A Bright Start to the Season

More than a million lights create a holiday spectacle beginning tomorrow at Watkins Regional Park. The 19th annual Winter Festival of Lights features a 21/2 -mile course of animated and other illuminated displays, including Santa and his hoofed friends, a light-accented train station and carousel and a decorated holiday tree. Open 5-9:30 p.m. through Jan. 1, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. $5 per car or van. 301-699-2456.

Sweet Domestic Designs

Local bakers play culinary architects when they craft houses out of gingerbread in the sixth annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show. This year's competition includes two judging categories, one for cooks ages 8 through 16, the other for those 17 and older. Visitors can vote on their favorite works of sugar art for the Viewer's Choice Award. One award winner from each category will receive $375. Noon-5 p.m. tomorrow through Dec. 11. Darnall's Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $1; ages 4 and younger, free. 301-952-8010.

Saturday Night Fights

Prince George's own Lamont "Bay" Pearson, the U.S. Boxing Association's super featherweight champion, steps into the hometown ring as the headliner for "In Yo' Face at Show Place," a night of boxing matches at the Show Place Arena. Pearson will fight Pascali Adorno. Other local up-and-coming fighters, including Henry "Sugar Poo" Buchanan, Purcell Miller and Reggie Holly, also will enter the ring. 7 p.m. Saturday, Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $25-$75. 202-397-7328.

The Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, opening tomorrow, is a holiday tradition.