Scenes from Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens

We always make a point of visiting a light display (or two or three) during the holiday season. One of our family’s area favorites is the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD, and we just visited over Thanksgiving weekend.

The locale that boasts beautiful plant and flower collections in the warmer seasons, the fantastic Wings of Fancy exhibit every summer, and an adorable Children’s Garden all year round, transforms into a twinkling wonderland come late fall and winter. Pathways are lined with colorful lights in forms of flowers, insects, animals, and more beautiful and whimsical glowing designs. There are sparkling tunnels, real trees illuminated with lights, and fountains full of shimmering scenes.

It’s so nice to stroll through leisurely (or run excitedly like the kids) and take it in at our own pace. Every corner we turned brought new delight — it’s fun, relaxing, and breathtaking all at once. And along with lights, there is a model train display in the Conservatory, plus live music, hot chocolate, and snacks for sale in the Visitor Center, perfect for warming up after wandering among the brilliant grounds outside.

Garden of Lights will be on display at Brookside Gardens through January 1, 2018. Hours are 5:30-9pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:30-10pm Friday – Saturday. Admission per car is $25 Sunday – Thursday, $30 Friday – Saturday. It’s open every night except for December 24-25. Get a glimpse of it all below before you go!

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See the raccoon?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Montgomery Parks, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


Filed under 2017, 2018, All ages, Annual, Christmas, Exhibit, Holidays, Maryland, Nature, Outdoor, Seasonal, Weekdays, Weekend, Winter

2 Responses to Scenes from Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens

  1. Grace Ray

    My son and I visited the Gardens yesterday and EVERYTHING was SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT! Thank you, Brookside!!! Do you think you will have the train display this year???? We look so forward to visiting it~again, simply WONDERFUL!!!!! I read that the lights are great for children~~~could you please tell me about this?
    Thank you, Grace Ray

    • Linda @ KidFriendly DC

      Hi Grace – Thanks for your note, and so glad you enjoyed Brookside! I honestly don’t know if the lights and train display will happen this year. It seems like they could be done in a socially distant way, though. As soon as I know, I’ll share with the KFDC community!

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