Is there a holiday happening more essentially Baltimore than the Monument Lighting? We think not. The fun, festive event celebrates its 46th year with a “holiday village” offering food, drinks, a beer garden and kids’ activities. Join thousands of other cheery Charm City citizens and enjoy live music, celebrity guests, fireworks and, of course, the lighting itself, which bathes George Washington in more than 15,000 LED lights. Merry and bright, indeed.
Dec. 7, Mount Vernon Place. Free. 410-752-8632, promotionandarts.org
Colorful Like Klimt
Art teacher Raeann Soto will lead students (ages 7-17) to create their own crayon and watercolor art inspired by Gustav Klimt’s work “The Tree of Life.” Registration is required.
Baltimore County Public Library, Reisterstown Branch, 6:30-8 p.m., free, bcpl.info
Cookie Cutters in 3D
Create your own unique cookie cutter and print it out in 3D! Registration required, spaced is limited.
Enoch Pratt Library, Hamilton Branch, 4 p.m., free, prattlibrary.org
It’s time to build! Use Arduino and Raspberry Pi in interesting STEM-related activities and you never know what fun you’ll have while learning. Presented by Towson Makerspace.
Baltimore County Public Library, Reisterstown Branch, 3:30-4:30 p.m., free, bcpl.info
Holiday Bazaar and Tea
Find unique treasures for those hardest to shop for on your list. Featuring all Maryland artisans selling an amazing array of items, enjoy the beauty of the Cloisters Castle while checking names off or your holiday list.
Dec. 8th (4-8 p.m.) and 9th (11 a.m.-4 p.m.), The Cloisters, free, cloisterscastle.com
Christmas Open House and Greens Sale
Green is the color of the holidays at Ladew Gardens. Tour the beautifully decorated Manor House and pick up some greens and goodies to take home.
Dec. 8th, 9th, and 10th, Ladew Gardens, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Adults $13, Seniors/Students $10, Children (2-12) $4, ladewgardens.com
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway To Magic
Come see Mickey, Minnie, and their Disney pals have a grand time live on stage. You never know who they’ll find next each time they open the door.
Dec. 8th (7 p.m.), Dec 9th (12 p.m., 3 p.m.), Modell Lyric, $15-$50, modell-lyric.com
Santa House Storytime
Bring your holiday cheer and head to Santa’s Village in Downtown Hampstead for a special festive storytime presented by the North Carroll Branch library. All ages.
Santa’s Village (Downtown Hampstead), 6:30 p.m., free, library.carr.org
Saturday Fun: Holiday Cards and Cheer
Why buy holiday cards when you can make beautiful ones instead? Get in the holiday spirit by learning different printmaking techniques, enjoying holiday cookies, and more. Plus it’s Dollar Day, so admission to the museum is only $1!
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., $1, lewismuseum.org
The Harlem Globetrotters
The gravity-defying, trick-shooting, never-aging Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Royal Farms Arena to compete against the Washington Generals and amuse and awe your family. Fun fact to drop in a sports conversation: Did you know they shoot from more than six feet past the NBA’s regulation 3-point line?
Dec. 9, 2 and 7 p.m. Royal Farms Arena. $25.50-$124.50. 410-347-2020. royalfarmsarena.com
Reindeer Run 5K
Benefit Baltimore’s parks by participating in this festive fitness event.
8:30 a.m. at West Shore Park Inner Harbor
Sock Monkey Saturday
Grab two pairs of clean socks and a pair of scissors and head to the American Visionary Art Museum. Create a new friend or holiday gift that is as unique as you are.
American Visionary Art Museum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free to attend (regular museum admission applies if you’d like to visit the rest of the museum), avam.org
Explore the city without breaking the bank as dozens of Baltimore attractions open their doors for a dollar or less.
Citywide. Times vary.
A Royal Breakfast & Train Ride
This experience is perfect for the prince and princesses in your family. Join Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff for a delicious buffet breakfast and a festive train ride aboard the B&O Magical Holiday Express. Space is limited, advance purchase required.
B&O Railroad Museum, 8 a.m., $31/$25 (members), $40/$31 (nonmembers), borail.org
Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K
The JCC of Greater Baltimore and Hadassah Greater Baltimore have cooked up a recipe for a truly tasty community outreach event. P.S. Prizes for the best Chanukah outfit!
Registration: $20-$40. 9 a.m. at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC.
Hanna and the Moonlit Dress
Follow the story of young Hanna who helps a miner in the forest and learns about the power of doing good for others. This interactive children’s musical will delight young audience members and celebrate the beginning of the Chanukah season.
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3 p.m., $12 (advance), $15 (door), jcc.org/gordon-center
It’s time for reindeer games! Come test your skills, make festive crafts, have your picture taken with Santa, and enjoy all kinds of merriment. Registration required.
Robinson Nature Center, 2-4 p.m., $15/child, $7/adult ($2 less each for members), facebook.com/RobinsonNatureCenter
Holiday Centerpieces & Natural Ornaments
Create festive pieces to get your home in the holiday spirit! Come create a centerpiece, holiday container, candle, and natural ornaments that would of course make great gifts! Ages 5 and up.
Lake Roland, 2-4 p.m., $8 (members), $10 (non-members), lakeroland.org
Family Days – Happy Holidays at the Maryland Historical Society
See how early immigrants in Maryland celebrated the holidays and the cultural influences that have shaped the way we celebrate today in this day full of family fun and activities.
Maryland Historical Society, 1 p.m., $9 (adults), $6 (children), free for members, mdhs.org