My favorite part of the Christmas season in Southern Maryland is the twinkling light displays that people put up to decorate their homes. It all boils down to the simple reasoning that I like shiny things, and Christmas lights definitely fall into that category. Each year the Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Dowell, MD puts up their annual Garden in Lights, which is essentially a walk-through of the gardens with lots of Christmas lights shaped into dogs, dinosaurs, hot-rods, and more.
Make sure you dress warmly because you will be walking outside, but that not withstanding, this is a really great attraction for all ages. They also have an ornament show and sale, with Christmas ornaments from dozens of local artisans on display and beautiful handmade ornaments available for purchase.
The hours are limited, but their complete schedule is available on their website and they have lots of special offers and promotions running throughout the event. I’m going to be heading there on the day they let you bring your puppies, although I’m not sure that the dogs will really get much out of the event, but hey, everyone loves puppies!
The Annmarie Sculpture Garden is located in Dowell, MD.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
13480 Dowell Road
P.O. Box 99
Dowell, Maryland 20629
(410) 326 – 4640
Although Annmarie’s postal address is in Dowell, our physcial location on Dowell Road is considered to be part of the Solomons Island community.
From Washington DC: Take Route 4 South to Exit 11 (Prince Frederick). Continue on 4 South, following signs to Solomons. Left on Dowell Road at Solomons Firehouse. Garden is less than 1/4 mile on left.
From Baltimore (Beltway I-695): Take I-97 (Annapolis) to Route 301 South (Bowie). Continue on 301 to Route 4 and follow signs to Solomons. Left on Dowell Road at Solomons Firehouse. Garden is less than 1/4 mile on left.
From Annapolis: Follow Route 2 South towards Prince Frederick/Solomons. Left (South) onto Route 2/4 at Sunderland light. Left on Dowell Road at Solomons Firehouse. Garden is less than 1/4 mile on left.