Fall is flying by, and before you know it, we’ll be in the thick of holiday season. Full of fun activities and things to do, there are countless opportunities to get into the seasonal spirit living in Gaithersburg!
As your experts on everything local, we’ve made a list of our most highly anticipated holiday events. Make the most of the excitement of the season by participating in some of our favorite local seasonal activities in Gaithersburg.
Tree Lighting at Rio
One of the most iconic holiday events, the Tree Lighting at Rio combines all of our favorite things about the holiday season into one fun-filled event! Kick your evening off with meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus while sampling delicious snacks from local vendors.
Participate in the tree-lighting ceremony when it gets dark, or enjoy viewing the light spectacle on a horse drawn carriage! End your evening with a free fireworks show sure to delight those of all ages.
Winter Lights Festival
One of the advantages of it getting dark so early these days is that there is more time for holiday decorations to truly shine! Experience one of the biggest and best displays of seasonal spirit at the Winter Lights Festival.
Going on its 23rd year, drive through the Seneca Creek State Park to see a dazzling display of decorations that spread for acres. Turn on some holiday tunes while you drive through to truly make it an unforgettable seasonal experience!
All Aboard With Santa
Looking for an event as informative as it is fun? All Aboard With Santa is perfect for those looking to get into the holiday spirit while also getting a new perspective on locomotives.
Perfect for kids of all ages (and their parents), this interactive day starts off with offering an assortment of seasonal snacks and concessions while you explore the museum. Elves are there to guide you through the exhibits and bonus activities—make sure you end your afternoon getting a picture with Santa himself!