New Christmas Lights Festival in Maryland features bonfires and snow every night


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Olney’s Field of Screams Maryland has taken a 180 degree turn for the holiday season, transforming its haunted trail experience in a winter wonderland that bills itself as the region’s “largest and most sophisticated holiday lights experience.”

The new holiday festival, called winter city lights, will feature 200,000 square feet of festive exhibits on the 18 acres. A coordinated music and light show will play every half hour. According to the numbers, the production team (the same behind Field of Screams Maryland) works with a million eco-lamps; a 52-foot Christmas tree dressed in a huge canopy of lights; and a 1.5-mile trail that winds through ornate woods.

The icing on the cake: snow is guaranteed every night. Well, sort of. During each light show, tiny “snow” bubbles fall from the “sky”, at least giving the illusion of a Hallmark holiday.

In addition to illumination, 14 bonfires allow for roasting s’mores and sipping hot chocolate. Also on the menu: barbecue sandwiches, pizza and funnel cake. Once you’ve stocked up on the lights, an eight-lane, 15-foot-tall slide is on site, plus a wood-framed barn with a lumberjack ax thrower inside.

Tickets at Winter City Lights, which opens November 19 and ends December 31, ranges from $39 to $48, depending on the night, with discounts available for children and seniors. A portion of sales goes to the Olney Boys and Girls Clubs.

Winter City Lights, 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney.

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