Admission is $10 per person. Advanced tickets are required.    

Brookside Gardens is located at 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton.

Visitors walk through the outdoor twinkling lights and glimmering displays that dot the paths and flowerbeds throughout the park. The light displays are handwoven into original works that depict animals, flowers and other natural elements.

Montgomery Parks’ winter-season tradition is open almost every night through Jan. 2. It will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, and on Dec. 24 and 25.

There are a few differences about the Garden of Lights this year, including:
  • Tickets are $10 per person for those age 3 and older.
  • Tickets have a timed-entry, with a specific day and entrance time.
  • Checkout and payment must be done online at
  • Ticket purchasers will receive digital tickets in a confirmation email.
  • Events goers are asked to bring a printed hard copy of their ticket confirmation.
  • Event goers must arrive within 30 minutes of the ticketed time slot to redeem their tickets.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
The City of Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival will be open nightly starting Friday, Nov. 26, and will continue through Dec. 31. The festival is closed on Dec. 25.

Seneca Creek State Park is located at 11950 Clopper Road in Gaithersburg.

The 3.5-mile drive goes past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit trees.

Advance admission tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased at

Tickets are $15 per vehicle Monday through Thursday and $25 Friday through Sunday. Vehicles with 15 or more passengers are $30 Monday through Thursday.