Holiday lights originated with cowboys, who used them as lassos to reel in cattle rustlers, whom they then sold as Christmas trees. Continue this Wild West tradition with today’s to Blinkin’ Binkies at the Symphony of Lights in Columbia on Thursday, December 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get admission for two (a $20 value).
- For $18, you get admission for four (a $40 value).
Children younger than 4 receive free admission.
The Symphony of Lights packs the Merriweather Post Pavilion grounds with more than 70 radiant light creations, transforming the natural space into a landscape of festive wonder. The Blinkin’ Binkies evening launches delighted squeals from gaggles of children as they revel in the resplendent displays. During a relaxed 1.4-mile jaunt through the incandescent pavilion and grounds, gargantuan spectacles and animated characters fuel active imaginations without the tedium of a unicorn’s vacation slideshow. Youngsters cavort through the effulgent grounds on foot or they can lean back and enjoy from strollers, wagons, or giant cocoons. Revelers must enter the festival by 5:15 p.m.
Symphony of Lights
When the holiday season rolls around each year, the natural beauty of Symphony Woods shines a little brighter with the electric festivities of Symphony of Lights and the donations it provides to Howard County General Hospital. Nearly 100 animated and stationary light displays set the scene ablaze with images of candy canes, snowflakes, and toys, and twinkling light displays dress the woods in a blaze of color.. Visitors can enjoy the scenery in numerous ways throughout the season, as family and pet walks, drive-through routes, and the 1 mile run and 5k race of Dazzle Dash keep eyes engaged and bodies exercising during the holidays. Drive through admission includes a new path through Symphony woods, new light displays, new laser light show and new 3-D holiday video projected 50 feet high at the Merriweather Post pavilion barn. The lights stay twinkling five days a week, only closing for New Year’s Eve or when the moon comes looking for who’s stealing her audience.