The Garden of Lights
Winter Garden Walk
Friday, November 23, 2012 – Sunday, January 6, 2013
Open every night except CLOSED on December 24 & 25, January 1, 2, 3,
Open New Year’s Eve until 9pm with last car admitted at 8:30pm
Weekdays (Sunday - Thursday) 5:30 to 9:00pm, with last car admitted at 8:30pm
Weekends (Friday – Saturday) 5:30 to 10:00pm, with last car admitted at 9:30pm
NOTE: Pedestrians cannot be admitted due to safety regulations. Visitors must drive to the entrance gate. After paying at the gate, visitors drive into the parking lot, park their vehicle, and walk through the light show display.
- Cars/Vans (Monday - Thursday): $20 (cash only)
- Car/Vans (Friday - Sunday): $25 (cash only)
(1 - 14 passenger vehicles)
- Advance Sale Tickets: $20 (available starting November 1). Tickets are good for any night and may be purchased in advance at the Conservatory or Visitors Center Gift Shops during posted gift shop hours, using cash, check or credit. Advanced ticket holders must enter the gardens after 5:30 p.m. with normal flow of traffic (no early admission.)
- Buses & Limousines please register in advance at 301-962-1457. Limousines with 14 or fewer passengers will be charged regular admission.
- Bus, Van and Limo Fees:
- 15-24 passenger buses/vans/ limos: $50
- 25-35 passenger buses: $75
- 36-57 passenger buses: $120
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Garden of Lights Information Line: 301-962-1453
Visualize close to one million twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Enjoy illuminated giant flowers, snowflakes, a rainbow and showers, and more. Walk along the easily accessible paths and you’ll see what sets this light show apart from others; it’s the hundreds of wrapped trees and shrubs, beautifully lighted gazebos, cascading fountains, and the individually formed displays in the shapes of blooming flowers and wild animals. Look for moving displays such as a flock of geese, or an 11 foot giraffe covered with 9,000 lights. This festive, secular light show, now in its 16th season, is a popular family tradition in the Washington, DC area drawing close to 40,000 visitors each winter.
Inside of the Conservatory, a winter
display of holiday poinsettias, flowering
plants and evergreens are combined in bright and bold combinations, providing
a colorful landscape through which the garden railway trains travel.
The South Conservatory & Train Exhibit (free of charge 10:00am - 5:00pm daily.)
Schedule Of Musical Performances Listen to local musicians perform in the Visitors Center Auditorium each night of the show from 6:30pm to 8:00pm through January 6. Light refreshments may be purchased and enjoyed during the entertainment. While you’re here, do a bit of holiday shopping at our gift shop, Marylandica.
New Year’s Eve Celebration –What better way to say good bye to 2012 and an early hello to 2013 then by enjoying a walk through the Garden of Lights, stopping by Conservatory to watch the train exhibit, and listening to the beautiful Harp music by Jim Dronenberg in the Visitor Center. If that isn't enough for you, we will also have face painting and crafts for the kids (while supplies last). Please join us as we ring in the New year with an evening filled with lights, music, and memories for the whole family. $20.00 admission per car/van.
Please bring non-perishable foods to support our local charity drives. Donation boxes are located in the Visitors Center lobby.
Volunteer at the Garden of Lights
Volunteers are needed for our Garden of Lights Holiday Light Display. Volunteers , ages 16 and older, work evening shifts as Light Show Monitors, Parking Lot Attendants and Conservatory Docents. We ask that Light Show volunteers work a minimum of 4 shifts during the season, but you are encouraged to sign up for one or more weekly shifts. To apply, please follow the link to the volunteer job description and application instructions.
Thank you to our 2012/ 2013 Sponsors & Business Partners:
Eastport Concessions; The Sign Shop of Wheaton; The Washington, Virginia, Maryland Garden Railway Society; The Silver Spring Garden Club