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The Symphony of Lights’ “Hidden Word/Phrase” Contest is a popular feature of the dazzling holiday light display in Columbia, Maryland. The contest challenges those driving through the display to find and unscramble a series of lit-up letters, which make up the year’s “Hidden Word.” They may then submit the word in a drawing for a chance to win exciting prizes. This year’s winner will receive:
Four tickets to Cirque Dreams - Jungle Fantasy at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center - Hippodrome Theatre on January 22, 2008; Courtesy of the Baltimore Sun
Four hours of limousine service from All Stretched Out Limousine Service
$250 Gift Certificate to the Crab Shanty Restaurant in Ellicott City
Attendees of the 14th Annual Symphony of Lights have the added advantage of “Hidden Word” Contest clues. These half dozen or so clues are featured in the event program and on the LED screens located in the display. The clues are generating a lot of interest, and contest entry forms are filling the mailbox at the Howard Hospital Foundation, the organization that puts on the Symphony of Lights to benefit Maternal Child Services at Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The Symphony of Lights is located in Symphony Woods in Columbia, Maryland
Directions: From Interstate-95, take Route 32 West (Exit 38-B) towards Columbia; exit at U.S. Route 29 North (Columbia Town Center); proceed to Exit 18-B (Broken Land Parkway) and follow the signs to the Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance on the right.
Admission to Symphony of Lights is $20 per car, van or RV up to 11 passengers; $35 for commercial vans and minibuses seating 12 to 24 people; and $125 for buses exceeding 24 passengers. Tickets can be purchased at the Main Gate (located at Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance on Broken Land Parkway) as vehicles enter the event. Tour Operators may also purchase tickets in advance. Event information is available by calling the Symphony of Lights Information Line, seven days a week, 24 hours a day at 410-740-7666. Tour Operators should call 410-740-7840 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Color photographs of the displays and black Symphony of Lights logos are available by calling 410.884.4747