Let the festivities begin! Whether you are celebrating a holiday or simply fending off the dark days of winter, December brings an array of activities and events for the whole family to enjoy. Here is our calendar of holiday happenings. Information for these listings was gathered from event organizers and websites. Please check all times and registration information, particularly for events with limited seating.
Light Up the Season
Monument Lighting Family Festival Seasonal performances, music, refreshments, and special winter-inspired kids’ art activities. The Walters Art Museum, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org.
A Monumental Occasion Official lighting of the Washington Monument with music, refreshments, and entertainment, plus children’s activities and a visit from Santa. Mount Vernon Place, 600 block N. Charles St., 5-8 pm Dec. 7, 5 p.m. with lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks. 410-244-1030, promotionandarts.com.
Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting Help decorate the enormous tree and enjoy a visit from Santa, plus caroling and treats. Parking lot at High and Stiles Sts., 7 p.m. Dec. 1. littleitalymd.com.
Parade of Lighted Boats Watch the festively-decorated boats float by. Dec. 2, 6 p.m. in Fells Point and 6:30 p.m. in Inner Harbor. 410-961-8777, fellspointyachtclub.com.
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Lights on the Bay Drive-through, two-mile holiday lights display which benefits the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Sandy Point State Park and Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Nightly through Nov. 18 – Jan. 1, 2018, 5-10 p.m., weather permitting. 443-481-3161, lightsonthebay.org
Illuminated London Town House and gardens illuminated and decorated for the season. Holiday refreshments and performances. Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.com.
Holiday Candlelight Stroll Glowing lanterns light the way around Maryland’s historic State Capital, trimmed in holiday greenery. Departs from information booth at Annapolis City Dock, 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays (except Dec. 9) Dec. 1, 2, 8, 15 & 16. 410-268-7601, watermarkjourney.com.
Annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade Settle into you’re a good viewing spot for this yearly Annapolis festive tradition. Annapolis Harbor, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-263-0415, eastportyc.org.
Holiday Lights Open House Pet and kid photos with Santa or menorah (for a fee), plus music, bake sale, giving tree, and lighting ceremony. Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 14. 410-833-8848, bmorehumane.org.
A Main Street Christmas Featuring carolers, live music, tree-lighting ceremony, and Santa parade. Main Street in Mt. Airy, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. 301-351-9159, mountairymainstreet.org.
Santa’s Arrival Santa will arrive by fire truck and join town officials in lighting the Christmas tree. Followed by hot cocoa, merriment, and a holiday movie. Main Street in Sykesville, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 2. sykesvillemainstreet.com.
Light Up Night! Santa arrives after the annual parade, plus tree lighting, caroling, and merchant specials in downtown Havre de Grace. 6 p.m. Dec. 1. 410-939-2100, hdgtourism.com.
Bel Air Christmas Celebration Parade, music, carols, hot chocolate, performers, and tree lighting. Main St. in Bel Air, 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-838-0584, belairmd.org.
Annual Candlelight Tour Tour selected Havre de Grace historic homes and buildings amid illuminated streets and festive decorations. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-939-5780, thelockhousemuseum.org.
Kwanzaa at Enoch Pratt Charles Dugger presents the principles of Kwanzaa. Dates, times, and branches vary. prattlibrary.org.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” 4-D Experience “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” like you’ve never seen it before! National Aquarium in Baltimore, daily through Jan. 1. aqua.org.
Holiday Jam with Sahffi Enjoy holiday decorations, baked goods and refreshments, and jam out with singer/songwriter Sahffi. 1635 W. Pratt St., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 10. 410-233-1133, claypotsbaltimore.com.
Colonial Christmas at Mount Clare Museum House Merriment, music, and 18th-century yuletide splendor. Performances by the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. Fresh-cut greens and holiday gifts for sale. 1500 Washington Blvd., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-837-3262, mountclare.org.
