Holiday Happenings

'Tis the Season to enjoy holiday light displays, train exhibits, parades and festivities. Consider buying local while shopping at holiday arts and crafts shows.




Merry-land Festivities

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at these parades and festivals, great holiday Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 Christmas on the Potomac featuring ICE! - National Harbor

Through January 1, 2018
Enter a magical Christmas wonderland with with lavish Christmas decorations, twinkling holiday lights, indoor snowfall and ICE! Carved from over two million pounds of colorful ice, this years' theme for ICE is Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Experience Build-A-Bear Workshop® and Scavenger Hunt, Ice Skating, a new live entertainment show – JOY A Holiday Spectacular – featuring the Gaylord National Singers.

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2 Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park

Through January 1, 2018  Weekends & Select Days
This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides. Combine holiday traditions with a thrilling family experience that is uniquely Six Flags.

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3 Victorian Christmas in Berlin

Through January 1, 2018
In Berlin you will find month-long celebration of the quintessential Victorian Christmas. The festive season kick-off with a  Black Friday holiday arts night, traditional Christmas tree lighting, caroling, carriage rides. You won't want to miss the New Year's Eve ball drop!

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4 Chesapeake City's Winterfest

Through January 7, 2018
Don't miss the 6th Annual Display of Lights, and holiday events happening at Chesapeake City along both sides of the canal. Weekend activities include carolers, carriage rides, Santa’s workshop and ice skating at the outdoor rink.

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5 Holiday Tours at Historic Montpelier

December 5  -  30, 2017 Daily from 11am-4pm  (closed Wed.)
The beautiful Montpelier Mansion shines with festive decor and traditional greens.  The tour takes you into the post at this historic property.  While there, visit the Artists' Boutique (through December 29) and stop by the Gift Shop too.  More information...

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6 Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping - Annapolis

Thursdays, December 7 &14 from 6pm-Midnight and
December 21 from 6-11pm
Don't miss Midnight Madness where stores in downtown Annapolis will stay open late to give bargain-hunters a reason to enjoy the spirit of Annapolis - the town will be inundated with live music, holiday entertainment and cheer throughout the season. It's also the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and take advantage of special deals in the middle of holiday festivities.

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7 Soiree at the Snowdens

December 16, 2017 at 5pm
The Snowdens were known far and wide for their hospitality. Toast them this holiday season during an evening of cheer and merriment, featuring live music and the culinary diversity of local communities. Sponsored, in part, by the Friends of Montpelier.  More information...

8 How the Grunch Stole Hanukkah - Bethesda

December 16, 2017 7:30pm
A storybook reading filled with music, wine, and holiday treats, this loving parody has something for everyone-whether you have never seen a latke before, or you whittle your own dreidel each year.
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9 Kwanzaa Celebration at Benjamin Banneker Park & Museum

December 29, 2017
Join the celebration of the principles of Kwanzaa with Master Griots who will weave stories about the principle of Nia, setting goals to benefit the community. FREE. Ages 4+, advanced registration required.

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10 Kwanzaa Celebration - Baltimore

December 29, 2017
Celebrate this annual African American holiday,  at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, with African dance, storytelling, drumming performances, workshops, traditional crafts and an African Marketplace.

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Holiday Light Displays

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Parades, Festivals and Events, Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 Winterfest of Lights

November 16 - December 31, 2017
5:30-9:30pm (10:30pm. Fri/Sat)
While at the Winterfest Village, enjoy hot chocolate, board the Winterfest Express and sing Christmas carols. Browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop for that special gift and have your photo taken with Santa! Be sure to visit Ocean City to create a lasting holiday memory.
Ocean City
Worcester County

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2 Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park

November 18, 2017 -  January 1, 2018
Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park has become a tradition for many families for the past decade. Enjoy a scenic drive along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with more than 60 spectacular animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway.
$15/car, $28/large van and mini-bus, $50/bus.

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3 Sailing Through Winter Solstice

November 20, 2017 through February 3, 2018 - Dusk 'til Dawn
Lighting up the night is an age-old custom during the dark of winter.  Visit this exciting "take" on that theme.  Some seven sailing boats, festooned with unique designs, will be bringing joy to Carroll Creek.  And the display helps raise funds for local charities too.

