Holiday Happenings – MD Edition
Posted on December 03, 2014

Our guide to Holiday Happenings continues with a visit to Maryland!

Entertain those out-of-town guests with day trip, weekend adventure or night on the town! Take advantage of all these special events and holiday deals.

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Baltimore Events:

The Polar Express 4D Experience
National Aquarium
Hop aboard the Polar Express this holiday season for an immersive experience your whole family will enjoy! Note: Immersion Film not included with purchase of General Admission.

The Christmas Village
Ibaltimore christmas villagenner Harbor
NOW – Wednesday, December 24th
Modeled after the Christmas Village in Philadelphia, Baltimore’s village features an indoor and outdoor holiday market, traditional European food and drinks, international gifts and jewelry and more! Weekday admission is FREE. Weekend admission is $1 on December 6th & 7th and $5 for adults December 13th-14th, 20th-21st.

Window Wonderland
Harbor East
NOW – Thursday, January 1st
Stroll along the sidewalks of Harbor East and enjoy this Holiday Arts Exhibit. Various shops and restaurants around the neighborhood will feature unique holiday windows designed by some of Baltimore’s most talented local artists. Visit their website for a list of participating artists and merchants.
*Don’t forget – Harbor East offers FREE holiday parking!*

The B&O’s Magical Holiday Express
B&O Railroad Museum
NOW – Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Enjoy all new holiday decorations, hands-on crafts and contests, live entertainment, train rides, model train layouts, appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and LEGO Man and more! The Community Giving Train helps local charities who in turn help those in need.
magical express

Inner Harbor Ice Rink
inner harbor ice rinkMcKeldin Plaza
NOW – Monday, January 19th
The newest addition to Waterfront Partnership’s “It’s a Waterfront Life” is the Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner harbor. Visit their website for pricing, hours and special events!

Hot Chocolate Happy Hours!
hot choc hhHarbor East
Tuesdays in December, 5-7pm
Visit Harbor East for complimentary hot chocolate “shots” and sweet treats on Tuesdays in December. Swing by their “bar” on Aliceanna Street or catch one of their wait staff offering “passed” fare around the district. Watch the street musicians perform festive tunes and enjoy an evening of gift getting and holiday merriment.

Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting
Mount Vernon’s West Park
Thursday, December 4th, 5-8pm
Enjoy the 43rd annual Monument lighting in Mount Vernon featuring a holiday village, stage performances, the Monument lighting and fireworks display!

Olde Tyme Christmas in Fell’s Point
Historic Fell’s Point
Saturday, December 6th
Get in the holiday spirit with an authentic holiday market, egg nog contest, sleigh rides, pictures with Santa and more! The day concludes with the annual Parade of Lighted Boats!

Dollar or Less Days
Saturday, December 6th & Sunday, December 7th
Visit one or more of the participating attractions and enjoy admission for $1 or free. For a list of participating attractions, go to Downtown Partnership’s website.

Train Ride with Santa
B&O Railroad Museum
Saturday, December 6th & Sunday, December 7th
Saturday, December 13th & Sunday, December 14th
Wednesday, December 17th
It’s “All Aboard” the Mile One Express for an exclusive train ride with Santa! Space is limited therefore advance prepaid reservations required.

Holiday Craft Market
Pratt & Light Street Plaza
Thursday, December 11th & Friday, December 12th
Head over to the Pratt and Light Street Plaza for the Holiday Market featuring 200 local craft vendors, handmade gifts and food trucks! This event in rain or shine and will be open from 11am until 2pm. Do some holiday shopping while supporting local artisans.

pet photo harbor eastPet Photos with Santa
Harbor East
Sunday, December 14th, 1-4pm
Harbor East and BARCS invite you to bring your furry friends to celebrate the holidays. Dogs, cats, ferrets and more are welcome to post with Santa for a complimentary photo! While the photos are free, you are encouraged to donate pet toys and food to help animals in need this holiday season.

Baltimore Chanukah Festival
Inner Harbor
Tuesday, December 16th
On the first night of Chanukah, the Chabad Lubavitch Centers of Greater Baltimore invite you to this FREE festival. The Menorah Car Parade begins at 6pm followed by the Grand Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration! The Inner Harbor Ice Rink will also be open for an evening of family fun.

The Nutcracker
The Lyric
Friday, December 19th-Sunday, December 21st
The BSO and the Baltimore School for the Arts dancers come together again to perform this holiday classic. Purchase tickets online.

Kwanzaa Celebration
kwanzaa 2Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Saturday, December 27th
Enjoy African dancing, storytelling, craft activities, and more at this building-wide celebration. Visitors can purchase souvenirs from the African Marketplace. The celebration begins at 12pm and admission is only $5.

Around Annapolis:

Westfield- It’s Santa Time!
Annapolis, MD
NOW – Wednesday, December 24th
Who’s been naughty or nice? Come meet St. Nick and make the holidays special with Santa-and-me photos. Want to see Santa faster? Here’s how:

  1. Pre-order your photo package online
  2. Make your Fast Pass reservation
  3. On the day of your visit, go to the Fast Pass line!

Reserve your Santa Fast Pass now!

