Kickoff the holiday season in Baltimore with the annual lighting up of the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon! Enjoy live performances, a kids’ corner, and plenty of food and beverage vendors to keep you all sated. Of course, the big night ends with a bang—that is, the major fireworks display and light show, which is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Free. 5-8 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Place.
Miracle on 34th Street
No, not the movie—we’re talking 34th Street in Hampden. The whole 700 block of row homes lights up the street with festive decorations and holiday cheer. Some homes go for a theme—like animal adoption or a big light-up Boh mascot—so be on the lookout. And it’s going on for all of December, so bundle up, grab that hot beverage and get to sight-seeing!
Free. Dec. 1-31 after dark on the 700 block of 34th Street.
A Christmas Carol
Get in touch with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future and enjoy a night on the town watching with Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the rest.
Tickets required. Dec. 1-23 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
Enoch Pratt Free Library Book Sale
A perfect time to get some of that holiday shopping done, the annual winter book sale at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library offers great deals on new and used books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks and more. And if you don’t find what you want on the first day, the stock gets updated continuously, so you can come back again and again to find those perfect (and cheap!) reads.
Dec. 2-4 at Enoch Pratt Central Library.
Winter comes alive with this animated film accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. And join in early at 9:45 for interactive and educational musical activities.
Tickets required. 11 a.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland is performing the beloved holiday classic performed one weekend only. Don’t miss this Baltimore debut of the BTM at the Lyric.
Tickets required. Dec. 3-4 at Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric.
Old Tyme Christmas
Get ready for a jam-packed day of Christmas cheer: Santa in a tugboat, carolers, eggnog, kids’ games, a lighted boat parade and more!
Free. Begins at 9 a.m. in Fells Point.
Kwanzaa Family Day
Celebrate African heritage and history with games, crafts, lectures, music, dancing and more!
Free. 12-3 p.m. at the Creative Alliance.
Children’s Holiday Crafts Workshop
Create your own holiday crafts and then help decorate the museum’s Christmas tree with your creations. And don’t miss the special visit from Santa Claus himself! (Recommended for ages 6-10.)
Free. 12 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
What’s the one thing that could make a Secret Santa drawing less fun? Drawing that one person you don’t want! Watch as first-grader Junie B. Jones learns the importance of giving this holiday season.
Tickets required. Saturday & Sunday Dec. 3-Jan. 1 at Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
25th Anniversary Kwanzaa Celebration
Head to Morgan State University for this cultural celebration of the African American holiday, with food, arts and crafts, performances, vendors and lots of fun for all ages.
Free but registration required. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Morgan State University USC Student Center.
Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival
This event already has everything you want from a street festival—food, live entertainment, vendors and beverages—and then adds bonus chocolate. Can’t go wrong!
Free but donation requested. 12-5 p.m. in Downtown Annapolis.
Free Family Sunday
Drop in to the Baltimore Museum of Art for art activities based on works currently on display at the museum.
Free. 2-5 p.m. Sundays Dec. 4-Dec. 18, Baltimore Museum of Art.
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop
Ring in the holiday season by learning how to create your very own centerpiece using fresh-cut greens, cones, ribbons and more. Also enjoy light refreshments and cider.
Registration required. 2-4 p.m. at Robinson Nature Center.
Mayor’s Christmas Parade
See scads of high-stepping marching bands, decorative floats, local TV and radio honchos, a gaggle of motorcycles, an army of Shriners wearing fezzes while riding kooky kiddie vehicles, a steam-powered calliope, elected officials waving from convertibles and, naturally, Santa, all wending their way along a 2.5-mile route through Medfield and Hampden.
Free. 1 p.m. along Falls Rd./36th St.
Professor Trash Wheel Debut
Meet Professor Trash Wheel as she makes her debut at Harris Creek Park and Canton. Grab some hot chocolate and Trash Wheel cookies and toast to Baltimore’s newest trash gobbler.
Free. 2:30 p.m. at Harris Creek Park.