This Thanksgiving, spend some time with family on the trails. Don’t leave your furry friend out of the gift-giving this winter and stop by our Holiday Barket. Take advantage of special winter rates at two of our event centers.

Create a handmade holiday wreath or make a purchase at our Urban Wood Sale! Spend this year's winter solstice with the owls. Now’s the perfect time to lace up a pair of ice skates at our ice rinks

And don't forget about Garden of Lights. Get your tickets while you still can!
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Holiday Barket
Saturday, December 3 | 10 am to 1 pm | Free 
Cabin John Regional Park

Suit up your four-legged family member(s) in their best wintery get-ups, and head over to the Holiday Barket!

Enjoy a dog-themed holiday market that is fun for pups and owners of all ages! Bring your pooch and peruse various booths to let them sniff and snack on healthy treats, find the perfect holiday accessories for you both, and purchase the perfect stocking stuffers for your pet and dog-loving friends alike. 

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Event Center Winter Discounts
December 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023
Rockwood Manor Retreats & Events and The Lodge at LittleSeneca Creek

For a limited time, take advantage of rental discounts at Rockwood Manor Retreats & Events, available from December 1 through March 31, and The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek, available from January 1 through March 31. 
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Public Skating Sessions
Available throughout the week
Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena

On the ice it's nice to skate with your family and friends this winter! We offer public skating sessions for adults only, families and the general public at both indoor ice rinks.

Check out public skating schedules for Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena.
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Festive Centerpieces
Thursday, December 7 and 8 | 10-11:30 am
Brookside Gardens

Bring the beauty of winter home with a centerpiece or wreath using fresh greens! Come Wednesday to fashion an evergreen wreath for your front door. Return on Thursday to create a lush centerpiece and seasonal decorations.

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Solstice with the Owls
Wednesday, December 21 | 4-4:30 pm

Meadowside Nature Center

Celebrate owls on the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice! Come to this special Raptor Enrichment and Feeding Talk to learn about the nocturnal adaptations of these amazing birds of prey.
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Hike Club
Saturday, December 10 | 9-11 am
Black Hill Regional Park

The first rule of Hike Club – have fun! Improve your fitness, make new friends, and experience trails and scenery we don’t often make time to immerse ourselves in. All ages are welcome, though young children must be able to walk at least 3 miles or be carried.
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Montgomery Parks’ Urban Wood Sale
Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11 | 8 am to 1 pm
Green Farm Maintenance Facility
8301 Turkey Thicket Drive, Gaithersburg, 20879

Our Urban Wood Sale is back! Shop for resources for your next woodworking, homebuilding, furniture repair, or craft project.  This year, the sale features kiln dried, planed, and air dried wood. Slabs are different sizes and thicknesses (sizes ranging from 3/4” to 3” thick), and prices range from $5- $400. Walnut, cedar, pine, poplar, oak, beech, cherry, cypress, and ash will be available. Credit card only. No advanced sales.
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Montgomery Parks Classes & Programs

Our Winter Guide Now Available!

  • Registrations for most winter programs now open!
  • Ice/Tennis Winter Term I – December 20
  • Ice/Tennis Winter Term II – February 16

Things to do this Thanksgiving weekend

We have updated ActiveMONTGOMERY to make it a more user-friendly experience when registering for Montgomery Parks programs, classes and camps.

Visit the to register for programs.
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Montgomery Parks Program Access

Many Montgomery Parks programs are inclusive with support from Program Access.
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact 301-495-2477 (Voice), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or to request a disability modification. Visit the Accessibility website for more information. 

The Program Access Office (Inclusion Services) makes a variety of adaptive equipment available throughout the county for people at no additional cost to the user. Visit the 
adaptive equipment website for more information.
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