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4 Brookside Garden of Lights

November 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Brookside Gardens is hosting its 19th annual Garden of Lights outdoor holiday lights exhibit; a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling lights depicting flowers, animals and nature. Visit inside the Conservatory to enjoy seeing the G-Scale model trains wind through a festive landscape. Afterward, warm up with hot cocoa inside the Visitors Center as you listen to one of the nightly musical performances. 
Brookside Gardens

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5 Lights by the Lake - Rocky Gap State Park

November 24-25 and December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 22-24, 2017
"Lights By The Lake" features over 150,000 lights synchronized to music in an animated show lasting more than 30 minutes. Park and enjoy the show, then come indoors for refreshments. There will be special events every Saturday in December. Call 301-722-1480 for details.

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6 Walking in a Christmas Wonderland - North Pole Lights Walk

November 24, 2017 - December 23, 2017
4:30-7pm Fridays and Saturdays
Take a self-guided walk through our shimmering Winter Wonderland,and stop by Santa's Cabin to put in your Christmas request. The gardens have new trails with lighted scenes of Christmas. See the flower fairies decorate the gazebo, Polar Bear Central, Gingerbread house, Forest Animals, and Enchanted Fairy Garden. Be sure to come back to the barn to warm up with hot chocolate. Don't miss this year's special guest from the North Pole, Prancer!
Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

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7 Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival

November 24 - December 31, 2017
6-9 pm (10pm Fri.& Sat.)
Closed on Christmas
Winter Lights features more than 380 illuminated displays and 65 animated vignettes in a 3.5 mile drive through beautiful Seneca Creek State Park. Theme areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, North Pole, Toyland, and Penguin Cove.

Rates vary for cars, SUV's, Mini-vans, large vans, mini-buses, buses.
Seneca Creek State Park.  
Gaithersburg, Montgomery County

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8 Winter Festival of Lights

Through-  January 1, 2018 
Don’t miss this spectacular holiday drive-through event of more than one million twinkling lights! This year’s Festival features fun new displays. $10-30.00
Watkins Regional Park
Upper Marlboro
Prince George’s County

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9 Miracle on 34th Street

November 25- December 31, 2017
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1st, including all night on Christmas Eve. FREE. 
Baltimore City

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10 Chesapeake City Winterfest

November 26, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Chesapeake City’s month-long Victorian Christmas celebration takes place on both sides of the C&D Canal with a blizzard of holiday lights and spectacular lighted displays along the waterfronts.
Chesapeake City
Cecil County

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11 Garden in Lights

December 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018
6-9pm (closed Dec. 5,6,7,12,13,24,25)
A magical tour that takes visitors on a beautiful trip through the glittering woods and light sculptures. Enjoy the "Holiday I Spy Game," nightly entertainment, special discount nights, sweet treats, and other fun activities.
Annmarie Garden and Sculptural Arts Center
Calvert County

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12 Holiday Light Show at McDaniel College

Through December 31, 2017

View this drive-through light display synchronized to music throughout the holiday season. The show will be on display through the holiday season.

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13 Festival of Lights - Drive the Grounds of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

November 30 - December 31, 2017
One of the area's great community traditions is to drive through the famous Temple grounds glowing with over 650,000 lights. The Christmas trees are decorated in international themes, crèches are from around the world.

Nightly performances are also free and held in the state-of-the-art theater in the Visitors' Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more. Each performance is presented twice nightly.  Reserve your free ticket on-line; tickets become available one hour prior to the performance on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kensington, Montgomery County



Holiday Train Experiences

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Parades, Festivals and Events, Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 The Trains of Christmas - Hagerstown

Through February 18, 2018
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 1:00pm - 5:00pm 
Closed December 24 & 31

Newly renovated "Trains of Christmas" includes favorite steam & diesel trains operating on four levels over a winter landscape. The layout grows as the season progresses. Santa visits on December 9th, 17th, and 23rd.
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum

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2 Christmas City Express - Cumberland

Through December 23, 2017, Friday - Sunday

Enjoy a magical holiday train ride and a chance to visit with Santa!
Your journey includes listening to Christmas music and a story, meeting Santa, and hot cocoa and cookies.  Dining guests enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with Santa and his elves aboard one of Western Maryland Railroad's vintage dining cars.
Western Maryland Railroad

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3 Martinville Christmas Train Garden

Through  January 13, 2018
A fourth annual special holiday display of miniature planes and trains in the Martinville Christmas Train Garden can be seen during a tour at the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum.

