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Alright, enough Virginia talk. It’s time to turn to the matter at hand: Christmas is only 4 days away!

Many of you may be kicking off long weekends or extended holiday vacations. Many of you may be awaiting the arrival of out of town guests. Many of you may be looking for fun holiday activities to get you in the spirit. Well then, do I have something for you!

A few weeks ago I come across a LivingSocial deal for half-off admission to the Symphony of Lights in Columbia, MD. I had never heard of it, but from the brief description it seemed like a fun holiday activity.

“Every year when the candy canes begin their march along the Columbia pathways and the reindeer take flight over Lake Elkhorn, there’s one more must-see holiday sight on everyone’s list: the 2012 Symphony of Lights by the Howard County General Hospital.(source)

Browsing the website I learned that this event takes place every year. It is sponsored by Johns Hopkins Hospital  and consists of over 70 lit holiday displays on the grounds of Merriweather Post Pavilion. Visitors hop in their cars and enjoy a 20 minute holiday light extravaganza. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Howard County General Hospital.

While on the website I saw that Thursday was “Military Appreciation Night” with half-price admission for those with military ID’s. It was decided—we had to go. Z and I hopped in the car and headed down to Columbia for a holiday date night!

There were lots of other cars there when we arrived. The place was hoppin!

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It was amazing to look out and see all the lights in the distance. The road wound back and forth amongst them.

Symphony of Lights, Columbia MD

I brought up some appropriate holiday music on Pandora (Trans-Siberian Orchestra is my FAVORITE) and we began the drive.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Pandora Radio

The displays were quite impressive. Not only were they humongous but many were animated too/Symphony of Lights, Columbia, MD 3

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The last, my favorite…

Symphony of Lights, Columbia, MD Healthy Holidays

Z and I had a lot of fun and it certainly put us in the holiday spirit. If you’re looking for an family friendly activity, I’d definitely recommend this. The displays will be up until January 6th so there’s still plenty of time.

If you’re interested, here’s the information from the Johns Hopkins website:


I also saw that they have a “Dazzle Dash” 5K through the lights in mid-November. That would be so much fun! I will certainly have to put that on the to-do list for next year.