Kwanzaa Family Day Storytelling, drumming, dance, kids’ art activities, and a libation ceremony for all ages. Creative Alliance, 12-3 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-276-1651, creativealliance.org.
Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade Features Harley Davidson motorcycles, marching bands, Philadelphia “Mummers,” floats, steam calliope, and Santa. Begins at Poly/Western High Schools and continues down Falls Rd., 1 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-366-0726, mayorschristmasparade.com.
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet jolly Old St. Nick and his wife to tell them your holiday wishes. Rawlings Conservatory, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 4. 410-396-0008, rawlingsconservatory.org.
Homewood by Candlelight Seasonal music and decorations with refreshments at Homewood House. 3400 N. Charles St., 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. 410-516-0341, museums.jhu.edu.
An Ever Green Evening Festive fare and seasonal decorations, plus a decorated period sleigh to serve as a backdrop for holiday photos. Evergreen Museum & Library at Johns Hopkins University, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. 410-516-0341, museums.jhu.edu.
Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash This free family-friendly event features live music, holiday stories, photos with Santa, holiday-themed arts and crafts, food, drinks, and giveaways. Power Plant Live, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 3. itsawaterfrontlife.org.
The Christmas Story in Art Walk-In Tour Celebrate the season through art at The Walters. The Walters Art Museum. 1-2 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-547-9000, thewalters.org.
Snowflake Tour of Charles Village Visit three-story Victorians and Edwardians, porch fronts, and “painted ladies,” 1920s arts and crafts homes, and some of the neighborhood’s finest churches and private buildings. Begins at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St., 12-4 p.m. Dec. 18. 410-235-2210, snowflaketour.info.
12 Days of Science Explore a different seasonal theme each day through science-based activities, drop-in workshops, and live demonstrations. Maryland Science Center, Dec. 20 – Dec. 31, times vary. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.
50th Anniversary Kwanzaa Celebration Storytelling, dance and music performances, craft activities, candlelight Kwanzaa ceremony and an African Market Place. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 12 p.m. Dec. 30. 443-263-1800, LewisMuseum.org.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Jolly Express Cruise Enjoy hot cocoa and music aboard a holiday-decorated boat as it tours the sights of Spa Creek. Annapolis City Dock, 6, 7 & 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. through December (except Dec. 10). 410-268-7601, cruisesonthebay.com.
Annual Wreath Workshop Create your own holiday wreathes and centerpieces using greenery from our wooded gardens, bows, ornaments, and other festive decorations. Historic London Town and Gardens, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.com.
London Town Holiday Dance and Tea Experience a colonial-style dance, enjoy a cup of warm tea, and learn 18th-century etiquette. Historic London Town and Gardens, 10 am – 12 p.m. Dec. 14. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.com.
Holiday Open House at the Sherwood House. Crafts, cookie decorating, refreshments, music, and Santa. Cromwell Valley Park in Parkville, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-887-2503/2504, cromwellvalleypark.org.
Family Ornament Making at the Farm Create farm-inspired ornaments. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Baltimore County Agricultural Center in Cockeysville, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Dec. 5. 410-887-8973, marylandagriculture.org.
Holiday Centerpieces & Natural Ornaments Make a festive centerpiece from evergreens, a holiday container, and a candle. Listen to holiday tunes, enjoy cookies, and create natural ornaments for your home or to give as gifts. Lake Roland, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10. Ages 8 and up. 410-887-4156, lakeroland.org.
Natural Ornaments Use nature’s art supplies to make fun holiday decorations. Willow Grove Nature Education Center at Cromwell Valley Park, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 4. Ages 8 and up. 410-887-2503/2504, cromwellvalleypark.org.
Natural Ornaments Drop in to create one-of-a-kind natural ornaments. Make one to take home and one to decorate the Banneker Museum Christmas tree. Benjamin Banneker Historic Park, 12-3 p.m. Dec. 10. 410-887-1081, facebook.com/bannekermuseum.
Nature Ornament Making Make some nature-inspired ornaments for yourself and a few special treats for the birds. Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville. 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Ages 3 and up. 410-887-1815, oregonridgenaturecenter.org.