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4 Holiday Festival of Trains

Through January 28, 2018

Enjoy the museum's annual holiday celebration of toy trains and model railroading. Check the Ellicott City Station calendar of events for exact dates.
Ellicott City
Howard County

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5 Holiday Train Garden - Timonium

Through December 30, 2017

See O-scale trains wind through a 20th century town and pick out your favorite local landmarks. The Holiday Train Garden is included with admission to the Fire Museum.

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6 Highlandtown Train Garden

Through January 1, 2018
Open weekends, and then everyday December 18, 2017 -  January 1, 2018

Local businesses and associations sponsor model train displays throughout the garden.  Several "engineers" set up the garden in Fire House #41.  A timeless event in Baltimore city; best of all, it's free!

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Baltimore City

7 Brookside Garden of Lights and Model Trains

Through January 1, 2018 (closed December 24-25)
In addition to Brookside Garden of Lights outdoor holiday light exhibit (with more than one million dazzling lights,) G-Scale model trains wind through a seasonal landscape inside the Conservatory. Inside the Visitors Center, enjoy hot cocoa while listening to one of the nightly musical performances.  
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8 Miracle in the Showroom - Full Steam Ahead

November 25, December 3, 10, 17, 23, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Just a short distance from the Miracle on 34th St. Light Display - Make Studio's Miracle in the Showroom train garden brings to life Harry Potter and Disney themed trains.  Original art and and gifts will be for sale along with hot chocolate and sweet treats available.  

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9 Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit at St. Clement’s Island Museum

December 1, 2017 - December 22, 2017: Thursday - Monday 12pm - 4pm
December 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018: Daily, 10am - 4pm
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Enjoy antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in festive holiday displays. 
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St. Mary's County

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10 The B&O's Magical Holiday Express

Through December 31, 2017.  
Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday, 11am-4pm.
Museum closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day
Each day there is something to see and do at B&O's Magical Holiday Express which is devoted to trains of all sizes, your favorite holiday characters, and a train load of fun for the entire family!  
B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore
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11 Christmas Train Garden - Cambridge

Through December 30, 2017

Delight in a miniature landscape of trains, houses, businesses, even emergency rescue displays. A Rescue Fire Department tradition for more than 80 years! 

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12 37th Annual Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden

Through  January 7, 2018
Monday - Fridat 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 12:00pm - 9:00pm

An annual tradition for many family’s, the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company's 37th Annual Christmas brings enjoyment to the faces of the children and adults alike.  Children of all ages are welcomed, but should be appropriately supervised. Please remember there is a $1 donation at the door for ages 8 and up.

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Holiday Arts & Crafts Shows

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Parades, Festivals and Events, Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 Support Maryland Artists

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) offers an online Maryland Artists Marketplace, a one-stop-shopping destination for unique works by Maryland jewelers, photographers, glass blowers, painters, sculptors, musicians, weavers, writers, and more. 

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2 Midnight Madness

December 7 & 14, 2017

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, West Street, and State Circle in search of that perfect gift. Explore the uniqueness that makes downtown Annapolis special.


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3 Charm City Craft Mafia - Holiday Heap

December 16, 2017 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

This juried show features indie crafters peddling their wares for your shopping convenience.  Even the venue is cool in Charles Village's St. John's Church.  Kids are welcome; foods are on sale too as you find one of a kind items for those special people.


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4 Winterfest Arts & Crafts Show - Takoma Park

December 16, 2017

Handcrafted items for holiday giving include jewelry, paintings, fiber, ceramics, while you enjoy live music, facepainting and fun.

Takoma Park, Montgomery County

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5 Annual Community Art Show - Best Local Art

Through January 2, 2018
Exhibit by more than 20 Artists working in a wide range of mediums and dimensions with 2D and 3D artwork.  The exhibit puts the focus on talented area artists at this juried show.

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6 Holiday Gift Show and Art Exhibition - RiverArts

Through December 30, 2017 (check website for exact days and times)

The RiverArts Community choose the holiday season as its theme this year.  Local artists feature their favorites and even better, the artwork can be purchased.  Make someone happy!


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7 Artists' Boutique at Historic Montpelier Mansion

Through December 29, 2017 from  11am-3pm (closed Wednesdays)
View the work of local artisans at the Historic Mansion House.  See fiber art creations, unique ornaments, and other quality crafts for sale.  Perfect for original holiday gifts. More infiormation...

