Holiday Festivities

Get yourself into the season's best spirits with these festivities full of Maryland cheer

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ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World
Photo By: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
St Michaels stores decorated for the holidays
St Michaels
Photo By: Kevin Moore
Atlantic Hotel decorated with lights
Photo By: Atlantic Hotel

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.

colonial reenactor Photo By: Belmont Manor

1 Colonial Holiday Celebration

November 19, 2017 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Stroll through historic Belmont Manor tasting fine wine and craft beer, sample food from local restaurants/caterers and enjoy the historic manor house’s beautiful rooms,  decorated for the holidays. There will be colonial reenactors, madrigals and live dulcimer and harp music. Free, with the purchase of each adult ticket, is a colonial history program for children in the nature center on the grounds of Belmont Manor. Children ages 5 – 12 will participate with colonial games and crafts while their parents enjoy the event at the nearby Manor House. Space is limited, advanced registration required.


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Location:
Belmont Manor
Elkridge, MD 21075
410-465-8877


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Town of Berlin Christmas tree and bike during Victorian Christmas Photo By: Town of Berlin

2 Victorian Christmas in Berlin

November 24, 2017 - 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 wont want to miss the New Year's Eve ball drop!


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Location:
2 North Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
410-973.2051


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image of ship in Christmas lights Photo By: Chesapeake City

3 Chesapeake City's Winterfest

November 26, 2017 to  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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Location:
108 Bohemia Ave.
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
410-885-5298


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Santa Photo By: The Town of North Beach

4 Christmas on the Beach - North Beach

December 1, 2017 - 7 PM: Light Up the Town
December 2, 2017 - 12 pm: Holiday Parade / Santa & Christmas on the Beach

The Town of North Beach begins the festive holiday season by Lighting Up the Town! Gather at the pavilion to see the lighting of the town Christmas tree and holiday displays. The next day, the boardwalk is lined with hundreds of spectators viewing the Annual Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade . The best part is when the jolly old Santa arrives by fire truck! Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with children and give them a special treat. All are welcomed to warm up around the campfire and enjoy holiday refreshments.


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Location:
Bay Avenue
North Beach, MD 20714
301-855-6681


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Crisfield High Marching Band performing in the Crisfield Christmas Parade

5 Christmas Parade (and more) in Crisfield

December 1-2, 2017

The evening Christmas Parade in Crisfield is Friday, December 1st, 6:30 pm on Main Street. Welcome Santa to town (he might even arrive by boat!). The event is free and family friendly. 

Tea with Mrs. Claus is  Saturday, December 2nd, 11:00 am Tawes Library, Asbury Ave. Settle in for tea and snacks with Mrs. Claus. After refreshments, she will read a holiday book.  Festive holiday attire encouraged.


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Location:
400 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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Christmas ball

6 Cecil County Christmas Parade - downtown North East

December 2, 2017
The  tradition continues with floats, marching bands, animal rescues, antique & classic automobiles and SANTA CLAUS!  Get in the holiday spirit, arrive early to enjoy the yummy goodies and great deals from North East Main Street Merchants.


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Location:
Main Street
North East, MD 21901
410-287-5801


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Seasons Greetings from the Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade Photo By: mayorschristmasparade.com

7 Mayor's Christmas Parade - Baltimore

December 3, 2017
The 44th Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade will feature about 160 marching units, floats, local TV and radio personalities, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, a steam calliope, great bands, Mummers of Philadelphia, Miss Yuletide and Jr. Miss Yuletide and of course - the big man himself - Santa!


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Poly/Western High Schools
Baltimore, MD 21209
410-366-0726


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horse drawn carriage

8 Old Tyme Holiday Gathering - La Plata

December 3, 2017
A seasonal celebration of friends, community, and good cheer. Enjoy holiday music, activities, refreshments, and a visit from Santa.


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Location:
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD 20646
301-934-8421


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Kris Kringle spreads holiday cheer during the parade in Frederick

9 Kris Kringle Procession - Frederick

December 8, 2017 -  6:30 pm
The procession begins at the corner of South Carroll and West Patrick Streets in Frederick and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree. The event reflects the small town charm that makes Frederick so endearing during the holidays. Local children dress as reindeer, snowflakes, angels, elves and frolick through Frederick’s downtown streets.


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Location:
100 N Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-2489


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Don't be afraid of a little snow! Ladew's 100 larger-than-life topiary farms sparkle in winter.

10 Annual Christmas Open House at Ladew Gardens

December 8-10, 2017
Seasonal resplendence as floral designers and Garden Clubs decorate the rooms of the circa 1747 Manor House, adorning walls, tabletops and fireplace mantels in festive holiday decor. 
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus welcome the holiday season during the St. Michaels Christmas Parade Photo By: Historic St. Michaels

11 Christmas in St. Michaels

December 8-10, 2017
Celebrate the arrival of the Christmas season St. Michaels! Both ticketed and free events including the Tour of Homes, Holiday Gala, Breakfast with Santa and the largest Holiday Parade on the Eastern Shore.


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Location:
200 S. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-5008


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girl sliding on ice Photo By: Christmas on the Potomac

12 Christmas on the Potomac featuring ICE! - National Harbor

November 18, 2017 - 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 Raindeer.
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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Location:
201 waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
301-965-4000


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Six-Flags ‘Holiday in the Park.’  Photo By: Six-Flags America

13 Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park

November 18, 2017 - 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.

Featured Places
Colonial Holiday Celebration sign outside Belmont
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Location:
Belmont Manor
Elkridge, MD 21075
christmas tree icon
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Location:
2 North Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
drawing of a snowflake
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Location:
108 Bohemia Ave.
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
Santa arriving on a boat to Crisfield
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Location:
400 West Main Street
Crisfield, MD 21817
Christmas Tree image
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Location:
Main Street
North East, MD 21901
image of a Christmas Tree
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Location:
Poly/Western High Schools
Baltimore, MD 21209
image of a holiday tree
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Location:
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD 20646
Kris Kringle and Friends
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Location:
100 N Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
christmas tree icon
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Location:
200 S. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
image of ice
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Location:
201 waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
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