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Week of November 29, 2010
Fun in Your Community This Week!
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A drive-through light display
A walk-through light display
A hayride through a light display
Oh, sweet gingerbread houses
Billingsley House Museum open houses
Santa Fly-in
A Spot of Tea
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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has lots for everyone to enjoy here in Prince George's County. Enjoy two holiday light displays, a gingerbread house show, holiday open houses, an elegant tea, and a special visit with Santa. Explore the park system and enjoy the social, healthy, fun recreation programs and activities.

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Drive through a spectacular light display more
Festival of Lights archesThe 24th Annual Winter Festival of Lights in Prince George's County is open from 5-9:30 pm nightly through Sunday, January 2, 2011. This beautiful holiday drive-through event features more than a million twinkling lights throughout Watkins Regional Park on holiday displays. Admission fees are $5/car or van, $15/mini-bus or limo, $25/bus and $10 for a multi-visit, transferable pass for cars and vans that's good for 3 visits. Please bring canned goods for donation to local food banks. For more information, click here or call 301-699-2456.
See the Festival of Lights a little differently more
hayrideTake a hayride through the Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park! Select from the following dates: Fridays & Saturdays, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18; Sunday, December 26; and Saturday, January 1.  The hay rides begin at 7 pm and the fee is $5/person. Guests will also stop by Watkins Nature Center to warm up by the campfire and enjoy refreshments. Space is limited on the hay wagon so reservations are required. Please call 301-218-6770 for reservations.
Walk through a spectacular light display more
wreathEnjoy another beautiful holiday treat. The Garden of Lights Winter Garden Walk at Brookside Gardens (Silver Spring) features nearly a million twinkling, colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Walk along the paths and see hundreds of wrapped trees and shrubs, beautifully lighted gazebos, cascading fountains, and individually formed displays in the shapes of blooming flowers and wild animals. For detailed information click here.
Admire creative, sweet treats more
real size gingerbread houseThe 11th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Show at Darnall's Chance House Museum is open for public viewing Thursday-Sunday, December 2-5 & Thursday-Sunday, December 9-12, from 12 noon-5 pm. Come see an amazing display of edible gingerbread houses and vote for the Viewer's Choice Award Competition. No reservations are needed and the fee is only $1/person. Click here for more information or call 301-952-8010.
Attend a holiday open house more
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Billingsley House Museum, an historic home on 430 acres overlooking the scenic Patuxent River, is hosting holiday open houses on Fridays December 3, 10 & 17 between 9 am and 3 pm. Enjoy a FREE tour of the Manor with its beautiful holiday decorations. People of all ages are welcome to attend. Please call staff at 301-627-0730 for driving directions before you leave home. Read more here.

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Santa Fly-In
On Saturday, December 4, Santa will be flying into College Park Airport. Join us at College Park Aviation Museum for the Santa Fly-In from 12 noon-4 pm. Have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy holiday arts and crafts in the museum. It's all free with regular admission fee: $4/adults, $3/seniors, $2/ages 2-18, FREE/children under 2. Call 301-864-6029 or click here for information.
Enjoy a spot of tea more
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Add a little elegance to your holiday season. Snow Hill Manor, an historic home in Laurel built in 1755, is hosting a special holiday event, A Spot of Tea, on Sunday, December 5 from 3-5 pm. Those ages 18 & up are invited to enjoy tea, holiday decorations and the sounds of the season. Tickets are $15/person. For more information call 301-725-6037 or 301-249-2004 or click here.
There's always something good going on in Prince George's County. Browse www.pgparks.com to find out what's happening and where. Sign up for classes and activities using the SMARTlink system. Or check out information on parks and trails, community centers, nature centers, sports and arts facilities, and more.
Questions? Contact our Customer Service Help Desk at 301-699-CALL(2255) or e-mail help4smartlink@pgparks.com.
Have a great week!
The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation