There are two more days until the start of Hanukkah, 31 days until Christmas and 32 days until Kwanzaa.
As we all make plans to visit with family and friends this holiday season there is a lot to keep track of on the calendar! We are here to help highlight some of the joyous events, festivals, parades, Christmas tree and Menorah lightings and much more throughout Maryland.
SPECIAL EVENTS, PARADES & FESTIVALS:
Thanksgiving Eve Homecoming Bull Roast
November 27th, 7pm
Power Plant Live, Baltimore, MD
Gather to catch up with friends and feast on pit beef, ham and an open bar with all access to nine different bars.
November 28th – December 1st
Thurs 11am – 4pm, Fri 10am – 12:30pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
Park Heights, MD
A wonderland full of activities and crafts for kids of all ages with creative crafts, moon bounce, Olive Press Show, Kiddie Korner, and much more!
Christmas Village in Baltimore
November 28th thru December 24th
Sun – Thurs 11am – 7pm, Fri & Sat 11am – 8pm,
West Shore Park, Baltimore, MD
Browse through a collection of artisan and food stalls in this German-inspired holiday market at the Inner Harbor.
Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot
November 28th, 8am
Join MAC Harbor East and Falls Road Running for 7k turkey trot in downtown Baltimore Thanksgiving morning.
28th Annual Festival of Trees
November 29th – December 3rd, Various Event Times
Celebrate the season with something for everyone at this annual event presented by the Friends of Hospice to benefit The Talbot Hospice Foundation. Activities include decorated trees, dancing, shopping, carolers, and a walk/run the day after Thanksgiving.
Kennedy Krieger Institute Festival of Trees
November 29th – December 1st
Fri & Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 10am – 6pm
A three-day extravaganza of fairlyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complemented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages, nightly entertainment.
Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys
November 29th – December 31st
Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 11am – 4pm
B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore’s largest display of toy and model train layouts! Weekend train rides and photos with Santa through December 22nd.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D Experience
Now thru January 2nd, Various Show Times
National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD
Can a handful of prehistoric misfits really save the holiday? Find out in this hilarious adventure featured in 3-D with added in-theatre effects that will transport you back to the Ice Age.
Magical Month of December at Lexington Market
December 1st – 31st, 8:30am – 6pm
Lexington Market, Baltimore, MD
Enjoy festive holiday music performed Mon.-Fri. by local school children and bands.
Hot Chocolate Holiday Tour
December 3rd, 10th & 17th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate “shots” and sweets street-side courtesy of Whole Foods in Harbor East while you check off your holiday shopping list!
Baltimore Chanukah Festival
December 4th, 6pm
On the eight night of Chanukah enjoy a celebration with friends and family including a menorah car parade departing from northwest Baltimore at 6pm to downtown’s McKeldin Square for a grand menorah lighting and celebration. Live music, jelly doughnuts, hot drinks, and more!
A Monumental Occasion
December 5th, 5-8pm
42nd annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place with choreographed laser show and fireworks, join the Mayor along with the Morgan State University Choir, Baltimore School for the Arts Tap Dancing Santas, and Soulful Symphony.
Harbor East’s Window Wonderland: The Unveiling Event
December 5th, 5:30 – 8:30pm
The official unveiling of a month-long holiday arts exhibit featuring storefronts decorated for the season by some of the region’s finest artist. Carolers, refreshments, stilt walkers, acrobats, milk & cookies social, and more!
Festival of Lights
December 6th, 7pm
Holiday greetings, carols, and an inspiration message are all part of this community tradition
World Holiday Traditions
December 6th, 5 – 9pm
In partnership with Macy’s, celebrate with joyous music and customs of the holiday season related to Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas. Musical performances, meet Puffin, Santa, international nativity scenes and make recycled holiday cards for veterans.
Fell’s Point Olde-Tyme Christmas
December 6th – 8th,
Fri 4 – 9pm, Sat 8am – 9pm, Sun 9am – 6pm
Fells Point, MD
10th annual celebration with traditional holiday market, horse sleigh rides, breakfast with Santa and Parade of Lighted Boats.
Baltimore’s Parade of Lighted Boats
December 7th, 6pm
Grab a spot in multiple locations from Fells Point to the Inner Harbor for the Fells Point Yacht Club’s annual display of festively lit boats.
Open House Colonial Christmas at Mount Clare
December 7th, 10am – 4pm
Experience the holidays of years past at this annual winter celebration including live musical performances, fresh greens market and holiday gifts.
30th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
December 7th, 3:30 – 4:30pm,
Harborplace Amphitheatre, Baltimore, MD
Over 200 festively dressed tuba and euphonium players will capture the spirit of the holiday as they blend their unique styles, rhythms and progressions for all to enjoy. Other Maryland performances are schedule in Bel Air, Frederick and Solomons Island on various dates.
December 7th & 8th, All Day
Visit the Science Center, National Aquarium, Top of the World and The Christmas Village for just $1 at each location.
