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Symphony of Lights Festivities

Symphony of Lights is a spectacular display of 70 larger-than-life, animated and stationary light creations.  It is a treasured community tradition and a "must-see" during the holiday season. Enjoy the Symphony of Lights and all of the festivities!

The Symphony of Lights is the largest annual fundraising event benefitting Howard County General Hospital, the only hospital in Howard County. Thank you for your support!

This Year's Festivities

Symphony of Lights Photo

Dazzle Dash Weekend
Saturday, November 15 / 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Runners only
Sunday, November 16 / 4:00 - 7:30  p.m. - Walkers only
A fun filled kick-off community event to celebrate the opening of the 21st Annual Symphony of Lights. Friends and families gather to walk or run 1.4 miles through the magical outdoor display of lights. Come and experience the excitement as the holiday season begins. Enjoy games and activities for children of all ages, healthy food, entertainment and giveaways. Click here for details.

Drive Through the Lights
Monday, November 17, 2014 - Sunday, January 4, 2015
Open 6 days a week, Wednesdays-Mondays, 6:00-10:00 p.m., including holidays.
CLOSED to drive-through traffic on Tuesdays.
CLOSED December 31st for the Midnight at 7 event
Cars, vans and buses can take a 20-30 minute drive-through the Symphony of Lights. Enjoy a beautiful display of holiday light creations, illuminated by a fantasy of color, design, and animation. Delightful for all ages!  Click here for details.

Group Walk Through the Lights
Tuesdays, November 18 - December 30
Perfect for work groups, scout groups, school groups and more!  Experience the Symphony of Lights in a group setting by taking a 1.4 mile stroll through the light displays and make this your group’s holiday tradition.  *Registration Required!*  Pets are not permitted.  Click here for details.

Military Appreciation Nights
Monday, December 1 and Monday, December 8, 2014
Bring your valid military ID and receive $10 off the cost of drive-through admission. Not valid with any other discounts.

Bike the Lights *NEW*
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Experience the Symphony of Lights on two wheels! Bikers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Family and friends may walk with the bikers. Click here for details.

Twinkling Tots
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Families can celebrate the season with a leisurely 1.4 mile stroll through the dazzling light displays. Children in strollers and wagons are welcome. Click here for details.

Tail Lights Photo

Tail Lights
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Back by popular demand! Treat your dog to a walk through the 1.4 mile Symphony of Lights. We encourage you to dress your dog in festive attire. Click here for details.

Midnight at 7
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 / 5:00-8:00 p.m.
See Howard County dazzle with a New Year's Eve fireworks display!  Celebrate with your family and friends. Walk through the Symphony of Lights, enjoy the toasty bonfire, food for purchase, music, party favors and more! Click here for details.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering for Dazzle Dash or Midnight at 7, please call the Howard Hospital Foundation at 410-740-7666.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of the Symphony of Lights offers your business direct exposure to more than 150,000 attendees. Additionally, because all proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital, sponsoring the Symphony of Lights demonstrates your commitment to community and philanthropy.

Interested in sponsoring? Please contact Emily Shreve at 410-720-8706 or

Directions to Symphony of Lights at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD:
From I-95, take Rt. 32 West (Exit 38-B) toward Columbia; exit at Rt. 29 North (Columbia Town Center); proceed to Exit 18-B (Broken Land Parkway) and follow signs to Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance on the right.Mapping your route?  Symphony of Lights is located at the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia, MD  21044.

Parking for Symphony of Lights Festivities:
Dazzle Dash and Midnight at 7 parking:Follow driving directions above, continue 2/10 of a mile past Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance on Broken Land Parkway to the Corporate 70 Building; parking lot located at the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Little Patuxent Parkway; or the Mall in Columbia parking lot, located directly behind the Corporate 70 Building.

Parking for Walk Throughs, Blinkin' Binkies and Tail Lights:
Follow driving directions above, use the entrance for Merriweather Post Pavilion on the right.  Follow the signs to onsite parking.  The registration/check-in tables will be located at the entrance of the course.


Please call 410-740-7666 for more information.

All proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Thank you to our 2014 Symphony of Lights Sponsors:

Symphony of Lights Presenting Sponsor


Dazzle Dash Presenting Sponsor

Bob Lucido Team

Bike the Lights Presenting Sponsor

M and T Bank

Dazzling Sponsors


Sparkling Sponsors


Glowing Sponsors

MerriweatherLG Tek
GraceDavid's Natural Market
Chesapeake Bay RoastingNew York Life


Twinkling Sponsors

Howard BankCareFirst Administrators
Business MonthlyThe Dorsey’s Search, Harper’s Choice,
Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, River Hill
and Wilde Lake Village Center Merchants



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