Park in Upper Marlboro sparkles for the season

December 29, 2017 by  

The Festival of Lights, which is being held for the 31st consecutive year, is currently underway at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro.

Sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation of Prince George County, the drive-through event is highlighted by millions of lights decorating all aspects of the park. It includes a tree, which is one of the tallest in the state of Maryland. There are themed displays and tree lights that are synchronized to the music of the season that is played throughout the park.

After the drive through the park, there is hot chocolate and warm apple cider to be enjoyed, along with holiday music.

Attendees are requested to bring canned good donations and non-perishable items, which will be given to a local food bank. There were over 300 boxes of food that were delivered last year from this event.

Those who want to drive through the festival more than one night can purchase multi-visit passes at the gate. The cost is $10 for a car or van, $20 for a limo or mini-bus, and $30 for a bus. The festival is free on Christmas Day.

Festival hours are 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. every day until New Year’s Day.

Flyers are often used to attract large numbers of people to events like these and to publicize requests for food donations for local food banks.