These six displays of holiday lights & decor for the Christmas season rank as the biggest and best in (and nearby) the Delmarva region.
Winterfest of Lights
Through Dec. 31 in Ocean City, Md.
More than one million holiday lights on 58 acres filled with hundreds of animated light displays at Northside Park (pictured below). There is a heated Winterfest Village pavilion and photo ops with Santa as well. Details.
Through Dec. 31 in Lewes, Del.
Winter Wonderfest includes an expansive light show in Cape Henlopen State Park as well as an ice-skating rink, carnival rides, a Christmas village, and more. Details.
Yuletide at Winterthur
Through Jan. 6 at Winterthur, Del.
Spectacular holiday lights, decor, and displays, including an 18-room dollhouse mansion and a majestic dried flower Christmas tree at this old DuPont mansion located north of Wilmington, Del. Details.
A Longwood Christmas
Through Jan. 6 at Kennett Square, Pa.
The focus of this year’s Christmas display at the Longwood Gardens (pictured up top here) is “The Tree: Re-imagined.” Spectacular lights and decor through the gardens, with fire pits and carolers popping up along the way. The fountains are lit for the season as well. Longwood Gardens is north of Wilmington, Del., near Winterthur. Details.
Lights on the Bay
Through Jan. 1 at Annapolis, Md.
More than 60 different animated and stationary displays at Sandy Point State Park, just over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Details.
The Garden of Lights
Dec. 16 through 31 at Norfolk, Va.
The display of holiday lights at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens was ranked among the top 10 in the country by one listing in recent years. The 175 acres of gardens are located just over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Details.
Note: Through Dec. 15, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens offers a different light show, the Million Bulb Walk. Details on that.
–Compiled by Jim Duffy & posted on Nov. 26, 2018