Montgomery Parks Announces Operating Hours and Programs for December 22 Through New Year’s Day

Courtesy Montgomery Parks

Per Montgomery Parks: “Montgomery Parks announces programming and operating hours for the 2023 winter holiday break with a variety of events for the whole family.

Open Parkways schedule 

The Open Parkways will be extended during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. During this time, parkways are open to pedestrians and bicyclists and closed to motor vehicles.

  • Beach Drive between Connecticut and Knowles Avenue (2.9 miles)
  • Saturday, December 23, at 7 a.m. until Monday, December 25, at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30, at 7 a.m. until Monday, January 1, at 4 p.m.
  • Sligo Creek Parkway between Old Carroll Avenue and Piney Branch Road and between Forest Glen Road and University Boulevard West
  • Friday, December 22, at 9 a.m. until Monday, December 25, at 4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 29, at 9 a.m. until Monday, January 1, at 4 p.m.
  • Little Falls Parkway between Arlington Road and Dorset Avenue (0.4 miles)
  • Open 24/7 for recreation and exercise

*Please note: Gate closures are intended to be completed by the times listed above. The re-opening of the parkways begins at the times listed above. However, this process may take up to thirty minutes to complete.

Here are some activity ideas for the holiday period:

Holiday Week Operating Hours by Facility:

*All Montgomery Parks offices and buildings closed on December 25.

Montgomery Parks Headquarters and Permit Offices

December 25: Closed

January 1: Closed

Black Hill Nature Programs and Visitor Center

December 23: Closed

December 24: Closed

December 31: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Brookside Gardens Visitor Center and Conservatory

December 24-25: Closed (Garden of Lights closed December 24-25; Garden Railway Exhibit closed December 24-25)

December 31-January 1: Visitor Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Conservatory, 10 a.m.-to 4 p.m.; Garden of Lights, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Garden Railway Exhibit, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Brookside Nature Center

December 24-26: Closed

December 31- January 2: Closed

Cabin John Ice Rink

December 24: Closes at 3 p.m.

December 25: Closed

December 31: Closes at 3 p.m.

January 1: Opens 12 p.m.

Josiah Henson Museum and Park

December 24: Open 12-4 p.m.

December 31: Open 12-4 p.m.

Locust Grove Nature Center

December 24: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

December 31: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pauline Betz Addie Tennis
December 24: Open 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

December 25: Closed

December 31: Open 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

January 1: Open 12-6 p.m.

South Germantown Driving Range

December 24: Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

December 25: Closed

December 31: Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

January 1: Closed

Wheaton Ice Arena
December 24: Closes at 3 p.m.

December 25: Closed

December 31: Closes at 3 p.m.

January 1: Opens 12 p.m.

Wheaton Indoor Tennis
December 24: Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

December 25: Closed

December 31: Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

January 1: Open 12-6 p.m.

About Montgomery Parks 
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 419 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.

Accessibility
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or [email protected] to request a disability modification. Visit Montgomery Parks Program Access for more information.

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