Festival of Lights

Friday, November 27, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021

Daily from 5 to 9:30 pm

Free November 30 & December 25
logo for the Festival of Lights written in cursive with drawn colorful lights decorating the words.


Bring a little twinkle to your holidays at this spectacular drive-through event featuring dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights throughout the park! You won’t want to miss our giant, 54-foot LED musical tree!

  1. To avoid longer than usual wait times, we encourage the public to attend the festival on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening. Thank you for understanding.
  2. On Saturday and Sunday, please arrive before 6 pm to avoid long wait times.
  3. ONLINE TICKETS AND CASH ONLY. Online ticket purchases are preferred. Credit Cards are not accepted in person. 


Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Phone: 301-699-2456
TTY: 301-699-2544

Rte. 193 is the ONLY entrance to the Festival of Lights.
NO LEFT TURN ALLOWED from Rte. 202 towards Rte. 214 (must make a U-Turn onto Rte. 193 to enter). This will save 30+ minutes (if traffic) of drive time for patrons.

GPS Driving Directions: Please use the exact Watkins Park Address: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Purchase Tickets

Get your tickets online through PARKS DIRECT before arriving. Tickets can be used at any time from date of purchase until January 1st, 2021. The Festival is open from 5 to 9:30 pm nightly. Please be aware that the weekend evenings are a peak time for the Festival and plan your trip accordingly.

Admission Fees

Vehicle Type
Car or Van $8 in advance; $10 at the gate
Multi-Visit Pass - 3 visits (car or van) $20 (Buy two tickets, get one free!)
Mini-Bus or Limo $20
Multi-Visit Pass - 3 visits (mini-bus or limo) $40 (Buy two tickets, get one free!)
Bus $30

Vehicle Categorization

  • A Multi-Visit pass is transferable for cars and vans for up to 3 visits.
  • A mini-bus seats 13 to 24 passengers.
  • A bus seats 25 or more passengers.

Online Tickets

For your safety and the safety of our staff, please purchase tickets online in advance at ParksDirect. Credit Cards are not accepted in person. Face coverings are required if interacting with personnel.

Make a difference

  • Please bring canned goods for donation to local food banks.