IMPORTANT EVENT & SAFETY INFORMATION updated December 9, 2022 
SUBJECT TO CHANGE / UPDATE  

 

GENERAL INFO

ON NIGHTS THAT THE LIGHT SHOW IS OPEN, Annmarie will close from 3-4pm to transition from daily visiting configuration to light show configuration. All guests and cars MUST exit the property by 3:00pm.  If you are a ticket holder for the evening's light show, you must move your car to the Parking Field and re-enter through the Admissions Booth.

EVENT HOURS – the light show runs 5-9pm on select evenings.  The Parking Field will open at 4:00pm and the Admissions Booth will open at 4pm. Guests who want to shop, can enter at 4:00pm. The Admissions Booth closes at 8:30pm.

MASK POLICY FOR LIGHT SHOW - masks are encouraged outside; masks are required inside the Arts Building for all guests over the age of two (2).  Masks are required in the Arts Building - where you can order food, shop, enjoy the exhibits, and use the restroom!  

RESTROOMS - there are two restroom locations - the Studio School and the Arts Building. Masks are NOT required to use the restroom at the Studio School.  You MUST wear a mask to use the restroom in the Arts Building.


RAIN, SHINE, or SNOW – unless there is a Calvert County weather emergency, the light show will go on!  Please be aware that in the event of extreme rain, section of the show may not be lit.

NO SMOKING, NO VAPING – no exceptions!

SERVICE ANIMALS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME at Annmarie; pets and therapy animals are NOT allowed at this event (except on PET NIGHT on January 1).  We follow ADA guidelines regarding the definition of a service animal.  

OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINK ARE NOT ALLOWED - guests may not bring in outside food or drink. Food and drink can be purchased at the Cafe.  

LIGHT SHOW SAFETY & RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK – PLEASE BE AWARE OF ELECTRIC SHOCK POTENTIAL!  Our spectacular show is powered by electricity. We think about the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers in everything we do, so . . .  DO NOT TOUCH THE LIGHTS, displays, or cords!  Please keep an eye on the little ones in your group.  STAY ON THE DESIGNATED PATH.  Do not go under or over the light swoops or the flagging.  DO NOT TOUCH OR SHAKE THE LIGHTS SWOOPS.  If you see something broken or if you see someone touching a display, please report it immediately to a staff member.  Guests who touch or disturb displays will be asked to leave the light show and will not receive a refund.

STAY ON THE LIGHTED PATH – stay on the lighted path.  There is a risk of electric shock if you venture off the lighted path or if you touch the displays, cords, light strings, etc.  Guests who disobey our safety guidelines will be evicted from the show and will not receive a refund.  Please keep a close eye on kids and other members of your group to keep them safe.   

 

TICKETING

ADVANCE TIMED ENTRY TICKETS REQUIRED – advance tickets are required for all guests, including members and non-members.  Please be aware, some nights and some entry time slots WILL SELL OUT.  Some tickets may be available at the gate, but we cannot guarantee that your desired entry window will be available.  PLEASE plan ahead and reserve your tickets/entry window in advance.

EVERY GUEST, EVEN BABIES, MUST HAVE A TICKET - every individual in your ticketing/family group (even the free babies) must have a ticket, and must be present when you enter.

MEMBERS – RESERVE YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE- members MUST reserve tickets in advance; if you are reserving tickets for NON-MEMBERS, you must pay non-member admission fee for each non-member. Members can visit the light show as many evenings as they wish!

TICKET GROUP - all members of your ticket group must be present when you enter the admissions gate. If you think some members of your group will enter separately, then we suggest they purchase their tickets separately!


DON’T LINE UP EARLY - do not line up early at the admission gate; you will not be allowed to line up or enter until your entry window begins; stay in your car until your time.

STAY AS LONG AS YOU LIKE (event ends at 9pm) – busy nights will have multiple entry-windows, but once you are in, you can stay as long as you like (event ends at 9pm).  

NO REFUNDS, NO TRANSFERS - sorry, there are no refunds; tickets are non-transferable; no resale allowed.  In the event of a true family emergency, we will consider a transfer request.  If your request is approved, a $10 transfer fee will be assessed.  
 

THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT

GARDEN IN LIGHTS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT – for those who have never visited, this is a walk-through light show.  Dress for the weather and come prepared to walk A LOT!  Guests will park in the grass Parking Field and check-in at the outdoor Admission Gate.   

ADMISSIONS and CAFE SEATING are OUTSIDE!  – No need to enter a building to check in!  Purchase your tickets online and admission will be a breeze!  BUNDLE UP!  Please note that you must wear a mask to enter the Cafe to order your food.  

CAFE - guests may purchase food and drink at the Hardesty Cafe.  You must wear a mask to enter the cafe and order.  All food All food and drink must be consumed outside.  Food and drink is not allowed in the Arts Building.

 

PARKING & HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY

OUR PARKING FIELD IS DIMLY LIT & UNEVEN - PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK!  NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS

ALL PARKING FOR THIS EVENT IS FESTIVAL PARKING, meaning all cars will park in our grassy field.  Please be advised that the field is dimly lit and uneven, and can get muddy and wet.  We will do the best we can to close off muddy locations. There are staff members stationed in the Field, they are there to help you!

HANDICAP PARKING & THE DROP OFF AREA- there is a section in the grass Parking Field, adjacent to the paved entrance, that is designated for Handicap Parking.  Because the handicap parking area is limited, you may be directed to a grass parking areas.  We strongly recommend that drivers make use of the DROP OFF area before going to the Handicap Parking Area. 

GRASS PARKING FIELD IS UNEVEN & DIMLY LIT- The Parking Field is dimly lit, and grass is uneven.  Please use caution; we cannot responsible for any accidents, theft, etc.; PARK AT YOUR OWN RISK!

SATELLITE PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THE SOLOMONS TOWN CENTER PARK - the paved parking area in the Solomons Town Center Park is open.  We suggest drivers pull into the Annmarie Parking Field, drop off passengers at the DROP OFF location, and then exit out of the Parking Field into the Solomons Town Center Park.  You can park your car there and walk back to the light show.  We suggest that you use the Dowell Road sidewalk to walk between the parks.    

HANDICAP GUESTS & THE LIGHT SHOW TRAIL – the light show itself is handicap accessible, but the parking field, sidewalks and trails are dimly lit and uneven in some places.  Guests with vision or mobility issues should take extreme caution and may want to consider taking advantage of Special Needs Night on December 7 and our Golf Cart Tours on December 13 & 28.  We cannot be responsible for any accidents, enter this light show at your own risk.  

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SHOPPING IN THE ARTS BUILDING

ARTS BUILDING IS OPEN FOR SHOPPING – The Arts Building will be open for shopping, including the Annmarie Gift Shop, The Ornament Show & Sale, and the Holiday Gift Show & Sale.  Please note that the building capacity is 50 guests at a time.  

 

FOOD & SERVICES

OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINK ARE NOT ALLOWED -  guests cannot bring in outside food or drink. Food and drink can be purchased at the Cafe and must be consumed in one of the three Dining Areas.

HOLIDAY CAFÉ – the cafe will operate every evening of the light show.  Each family should send one person to the cafe to place the order.  Guests must take all food and drink to one of the outdoor Dining Areas; guests must be seated to eat or drink.  Food and drink cannot be consumed while walking the path.    

RESTROOMS - the outdoor restrooms at the Studio School are OPEN.  There are port-a-potties located at the Tonger Circle.  The restrooms in the Arts Building are closed.

DRINKING FOUNTAINS have been turned off, please bring water or be ready to purchase water from Hardesty Haven Holiday Café

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES – alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited at the event.     


SOCIAL-DISTANCING GUIDELINES

  • Masks are encouraged outside; masks are required inside the Arts Building for all guests over the age of 2
  • Masks are required to enter the Arts Building; 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the park, please make use of them!
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ILLNESS / COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • If you, or anyone in your family has a fever, feels sick, or has recently traveled, stay home and quarantine until you are certain you are not sick; 
  • If anyone in your family has a compromised immune system, we strongly recommend they do not attend this event; 
  • If you or anyone in your group has a compromised immune system, we recommend they do not enter the Fairy Lolly; because of the nature of this play space, disinfecting of surfaces is not possible;

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