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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.

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This Year's Festivities

Drive Through the Light Displays
Nov. 21 – Jan. 1 (Tuesdays-Sundays)
Tuesdays-Fridays, 6:30-10 p.m.
Saturdays-Sundays, 5:30-10 p.m.

Holiday Schedule
Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23 – Open
Christmas Eve and Day, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 24 and 25 – Open
New Year’s Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31 – Closed
New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1 – Open

Drive your car through Symphony of Lights and experience more than 100 larger-than-life light creations, a laser light show and 3-D holiday video, all set to holiday music.

Dazzle Dash – Symphony of Lights Opening 
Sunday, Nov. 19 – Rain or shine
Celebrate the opening of the Symphony of Lights. Bring your friends and family to walk through the magical outdoor display of lights. Experience the excitement as the holiday season begins and enjoy the lighting ceremony, entertainment, giveaways and activities.

Twinkling Tots
Monday, Dec. 4
Take a leisurely walk through Symphony of Lights and see the dazzling light displays up close with your little ones. Children in strollers and wagons are welcome.

Military Appreciation Nights
Thursdays, Dec. 7 and 14
Receive $10 on a drive through admission with a valid military ID. Online ticket purchases are not available for Military Appreciation Nights.

Tail Lights                                  
Monday, Dec. 11
Treat yourself and your canine furry friend to a walk through the Symphony of Lights course — a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday season with other dog lovers and their dogs. Make this dog-friendly walk your new holiday tradition!

Midnight At 7
Sunday, Dec. 31 – Rain or shine
Back by popular demand! Whether you have little ones or are looking to get a jump start on celebrating New Year’s Eve, join us at 7 p.m. to see Howard County dazzle with a fireworks display. Celebrate with your family and friends as you walk through the animated light displays and enjoy family-friendly entertainment as 2017 comes to a close.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Symphony of Lights would not be possible without wonderful volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for a Symphony of Lights event, sign up here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Symphony of Lights offers sponsorship your business direct exposure to more than 130,000 attendees. Because all proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital, sponsoring the Symphony of Lights demonstrates your commitment to community and philanthropy.

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.

Thank you to our 2017 Symphony of Lights Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


Shining Sponsor

Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Drive Through Presenting

Antwerpen Toyota

Dazzle Dash Presenting

BGE HomeWells Fargo

3-D Video Presenting Sponsor


Tail Lights Presenting


Met Columbia


HoCo Tourism

Bonnie Heneson Communications101.9


Military Nights Presenting

W.R. Grace


  • The Howard Hughes Corporation
  • LG-TEK


  • KIMCO & the Village Center Merchants of Dorsey's Search, Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, River Hill, and Wilde Lake
  • Maxim Charitable Foundation
  • Pet+E.R.


Symphony of Lights Festivities
Symphony of Lights hotline: 410-740-7666