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Symphony Of Lights 2017: Hours, Tickets, Special Events

The holiday light show in Columbia is open Tuesday to Sunday through New Year's Day, with several special events mixed in for tots, pups.

COLUMBIA, MD - A 1.4-mile wonderland is up and running in Columbia for the holidays. The annual Symphony of Lights display, which raises funds for Howard County General Hospital, is open to the public.

The light display near Merriweather Post Pavilion in Symphony Woods is open Tuesday to Sunday. That's one more day than last year (when it was open Wednesday to Sunday).

The arrangement of lights typically goes up in late November and runs through early January. It opened Nov. 21 and continues through Jan. 1.
Organized by the Howard Hospital Foundation, Symphony of Lights is the largest fundraiser for Howard County General Hospital. More than 2 million people have visited the attraction over the 21 years that Symphony of Lights has been in existence, raising $7.5 million for the hospital.

Symphony of Lights is located at the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road.

It is open Tuesday to Sunday. Hours are 6:10-10 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Symphony of Lights will be closed on New Year's Eve but will be open on New Year's Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Ticket Prices

Tickets are $20 on days other than Saturday, when rates are $25. For special events (below), prices may vary. The cost of admission covers each car. Buses and dual axle vehicles are not permitted.

Special Events

Several special events are planned through the season, according to Symphony of Lights:
  • Twinkling Tots on Monday, Dec. 4; for little ones
  • Military Appreciation Nights on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Thursday, Dec. 14; those with military ID get $10 off admission
  • Tail Lights on Monday, Dec. 11; bring Fido on a walk with other dogs and their owners
  • Midnight At 7 on Sunday, Dec. 31; celebrate the New Year at 7 p.m. with fireworks

More to come....