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Shop for holiday gifts for your pup. Take in a winter light show. Discover birding as a new family hobby. Discover these and other activities around Montgomery Parks for December 2 to 4, 2022.

Trees wrapped in pink and purple lights at Garden of Lights. In the middle of the photo is a large sculptural ball.


(Update: Holiday Barket is now canceled Saturday, due to rain in the forecast.)

What is on your list for your furry family member? Find presents and enjoy some holiday fun with your dog at our first Holiday Barket on Saturday, December 3, 10 am to 1 pm, at Cabin John Regional Park. Gift and food vendors, photo opportunities, pet services, crafts, and more! Free admission!

Enjoy the glow at Garden of Lights this weekend. Brookside Gardens invites you to stroll and take in its winter light show featuring hand crafted light displays with more than one million lights. Open this Friday, December 2, to Sunday, December 4, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm nightly. Advance tickets for ages five and older are required.


How do animals thrive and survive the cold months? Learn through self-guided activities and programs at Locust Grove Nature Center during Animals in Winter this Friday, December 2, to Sunday, December 4, from 1 pm to 5 pm daily.

(Update: Honeybee 101 for this Saturday is canceled.)

Brookside Nature Center is a hive of activity at Honeybee 101 on Saturday, December 3, 2 pm to 3 pm. Montgomery County Beekeepers Association members are buzzing to answer your questions about the insect. So, swarm by.

Introduce the kids to the joys of watching and learning about our feathered friends at Birding for the Family on Saturday, December 3, 10 am to noon, at Black Hill Visitor Center. Start at the feeding stations, walk to the bird blind to observe waterfowl on the lake, then make a bird treat to take home.


Give back this holiday season and help remove invasive, nonnative plants to create healthier environments for native plants to grow in our parks. Weed Warriors has events in four parks this weekend.

There is one workday at Long Branch-Wayne Local Park on Friday, December 2, 9 am to 11 am.

And, on Saturday, December 3, there are three events: Maydale Conservation Park, 10 am to 11:30 am; Westmoreland Hills Local Park, 1 pm to 3 pm; and Rock Creek Regional Park, 2 pm to 4 pm.

For these and other activities, visit the calendar of events and Things to Do on our website.

Discover your happy place in Montgomery Parks!

Last Updated: December 2, 2022