Holiday Centerpieces Use fresh greens to create a candle centerpiece for your holiday table. Willow Grove Nature Education Center at Cromwell Valley Park, 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Ages 13 and up. 410-887-2503, cromwellvalleypark.org.
Kids’ Holiday Night Out Parents get to drop off the kids while they shop, and kids get to make gingerbread people and houses and nature crafts, look for nighttime creatures, and participate in holiday activities. Lake Roland, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 16. Ages 6-12. 410-887-4156, lakeroland.org.
Kwanzaa Celebration Learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa at this family event. Benjamin Banneker Historic Park, 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 30. 410-887-1081, facebook.com/bannekermuseum.
Sears & Roebuck Holiday Tour Step back in time with holiday teas, visits from Santa, and more. Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, through Dec. 22. 410-386-3880, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org.
Hashawha Holiday Hunt Search the fields and forests for materials that can be used to create holiday-themed crafts and decorations. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while piecing together what’s been found into a beautiful holiday masterpiece. Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster, 1-2:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Ages 5-10. 410-386-3580, ccrecpark.org.
Merry Main Street Celebrate the season on Sykesville Main Street. Main Street in Sykesville, 12-4 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-795-8959, sykesville.net.
Holiday Open House Peruse the museum in its holiday best. Hays House Museum in Bel Air, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-838-7691, harfordhistory.org.
Deck the Halls with Spaghetti & Meatballs Enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by the HCC Dining Services elves and then visit with Santa and watch a holiday film in the Chesapeake Theater. Harford Community College, 3 p.m. Dec. 3. 443-412-2211, tickets.harford.edu.
Gingerbread House Decorating Decorate a beautiful (and delicious) gingerbread house this festive season. The Other Barn at Oakland Mills in Columbia, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13. 410-730-4610, oaklandmills.org.
Walk to Bethlehem See the Christmas story and visit a temple scene and a first-century marketplace. Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1 – 3. 410-465-4995, glenmarumc.org.
Santa at the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin The jolly old soul arrives by sleigh, joined by Mrs. Claus. Thomas Isaac Log Cabin in Ellicott City, 12-4 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-313-7275, howardcountymd.gov/rap.
Hanukkah Tunes & Tales Prepare for the festival of light with this special program of Hanukkah stories, songs, and crafts. Free Hanukkah candy and favors. Guest appearance by the Hanukkah Bear. Barnes & Noble in Ellicott City, 4 p.m. Dec. 11. 410-531-5115, jewishhowardcounty.org.
Lisbon Horse Parade Hundreds of costumed horses, mules, ponies, riders, and decorated wagons take to the streets to celebrate the holidays. Main Street in Lisbon. 12 noon. Dec. 9. lisbonhorseparade.com.
Merry Markets, Bazaars, and Malls
Christmas Village in Baltimore A traditional German-style holiday market, featuring craft, gift, and food vendors, as well as performances, events, and workshops. See website for schedule. Free admission on weekdays. West Shore Park at Inner Harbor, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, through Dec. 24 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). baltimore-christmas.com.
Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke School Christmas Bazaar Baked goods, candy, gifts, holiday items, and raffle. 8003 N. Boundary Rd., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 4. 410-366-4488, archbalt.org.
Holiday Poinsettia Display Hundreds of unique poinsettia specimens will be on display, and many beautiful poinsettias will be available for purchase. Rawlings Conservatory, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3-Dec. 31. 410-396-0008, rawlingsconservatory.org.
Merry Mart A diverse mix of indie crafters from across Baltimore and elsewhere. Free drop-in children’s art activities. The Creative Alliance, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-276-1651, creativealliance.org.
MICA Art Market This festive sale features a variety of fine art pieces and handmade objects made by MICA students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Brown Center at Maryland Institute College of Art, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-10. mica.edu.
