Giveaway! Brighten Up the Holidays at Brookside’s Garden of Lights


Dazzling light shows are a staple of the holiday season, and one of my very favorites in the area is Brookside Gardens’ walk-through exhibit, Garden of Lights. The gardens are transformed into a magical winter wonderland illuminated by more than one million twinkling colorful lights handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers, and other natural elements. It will all be on view for visitors every night from November 25 through January 1 (with the exceptions of December 24 and 25). And I have two admission passes (admission is per car/van) to give away to a couple of lucky KFDC readers.


Stroll from garden to garden to enjoy long-time favorite displays, including Nessie the Serpent, flying geese, and butterflies. The gardens’ trees and hardscapes such as the Children’s Garden Treehouse and Wedding Gazebo are bedecked in a rainbow of colorful glimmering lights. It is a light display unlike any other. (Get a glimpse of it all in this post about one of our visits there.)

Inside the Conservatory, enjoy the sights and sounds of model trains as they wind their way through seasonal greenery and miniature reproductions of local landmarks such as the RedDoor Store in Sandy Spring, the Kensington MARC railway station, Glen Echo Park complete with Bumper Car Pavilion and 1921 Dentzel Carousel, and even Brookside Gardens’ Conservatories.


A new fire pit on the South Terrace is the latest addition to Garden of Lights, where refreshments — think S’mores kits and hot cocoa — will be available for purchase. And nightly musical performances take place inside the Visitors Center.

Garden of Lights is located in Brookside Gardens at 1800 Glenallan Avenue in Wheaton, MD. It runs November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (closed December 24 & 25). Hours are 5:30-9:30pm Sunday – Thursday, and 5:30-10:30pm Friday & Saturday. Admission is $25 per car/van Sunday – Thursday, and $30 per car/van Friday & Saturday.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win one of the two admission passes to Brookside’s Garden of Lights, simply leave a comment below or enter through the KFDC Facebook page or on Instagram. The passes can be used on any date the exhibit is open. This giveaway will run through November 23, 2016, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Montgomery Parks, however, I only promote events, places, and programs that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


Filed under All ages, Annual, Art, Christmas, Exhibit, Giveaway, Holidays, Maryland, Outdoor, Seasonal, Sponsored Post, Trains, Weekdays, Weekend, Winter

123 Responses to Giveaway! Brighten Up the Holidays at Brookside’s Garden of Lights

  1. Levi

    Thanks for the offer – would love a chance to win!

  2. Joyce

    Thanks for another great giveaway.

  3. Jane Wilkins

    Thanks for sharing this winter wonderland! We might be able to pretend we’re holiday fairies and go as a family! Thanks for entering our family in to win the free pass! Have a great day!

  4. Rebecca

    We have enjoyed many of the local holiday displays (Meadowlark, Bull Run, US Botanic Gardens); thank you for the reminder that we wanted to try this one this year!

  5. Brendan McKeon

    We simply love your site. It is very helpful for planning weekend activities with our children. We would love to have the opportunity to use the Brookside Garden passes you mentioned.

  6. Sadie

    The fire pit sounds like a great addition!

  7. We love Brookside. Would love to win. Thanks!!

  8. Hope to take my grandson who loves trains to see the holiday train and lights. It will be his first time from NJ to visit me he is 2. What special day the two of us. Thank you for considering us

  9. Danielle

    We love seeing the beautiful light displays and would love to go.

  10. Wendy

    Enchanted place!! My kids will love to go here. Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. Kinny

    Would love to win this. Thx for the opportunity!

  12. You gotta give me those tickets for my granddaughter and I!!!!!

  13. Karen

    Thanks for the chance to win an admission ticket!

  14. Lisa Dreisigmeyer

    We would love to go!

  15. Jessica

    Thanks for the chance.

  16. Rachel

    Yay! It’s open again! I think they missed a couple of years due to lack of funding? We have so many good memories there.. one year it was about 20 degrees when we went — watching the trains was definitely a welcome break from the cold! Thank you for this.

