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BALTIMORE LIGHTED BOAT PARADE Dec. 5 at 6. Sponsored by the Fells Point Yacht Club. Inner Harbor, Pratt and Light streets, Baltimore. 410-868-7440. baltparade@yahoo.com. http://www.fpyc.net. Free.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY VILLAGE through Jan. 10. Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, Jan. 1-3, 8-10 from 5:30-10 and Dec. 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31 and Jan. 4-7 from 5:30 to 9:30. A 2 1/2 -mile drive-through display features more than 75,000 lights; holiday village includes carnival rides, an ice skating rink and entertainment. Holiday village is open from 5:30 to 10 Dec. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 and 21. 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. http://www.nvrpa.org/parks/brfestoflights. $15-$55.

EASTPORT YACHT CLUB LIGHTS PARADE Dec. 12 at 6. More than 40 power and sailboats show off their holiday decorations. Annapolis Harbor, 1 Dock St., Annapolis. 443-621-9842. http://www.eastportyc.org. Free.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS through Jan. 1. from 5 to 10. Holiday display includes 450,000 lights, 16 decorated Christmas trees, creches and nightly live music. Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center, 9900 Stonybrook Dr., Kensington. http://www.dctemplelights.lds.org. Free.

GARDEN IN LIGHTS through Jan. 2. Dec. 4-6, 9-13, 15, 17-23, Dec. 26-Jan. 2 from 6 to 9. A quarter-mile walk-through light show. There will be holiday exhibits and programs at the Arts Building, plus hot drinks and holiday entertainment at the cafe. Dec. 13 is Pet Night; pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet, $1 per pet. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. http://www.annmariegarden.org/Events/GIL/index.htm. $3, seniors and children ages 5-12 $2, younger than 5 free.

GARDEN OF LIGHTS through Jan. 3. Dec. 4-23, Dec. 26-Jan. 3 from 5:30 to 9. A half-mile walk through holiday display that includes more than 700,000 lights. Last entry at 8:30. Musical entertainment from 6:30 to 8. Brookside Gardens, visitors center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1453. http://www.mcparkandplanning.org/Parks/brookside/light.shtm. Cars or vans $15-$20 (cash only), buses $50-$120.

HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS Dec. 5 from 6 to 7. Alexandria's harbor lights up when more than 50 lit sailing and powered leisure boats cruise the Potomac at the city's historic waterfront. Santa arrives by boat at 4. Alexandria Marina, King and Union streets, Alexandria. 703-838-5005. Free.

LIGHTS ON THE BAY through Jan. 3. Dec. 4-Jan. 3 from 5 to 10. A two-mile drive-through holiday light show with more than 70 displays with proceeds to benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Pkwy., Route 50, Exit 32, Annapolis. 443-481-3161. http://www.aahs.org. $14 per car.

SOLOMONS CHRISTMAS LIGHT BOAT PARADE Dec. 6 at 6:15. Parade begins at Solomons Island Yacht Club, goes around Sandy Point and up the Patuxent to the bridge. Solomons Island Yacht Club, 14604 Solomons Island Rd. S., Solomons. 410-326-2042, Ext. 41. http://www.solomonsmaryland.com. Free.

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS through Jan. 3. Dec. 4-Jan. 3 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 p.m. Tail Lights, for dogs and their owners, is Dec. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Leashes and clean-up are mandatory. Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. Cars $20, vans $35, buses $125.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS through Jan. 3. Dec. 4-Jan. 3 from 5 to 9:30. See animated displays made up of a million twinkling lights in a drive through the park. Canned goods collected for local food banks. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-699-2456. $5 car or minivan; minibus, bus or limo $15; multi-visit pass $10; free on Dec. 25.

WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL through Jan. 2. Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 26 and Jan. 2 from 6 to 10 and Dec. 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31 from 6 to 9. A 3.5-mile drive featuring 380 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays. Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350, Ext. 120. http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov\\winterlights\\08. Cars $12-$14, limos $20, passenger vans $30, buses $60.

ZOO LIGHTS through Jan. 2. Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-23, 26-30, Jan. 1-2 from 6 to 8:30. A display of animal light sculptures made from thousands of LED lights. Animal houses remain open during the event. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-397-7328. http://www.fonz.org/zoolights.htm. $8, FONZ members $5, younger than 2 free.


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