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8 Christmas Village in Baltimore

Through December 24, 2017
Features more than 50 international vendors – located both inside a huge heated tent and outdoors in traditional wooden booths – will offer their unique gift-ware and delicious European food specialties!

Baltimore Harborplace

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9 Gallery of Gifts - Carroll Arts Center

Through  December 23, 2017

The Gallery is filled with dazzling and imaginative art pieces.  More than 30 regional and local artists are featured in this exhibit that celebrates the "shop local" spirit in a cash and carry boutique setting.

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10 Ornament Show & Sale

Through January 1, 2018
A juried show that features hand-crafted ornaments by 20 regional artists. This is the perfect place to find unique and affordable gift for friends and family. The ornaments are beautifully hung on trees displayed in the Main Gallery of the Arts Building. Visitors shop off the trees and take their purchases to the Gift Shop. The show kicks off before Thanksgiving and runs through early January. During Garden In Lights, the show is open late!
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Solomons, Calvert County

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Holiday Performances

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Parades, Festivals and Events, Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 Holidays at the Weinberg Center for the Arts

November & December 2017
Celebrate the season at this elegant and revitalized theatre with its grand lobby and decorative paintings wherever you look.

December 8-10, 2017           The Nutcracker
December 15-17, 2017         A Christmas Carol
December 19, 2017              The 23rd Annual Messiah Sing-Along
December 22, 2017              Phil Vassar & Kellie Pickler Country Christmas

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2 Ballet Theatre of Maryland Presents "The Nutcracker"

December 2017
Battle the Rat Queen and her minions and help Clara rescue her beloved Nutcracker from the Rat Queen’s spell as you share in her enchanted adventure through the Land of the Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets where she receives the magical wand that can make all her dreams and ours, come true.

December 9-10, 16-17, 2017     Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
December 23, 2017                   Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric

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3 A Christmas Story

Through December 23, 2017

A funny and heartfelt Christmas play based on the classic 1983 movie. Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Actions 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.
Maryland Ensemble Theatre

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4 Holiday Music at the Strathmore

Maryland's campus for the arts in North Bethesda presents an array of holiday concerts in the Mansion and the magnificent music center.

December 8, 2017         Canadian Brass - Christmas Time is Here
December 10, 2017       Strathmore Children's Chorus - Peace, Paz,Shalom
December 12-13, 2017  The Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow
December 16-17, 2017  National Philharmonic - Handel's Messiah
December 22-23, 2017  Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

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5 Holiday Classics at the Meyerhoff

Bells are ringing and great holiday music abounds at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

December 7-8, 2017     ​ A Christmas Carol
December 9-10, 2017    Handel’s Messiah
December 16-17, 2017  Home for the Holidays 
December 22-23, 2017  Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular

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6 The Christmas Experience at Antietam Recreation

Through December 29, 2017

A home-style feast followed by a production that will have you laughing and crying as you explore the wonder of Christmases past and are reminded of the hope yet to come.


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7 A Christmas Carol - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

December 7-23, 2017 (Select Dates)

The Baltimore Christmas tradition. A delightfully original adaptation of the Christmas classic is a celebration of Chesapeake culture and history, in story and song.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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8 Cool Yule with Mark G. Meadows

December 15, 2017

For an evening of holiday cool, Mark G. Meadows, acclaimed jazz composer, pianist and vocalist creates music that breaks through social barriers.  For the holidays, he brings the favorites and originals, all infused with meaning that speaks to the season.

Kentlands Mansion

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9 Handel's Messiah with the Annapolis Chorale

December 15-17, 2017
You walk up Main Street from City Dock in the chilly evening air, enter the doors of the most historic church in town, and are immediately surrounded by warm candlelight and the glorious sounds of Handel’s Messiah.  There’s nothing like these Messiah performances in this beautiful and historic space in the heart of Annapolis on Church Circle.

St. Anne's Church,
Church Circle

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10 Family Holiday Concert with the Columbia Orchestra

December 16, 2017

Enjoy the marvelous sounds of the holiday season: Christmas carols, Hannukah songs, highlights from The Nutcracker with our friends from Dance Connections, and other family-friendly favorites.
Jim Rouse Theatre

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11 Squeaky Clean Band Presents Christmas-Hanukah-Kwanzaa-Dongzhi-Three Kings Day-Eid-al-Fitr Mistletunes!

