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Friday, November 30, 2007

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ZOO LIGHTS Through Dec. 30. Wednesday-Sunday from 6 to 8:30. A display of nearly 50 light sculptures made from thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights. Make winter-themed crafts, listen to live music, watch an ice sculptor at work or roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate. Activities vary nightly. $10, age 1 and younger free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-397-7328 or 202-633-4800.

UPPER MARLBORO FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Through Jan. 1. Nightly from 5 to 9:30. Drive through a 2 1/2 -mile exhibit of more than a million lights and animated displays. Car or minivan $5; mini-bus, bus or limo $15; multi-visit pass $10. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-699-2456.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Through Jan. 1. Nightly from 5-9:30. Drive-through exhibit of animated displays. $5 per car and van, mini-buses and limos $15, buses $25; free on Dec. 25. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-699-2456.

LIGHTS ON THE BAY Through Jan. 1. Thursday-Friday from 5 to 9, Saturdays from 5 to 10. A two-mile drive-through light show with more 70 displays; proceeds benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center. $12 per car; 3-D package, including two pairs of 3-D glasses while supplies last, $15. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Pkwy., Route 50 Exit 32, Annapolis. 443-481-3161 or 410-974-2149.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY VILLAGE Through Jan. 7. Nightly from 5 to 9:30. A 2 1/2 -mile drive-through display features more than 75,000 lights; holiday village includes carnival games and rides, an ice skating rink and live entertainment. Monday-Thursday, cars $15, vans $25, buses $50. Friday-Sunday, cars $20, vans $30, buses $55. Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. 703-359-4633.

WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL Nov. 30-Dec. 30; closed Dec. 25. Sunday-Thursday from 6 to 9, Friday-Saturday from 6 to 10. A 3 1/2 -mile drive featuring 380 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays. Cars $10-$12, passenger vans $25, buses $50. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350, Ext. 120.

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS Nov. 30-Jan. 5. Nightly from 6 to 10. More than 70 larger-than-life, animated and stationary light creations. Walk-throughs available to groups of 50 or more at $5 per person from 4:30 to 5:45. Cars $20, vans $35, buses $125. Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-740-7666.

GARDEN OF LIGHTS Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 5-9, 12-23, 26-30, Jan. 1-6 from 5:30 to 9. A half-mile walk through holiday display that includes more than 650,000 lights. Last entry at 8:30. Cars or vans $15, buses $50-$120. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1453 or 301-962-1400.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Nov. 30-Jan. 1. Nightly from dusk until 10. Holiday display includes more than 450,000 lights, 17 decorated Christmas trees, more than 80 creches, a live Nativity scene and nightly live music. Free. Washington Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stonybrook Dr., Kensington. 301-587-0144.

HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 6:30. More than 50 brightly lighted boats cruise the Potomac. Free. Alexandria Marina, King and Union streets, Alexandria. 703-838-5005 or 703-838-4265.

GARDEN IN LIGHTS Dec. 7-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 1 from 6 to 9. A drive-through light show includes a "Holiday I Spy" game. $5 per car. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640.


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