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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 – Rain or shine
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 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.

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 Amanda Pizzurro, director of development, at 410-740-7570 or email

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:

Presenting Sponsor


Shining Sponsor

Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Drive Through Presenting Sponsor

Antwerpen Toyota

Festive Families Presenting Sponsor

Calvert Hall

Dazzling Sponsors

Bonnie Heneson Communications101.9

Howard Hughes Corporation

Symphony of Lights Contest Sponsor

Johns Hopkins Diagnostic Imaging

Toyland Sponsor


Military Nights Presenting Sponsors

The Metropolitan Downtown ColumbiaM Flats


Sparkling Sponsors

LG-TEKMaryland Excels


Glowing Sponsors

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