Head to Georgetown to see a whole different kind of holiday lights with this annual art installation.

It's not all about the frustrating strings of bulbs at Georgetown GLOW. Eleven separate artistic light exhibits are spread out along the posh waterfront area, delighting visitors every night. You can visit the official GLOW website for a map or you can join a guided tour to learn more about the artists.

Not all of the installations are just for admiring from afar. One of the exhibits, "Lightbattle," was created by the artists known as Venividimultiplex from the Netherlands and encourages visitors to hop on a bike to become part of the experience. Located at Georgetown Waterfront Park, the installation is described as:

"Lightbattle is an arch made from almost 5,000 LED lights that will be located adjacent to Georgetown's K/Water Street bike lane. Within, and on either side of the artwork, bicycles challenge visitors to hop on and take part in a 'light battle.' By moving the pedals, contestants will attempt to beat their challenger by being the first one to push their own beam of light to the other side of the arch. The strongest team is rewarded with a flood of light in 'their' color. Let the battle begin!"

Lightbattle, light installation

Event Details

WHEN: December 6, 2019–January 5, 2020 | 5 to 10 p.m. each night
WHERE: Georgetown Waterfront neighborhood
PARKING: Limited street parking, hourly pay lots and garages

Georgetown GLOW

Georgetown GLOW in 2017

Know Before You Go

  • These free art installations are outdoors, so bundle up!
  • Keep an eye on your kids, and don't let them touch the projection devices if they are visible.
  • Georgetown doesn't have its own Metro stop, so your best bet is to drive in or catch a ride. Foggy Bottom Station is about a 15-minute walk, and Rosslyn Station is across the Key Bridge.
  • The guided tours are a great way to see Georgetown GLOW and meet new friends along the way.

**All of the photos in this article are courtesy of the Georgetown, D.C., Facebook page.

Are you excited to see what innovative installations are scattered around Georgetown this year? Is this an annual event for you and your family? Let us know in the comments!