Posted: August 13, 2015 Winter Lights Now in its 20th season, the Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival has become a much-anticipated holiday tradition for families in the Washington, DC region. The 3½ mile drive through hundreds of dazzling animated and static light displays in the idyllic setting of Seneca Creek State Park has created joyful memories for the 1.2 million visitors who have shared the magic with us over the years. A portion of the ticket sales from the Festival benefits charities that help hundreds of people in our community. In anticipation of the 2015 event, qualified nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply now for beneficiary status. A limited number of opportunities are available. Certain restrictions apply. Application forms are available in the Related Documents section. The application deadline is September 11, 2015 and organizations selected to be beneficiaries of this year’s Winter Lights Festival will be informed in mid-October. The Festival opens to drive-through traffic at 6 p.m. nightly November 27 through December 31 (closed December 25). It closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $12 per car Monday through Thursday and $15 per car Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Special admission fees apply for vans, mini buses and full-size buses. Visit the Winter Lights Festival web page for complete details.