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 Specialty Nights.
Q: Are past events such as Festive Families, Tail Lights, and Midnight at 7 offered this year?
A: Yes! View our full calendar to see the dates.
Q: What radio frequency do I tune in to for event information and holiday music while I drive through?
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: Are you a part of the Ice and Fire event at the Chrysalis/Symphony Woods?
A: We are not affiliated with the brand new walk through Ice and Fire event happening on the adjoining property at Symphony Woods produced by The Inner Arbor Trust. There is a separate admission charge for each event.
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. $15 per person for Festive Families and Tail Lights. $20 per person or $50 family 4-pack for Midnight at 7.
Q: Are listed prices per person or per car?
A: Prices are per vehicle, and prices for Specialty Nights are per person.
Q: Do you accept credit cards or cash only?
A: Credit cards and cash are accepted.
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 only offer discounts for military and veterans: drive through tickets every Thursday are $10 per vehicle and our Specialty Nights are buy one, get one free (excluding family 4-pack). Valid for military and veterans with valid ID only at the gate.
Q: Do you offer group discounts?
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: 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?
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! During your time through the course on any night, find this year's "Secret Phrase" for a chance to win - more info here. Additionally, during our Tail Lights walk through event on December 9, our friends at Dogs of Charm City will be holding our first ever doggie costume contest!
WALK THROUGH (SPECIALTY NIGHTS)
Q: Do you have to arrive when the event begins or can you start your walk at any time the event is open?
A: You may arrive at any time during the event hours. However, you must start your walk 30 minutes prior to close to allow enough time to finish the course.
Q. Where is parking?
A. Merriweather lots 2-4. Click here for directions and info.
Q: Will there be food and drinks?
A: Food trucks with refreshments will be present and a limited supply of hot chocolate from us.
Q: What is the refund policy for specialty 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.