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Merriweather Symphony of Lights: A Holiday Tradition Returns to Illuminate the Season

Whatever you’re celebrating this holiday season, there are a few festive features that just scream “holiday cheer.” Watching snow fall as you sip hot chocolate, for example, or spending time with friends and family. But twinkling lights, whether simple, elegant white strands or vivid rainbows of color, light displays make for one of the jolliest, most jubilant signs of the season. For the past 27 years here in Howard County, that’s true nowhere more than at the Merriweather Symphony of Lights

From late November through the start of the new year—often considered the high point of the holiday season—the historic Merriweather Post Pavilion transforms into an eye-catching mile-long course of hundreds of thousands of individual lights. Some scenes along the course are animated, while others glow still, but each display will warm your heart and welcome a holiday sparkle to your eye. 

Visitors can drive through the course most nights, or visit for a special event to walk through and get a closer look at the festive light displays. Whichever you prefer, keep an eye out for the hidden pink bulb (there’s only one throughout the course!) or secret phrase for chances to win exciting prizes from local groups. Winner or not, though, you’ll leave the Pavilion with the greatest prize of all: a smile of holiday spirit. 

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