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
December 14th, 6 – 8pm
Enjoy a parade of more than 70 boats showing off their holiday lights with fireworks at the end.
Mayor’s 41st Annual Christmas Parade
December 8th, 1pm
A 2.5 mile route through Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods of Baltimore with about 160 marching units, floats, local personalities, mummers, and Santa!
Kris Kringle Procession
December 13th, 6:30pm
Celebrate Frederick’s small town charm with local children dressed as reindeer, snowflakes, angels, elves, and much more!
KinderKristmas at Belair
December 14th, 10am – Noon,
Holiday fun for ages 2-10! Visit with Mrs. Clause and listen to Christmas stories. Enjoy a special tour with holiday refreshments and a craft to take home.
3rd Annual Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash
December 14th, 3 – 6pm
A FREE family-friendly event featuring live music, train rides along the promenade, photos with Santa, arts & crafts, a moon bounce, food, drinks, giveaways, surprise guests and more!
Santa’s Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
December 14th, 8pm – Close
Power Plant Live, Baltimore, MD
Don your ugliest holiday sweater for a bar crawl through Power Plant Live! to benefit Toys for Tots. $15 donation for a souvenir cup, drink specials and all-night access.
Pet Photos with Santa
December 15th, 1 – 4pm
Fidos and ferrets alike can pose with the man in red in Harbor East at Katyn Circle at President Street. Pet food donations welcomed for BARCS.
Kwanzaa Celebration 2013: And A Child Shall Lead Them
December 28th, Noon – 4pm
Come celebrate Kwanzaa with musical performances, holiday crafts, an African Marketplace, and more! Children and community elders will lead the festival that features Kwanzaa ceremony with story-telling by the Growing Griots.
LIGHT SHOWS, DISPLAYS & TOURS:
Santa’s Place Light Shows
Now thru December 24th, 6 – 8pm,
Harborplace Amphitheatre, Baltimore, MD
Watch the Inner Harbor’s iconic Santa House come to life with a light show choreographed to your favorite holiday tunes. Shows happen on the hour and half hour. Pop inside for photos with Santa Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm & Sun, 11am-6pm.
Now thru January 1st, Dusk – 11pm
34th Street in Hampden becomes the light of the city with over-the-top holiday lights & decorations nightly. Visitors are welcome to stroll the block or drive through.
Lights on the Bay
Now thru January 1st, 5 – 10pm
Load the family in the car and drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with more than 70 illuminating displays within Sandy Point State Park.
Winterfest of Lights
Now thru January 1st
Sun-Thurs 5:30 – 9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5:30 – 10:30pm,
Ocean City, MD
More than one million lights sparkle through Maryland’s favorite beach resort. Activities include hot chocolate, gift shop, and pictures with Santa.
Christmas Wonderland Light Show at Adventure Park USA
Now thru January 5th, 6 – 9:30pm
New Market, MD
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind holiday experience where you simply drive-up, tune into your car’s radio and let the Christmas spirit capture your heart.
A Carroll’s Christmas
Now thru December 31st, 11am – 4pm
Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to experience a colonial American Christmas with the Carroll family at Mount Clare Museum House.
20th Annual Symphony of Lights
November 25th thru January 5th, 6 – 10pm
Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD
A spectacular display of 70 larger-than-life, animated and stationary light creations.
November 27th – December 4th
Baltimore’s premiere Chanukah light display! Drive by to see the spectacular display or stop in each night of Chanukah at certain times as a different community organization will help light the menorah and join in the festivities.
Garden of Lights, Winter Garden Walk
November 29 thru January 5th
Sun – Thurs from 5:30 – 9pm, Fri & Sat from 5:30 – 10pm
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD
Bundle up for a stroll through for a winter garden walk with musical performances and light refreshments.
18th Annual Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival
November 29th thru December 31st
Sun – Thur 6 – 9pm, Fri & Sat 6 – 10pm
Features more than 365 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays in a 3.5 drive through enchanted Seneca Creek State Park.
3rd Annual Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular
December 6th – 31st, 6 – 9pm
Synchronized lights, lasers, and video mapping choreographed to music light up Power Plant on the hour.
Holiday Candlelight Stroll in Annapolis
December 6th – 21st (Fridays & Saturdays only), 7pm
Grab a cup of cocoa and join in for a holiday candlelight stroll led by colonial guides.
Downtown Frederick Candlelight House Tour
December 7th, 5 – 9pm & December 8th, Noon – 4pm
A self-guided tour of private homes elaborately adorned with holiday décor.
Candlelight Tour at Elk Run Vineyards & Winery
December 14th, 7 – 9pm
Mount Airy, MD
Tour by candlelight, the vineyard and winery complete with a tasting of wines and appetizers.
A Carroll’s Christmas Story Time & Tour
December 21st, 11:30am
Families are invited to a holiday story, colonial snack and tour of the Mount Clare Mansion. Start your experience at the B&O Railroad Museum to ride the Mile One Express train to Mount Clare!
For even further ideas check out Visit Maryland!