Symphony of Lights Festivities

Symphony of Lights

Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. Called “must see” and chosen as a Baltimore Sun “Swift Pick,” this family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of approximately 300,000 bulbs. During the past 20+ years, nearly 2 million individuals have visited the lights, and proceeds from the event have raised more than $8 million to benefit Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.


This Year's Festivities

Drive Through the Light Displays
Nov. 22-Dec. 30 (Wednesdays-Sundays), 6-10 p.m.
* CLOSED Sunday, Dec. 2

Holiday Schedule
Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22 – Open
Christmas Eve and Day, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25 – Open

Festive Families Walk
Co-presented with Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods
Sponsored by Calvert Hall College High School

Sunday, Dec. 2
Celebrate the season with your family, friends or group at the HCGH Symphony of Lights’ only night to walk through the magical light displays! Experience the lights up close and enjoy festivities including holiday music, take your own photo with Santa Claus and concessions available for purchase. Children of all ages are welcome.

Military Appreciation Discount Nights
Thursdays, Nov. 22 - Dec. 27
With a valid military ID, $10 drive through tickets may be purchased at the door. Online ticket purchases are not available for Military Appreciation Nights. * Regular drive through ticket price is $25. May not be combined with any other discounts.

Senior Discount Night
Sponsored by Arbor Terrace Fulton
Wednesday, Nov. 28

With a valid ID seniors 65+ may purchase a $10 drive through ticket at the door. * Regular drive through ticket price is $25. May not be combined with any other discounts.

Sponsorship Opportunities

HCGH Symphony of Lights offers your business direct exposure to more than 130,000 attendees over a period of six weeks. Because all proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital, sponsoring the Symphony of Lights demonstrates your commitment to community and philanthropy. Benefits including Symphony of Lights tickets and extensive publicity are available.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Howard Hospital Foundation at 410-740-7840 or

All proceeds from the Symphony of Lights benefit Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Thank you to our 2018 Symphony of Lights Sponsors:


Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods 

Calvert Hall

101.9Bonnie Heneson CommunicationsHoward Hughes Corporation
Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging

Sir Speedy 
The Metropolitan Downtown ColumbiaM FlatsTen.M
 DTCHoward County Chamber of CommerceKohler


Bolder Healthcare Solutions
Cardiovascular Specialists of Central Maryland
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples
Costello Construction
Goldfish Swim School
Harkins Builders
Howard Community College
Howard County General Hospital Professional Staff
KIMCO Realty Corporation - the village center merchants at Dorsey's Search, Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, River Hill and Wilde Lake