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Holiday Happenings!

There is no shortage of festive and family-friendly events this month. Our staff put together this list of local favorites that are sure to put you and your family in the spirit. Before you go, be sure to check websites for weather or event updates. Here’s to a great month of fun. Happy Holidays from all of us at Baltimore’s Child!

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. 6. 410-547-9000,

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, 699 Washington Place, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6, with lighting ceremony followed by fireworks. 410-244-1030,

Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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 streets, 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

Parade of Lighted Boats

Watch the festively decorated boats float by. Dec. 1, 6 p.m. in Fells Point and 6:30 p.m. at the Inner Harbor. 410-961-8777,


Lights on the Bay

Drive-through, two-mile holiday lights display that benefits the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Sandy Point State Park and Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Nightly through Jan. 1, 5-10 p.m., weather permitting. 410-268-4388,

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. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22. 410-222-1919,

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. 8) Dec. 1, 7, 14, 15, 21, 22. 410-268-7601,

Annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade

Settle into a good viewing spot for this yearly Annapolis festive tradition. Annapolis Harbor, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8. 844-463-6392,


Pet Photos With Santa

Hunt Valley Town Centre, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 1. 410-833-8848,


A Main Street Christmas

Featuring carolers, live music, tree-lighting ceremony and Santa parade. Main Street in Mount Airy, 6 p.m. Dec. 1. 301-351-9159,

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 performance by the Manchester Valley High School’s Choir. 7427 Memorial Park Drive, 6-10 p.m. Nov. 30.


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. 7. 410-939-2100,

Bel Air Christmas Celebration

Parade, music, carols, hot chocolate, performers and tree lighting. Main Street in Bel Air, 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-638-5780,

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. 8. 410-939-5780,

Holiday Potpourri


Kwanzaa at Enoch Pratt

Charles Dugger presents the principles of Kwanzaa. Dates, times, and branches vary.

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’

4-D Experience “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” like you’ve never seen it before! National Aquarium, daily through Jan. 1.

Colonial Christmas at Mount Clare Museum House

Merriment, music, and 18th-century yuletide splendor. Fresh-cut greens and holiday gifts for sale. 1500 Washington Blvd., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. 410-837-3262,

Kwanzaa Family Day

Storytelling, drumming, dance, kids’ art activities and a libation ceremony for all ages. Creative Alliance, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 1. 410-276-1651,

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 Road., 1 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-366-0726,

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. 2. 410-396-0008,

Homewood by Candlelight

Seasonal music and decorations with refreshments at Homewood House. 3400 N. Charles St., 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-516-5589,

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. 13. 410-516-0341,

The Christmas Story in Art

Walk-in tour Celebrates the season through art at The Walters. The Walters Art Museum. 1-2 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-547-9000,

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., noon-5 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-235-2210,

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. 21 – Jan. 1, times vary. 410-685-2370,

50th Anniversary Kwanzaa Celebration

Storytelling, dance and music performances, craft activities, candlelight Kwanzaa ceremony and an African Market Place. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 29. 443-263-1800,


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 and 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday through December. 410-268-7601,

Annual Wreath Workshop

Create your own holiday wreathes and centerpieces using greenery from our wooded gardens, bows, ornaments and other festive decorations. Sold out – wait list only. Historic London Town and Gardens, 10 a.m.-noon. Dec. 1. 410-222-1919,


Holiday Open House at the Sherwood House

Crafts, cookie decorating, refreshments, music and Santa. Cromwell Valley Park in Parkville, Dec. 1. 410-887-2503/2504,

Holiday Drop and Shop

Drop off your kids (under 12) for crafts, a holiday movie, and snacks while you shop at Hunt Valley Town Centre. Baltimore County Agricultural Center in Cockeysville, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. 410-887-8973,

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. 8. Ages 5 and up. 410-887-4156,

Holiday Ornaments

Use nature’s art supplies to make fun holiday decorations. Willow Grove Nature Education Center at Cromwell Valley Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1. Ages 5 and up. 410-887-2503/2504,

Natural Ornaments

Drop in to create a festive evergreen centerpiece and learn the history behind the symbol of evergreens. Bring your own container. Benjamin Banneker Historic Park, 10 a.m.-noon. Dec. 8. 410-887-1081,

Nature Ornament Making

Make some nature-inspired ornaments for yourself and a few special treats for the birds. Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville. noon-3 p.m. Dec. 15-16. Ages 5 and up. 410-887-1815,

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. 15. Ages 13 and up. 410-887-2503,

Wreath Making

Make a holiday wreath from natural materials. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to some festive tunes. Lake Roland, 10-noon and 1-3 p.m. Dec. 1-2. 410-887-4156,

Holiday Bazaar

Check out the wide array of crafters and find a unique holiday gift. Benjamin Banneker Historic Park, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 1. 410-887-1081,


‘Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice’

Holiday Teas Step back in time with holiday teas, visits from Santa, and more. Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, through Dec. 22. Times vary. 410-386-3880,

Children’s Holiday Craft 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, 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 9. Ages 3-10. 410-386-3580,

Merry Main Street

Celebrate the season on Sykesville Main Street. Main Street in Sykesville, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8. 410-795-8959,


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,


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. 12. 410-730-4610,

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. Nov. 30-Dec. 3. 410-465-4995,

Santa Arrives at the Historic Sites

The jolly old soul arrives by sleigh, ready to read your wish list and pose for a photo. B&O Ellicott City Station Museum, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 22. 410-313-4700,

Hanukkah Tunes & Tales

Prepare for the holiday of light with this special program of Chanukah stories and songs. Chanukah book will be available for purchase and purchases will benefit the Beth Shalom Religion School. Barnes & Noble in Ellicott City,
4-5 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-531-5115,

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. Noon. Dec. 8.