Holiday Heap Juried indie/alternative craft fair. St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16. charmcitycraftmafia.com.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping Enjoy musical performances, food, and beverages at many stores.
Downtown Annapolis, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Dec. 7 – Dec. 21. visitannapolis.org.
Candy Cane Christmas Bazaar Photos with Santa, unique crafts, baked goods,
and children’s activities. Trinity Episcopal Church, Long Green, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-592-6224, trinitychurchlonggreen.org.
Holiday Parade at The Avenue at White Marsh Local high school marching bands, mascots, street performers, and dance troupes. The Avenue at White Marsh, 10 a.m. Dec. 2. 410-931-0411, theavenueatwhitemarsh.com.
Festival of Wreaths Silent auction of more than 150 uniquely decorated wreaths. Vote or bid on your favorite. The Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 3. Closing Day Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 410-848-7272, carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
Christmas Farmer’s Market Featuring fresh holiday greens and arrangements. Santa visits on Dec. 2. 700 Ag Center Dr., Westminster, Sat., Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25. Dec. 2, 9, 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 410-848-7748, www.carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com.
Holiday Open House Decorations and music, featuring the Catherine Street Consort. Hays House Museum, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-838-7691, harfordhistory.org.
Christmas Open House and Greens Sale The circa 1747 Manor House will be decorated in honor of the holiday season. Enjoy seasonal music, hot cider, and cookies. Holiday arrangements, greens, and gifts for sale. Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8-10. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com.
Christmas Boutique at the Susquehanna Museum Stop by this annual event for gifts, baked goods and more. Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House in Havre de Grace, Dec. 9, 4 – 8 p.m. 410-939-5780, thelockhousemuseum.org.
Midnight Madness Shops and restaurants open late. Families can visit with Santa and sip hot treats. Plus, enjoy strolling carolers and period actors. Historic Ellicott City, 6-12:33 a.m. Dec. 1. visitellicottcity.com.
Open House and Holiday Sale Handmade original art and craft items. Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. 410-313-2787, hocoarts.org.
Natural Holiday Sale Soaps, candles, jewelry, nature and gardening books, kids’ books and puppets, and birdseed ornaments. Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-465-8877, hcconservancy.org.
45th Holiday Mart Seasonal gifts and merchandise created by juried artisans. Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Cooksville, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Ages 5 and up. 410-313-4840, howardcounty.gov.
St. Matthew’s Christmas Bazaar Vendors sell unique gifts and handmade crafts. The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew in Columbia. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 9. stmatthewoca.org.
Eat, Drink, And Be Merry
B&O Railroad Museum Enjoy a pancake breakfast inside the historic Roundhouse. Children can visit and have photos with Santa, view the holiday model train layouts, and ride aboard the Train Carousel. Special guests from Disney’s “Frozen” visit on Dec. 9 & 10. B&O Railroad Museum.
Families can also enjoy an afternoon snack of cookies, milk, and hot chocolate with a favorite holiday story. Includes a train ride with Santa on Dec. 2 – 23, Weekends, Saturdays 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m., and characters from “Frozen” on Dec. 9. 11 a.m. -11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 12 p.m. -1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 410-752-2462 x221, borail.org.
Milk & Cookies Social A special event for families featuring holiday activities. Harbor East, 6 – 9 p.m. Dec. 13. itsawaterfrontlife.org.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Breakfast with Santa Buffet breakfast and singing and dancing with Talent Machine’s Soundstage Kids. Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs, 100 Main St., Annapolis, Sat., Dec. 2, 9, 16, & 23, 8:30 a.m. $13. Registration required. 410-626-1100, talentmachine.com.
North Country Holiday Breakfast Join Santa for a family meal in a rustic setting. Camp Puh’tok Lodge in Monkton, 7-11 a.m. Dec. 3. 410-472-2748.
Breakfast with Anna, Elsa & Olaf Part of Towson’s Winterfest. Souris Saloon in Towson, 8-10 a.m. Dec. 2. towsonchamber.com/winterfest.
