The tradition of Symphony of Lights, a drive-through spectacle of more than 100 larger-than-life holiday light displays, returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Nov. 27 and will run through Jan. 1. A portion of the proceeds from Symphony of Lights will benefit Howard County General Hospital (HCGH).

A total of 300,000 LED lights will illuminate animated and stationary displays along the scenic 1-mile drive through the iconic venue and grounds of Merriweather; seasonal music on the Merriweather Symphony of Lights FM radio station will entertain guests while experiencing this one-of-a-kind holiday event.

Drive-thru will occur nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 5 to 10 p.m. on weekends. Tickets are $20 per vehicle and may be purchased with cash or credit cards at the gate.

In addition, Merriweather Symphony of Lights will hold special events:

Festive Families Walk will be one of three opportunities to walk through the lights and will occur on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome, including children in strollers and wagons. Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased online or cost $15 on the day of the event at the gate. Children age three and under are free.

Tail Lights returns for 2019 with a special night for furry, four-legged friends to experience Symphony of Lights on MondayDec. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Costumes are welcome but dogs must be on a leash. Tickets are $10 in advance and available online or $15 at the gate.

Midnight at 7 is among the ways to celebrate the new year with your family. Enjoy a festive party within the Symphony of Lights displays with music, activities, food, and fireworks at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. The festivities start at 5 p.m. and advance tickets are available online for $15 or a family four-pack for $50. Tickets will also be available at the gate for $20 per person. 

Military Appreciation Nights, held on Thursdays, offer members of the military a $10 drive-thru ticket. Military can also buy a ticket to one of the above walk through events and get another ticket free. Active-duty, reserve and retired military members with government-issued IDs and their dependents qualify for military nights.

The event attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year and has been a holiday tradition for residents of Howard County and central Maryland for more than 20 years, during which it has raised millions of dollars for HCGH.

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