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.).

Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke School Christmas Bazaar

Baked goods, candy, gifts, holiday items, and raffle. 8003 N. Boundary Road, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-366-4488,

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. 1-Dec. 31. 410-396-0008,

Merry Mart

A diverse mix of indie crafters from across Baltimore and elsewhere. Free drop-in children’s art activities. Creative Alliance, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-276-1651,

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-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 6-9.

Holiday Heap

Juried indie/alternative craft fair. St. John’s Church, 2640 St. Paul St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 15.


Midnight Madness

Enjoy musical performances, food and beverages at many stores. Downtown Annapolis, 6 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 6, Dec. 13. 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Dec. 20.


Candy Cane Christmas Bazaar

Photos with Santa, unique crafts, baked goods and children’s activities. Trinity Episcopal Church, Long Green, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1. 410-592-6224,

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. 1. 410-931-0411,


Festival of Wreaths

Silent auction of more than 150 uniquely decorated wreaths. Vote or bid on your favorite. Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 23. through Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-848-7272,

Christmas Farmers’ Market

Featuring fresh holiday greens and arrangements. Santa visits on Dec. 2. 700 Ag Center Drive, Westminster, Sat., Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 410-848-7748,


Holiday Open House

Decorations and music, featuring the Catherine Street Consort. Hays House Museum, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 1. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2.  410-838-7691,

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, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7-8. 410-557-9570,

Holiday 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. 8, 9-5 p.m. Dec. 9, noon-5 p.m. 410-939-5780,


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 p.m. Dec. 7.

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. Nov. 29. 410-313-2787,

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. 1. 410-465-8877,

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. 1. Ages 5 and up. 410-313-4840,

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. Dec. 1 & 8, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2 & 9, 9:30 a.m. 

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. 1-2, Dec. 8-9. Weekends, 1:15 p.m. 410-752-2462 x221,


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. 1, 8, 15, and 22, 8:30 a.m. $13. Registration required. 410-626-1100,


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. 1. 410-472-2748.

Breakfast with Elsa & Olaf

Part of Towson’s Winterfest. Souris Saloon in Towson, 8-10 a.m. Dec. 1.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Featuring a Santa Shop where kids can shop. Trinity United Methodist Church in Catonsville, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 1. Registration required. 410-747-5841,

Breakfast with the Grinch & Buddy The Elf

Part of Towson’s Winterfest. Charles Village Pub in Towson, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8.

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy delicious breakfast with Jolly Old St. Nick. St. Pius X School in Towson, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Dec. 8. 410-427-7400,

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. Dec. 8. 443-840-ARTS,


Big Country Breakfast with Santa

Eat a big breakfast, visit with Santa and benefit your local volunteer fire company. Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, 7:30-11 a.m. Dec. 16. 301-829-0100,


Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

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. 16, 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ages 8 and up. 410-939-2299,


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-1:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Registration required. 410-730-3987,

Breakfast with Santa

Yet another chance to meet Santa (and eat great food). Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Ellicott City, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-744-4251,

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. 8. Registration required. 410-381-0202,

Holidays in Harmony


Christmas with Choral Arts

Celebrate the Christmas classics with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Baltimore Basilica, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. 410-523-7070,

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Don’t miss out on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s annual performance of the holiday classic. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Dec. 9, 3 p.m. 410-783-8000,

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, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9. 410-234-4800,

Festival of Light

Holiday musical performances by middle school orchestra, festival choir and student soloists. The Waldorf School of Baltimore, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. 410-367-6808,

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. Dec. 6. 443-798-3417,

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Performed as in Handel’s lifetime. Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. St. Mark Church in Catonsville, 3 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-366-6544,

Candlelight Choral Service

Join First and Franklin Presbyterian Church for this Christmas tradition. First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-728-5545,

Morgan State University Choir Annual Christmas Concert

Gilliam Concert Hall Center at Morgan State University, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. 800-745-3000,

Traditional Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Enjoy this popular yearly event. Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts, Dec. 16, 4–5 p.m. Dec. 22, 7–8 p.m. Dec. 23, 4–5 p.m. 410-554-8644,

Merry Tuba Christmas

Hundreds of tubas and euphoniums perform a concert of holiday favorites. Harborplace Amphitheatre, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15. 410-332-4191,


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 p.m. Dec. 15.