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus Featuring a Santa Shop where kids can shop. Trinity United Methodist Church in Catonsville, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 2. Registration required. 410-747-5841, trinitycatonsville.com.
Breakfast with the Grinch & Buddy The Elf Part of Towson’s Winterfest. Charles Village Pub in Towson, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 9. towsonchamber.com/winterfest.
Breakfast with Santa Enjoy delicious breakfast with Jolly Old St. Nick. St. Pius X School in Towson, 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. Dec. 9. 410-427-7400, stpius10school.org.
Brunch with Santa Sponsored by the Children’s Playhouse of Maryland. Brunch precedes the day’s performance of “Scrooge Jr.” Building B Cafeteria at CCBC Essex campus, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 16. 443-840-ARTS, cpmarts.org.
Big Country Breakfast with Santa Eat a big breakfast, visit with Santa and benefit your local volunteer fire company. Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 7:30-11 a.m. Dec. 17. 301-829-0100, mavfc.org.
A Christmas Carol Tea A Victorian tea featuring a professional storyteller who brings Dickens’ tale to life. Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace. Dec. 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 4:30. Ages 8 and up. 410-939-2299, steppingstonemuseum.org.
Breakfast and More with Santa Advanced ticket sales only for this annual event. Slayton House at Wilde Lake Village in Columbia, breakfast at 9 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2. Registration required. 410-730-3987, wildelake.org.
Breakfast with Santa Yet another chance to meet Santa (and eat great food). Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Ellicott City, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Dec. 10. 410-744-4251, olphschool.org.
Snacks with Santa Delicious treats sponsored by the Owen Brown Community Association. Owen Brown Community Center in Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Dec. 6. Registration required. 410-381-0202, owenbrownvillage.org.
Christmas Dinner This year the annual event is a salmon dinner. The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew at Kings Contrivance Village Center in Columbia, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. stmatthewoca.org.
Holidays in Harmony
Christmas with Choral Arts Celebrate the Christmas classics with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Baltimore Basilica, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. 410-523-7070, baltimorechoralarts.org.
Cookies & Carols: A Cookie Tour Through Harbor East Carolers, cookies, Santa and shopping opportunities. Harbor East, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13. harboreast.com.
Peabody on the Court: Holiday Music for Four Voices and Lute Walters Art Museum, 12 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-234-4800, peabody.jhu.edu.
Handel’s “Messiah” Don’t miss out on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s annual performance of the holiday classic. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, 3 p.m. 410-783-8000, bsomusic.org.
Sound the Bells Holiday Concert Performed by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. Hippodrome Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Dec. 4. 301-677-6586, armyfieldband.com.
Peabody Children’s Chorus These up-and-coming singers are sure to impress. Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, 3 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-234-4800, peabody.jhu.edu.
Festival of Light Holiday musical performances by middle school orchestra, festival choir, and student soloists. The Waldorf School of Baltimore, 7 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-367-6808, waldorfschoolofbaltimore.org.
Catholic Charities’ Christmas Festival Celebrate the season at the beautiful basilica and benefit those served by the Catholic charities. Baltimore Basilica, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Dec. 14. 443-798-3417, catholiccharities-md.org.
Mistletoe Meltdown Headliner Fergie along with a special guest and performance by School of Rock Baltimore come together for a huge holiday show. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Ticketmaster.com
Handel’s “Messiah” Performed as in Handel’s lifetime. Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. St. Mark Church in Catonsville, 3 p.m. Dec. 10. 410-366-6544, handelchoir.org.
Music for the Christmas Season The Notre Dame of Maryland University Concert Choir performs musical selections for the Christmas season. LeClerc Auditorium at Notre Dame of Maryland University, 2 p.m. Dec. 13. 410-435-0100, ndm.edu.
Candlelight Choral Service Join First & Franklin Presbyterian Church for this Christmas tradition. First & Franklin Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m. Dec. 17. 410-728-5545, firstfranklin.org.
Morgan State University Choir Annual Christmas Concert Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University, 4 p.m. Dec. 10. 800-745-3000, msuchoir.org.
