Information updated: 11/22/21

SOLOMONS, Md. – Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, in Solomons, Maryland, will host Annmarie Garden in Lights, from November 26, 2021, to January 1, 2022, 5-9pm nightly (closed Nov 29 & 30 and Dec 6, 7, 24, 25). Bundle up and enjoy, the most magical time of year as the 30-acre grounds of Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center are transformed into an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in the region. Annmarie Garden in Lights will transport you and your family to an enchanted world full of glowing “light sculptures” and immersive light installations. Discover magical creatures, wintery wonderlands, musical holiday scenes, deep sea treasures, sparkling trees, and so much more! You’ll find sparkling delights and fun photo ops around each corner!

Most of the light show activities are outside, including admissions, holiday pop-up shops, food & drink service, seating, and of course, the light show, featuring a quarter-mile walk through unique lighting experiences! The Arts Building will be open for holiday shopping; masks are required to go inside.  Advance tickets are required; and attendance will be limited each night, with timed-entry admissions, to ensure social distancing.  Hardesty Haven Holiday Café will be open nightly for snacks and hot chocolate.

Special nights throughout, including Santa Night, Merry Menagerie Night, Holiday Character Nights, Wine & Lights Night, the Holiday Train Display, Local Heroes Nights, Special Needs Night, Golf Cart Tours, and more! A full schedule and details can be found at annmariegarden.org.

This outdoor family-friendly light show is a joyful outing for all ages, so bundle up and make memories with your loved ones at Annmarie Garden in Lights. Masks are encouraged outside and required inside the Arts Building,

Advance timed-entry tickets are required. Admission is $10/12 (depending on the date), free for ages 2; free for Annmarie members. Visit wwwannmariegarden.org to purchase tickets and review complete safety information.


Special nights are scheduled throughout Garden in Lights, including:

Holiday Train Display
December 1-12, in the Arts Building, 5:00-8:45pm each evening (masks required in the Arts Building)
Guests of all ages will delight in this beautiful train display by George Leah, Jr. It’s a charming exhibit that will spark memories of Christmases past and delight those new to model trains. George will be operating an “O” scale train display featuring trains from the 1950s through today, meandering through a miniature landscape. Included with cost of admission; advance tickets required.  

Local Heroes Appreciation Nights
December 1, 8, 15, & 29, 5:00-8:00pm each evening
Celebrating our local heroes with free admission for 1st Responders (police, fire, EMS, hospital staff), Active Duty Military, Veterans, and Educators.  Our local heroes will enjoy free admission on the night of their choice – Dec, 1, 8, 15, or 29. Reservations for local heroes are not required, just come! Please wear your ID badge to enjoy free admission. All other guests must reserve their ticket(s) in advance.

Wine & Lights Night
Thursday, December 2, 5:00-9:00pm
Bundle up and enjoy a walk through our beautiful light show – with eight tasting stops along the way. From sparkling wine to wine jellies, each stop features a different festive option!  A few stops will include treats, including chocolate, cheese, and other yummy surprises. It’s a tasting event like no other surrounded by the glittering beauty of Annmarie Garden In Lights!  Join us for a festive outdoor tasting experience, along with twinkling lights and great shopping in the Arts Building.  The Hardesty Holiday Cafe will also be open.  Participating businesses include:  Patuxent Wine & Spirits, Nick’s of Calvert, Port of Call Liquors, Blue Wind Gourmet, Bay Wine & Spirits, Twin Valley Distillers, Tobacco Barn Distillery, and DeVine Wine Jelly.   Advance tickets required – $30/person for tastings plus cost of ticket to light show. Purchase light show ticket separately. Must be 21.  

Holiday Character Nights
December 5 & 19, 5-8pm
Holiday characters from elves to princesses to superheroes, will be greeting guests from various locations around the garden from 5-8pm. Guests will be able to take a family photo with characters in the background.  Included with cost of admission; advance tickets required.  

