Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Where is the Merriweather Symphony of Lights held?

A: Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 20144. The entrance for the drive through starts on the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road. View the entire map here.

Q: How long is the course?

A: Approximately 1 mile.

Q: Can you walk through the display or is this only permitted during special events?

A: Walking through the light displays is a fantastic way to experience the Symphony of Lights! Walking is only permitted during our Walk Through Nights.

Q: Do I have to purchase my ticket in advance or can I buy one at the entrance?

A: For Walk Through Nights, advance purchase is mandatory as capacity is limited. For regular Drive Through, advance purchase is not necessary but highly encouraged for a contactless experience.

Q: What radio frequency do I tune in to for event information and holiday music while I drive through?

A: 105.5FM

Q: Are private group rentals available?

A: No, private group rentals are not available. 

Q: Is the Symphony of Lights still run by the Howard County General Hospital?

A: No. However, a portion of proceeds still benefit the Howard County General Hospital.

Q. So, what exactly does the Symphony of Lights support then?

A: By purchasing a ticket to any Symphony of Lights event, you are supporting Howard County General Hospital and the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission. Not to mention ensuring that the Symphony of Lights is around for generations to come!

Q: What is the weather policy?

A: All events occur rain, shine or snow. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, a message will be posted on the Symphony of Lights social media pages, and an email will be sent to registered guests. So make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


Q: What are the prices for the events?

A: $20 per vehicle during regular drive through days. $12 per person for Festive Families and $10 for Tail Lights. $15 per person or $50 family 4-pack for Midnight on the Hour.

Q: Are listed prices per person or per car?

A: Prices are per vehicle, and prices for Walk Through Nights are per person.

Q: Do you accept credit cards or cash only?

A: Credit cards and cash are accepted for drive through. All walk through tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Q: Do you accept any other form of payment?

A: No, other forms of payment such as checks and money orders are not accepted.

Q: Do you offer any discounts?

A: We offer discounts for military and frontline workers.

Military and veterans: drive thru tickets are $10 per vehicle on Thursdays (except Christmas Eve). Valid with ID only at the gate.

Doctors, nurses, first responders and healthcare workers: email with a picture of your valid ID for a 20% discount to our Festive Families walk.

Q: Do you offer group discounts?

A: No.

Q: What is your refund policy?

A: Refunds are not available.


Q. Where is the drive-through entrance?

A. The entrance to the drive through is at the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road. Click here to view a map.

Q. We want a completely contactless experience. How do we show our ticket without rolling down our window?

A. Our scanners should scan your ticket through the glass. But in case of digital hiccups, we have advise you to tape your printed ticket to the outside of your vehicle.

Q: Can buses, limos and dual axle vehicles drive through the course?

A: No, these vehicles cannot be accommodated due to the width of the driving course. Regular 15 passenger vans are accepted.

Q: What is the Symphony of Lights radio channel for listening to event information and holiday music while driving through the display route?

A: 105.5FM

Q: Are the lights open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

A: Yes, the drive through is open for all holidays.

Q: Will there be Symphony of Lights contests?

A: Yes! Stay tuned for more details.


Q: Do we have to arrive when the event begins or can we start our walk at any time the event is open?

A: No, you may not start your walk at any time. Due to COVID-19 and to keep with government-mandated guidelines, we have limited our ticket sales to 10 minute intervals. When you purchase your walk through ticket, you must choose a slot and you are only allowed to enter within 10 minutes of your ticket's start time.

Q. Do I have to purchase a ticket for my child who is under 3 years old (for head count purposes)?

A: No, our capacity count already takes children into account.

Q. How much time do we have to go through the course?
A: You can go as fast or as slow as you want. Please just keep social distance and be respectful of everyone's space!

Q. Where is parking?

A. Merriweather lots 2-4. Click here for directions and info.

Q. Do I have to wear a face mask?

A: Yes, face coverings are mandatory at all times.

Q: Will there be food and drinks?

A: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will not be offering food and drinks this year.

Q: What is the refund policy for walk through nights?

A: Refunds are not available for any Symphony of Lights events.

Q: Can you push strollers or wagons through the course?

A: Yes; children in strollers, wagons, baby carriers and backpacks are welcome.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: Dogs are only allowed during Tail Lights, with the exception of service animals.


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Merriweather Post Pavilion

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway

Columbia, Maryland 21044