Traditional Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Enjoy this popular yearly event. Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts, Dec. 10, 4 p.m. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 4 p.m. 410-554-8644, marylandstateboychoir.org.
Movie and Music: “It’s a Wonderful Life” A live score accompaniment of the classic film. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 7 p.m. Dec. 15-16. 410-783-8000, bsomusic.org.
Merry Tuba Christmas Hundreds of tubas and euphoniums perform a concert of holiday favorites. Harborplace Amphitheatre, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-332-4191, itsawaterfrontlife.org.
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CAC Winter Dance Concert and Tree Lighting Performance by CAC dance students followed by the Chesapeake Arts Center annual tree lighting. Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-636-6597, chesapeakearts.org.
State House Holiday Open House and Concert Enjoy musical performances by the glow of the holiday decorations. Maryland State House in Annapolis, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-260-6445, visitannapolis.org.
Encore ROCKS Holiday Concert These regional Encore rock-n-roll groups will present a concert of holiday classics and choral rock music. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, 3 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-269-0907, marylandhall.org.
71st Annual Handel’s “Messiah” Selections performed by the USNA Glee Club. U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel, 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-293-8497, usna.edu.
A Celebration of Christmas Annapolis Chorale’s holiday concert. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, 8 p.m. Dec. 8. 410-280-5640, 866-438-3808, annapolischorale.org.
Jingle All the Way Talent Machine’s youth perform traditional holiday music as well as some new energetic numbers. Key Auditorium at St. John’s College in Annapolis. Dec.15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20-22, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 2 p.m. 410-956-0512, talentmachine.com.
Holiday Pops: Simply Sinatra Christmas Reminiscent of the classic Christmas specials of Bing Crosby, with a contemporary flair. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, 8 p.m. Dec. 16 410-269-0907, annapolissymphony.org.
“Messiah” at St. Anne’s Annapolis Chorale performs throughout the weekend. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, 8 p.m. Dec. 15-16, 3 p.m. Dec. 17. 410-280-5640, 866-438-3808, annapolischorale.org.
Encore Chorale Holiday Concert The chorus of Anne Arundel Community College perform their annual holiday concert. Robert E. Kauffman Theater at the Pascal Center of AACC Arnold Campus, 7 p.m. Dec. 17. 410-777-2457, aacc.edu.
42nd Annual Holiday Concert: “Let Heaven And Nature Sing” Enjoy the 42nd annual holiday concert from the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills, 3 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-494-1480, ccmsings.org.
The Mama Doni Band Chanukah Concert Catchy Jewish a cappella rhythms, playful staging, and a spirited performance. Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills, 3 p.m. Dec. 25. Ages 3 and up. 410-356-7469, gordoncenter.com.
Christmas on Main Street Music for the entire family provided by several performing ensembles from the Baltimore metro area. Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 9. 410-526-7241, marylandsings.org.
Sing-Along “Messiah” A unique experience even if you don’t sing along. Bring your own score or purchase one at the concert. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. 410-523-7070, baltimorechoralarts.org.
Christmas for Kids A holiday program for the young and young-at-heart, featuring Pepito the Clown in a new story and a visit from Santa. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-523-7070, baltimorechoralarts.org.
Winter Solstice Concert Baltimore-based trio Helicon performs lively, traditional folk music in celebration of winter’s arrival. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-243-7254, kenkolodner.com.
A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas The beloved holiday classic with a live performance of the film’s jazz score. Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, 8 p.m. Dec. 15. 3 & 8 p.m, Dec. 16. 410-848-7272, carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
“Fun Holidays of Sleigh Rides and Bears” Seasonal and holiday music, and a sing-along with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. Bel Air High School, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-838-6465, ssorchestra.org.
Bel Air Community Band Winter Concert Hear all your favorites played by your talented neighbors. Bel Air High School, 3 p.m. Dec. 10. 443-412-2211, belaircommunityband.org.
