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    Lights on the Bay is a winter tradition for many families in Anne Arundel County.

SPCA Takes The Leash For Annual Lights On The Bay

Diane Lewis
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November 8, 2017

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is sponsoring this year’s Lights on the Bay for the first time, continuing the 22-year holiday tradition long supported by Anne Arundel Medical Center.

“The medical center reached out to us to do this event, and the transition process has been very smooth,” said Kelly Brown, president of the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

The show will run for six weeks, from Saturday, November 17, to January 1, from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Seventy animated and stationary displays will illuminate two miles of roadway at Sandy Point Park.

This year’s new themes are “North Pole Village” and “Enchanted Fairy Tales.” New lights also include a colonial village and a display with midshipmen tossing their hats into the air.

The SPCA will also host Lights and Leashes on Wednesday, November 15, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm before the official opening of the show. Families will be able to bring their dogs, securely leashed of course, and walk around the park. The cost is $20.

Other special additions include Santa Claus, who arrives on Thanksgiving; nightly scavenger hunts; and prizes awarded to those who win nightly drawings or correctly answer display-related questions.

Lights on the Bay event organizer Kathie Shingles has provided continuity, keeping this large project humming along. Part of the organizing includes having sponsors work with designers on their light display’s theme for the year.

SPCA volunteers and members of the community have also stepped forward to help. One weekend, volunteers replaced the bulbs that were spread out in the parking lot of Sandy Point State Park. Helpers also unloaded the lights from trailers. “I had no idea how much work goes into getting the project set up,” said Brown as she lauded the team effort.

Sponsors include Annapolis Subaru, BrightKey, Comcast, Graul’s Market, Spoiled Rotten Dogs and Liquified Creative.

The cost is $15 for passenger cars. Passenger vans, mini buses and trolleys pay $30. Buses have a $50 entrance fee. On Tuesday, December 1, a military discount of $7 will be offered to anyone with valid military identification. Sandy Point State Park is located off Route 50 at exit 32. For more information, visit

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