Each winter, Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, invites visitors to see the amazing drive-through holiday light show with over two million of twinkling lights. The festival features many new displays such as a 16-m (54-ft) LED musical tree. Flaring holiday flamboyance is sponsored by The Department of Parks and Recreation and is one of the most affordable light festivals in the area. A pack of attractions in the park includes Old Maryland Farm, the Chesapeake Carousel, the miniature train, and Watkins Nature Trail.
Drive-through a spectacular trail while tuning your car radio to your Christmas favorites. The most popular displays include reindeer, colorful snowflakes, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, candy canes, and, of course, Santa Claus. Stop by a dazzling life-size Gingerbread House. and an enchanting Carousel of Lights. Get yourself a pair of complementary 3D glasses to enjoy the light installations event more!
Another option to enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights is to register for a walk or run through the gorgeous three-mile (5-kilometer) course to see everything up close. Winter Festival of Lights Trot for a Turkey takes place before Thanksgiving.
The park creates a family-friendly environment and fun for all ages. Make sure to drop by the Watkins Nature Center to warm up by the fire, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and see how the animals decorate for the holidays!