Winter Festival of Lights: Watkins Regional Park

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    Archway of Lights Through the Watkins Regional Park Forest

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    The Winter Festival of Lights is Prince George’s County, Maryland’s drive-through Christmas light display featuring more than a million twinkling lights. The Department of Parks and Recreation sponsors this event and it is one of the most affordable light displays in the region. 

    Attending Details

    Address:Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

    Dates and Times: November 24, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Hours: 5-9:30 p.m.

    Cost: $10 per car; $20 for mini-buses and limos; $30 for buses; $15 for multi-visit passes for cars and vans (good for three visits). The festival is FREE on December 25. You may bring canned food items to donate to local food banks for the holidays. December 4 is Community Service Providers Appreciation Night.

    Directions: From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 15A (Central Avenue) east. Continue for approximately three miles. Turn right onto Watkins Park Drive (Route 193) and follow the  signs to Watkins Regional Park.

    From Route 301, turn onto Central Avenue (Route 214) west. Continue for approximately three miles (past Six Flags America). Turn left onto Watkins Park Drive and follow to the park entrance on the right.

    Enjoy the following photos of the lights and get a glimpse of the event.

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    Train Full of Gifts

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    The Christmas Light Display at Watkins Regional Park is a fun family event for all ages. Tune your car radio to some Christmas favorites and enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland. See holiday lights including reindeer, snowflakes, toy soldiers, Santa, gingerbread men, candy canes, and much more. 

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    Maypole of Lights

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    Watkins Regional Park is one of the most popular parks in Prince George's County, Maryland. The park has playgrounds, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, Watkins Nature Center, the Chesapeake Carousel, Old Maryland Farm, the Watkins Regional Park miniature train, Watkins Miniature Golf Course, softball, football and soccer fields, basketball courts, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and 34 campsites.

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    Merry-go-round of Lights

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    This Merry-go-round of Lights at Watkins Regional Park is a spectacular sight during the holiday season. The light display is a fun family-friendly tradition to brighten this favorite time of year. Drive through the park with the whole family and make some memories that will last a lifetime. 

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    Gingerbread House

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    Everyone loves a Gingerbread House! Enjoy this life-size house as well as the many seasonal displays of lights at Watkins Regional Park's Winter Festival of Lights. Viewing the holiday lights with the whole family is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. Make the drive through event at Watkins Regional Park one of your many family traditions. 

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    Happy Holidays from Watkins Regional Park

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    "Happy Holidays from Watkins Regional Park". The light display is one of the most popular and most affordable holiday events in the region. The Washington, D.C. area has many other seasonal activities for the whole family including tree lighting ceremonies, tours of decorated historic houses, holiday festivals, live musical performances and special events. Read about the Best 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Washington, D.C.