Special Needs Night – CLOSED TO GENERAL PUBLIC
Tuesday, December 7, 5:00-7:30pm
A holiday evening for our guests with disabilities and special needs; all other guests must choose another night to visit the light show.  Admission for special needs guests: Free for special needs guest + one (1) friend; Additional guests: $4 per person; kids 2 & under free.  Advance tickets are NOT required for Special Needs Night, just come!  CLOSED TO GENERAL PUBLIC.

Merry Menagerie – Live Animal Photo Op
Thursday, December 9, 5:00-8:00pm
Snap a photo with one our sweet animals from the Merry Menagerie!  Visit with a camel, donkey, mini cow, and pony, each decked out in their holiday finery!  Animals courtesy of Mary’s Go Round. Included with cost of admission; advance tickets required.  

Scout Caroling Night
Thursday, December 9, 5:00-8:00pm
Don’t miss this jolly and fun event as area scouting groups carol outside at Annmarie Garden In Lights!  Don’t miss this jolly and fun event as area scouting groups carol outside at Annmarie Garden In Lights!  Interested in bringing your scout group to this event? Email programs@annmariegarden.org.

Greetings from Santa Night
Sunday, December 12, 5:00-8:00pm
Join us for an evening with Santa at Annmarie Garden In Lights.  Santa will be greeting guests from the Front Patio of the Arts Building.  Guests will be able to take a family photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Please note that Santa may take warm-up breaks at 5:45-6:00 and 6:45-7:00.  Thank you for your understanding.  Included with cost of admission; advance tickets required.  

Golf Cart Tours
December 13 & 28, 5:00-8:00pm
Golf cart tours will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for guests with mobility issues on December 13 & 28.  Included with cost of admission; advance tickets required.  

Pet Night
Saturday, January 1, 5:00-9:00pm
Pets are welcome at the last night of Annmarie Garden In Lights! Bring your well-behaved pet for the last night of our holiday light show! Must be on a leash 6′ or shorter. Included with cost of admission; advance tickets required.  

Annmarie Garden in Lights is made possible by these generous sponsors: Just Tech; Matthew Budde, Thrivent Financial; ACE Consulting Group; Burch Oil Company; CalvertHealth; Ricky Cox for Sheriff; Toyota of Southern Maryland; New Bridge Spine & Pain Center;  G.S. Proctor & Associates; Exelon Generation; Jane & Walter Grove; Community Bank of the Chesapeake; Asbury Solomons;  GH Clark Contractors, Inc; Roy Rogers of Solomons;  PNC; Beechtree Apartments;  Quality Built Homes, Inc.; Bartlett Tree Experts; SMECO; Jan Kleponis, O’Brien Realty; Sneade’s Ace Home Center


About Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (AMG) is located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on St. John’s Creek. The sculpture garden features a walking path that meanders through the forest, past permanent and loaned sculpture, including more than 35 works of art on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. AMG presents a variety of award-winning special events, gallery shows, and engaging public art programs. AMG’s Studio School offers creative classes for all ages and abilities taught by a talented faculty. Annmarie Garden is conveniently located just off Route 2/4, on Dowell Road in Solomons, Maryland.  The Sculpture Garden, Murray Arts Building, and Annmarie Gift Shop are open daily. To learn more, visit www.annmariegarden.org.             

Directions to Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
From Washington DC (about a 60-minute drive): take Route 4 South to Capital Beltway Exit 11 (to Prince Frederick). Continue on 4 South, following signs to Solomons. Left on Dowell Road at Hilton Garden Inn. Annmarie is less than 1/4 mile on left.  From Baltimore (Beltway I-695):  take I-97 (Annapolis) to Route 301 South (Bowie). Continue on 301 to Route 4 and follow signs to Solomons. Left on Dowell Road at Hilton Garden Inn. Annmarie is less than 1/4 mile on left.  From Annapolis: follow Route 2 South towards Prince Frederick/Solomons. Left (South) onto Route 2/4 at Sunderland light. Left on Dowell Road at Hilton Garden Inn. Annmarie is less than 1/4 mile on left. If using GPS, address is 13470 Dowell Road, Dowell, MD, 20629.