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Lighten Up Your Holidays

Dec 06, 2012 11:08PM ● By Anonymous

Now that the husband and I have a kid to tote around, I’ve taken a greater interest in Christmas light displays. To children, the light displays seem to be magical acts of Santa’s elves, who up a blinking light installation to remind kids to be good and believe in the magic of Santa Claus.

Wherever you are, let the magic of the season sink in to you and your family (however young or old you may be). You can load the family up in the old four wheel drive sleigh, or you can stroll along bundled up in your winter coats. Regardless how you do it, you’ll create memories for years and years to come.

In Annapolis:

Lights on the Bay brings Toy Land and the Winter Penguin Village to Sandy Point State Park. We love the colonial village and the Mids throwing their hats in the air. Santa makes his appearance every weekend throughout December 24th. Cost is $14 per car.

Symphony Village in Columbia brings together over 70 larger-than-life displays for the Symphony of Lights Festival, taking you on a 20-30 minute drive of Christmas wonderland. On December 11th you can walk with your dog through the displays (doggie costumes are encouraged).

Chesapeake City Winterfest is the city’s month-long Victorian Christmas celebration with a plethora of lighted displays along both sides of the C&D Canal. Santa makes his appearance at Pell Gardens on Saturdays, while Mrs. Claus heads over to Pookie Poo’s every Sunday.

Annual Luminaria Night Celebration in Vienna gets private homes, historic buildings, and churches to open their doors for tours, refreshments, Christmas music, and old fashioned hospitality.

Gingerbread Displays at the William Paca House Ok, Ok, so these aren’t lights. But it’s still such a cool walking tour, we had to include it. Professionally-made gingerbread houses are on display at the William Paca House, while amateur gingerbread manses are located throughout town. Pick up a map of their locations at the museum and head out on a quest to see them all. You can vote for your favorite throughout December.

The Miracle on 34th Street in Bawlmer, Hon, is the place to be during the holidays. There is a rumor circulating that potential homebuyers to the famous block have to sign a contract stipulating that they will participate in the over-the-top display of lights, so you know you are getting some exterior illumination aficionados here.