Holiday Classics Holiday selections performed by the Harford Choral Society. St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. 410-836-2773, harfordchoralsociety.org.
“Holiday Harmony” featuring The Bay Country Gentlemen This local men’s chorus will sing a number of holiday favorites. Bel Air Armory, 7 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-638-4550, belairmd.org.
Three Piano Players Holiday Concert Hear three of Maryland’s best piano players share music from the holidays. Bel Air Armory, 7 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-638-4550, belairmd.org.
Merry Tuba Christmas Enjoy the sounds of this annual holiday gathering of tubas, euphoniums, and baritone horns, or bring your own and join in. Registration for performers begins at 2:30 p.m. Bel Air High School, 5 p.m. Dec. 17. 410-391-7832, belairartsandentertainment.org.
“Miracle on 34th Street” Recreating the magic of the classic story, this musical adaptation is the holiday tale of a young girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus until a very special, white-bearded old man changes her mind. Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, times vary, through Jan. 7. 410-995-1969, tobysdinnertheatre.com.
Handel’s “Messiah” Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers take on this seasonal classic. Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Dec. 3. 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321, procantare.org.
Peabody Children’s Chorus Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Registration required. peabody.jhu.edu.
A Christmas Noel Choral concert with orchestra and soloists from the Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers. Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, 3 p.m. Dec. 10. 410-799-9321, 410-730-8549, procantare.org.
“The Nutcracker” The talented youth of the Baltimore School for the Arts take on this beloved holiday classic. Baltimore School for the Arts, 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Dec. 2, 1 & 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 5 p.m. Dec. 9, 1 & 5 p.m. 410-624-2511, bsfa.org.
The Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” This annual show is a Baltimore tradition. The Hippodrome Theatre, 7 p.m. Dec. 15. 1 & 5 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-547-SEAT, france-merrickpac.com.
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“Nutcracker” Performed by the Edna Lee Dance Studio. Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 & 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 10. 410-859-8511, ednaleedancestudio.com.
“The Nutcracker” The classic presented by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, including the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party one hour before show times on Sundays. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Dec. 10, 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. 410-280-5640, 866-438-3808, marylandhall.org.
“The Nutcracker” From the Baltimore Ballet Company and School. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 4 p.m. Dec. 10. 410-667-7974, baltimoreballet.com.
Nutcracker Tea Join Clara and her friends at a special tea featuring excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” Carroll County Dance Center in Sykesville, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-795-3255, carrollcountydancecenter.com.
“The Nutcracker” The Carroll County Dance Center’s annual production of the holiday classic. Carroll County Community College Theater in Westminster, 7 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-795-3255, carrollcountydancecenter.com.
“The Nutcracker” Enjoy a photo opportunity with characters from “The Nutcracker” 45 minutes before each performance. Amoss Center at Harford Community College, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. Dec. 9-10. 443-412-2211, tickets.harford.edu.
“The Nutcracker” Performed by Ballet Chesapeake (formerly the Harford Ballet Company). Edgewood High School, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, 1 p.m. Dec. 4. 410-877-0777, harfordballetcompany.org.
“Nutcracker” Presented by Ballet with Cindee Velle. Howard County Arts Council, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. The Great Room at Historic Mill, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18. 410-465-7674, cindeevelleballet.com.
“The Nutcracker on Ice” Presented by the Columbia Figure Skating Club. Columbia Ice Rink, 5:30 & 7:15 p.m. Dec. 9, 4:30 & 6 p.m. Dec. 10. 410-813-4026, 410-730-0322, columbiafsc.com.
The Season on Stage
“A Christmas Carol” An adaptation of the holiday classic set in Baltimore’s 19th century business district. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Dec. 8-23. See website for dates and times. 410-244-8570, chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
Charm City Ballet: “A Christmas Carol” A full-length ballet production of Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. charmcityballet.com.