71st Annual Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Selections performed by the USNA Glee Club. Naval Academy Main Chapel, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 3 p.m. Dec. 2. 410-293-8497,

A Celebration of Christmas

Annapolis Chorale’s holiday concert. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, 8 p.m. Dec. 7. 410-280-5640, 866-438-3808,

Holiday Cheer, 2018!

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.14, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 2 p.m. 410-956-0512,

Holiday Pops with Cathie Ryan

A blend of Irish contemporary and traditional holiday songs perfect for the season. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Dec. 14, 8 p.m. 410-269-0907,

‘Messiah’ at St. Anne’s

Annapolis Chorale performs throughout the weekend. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, 8 p.m. Dec. 22. 410-280-5640, 866-438-3808,

Encore Chorale Holiday Concert

The chorus of Anne Arundel Community College performs its annual holiday concert. Robert E. Kauffman Theater at the Pascal Center of AACC Arnold Campus, 3–5 p.m. Dec. 15. 410-777-2457,


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, 3 p.m. Dec. 3. 410-494-1480,

Christmas on Main Street

Music for the entire family provided by several performing ensembles from the Baltimore metro area. Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 5 p.m. Dec. 8. 410-526-7241,

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, 3 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-523-7070,

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, 11 a.m. Dec. 15. 410-523-7070,

Winter Solstice Concert

Baltimore-based trio Helicon performs lively, traditional folk music in celebration of winter’s arrival. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. 410-243-7254,


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. 21. 3 and 8 p.m, Dec. 22. 410-848-7272,


Bel Air Community Band Winter Concert

Hear all your favorites played by your talented neighbors. Bel Air High School, 3 p.m. Dec. 9. 443-412-2211,

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, noon–11:30 p.m. Dec. 16. 410-391-7832,


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. Dec. 2. 301-854-0107, 410-799-9321,

Peabody Children’s Chorus

Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Registration required.

A Christmas Noel

Choral concert with orchestra and soloists from the Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers. Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, 7 p.m. Dec. 9.
410-799-9321, 410-730-8549,

Mostly ‘Nutcrackers’


Ballet Theatre of Maryland-The Nutcracker

‘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. 7. Dec. 8, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 14, 7 pm, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Moscow Ballet’s ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’

This annual show is a Baltimore tradition. The Hippodrome Theatre,
7 p.m. Dec. 14. Dec. 15, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. 410-547-SEAT,


‘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. 8. Dec. 9, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 410-280-5640, 866-438-3808,


‘The Nutcracker’

From the Baltimore Ballet Company and School. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. 410-667-7974,


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.

‘The Nutcracker’

The Carroll County Dance Center’s annual production of the holiday classic. Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 9.  410-795-3255,


‘The Nutcracker’

Enjoy a photo opportunity with characters from “The Nutcracker” 45 minutes before each performance. Amoss Center at Harford Community College, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 9. 443-412-2000,

‘The Nutcracker’

Performed by Ballet Chesapeake (formerly the Harford Ballet Company). Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson University, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 8.  Dec.9, 1 p.m. 410-877-0777,



Presented by Ballet with Cindee Velle. Howard County Arts Council, 7:30 p.m., Dec.18. Dec.21, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. The Great Room at Historic Mill, Howard County Arts Council. 410-465-7674,

‘The Nutcracker on Ice”

Presented by the Columbia Figure Skating Club. Columbia Ice Rink, 5:30 & 7:15 p.m. Dec. 8. Dec. 9, 4:30 and 6 p.m. 410-813-4026, 410-730-0322,

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. 7-23. See website for dates and times. 410-244-8570,

Charm City Ballet: ‘A Christmas Carol’

A full-length ballet production of Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 3 p.m.


‘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, 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2. 410-337-8519, 410-771-8427,

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

This musical comedy is a perfect holiday treat for young audiences. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, 10:15 a.m. and noon, Dec. 12. 410-252-8717,

‘A Christmas Carol’

Child-friendly adaption of the Dickens’ holiday classic. Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Dec. 18. Dec.19, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. 410-252-8717,


‘A Christmas Carol’

The Maryland Ensemble Theatre performs a heartwarming adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale. Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, 8 p.m., Dec. 7. Dec. 8, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. 410-848-7272,

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,

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,

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,


Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum’s Martinville Train & Plane Garden.

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.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Jan. 12. 410-682-6122,

Fire Museum of Maryland Holiday Train Garden

The Fire Museum of Maryland in Lutherville. Nov. 25-Dec. 30. 410-321-7500,


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. 11. 410-313-4840,

Holiday Train Garden and Open House

Includes antique displays, live music, and refreshments. Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9. 410-489-2345,

Welcome the New Year


Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Live music and midnight fireworks. Inner Harbor, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 410-752-8632,


Annapolis New Year’s Eve Celebration

Children’s activities from 3 p.m.–midnight. 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. 410-280-0445,


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. Concord Point Park. Begins at 10 p.m. 410-939-2100,


Midnight at 7 Symphony of Lights

Ring in 2019 the family-friendly way, with early New Year’s celebrations (including fireworks) happening earlier in the evening. Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia, 6 p.m. & 10 p.m., through Dec. 30. 410-740-7666,

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