December 16, 2017 - 2pm

Gather the family and come to the Publick Playhouse for Family Fun Day with the Squeaky Clean Band.  Suzanne and Glenn bring the world's end of year traditions and songs onto the stage.  Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Dongzhi, Three Kings Day, and Eid-al-Fitr are just some of the celebrations included in this festive program. More information...


12 Divas Deck the Halls

December 17, 2017

The holidays come to life during an afternoon of carols, yuletide songs, and festive fa, la, la, la, la la la la la tunes, performed by Washington National Opera sopranos.
montpelier Arts Center

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13 Mountainside Baroque - Festival of Lessons & Carols for Christmas

December 17, 2017 - 5pm
Back for the fifth year, this popular event features seasonal music, traditional carols and readings.  The Scholars of Saint Cecilia, Mountainside Baroque's chamber choir, sings at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in downtown Cumberland.

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14 Barbara Ingram School For the Arts Holiday Spectacular

December 20-21, 2017

This is an event that the whole family will enjoy. Diverse talent sing, dance, and tell stories that go to the heart of what the season really means.  Back for the 7th year.
Maryland Theatre

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Candlelight Tours

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Parades, Festivals and Events, Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.

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1 Holiday Candlelight Stroll - Annapolis

Through December 16, 2017

Take a festive stroll through Annapolis' decorated historic district and hear the origins of holiday traditions. Conclude the evening with an interior tour of the decorated and historic Hammond Harwood House.

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2 Luminaria Night Celebration - Vienna

December 16, 2017 5-8pm
More than 1,500 glowing luminarias will line the streets of Vienna this Christmas. Private homes decorated for the season, historic buildings including the old Customs House and Ferry Toll Collector's House, and community churches will open their doors for tours, Christmas music, refreshments and old fashioned hospitality.
Dorchester County

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3 Candlelight Tour of Frederick's Historic Houses of Worship

December 26, 2017, 4-9pm
As the sun begins to set, visitors can tour many of Frederick’s famous clustered spires and other historic houses of worship by candlelight.  At a dozen sites, guests will be welcomed with special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes. 

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4 Riversdale By Candlelight

December 29, 2017 6-9pm
Residents from Riversdale’s past welcome guests to the candlelit museums for tours, refreshments, live music, and children’s activities.
Riversdale House Museum 
Riverdale Park

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at great holiday Parades, Festivals and Events, Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows . Close out 2017 with the kids at a "noon-years eve" celebration, and ring-in 2018 with friends, family, and fireworks at these amazing Maryland New Years extravaganzas.

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1 New Year's Annapolis

December 31, 2017

New Year’s Annapolis is a family-oriented celebration based on the “First Night” concept that provides attendees with a fun-filled and safe environment for all ages to celebrate New Year's Eve. The event includes music and  two fireworks displays, an early show for families and early-risers and a traditional midnight spectacular to ring in 2018.
Anne Arundel County

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2 Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular

December 31, 2017  9pm- 12:30am
Fireworks at mid-night
Be part of a giant NYE celebration and a night of great music, culminating an amazing, colorful midnight fireworks display!
Inner Harbor

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3 New Year's Eve in Ocean City

December 31, 2017
Fireworks at midnight.
As part of our Winterfest celebration, join us to ring in the New Year with a firework display at Northside Park at midnight.  Winterfest will stay open extended hours for this special festive night!
Ocean City
Worcester County

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4 Berlin's New Years Eve Celebration

December 31, 2017 9:30pm - 1am
Berlin transforms into a mini Times Square with dancing in the streets, music, fabulous food, refreshments and plenty of entertainment. Count down the New Year with a ball drop at midnight. The festivities will take place at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street. Horse and carriage rides will be available for a romantic tour of holiday decorations and lights starting at 8 P.M.

5 Krumpe's Donut Drop

December 31, 2017  5-7:30pm
Times Square has nothing on Hagerstown! In addition to dropping the big doughnut, Krumpe’s gives away 6,000+ donuts to New Year's Eve revelers. Gather  on the square in downtown Hagerstown for free popcorn, coffee, cocoa and  yummy Krumpe's Donuts. 
Krumpe's Donut Shop
10 Public Square
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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6 Midnight Muskrat Drop

Dec. 31, 2017
9pm - 1am
The immortalized rodent, Marshal P. Muskrat will bring local and regional music and entertainment out to celebrate the closing of 2017 and welcome in 2018 as he is dropped during the final seconds of the year.
Town Center
Princess Anne, MD 21853


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7 Big Night Baltimore New Year's Eve Gala

December 31, 2017
9pm - 2am
Big Night Baltimore is the perfect, all-inclusive night. Leave your wallet at home, because your ticket includes everything - all drinks included all night without the long lines! Plus, a buffet and entertainment throughout the eight different party zones.

