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The Garden of Lights

Winter Garden Walk - Has closed for the season

Friday, November 29, 2013– Sunday, January 5, 2014

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 9:30pmGarden of Lights at dusk

NOTICE: For the latest information about weather related cancellations, please call 301-962-1400 or visit our facebook page prior to coming to the Gardens.


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 cars/vans)
  • 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.
  • Bus, Van and Limo Fees:
  • 15-24 passenger buses/vans/ all limos: $50
  • 25-35 passenger buses: $75
  • 36-57 passenger buses: $120


Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Garden of Lights Information Line: 301-962-1453

Gazebo. 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.

Garden of Lights Gazebo Gazebo

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 5. Thanks to our generous musical performers for volunteering their time to bring a wide variety of musical entertainment to enhance your light show experience! 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 2013 and an early hello to 2014 than by enjoying a walk through the Garden of Lights, stopping by Conservatory to watch the train exhibit, and listening to music in the Visitor Center. If that isn't enough for you, we will also have 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.


Thank you to our 2013/ 2014 Sponsors & Business Partners:    

Washington Gardener Magazine
Montgomery County Maryland Tourism Conference and Visitors Bureau
Washington Parent Magazine

Business Partners:

Eastport Concessions; The Sign Shop of Wheaton; The Washington, Virginia, Maryland Garden Railway Society; The Silver Spring Garden Club