Holiday Season Goes to the Dogs

Thomas and Victoria

For four-legged Howard County residents, there is one event sure to get their tails wagging: Tail Lights. Don’t take my word for it; just ask Thomas, a 4-year-old Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier who has been to this annual holiday event for the past two years. Joined by his owner, Victoria Khomutetsky, fundraising and events associate for Howard Hospital Foundation, Thomas starts preparing for this seasonal highlight months in advance. From getting his photo taken with Santa at The Mall in Columbia, to attending Animal Advocates of Howard County’s Walk for Paws to spread the word about Tail Lights to his furry pals, Thomas is gearing up for his holiday must-see event.

Dressed in his Santa costume, Thomas will join his fellow canine friends, who also don festive attire to look like elves and reindeer, on Tuesday, December 11, from 4:30–5:45 p.m. to walk through the 1.4-mile lighted display. An avid fan of the Worthington Dog Park in Ellicott City, Thomas looks forward to seeing Symphony of Light’s “Kissing Couple,” which he proudly proclaims to be his favorite display out of the more than 70 larger-than-life illuminating displays that make Symphony of Lights a time-honored holiday tradition for so many folks.

If you have a pooch who loves being outdoors, meeting new friends and taking a stroll through a breathtaking lighted display, we invite you to join Thomas and Victoria for this year’s Tail Lights. The cost is $10 per walker; dogs and children 4 and under are free. You can register in advance at; but walk-ins are welcome.

Since 2009, the Tail Lights event has been a highlight of the annual Symphony of Lights festivities, helping to raise more than $1 million for Howard County General Hospital during its 18-year history. Learn more about this event and all the 2012 Symphony of Lights festivities at

HCGH employees and their furry friends