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8 Family New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31, 2017 9pm - 12:30am

Looking for something to do with the WHOLE family on New Year's Eve? Bring your children, relatives and  friends! Includes unlimited laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, spin zone bumper cars, dinner and video games.
Adventure Park USA,

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9 Big Night DC

December 31, 2017
9:00pm - 3:00am
The DC Area's Largest New Year's Eve Extravaganza. Themed party areas encompassing the ballroom complex of the resort. Mardi Gras, Vegas Casino Lounge, ShamrockFest Stage, Retro - Best of 70's, 80's & 90's dance tunes, Electronica Club, Hip Hop Club Room, Karaoke Zone, VIP Lounges, open bar and more.
Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, National Harbor
Prince George's County

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10 New Year's Eve Swing Dance

December 31, 2017, 8 P.M. – 12:30 A.M.

Pretend it is a '50s Senior Prom! Wear your high school prom finery.  A vintage moon backdrop for photo ops, corsages and boutonnieres for the first 75 arrivals will be available along with party favors and light refreshments.
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11 Charm City Countdown Nevermore Masquerade Ball NYE Gala

December 31, 2017
9:00pm - 2:00am
Charm City Countdown New Year’s Eve Party is back again for its 10th year, moving their headquarters to the gorgeous Hilton BWI Hotel! Join thousands of people for a party that’s too big and too sexy for the city! This year they are hosting another special themed New Years Eve event - "Chicago". 

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12 Charm City New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

December 31, 2017
Ring in the New Year on an elegant fireworks cruise aboard the Raven, the newest yacht in the Inner Harbor!  Cocktails, dancing, festive decor and party favors.  Watch fireworks over the water.

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13 New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise in Annapolis

December 31, 2017
Greet the New Year onboard the Catherine Marie, Watermark's flagship vessel.  Watch the fireworks over Annapolis and enjoy cocktails, dancing, party favors and festive decor.  Light snacks and full cash bar.

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14 Gatsby Speakeasy Party - Frostburg

December 31, 2017
Join the gang for a night back in time.... when the Prohibition Law was just abolished. At the historic Gunter Hotel they will be celebrating in a way that would make J. Gatsby proud! Enjoy an elegant four course dinner in Gunter’s Dining Room or the Gin Mill Restaurant .... then dance the night away to the tunes of the renowned Gatsby Gang Jazz Band in the newly renovated ballroom! Champagne will flow along with the carefully crafted signature cocktails The Gin Mil is known for...after all, mum's the word, right? 

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15 New Year's Eve Party - Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve Party featuring NoWhere Men with opening by Joe Martone. Party Favors & Champagne Toast at Midnight. (Must be 21+) Overnight NYE hotel package includes stay & tickets for 2. Starting at $217.

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16 New Years Eve Murder Mystery Trains

December 31, 2017

Guests will enjoy a show and a 5-course All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Dinner. Plus, there will be a free Champagne Toast when the clock strikes Midnight!

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17 New Year's Eve Celebration - WISP Resort

December 31, 2017
The Main Lodge at Wisp is just the place for a New Year's Celebration.  The House DJ Jazzy Jan will play music that makes you dance.  Food and drink will be available for purchase; there is no cover charge.

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18 The Fur Ball Casino - Dutch's at Silver Tree

December 31, 2017
The annual Fur Ball Casino is back at Dutch's at Silver Tree.  Enjoy dinner before (at home, or make a dinner reservation at Dutch's) the Fur Ball.  Then come enjoy the silent auction, Hors d'oeuvres and the Casino with Poker, Blackjack, Roulette and more.  End 2017 and begin 2018 with HART for Animals..
Oakland, Garrett County

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19 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop - Downtown Salisbury

December 31, 2017 from 8pm - 12 Midnight
Ring in the New Year in Downtown Salisbury, with the 2018 New Years Eve Ball Drop. This year's ball drop will take place at Main and N. Division Streets and you can watch it on the outdoor jumbotron while enjoying Tops Cut Off DJ Team and the Larks.  A cash bar serving beer and wine will be available.

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