Lights on the Bay
Sandy Point State Park
NOW-January 1st
Don’t miss this spectacular drive-through holiday lights show beside the Chesapeake Bay.
lights on the bay

Mary’s Evensong
Annapolis, MD
Thursday, December 4th
Do you sometimes feel the true meaning of Christmas is lost for many of us? We get so busy planning our parties and buying gifts; we get caught up in the craziness and find we need time to settle down and pray. Consider attending our annual Advent/Christmas Evensong with your family.

Annapolis Midnight Madness
Thursday, December 4th, 11th and 18th
Lights, garland, action! Historic Annapolis’ shops throw open their doors in a glorified block party that is open to all. Enjoy musical performances as well as food and refreshments at many stores as you stroll along Main Street, Maryland Avenue, inner West Street, and State Circle in search of that perfect gift. Explore the uniqueness that makes downtown Annapolis special. Sponsored by Annapolis Business Association. Come back on December 18th for 11th Hour Downtown, where the stores will remain open until 11pm.

Solomons Christmas Walk
Solomons, MD
Friday, December 5th & Saturday, December 6th
Celebrates the spirit of the holidays in historic Solomons, MD!

Holiday Candlelight Stroll
Annapolis, MD
Friday, December 5th – Saturday, December 20th
Learn about the origin of holiday traditions – including the significance of evergreens, Yule logs, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus. The stroll along festive Annapolis streets is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

Solomons Lighted Boat Parade
solomons christmas walkSolomons, MD
Saturday, December 6th 
All boats, of any size, shape or make are most welcome. Come out and partake of Solomons’ holiday spirit by decorating your boat. Solomons Christmas Walk is held annually the first Friday and Saturday in December. It’s a fun-filled weekend of special children’s activities, a live puppet show, open houses; and the lighted boat parade!

28th Annual Holiday Open House
Linthicum, MD
Saturday, December 6th
linthicum open houseThis year the theme of our Holiday Open House is “Memories of Christmas Morning”. The Benson-Hammond House will be beautifully decorated for the season with vintage toys in every room and the Polar Express Train under the Christmas Tree.
The house will be filled with vintage dolls and dollhouses decorated for the holidays. Enjoy punch and cookies, tour the house and browse our Museum Shop. This may be your last opportunity to see the famous 2-story Sandra Sue Dollhouse, made right here in Anne Arundel County.

ramshead christmasMotown Christmas
Annapolis, MD
Sunday, December 7th
Celebrate the season with an old school musical revue, holiday style! It’s the music of our times, Motown & More, from legends like The Temptations, The Supremes, and Smokey Robinson.

Celebration of Christmas
Friday, December 12th
This is the concert that begins the holiday season for many in Annapolis! A beloved local tradition and the longest-running holiday event in the region, this concert includes lots of your favorite carols “being sung by a choir” – a very big choir, the Annapolis Chorale – holiday readings, and very special guest artists who make this a must-see event. Get your tickets early because it’s one night only!

West Annapolis Holiday Magic Saturday
Saturday, December 13th
Don’t miss the family-friendly shopping events in West Annapolis! Take advantage of free parking.  Sponsored by the West Annapolis Business Affiliation.

The Nutcracker
Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD
Sunday, December 14th – December 21st
We invite you to the most famous Christmas Party of all time as you attend The Nutcracker  where the possibility of dreams, the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the child merge through young Clara’s adventures with mechanical dolls, life-size rats, and whirling Kingdoms of Snow and Sweets.  Help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen’s evil spell and discover her true destiny.

On the Eastern Shore:

Old Fashioned Christmas at the Train Station
suddlersville christmasSuddlersville, MD
Saturday, December 6th & Sunday, December 7th
Saturday, December 13th & Sunday, December 14th
Old Fashioned Christmas at the Train Station, featuring running model train layout and refreshments.

Midnight Madness
St. Michael’s, MD
Saturday, December 6th
Mark your calendar for the BIGGEST shopping day of the year!
st michaels midnight madness

Saturday with Santa
Grasonville, MD
Saturday, December 6th
Festivities include a guided nature hike for the whole family, crafts for adults and children, pictures and story time with Santa. Hot cocoa, coffee, and treats for all. Silent auction and poinsettias for sale. Tickets $10 members, $12 non-members, children 1 and under free. RSVP early.

Centreville Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 6th
Theme is “Christmas is for Kids.” Bring a Toy for Tots. Parade begins at Queen Anne’s County High School and runs through town. Rain date is Friday, December 12 at 6:30pm.

Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 6th
Awards are given in various categories, including best classic auto, adult and youth floats, marching bands and units.

North of the City:

Holiday Parade
The Avenue at White Marsh
Saturday, December 6th
Government officials, marching bands, performers and more will process through The Avenue leading up to the visit from Santa! The parade begins at 10am.

4th Annual Authors & Artists Holiday Gift Sale
authors and artistsBel Air Armory
Saturday, December 6th
Support local artists and authors while working through your holiday shopping list! Shop, enjoy live entertainment and purchase food and drinks from 10am to 3pm.

25th Annual Bel Air Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Downtown Bel Air
main street paradeSunday, December 7th
The parade begins at 3:30pm at the Oyster House Restaurant and process through downtown Bel Air. Participants will enjoy marching bands, costumed characters, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus and more! Be sure to head over early and also stick around after the parade for festive concerts. The lighting on the Town Hall Christmas Tree will follow.

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