Going to Christmas lights displays, such as Howard County's Symphony of Lights, has become a holiday tradition for my family. Symphony of Lights is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. During the past 21 years, nearly 2 million individuals have visited the lights, and proceeds from the event have raised more than $7.5 million to benefit Howard County General Hospital, the only hospital in Howard County.
Enjoying the simple pleasure of the lights made me wonder how the tradition of Christmas lights evolved.
As our holidays celebrations evolved, so did our fascination with lights displays. They became bigger and brighter....
More and more cities in the United States are setting up sensible alternatives and schemes to recycle Christmas lights, with towns organizing drop-off points for handing in old or discarded lights. As you take down your lights displays, please look for these places and turn in your old lights, so that they can be responsibly recycled, rather than lasting an eternity in a landfill somewhere.
Getting there: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD (use Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance off South Entrance Road); take Interstate 95 to route 32 West. Route 32 west to Route 29 North. Route 29 North to Exit 18B (Broken Land Parkway). Continue through 2 lights and make a right onto Little Patuxent Parkway. Continue through 2 lights and make a right onto South Entrance Road. Turn right into the drive with signage for Merriweather Post Pavilion and Toby’s Dinner Theatre. The entrance to the Symphony of Lights is located to the right.
Hours: November 23, 2016 - January 1, 2017, Wednesdays through Sundays only; 5:30-10 p.m., including holidays.
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