  17. Lane Windham

    I’ve been watching them string the lights up for awhile now, and would jump at the chance to take my family!

  18. Lauren

    Brookside is magical in the evenings! Definitly a great night with family and/or friends.

  19. Beth

    I love Brookside Gardens!

  20. Ade

    Thank you, once again, for this chance to win and the wonderful Kidfriendly website!

  21. J. Tynes

    This is a great event. We’d love to score free tickets.

  22. Meg

    Thanks for the offer. We also love the gardens during any season, and also really like their holiday train exhibit (free admission!)

  23. Jess Belford

    Bright lights. Bright smiles. Bright hearts.

  24. Tara Jeffers

    Thank for you for the offer, would love that opportunity!!

  25. Pete

    Would love to go!

  26. Camille

    Merci for the offer! My baby would love to see all these lights!

  27. Beautiful!!! Would love to surprise the kiddies with this event!!! You always give great places for families to enjoy with one another. I love it!

  28. Penny

    This looks amazing!

  29. Shirley

    Love this holiday spirit!! Always a fun event for the whole family.

  30. Ivonne Gutierrez

    I would love to win two tickets to the Brookside Garden of Lights. We did not get to go last year at it was sold out and would be thrilled if we could take our little guy this year!

  31. Camille

    Thank you for this offer! Our baby would love to see all these lights!

  32. Warren

    Our family would love to go, we are looking forward to taking our sons!

  33. Joanne

    We went last year and it was incredible! My girls loved it. Would be awesome to go again this year for free 🙂

  34. Debbie

    Love Garden of Lights — fantastic holiday tradition!

  35. Alexis

    Brookside Gardens is one of my favorite places!

  36. Andrea

    Any light this holiday season would be lovely!

  37. Ann

    I would love to go to this!

  38. Steve

    We love this place. It’s so magical. All fingers crossed.

  39. SD

    Brookside Gardens is great – thank you!

  40. B Robinson

    Rolling through light displays is one of my favorite holiday activities!

  41. QM

    We havent been here but it looks amazing!!!!

  42. Alison

    We would love a chance to enjoy the wonderful light display!

  43. Lisa

    This looks amazing!

  44. Laura

    My family would really enjoy this holiday display of lights!

  45. Christine

    We would love to go to this holiday light display!

  46. Rebecca Dirks

    I love this light display!

  47. Miles Pell

    The lights that go up every year at gardnes and parks are one of my favorite attractions. Can’t wait to take our little one to see them.

  48. Rachel Bradford

    Trains & lights – what’s better for 2 little boys?

  49. Ashley

    We ❤️ Kid friendly DC!

  50. Caroline

    We are looking forward to the new fire pit!! Smores in the winter!

  51. Colleen N.

    I would love to go! Looks like fun.

  52. Melanie Castellanos

    We would love to go here!!! Pretty please 🙂

  53. Yarissa

    I would love to win this! I always look for places like this during the season it what makes the Season great.

  54. JeanR

    This looks fantastic! My kids would love to check this out.

  55. Julie S

    So fun! We would love to go to!

  56. Barbara

    Have never been, would love to check it out, especially if free!

  57. Kate spigler

    This would be wonderful, what a great giveaway!

  58. Sandy

    We have never been looks fun

  59. Sheerin Haubenreich

    Sounds absolutely amazing!!

  60. Kelly Sheers

    looks like fun!

  61. Jessica

    This is on our bucket list and would love to cross it off our list (bonus if we can do it for free).

  62. Karen Mazie

    We love going to Brookside each winter!!

  63. stacy

    looks fun–thanks for offering this!

  64. Sabrina

    We’ve never been and I had planned for us to go check it out this year!

  65. Linden

    My daughter loved the lights last year. Can’t wait to go back!

  66. Piper Scott

    We’ve been to Watkins park and Annmarie Gardens, but excited to try somewhere new! Thank you for the chance to win!

