Symphony of Lights Opens

The annual holiday event features an array of lights throughout Symphony Woods in Town Center.


Symphony of Lights opened its gates to the holiday season's first revelers on Nov. 17. The annual light display that has become a Howard County tradition will be open nightly for the rest of the year, until Jan. 6, 2013.

This is the 19th year Howard County General Hospital is hosting the lights, which doubles as a fundraiser for the hospital.

Symphony of Lights features 70 animated and stationary light displays that are viewable through nightly drives or on special events.

People interested in seeing the holiday display can drive through the woods between 6 and 10 p.m. nightly. The cost is $20 per car for the 20 to 30 minute drive.

In addition, the following special events have been scheduled:

  • Group Walk Through the Lights
    Mondays & Wednesdays ONLY, November 26 - December 19 / 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. - A 1.4 mile stroll through the light display. Call 410-740-7840 for reservations. Cost is $10 per walker, children under 4 are free.
  • Blinkin' Binkies
    Thursday, December 6 / 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Young children and strollers are encouraged to come out to this 1.4 mile walk through the lights. Cost is $10 per walker, children under 4 are free.
  • Tail Lights
    Tuesday, December 11 / 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Dogs are invited to walk through the park (with their owners) during this special night at Symphony of Lights. Cost is $10 per walker, dogs and children under 4 are free.
  • Midnight at 7
    Monday, December 31 / 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - People are invited to walk through Symphony of Woods and then see Howard County's New Year's Eve fireworks. Cost is $15 per individual (before Dec. 13 and $20 after Dec. 13), children age 3 and under are free. Group rates are also available.

Did you got to Symphony of Lights this year? Share your pictures by adding them to this article!

stephen feldman November 20, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Does anyone know if the proposed development of Symphony Woods would fill the area now used by the hospital for this display?
Andrew Metcalf November 20, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Great question, I know they said in the past the development of Symphony Woods would not interfere with Wine in the Woods, but I'll find out about Symphony of Lights.
Andrew Metcalf November 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
From CA spokesperson David Greisman, "Columbia Association's approved final development plan for Symphony Woods would not have any impact on Symphony of Lights, which is a wonderful feature that has become both an attraction and a tradition for Columbia, Howard County and the surrounding area."
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Erick Peters December 30, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I agree it is a great tradition and am glad it won't be impacted. That said we took the kids last night and were very disappointed. Bulbs out. Strings out. 5-6 entire displays out. Some of the proceeds should support maintenance because after 19 years it is showing its age. I tried to find an email to provide this feedback but no dice. Andrew maybe you can let them know. I can't be the only one who feels this way.


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