“Babes in Toyland” See the Mother Goose Village, Toyland, Dancing Dolls, The Parade of Wooden Soldiers, and a Three-Headed Dragon. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson, 2 p.m. Dec. 2-3. 410-337-8519, 410-771-8427, baltimoreactorstheatre.org.
“Twas the Night Before Christmas” This musical comedy is a perfect holiday treat for young audiences. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson, 10:15 a.m. & 12 p.m. Dec. 12. 410-252-8717, artsonstage.org.
“A Christmas Carol” Child-friendly adaption of the Dickens’ holiday classic. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson, 10:15 a.m. & 12 p.m. Dec. 13. 410-252-8717, artsonstage.org
“A Christmas Carol” The Maryland Ensemble Theatre performs a heartwarming adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale. The Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Dec. 9, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. 410-848-7272, carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
Worlds in Miniature
The B&O Railroad Museum’s Magical Holiday Express Toy trains and model railroading layouts. Weekend train rides with Santa and Frosty the Snowman, plus holiday activities and crafts. Discount admission with donation to select charities. See website for complete schedule. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 31. 410-752-2490, borail.org.
Highlandtown Train Garden See the city (and trains!) in miniature. Firehouse No. 41 in Baltimore, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Jan. 2. See website for exact dates. 410-342-5395, highlandtowntraingarden.com.
Santa’s Streetcar Ride a streetcar with Santa. Decorated Christmas tree, train and streetcar layout, holiday stories, music, and refreshments. Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Call museum for exact dates and times. 410-547-0264, baltimorestreetcar.org.
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Benson-Hammond House Open House Enjoy punch and cookies as well as vintage dolls and dollhouses decorated for the holidays in every room. Benson-Hammond House in Linthicum, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2-3. 410-760-9679, aachs.org.
Martinsville Christmas Train Garden Trains, planes, and railroad garden memorabilia will delight visitors of all ages. Hangar 5 at Martin State Airport in Middle River, 11 a.m.-3p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Jan. 20. 410-682-6122, mdairmuseum.org.
Fire Museum of Maryland Holiday Train Garden The Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville. Nov. 25 – Dec. 30. 410-321-7500, firemuseummd.org.
Holiday Train Garden The layout features four continuously operating trains. Visitors of all ages delight in pressing the buttons to activate accessories and sounds. Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Cooksville, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 15. 410-313-4840, howardcountymd.gov/rap.
Holiday Festival of Trains Featuring a custom-built, 360-degree Lego model train layout, a Thomas the Tank engine layout, and the museum’s permanent HO model train layout. B&O Railroad Museum at Ellicott City Station, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Jan. 29. 410-461-1945, ecborail.org.
Holiday Train Garden and Open House Includes antique displays, live music, and refreshments. Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship, 12 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-489-2345, farmheritage.org.
Welcome the New Year
8th Midnight Noon New Year’s Eve Celebration New Year’s Eve revelry is moved up to the other 12 o’clock. Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, 10 a.m. Dec. 31. 410-685-5225, marylandsciencecenter.org.
Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular Live music and midnight fireworks. Baltimore Inner Harbor, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1. 877-BALTIMORE, promotionandarts.com.
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Annapolis New Year’s Eve Celebration Children’s activities begin at 3 p.m – 6 p.m. The first round of fireworks begins at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31. The evening culminates with fireworks at midnight. Susan Campbell Park at the City Dock in Annapolis. 410-263-7940, visitannapolis.org.
Noon Year’s Eve Party Baltimore County Public Library is celebrating New Year’s Eve early for the little ones. All branches of Baltimore County Public Library, 11:30 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Duck Drop and Fireworks Havre de Grace’s annual New Year’s Eve event will include live entertainment and activities as well as the traditional duck drop and midnight fireworks. Havre de Grace Middle School, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1. 410-939-2100, explorehavredegrace.com.
Midnight at 7 Symphony of Lights Ring in 2017 the family-friendly way, with early New Year’s celebrations (including fireworks) happening earlier in the evening. Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 31. 410-740-7666, hopkinsmedicine.org/howard_county_general_hospital