  67. Megan

    We love brookside, especially at this time of year!

  68. Melinda

    Definitely need to add this to our to-do list!

  69. Beatriz

    Yes please!!! That would be awesome

  70. Cary

    It would be a way needful holiday treat!

  71. Michelle

    This looks so fun! I’d love to take my family!

  72. Christine

    Looks beautiful!!

  73. Amy

    This looks beautiful my kids would love it.

  74. Christina Tsaturyan

    Would love to win!

  75. Sonia Mena

    I have been to the light show once before. It’s absolutely beautiful and magical. Hope to win!

  76. shawnte

    Oh wow! This sounds like a great exhibit for the family!!

  77. Heejeong Bang

    I would like to thank you to your website.

    it is very informative and make our family weekends full of precious memory.

    Happy Thanksgiving in advance.

    thank you again.

  78. Carrie Grimes

    I now live in Sterling and I grew up in Silver Spring. As a child I went to Brookside Gardens, the nature center, and Wheaton Regional Park on a regular basis. Though it is more of a hike for is now, I still venture there with my family. We haven’t ever checked out the Christmas lights though! Looks pretty spectacular!

  79. Crystal

    Can’t wait to go back and make it a family tradition.

  80. SM

    Would love to win… but in any case.. Thanks for sharingthis wonderful information and Happy Thanksgiving

  81. Eva

    Their gardens are so pretty!

  82. Geoffrey Baker

    A fun event, we love the trains!

  83. Dawn

    Would love to win!

  84. Ozlem

    My kids will love to go there!

  85. Marisa

    I’ve been telling everyone about your site! Thank you for everything that you do!

  86. Gene Russo

    Thanks for your weekly info! Great stuff.

    Would love to be considered for the free passes.

  87. Cara lawrance

    Thank you, see you there!

  88. Pauline

    Oh, we’d love to check it out!

  89. Julie

    Looks like fun!

  90. Brianne

    This is on our list to do whether we win or not!! Thank you for the opportunity.

  91. Anna

    Fantastic giveaway! Thank you for doing this.

  92. Kim

    I’m crossing my fingers::))

  93. Rachel

    The trains at Brookside are one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Never been at night to see the lights though.

  94. Renee

    I’ve always wanted to check out their holiday display.

  95. Clara

    We’ve never gone but wanted to. Fun giveaway.

  96. Sarah

    Love this site!

  97. Julie

    Christmas is my favorite! ?

  98. Balinda

    Thank you for offering this!

  99. Christina

    I would love to win it. Thanks

  100. Colleen

    Would love this!

  101. Katie

    Yes, please! This would be so great!!!

  102. Beth

    We would love to go!

  103. Cara Martin

    Thanks for the chance.

  104. Melanie

    Always a great time here! We would love the chance to go as a family!

  105. Maria Ugarte

    We are new to the city and we’ll love to see this place!

  106. Lori

    We always enjoy the Garden of Lights – and with two tweens and a teen, it’s great to have an activity for everyone. Thanks for give away!

  107. Aly

    One of our favorite places. Would love to see it for the holidays.

  108. lori

    would love to visit

  109. Ananthy Thambinayagam

    I have loved going to Brookside since I was a kid. And it’s even more special to go there with my own famil!

  110. Cara

    We love visiting the train exhibits and would use the passes to finally check out the lights!

  111. Megan Velazquez

    This new to DC family would love to explore Brookside this holiday season! Win or lose- thanks for sharing this holiday event!

  112. Jeff Rule

    We plan our every weekend using KidFriendlyDC! Would love to see Brookside at night. The kids won’t go to the butterfly exhibit anymore after they realized they are “bugs”!

  113. Allison Wilson

    We would love to check out this exhibit!!

  114. Amy

    Would love to check it out!

  115. brynne

    My kids would love this!

  116. Amy

    My kids would love this!

  117. Kara Eyrich

    My son Owen would love to visit Brookside gardens.

  118. KC

    Our family would love this!

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