All of the Lights

With holiday lights everywhere, I thought it was fitting to share some of our recent adventures that have included light displays across the city and beyond. After our family Christmas tree decorating party, we drove just north of the city to the Washington, DC Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormon Temple or "Disney World") in Kensington, Maryland, to see one of our favorite holiday light displays. The lights on the church grounds are nothing short of spectacular and have been breathtaking for over 25 years, which is when my parents first started bringing me as a child. Serious continuation of holiday traditions over here! As expected, the lights were amazing and the beautiful temple in the background is a sight to see. Parker loved the lights display and Ava slept. Hah! That's usually how parenthood goes; you plan something you think is exciting and amazing and the little ones are so underwhelmed... or they just... sleep. Nonetheless, Parker was happy, I was happy, and that's all that mattered! Below are some of our other favorite light shows in the area. This was only our third visit to a light display this season but we're looking forward to going to a few of our other favorites before the holiday season is over. Hope you get out to enjoy a few of these installations too, with or without your little ones!

Festival of Lights at the Mormon Temple

Festival of Lights at The Washington, D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Kensington, MD) 9900 Stoneybrook Dr. (301) 587-0144. November 30 to December 31, 2017. Dusk to 10 p.m. nightly. More than 450,000 lights and live outdoor Nativity scene each evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Live musical performances begin at 7 and 8 p.m. Free admission.

Symphony of Lights in Columbia

Symphony Woods, Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Columbia, Maryland) (410) 740-7840. Runs from November 18, 2017-January 1, 2018. Symphony of Lights is a spectacular display of more than 75 animated and stationary holiday lights. The proceeds from the Symphony of Lights benefit Howard County General Hospital.

ZooLights at The National Zoo 

ZooLights at The National Zoo, Rock Creek Park. (Washington, D.C.) Runs from November 24, 2017 to January 1, 2018. Closed Dec. 24, 25, and 31. Daily from 5-9 p.m. The National Zoo presents its seasonal display of more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, sparkling animated lights, live music, indoor and outdoor  animal exhibits, a model train display, games, slides and more activities. Free admission.

Georgetown Glow at Cady's Alley

Cady's Alley is host to The Open Lounge chandelier installation of Georgetown GLOW presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District. Each of the 20 chandeliers is handcrafted and made of acrylic, plastic and rope. Runs from December 8th-January 7th. Daily from from 5-10 p.m. This is the installation's fourth year in a row. Free admission.

Light Yards at The Yards (Navy Yard)

The last installation on our list, Light Yards, is a neighborhood favorite and does not disappoint for the third year in a row. This interactive light installation will run through January 1, 2018. Daily from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The four spherical globes feature shadow theater technology projecting different interactive elements and holiday visuals. Don't miss the selfie globe where you can become part of the art. Free admission.