Montgomery County MD 2012 – Out and About for the Holidays


How fantastic is it to live in an area of such diversity?  We have the opportunity to experience a variety of cultures and traditions. ‘Tis the season and it’s time for the holiday festivities to begin – that and hot cocoa help make the cold weather bearable!

This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Saturday, December 8 and there are several activities around town to enjoy!


The lighting of the National Menorah will take place at the Ellipse on Sunday, December 9 at 4:00pm.

The Hanukkah Fire Truck Parade on December 11, will depart RVFD Fire Station 3, 380 Hungerford Drive in Rockville at 6 PM and make the following stops:
1st stop: Fallsgrove – Corner of Fallsgrove Blvd. & Fallsgrove Dr. [approx. 6:15 pm] 2nd stop: Potomac Glen – Deerbrook and Broadfield Drives [approx. 6:50 pm] 3rd stop: Hanukkah Wonderland  – 10066 Darnestown Rd. Travilah Square Shopping Center [approx. 7:10 pm] 4th stop: Washingtonian Woods – The pool on Midsummer Drive [approx. 7:30 pm] 5th stop: Lakelands Park [approx. 7:50 pm] Final stop: Chabad of Upper Montgomery County  – 11520 Darnestown Rd. Gaithersburg for the Community Hanukkah Party and the Lighting of the outdoor Menorah at 8:00 pm.

The family Chanukkah Celebration at the JCCGW is on Dec 8, 2012, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

The 17th Annual Winter Lights Festival in Seneca Creek State Park is open nightly beginning November 30.

Gaithersburg Winter Lights
Click here for more Gaithersburg activities, such as “giving programs” and Arts Barn shows.

Celebrate the holiday season December 1-2, 2012 in downtown Bethesda with a variety of performances, a visit from Santa Claus and more! The ice sculpting presentation takes place Saturday, December 2 from 1- 2pm in Veterans Park, located on the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.

In Rockville, stop by Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park on Sundays in December for the free holiday festivities. There will be music, art and merriment for all!
Dec 2 – Art, Music and Holiday Cheer
Dec 9 – Children’s Sunday with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Dec 16 – Music & Merriment

Zoolights at the National Zoo with music, entertainment, beautiful light displays and runs weekends through January 1.

ICE – at the Gaylord National Resort – Don’t miss 2 million pounds of hand carved “Shrek The Halls” ice sculptures! This attraction is open daily until January 6.
Also at the National Harbor is the Harbor Holiday Festival on the weekend of Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Tickets are no longer available for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, but the tree and the Pathway of Peace are lit each evening until 11:00 pm. Enjoy nightly musical performances on the Ellipse stage.

It’s always fun to see a show during the holidays. Whether it’s at the The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre or the Olney Theatre, you can be sure to find Handel’s Messiah, White Christmas, The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol or another fun, holiday themed production for the whole family to enjoy!

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