36th Annual Winter Festival of Lights Announced by Dept of Parks and Rec., Pr. Geo. County

November 17, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 17, 2022

Media Contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Announces 

The 36th Annual Winter Festival of Lights

Riverdale, MD – Today, the Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County announces the 2022 Winter Festival of Lights. Now in its 36th year, the festival is a staple in local holiday traditions. With more lights, displays, and entertainment, it is the biggest of its kind in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

Since last year, the entrance of the Festival has been relocated to Route 202/Largo Road, across the street from the Riverdale Baptist Church, located at 1133 Largo Road, in Upper Marlboro.   Please note that the entrance on Route 193 will be closed.

Back by popular demand are our carriage rides! Create unforgettable memories with this unique experience. Sit cozied up with your loved ones as you ride a horse drawn carriage through the festival. Hats, gloves and blankets are recommended.

“We know it’s the holiday season when the Winter Festival of Lights begins. The Festival of Lights gets better every year. There’s always something new to see,” exclaims Bill Tyler, Director of the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation. “This year we are happy to again offer horse-drawn carriage rides which were so popular in 2021. We want to ensure the best possible experience for visitors and their families this holiday,” says Tyler.

Drive through three miles of whimsical lights and celebrate the magic of the season from the comfort of your vehicle. This year’s spectacular drive-through event features dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million LED lights throughout the park and a giant, 54-foot LED musical tree. Please bring a canned good to donate to local food banks.

WHAT: 36th Annual Winter Festival of Lights

WHEN: Friday, November 25, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023, daily from 5 – 10 pm.

WHERE: Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774

COST: Admission fees based on vehicle type and method of payment

Online registration is encouraged. Purchase tickets in advance online and pay only $10 for cars ($15 standard admission). Preregistration for carriage-rides is required, since availability is limited to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Both are now available through  

Bring a little twinkle to your holidays at this spectacular drive-through event. Come celebrate the season with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

About the Department
The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit and stay connected on FacebookTwitterPhotoShelter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.