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Holiday Magic Comes to Life at Garden of Lights Winter Wonderland

 Brookside Gardens’ Family Favorite Holiday Display Celebrates 18th Anniversary

October 2015 – Silver Spring, MD – Beginning November 27, 2015, families can once again enjoy the beloved winter walk-through holiday light display at Brookside Gardens. This magical winter wonderland is illuminated by more than one million dazzling, colorful lights uniquely shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms featuring flowers, animals and other natural elements.


Guests will have an opportunity to stroll from garden to garden enjoying visitor favorites including “Nessie” and a giant caterpillar, twinkling tree forms, flowers and dragonflies, and sparkling snowflakes overhead. This one-of-a-kind holiday event that’s perfect for couples, friends and families alike. The experience wouldn’t be complete without a visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy watching G-Scale model trains wind through a breathtaking seasonal landscape. End the evening by warming up inside the Visitors Center while sipping hot cocoa and listening to one of the exciting nightly musical performances.


“We are thrilled to once again welcome guests to our Garden of Lights display,” said Stephanie Oberle, Brookside Gardens Director. “We’re especially excited to welcome guests back to Brookside Gardens as the construction of our expanded parking lot wraps up. We hope to see new and repeat visitors at this year’s event, and look forward to sharing this special holiday tradition with them.”


“In addition to our incredibly popular light display, we also partner with the Washington, Virginia & Maryland Garden Railway Society to bring our South Conservatory to life with a miniature landscape and train exhibit. Visitors can enjoy the Conservatory Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day beginning December 5th through January 3rd (closed December 25th).”


“Since its inception in 1997, Brookside Gardens’ Garden of Lights celebration has been a holiday favorite,” said Montgomery Parks Department Director Michael F. Riley. “We’ve welcomed 500,000 guests in the past 18 years, and we are looking forward to sharing the magic of the holidays with guests again this year.”


Garden of Lights At-A-Glance
Dates: November 27, 2015–January 3, 2016 (closed December 24 & 25)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30–9:30PM; Friday–Saturday: 5:30–10:00PM; New Year’s Eve: open until 9:00PM
Location: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Cost: $25 per car/van (Monday-Thursday); $30 per car/van (Friday-Sunday)
$25 advanced tickets available beginning November 1, 2015
*Cash only at entrance


Conservatory Winter Display and Garden Railway Exhibit At-A-Glance
Dates: November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016 (closed December 25)
Hours: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Cost: Free

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About Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.


About Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County’s incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park.  The Garden features numerous distinct landscape areas, including the Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden. Two conservatories showcase changing seasonal displays for year-round enjoyment. A horticultural reference library and gift shop are located in the Visitors Center. Admission to the Gardens is free.